An American Classic Cruise
January 26 - February 7, 2018 - 13 days
Join American Classic Tours on a special Caribbean Cruise with exciting ports-of-call next winter. Experience luxury all the way as American Classic Tours partners with Holland America Cruise Line. Set sail on the MS Zuiderdam. Enjoy your stateroom with private veranda, state-of-the-art cruise ship amenities and services, fine dining, professional entertainment, and cultural shore excursions. And as always, an American Classic Tour Director will accompany you for the entire trip to ensure a most memorable travel experience. With all of the details taken care of – even transfers, tips, shore excursions – and everything else included, you can just sit back and relax. Now that’s the way to cruise – the American Classic Way!
Departing from Fort Lauderdale, your cruise will make stops at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Cartagena, Columbia; Gatun Lake, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica before returning to Ft. Lauderdale.
All Aboard Holland America's MS Zuiderdam
Day 1: Flight to Miami. Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale. Dinner.
Day 2: Board Holland America MS Zuiderdam in Ft. Lauderdale.
Day 3: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 6: Willemstad, Curacao
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Cartagena, Columbia
Day 9: Cruise the Panama Canal into Gatun Lake & visit Colon.
Day 10: Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: At Sea
Day 13: Return to Ft. Lauderdale. Flight to Chicago
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Holland America Line's pristine private island offers everything you need for a day of play in paradise: a two-mile crescent of perfect beach; an interior lagoon; private beachside cabanas with butler service, showers and misters; and all manner of watersports and activities, including a children's aqua park and a buoyed personal watercraft course.
Colorful floating markets, wondrous coral reefs and landscapes dotted with curiously bent divi-divi trees await on this, the "A" of the Netherlands Antilles' famous ABC islands. (Bonaire and Curacao round out the trio.)
Amsterdam-like canals, gabled Dutch colonial buildings, an exotic floating market. This bustling duty-free port has it all. Plus the world-famous Curaçao Liqueur Distillery and an intriguing coral reef teeming with parrotfish and queen angelfish.
Once a bastion of the Spanish Main, this fortified city boasts colonial architecture, pristine offshore islands and the finest emeralds in the world.
Gatun Lake, Panama
Gatun Lake is key to supplying the water necessary to operate the locks system. Formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River to keep the water 85 feet above sea level, the water runs downhill to fill the locks. No pumps, no power other than the force of gravity! Fact: It will take about 52 million gallons of water to float your Holland America ship through the locks.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
From Costa Rica's Caribbean coast go in search of iridescent blue morpho butterflies, sloths, turtle nesting grounds and wise old shamans. Explore the capital city of San Jose, where museums beckon and markets burst with luscious local tastes - mangoes, bananas, pineapples, papayas.
*All port stop blurbs above courtesy of Holland America
Featuring Three Included Shore Excursions
Marvel at 17th century Fort San Jan Felipe de Barajas,
be immersed in Colombia’s history at the Navy Museum, shop at the iconic Las Bovedas Market, admire the ornate mansions and beautifully sculpted homes of this old walled Spanish city.
Aruba Town & Countryside
See the stunning California Lighthouse, the beautiful Alto Vista Chapel, the ruins of the Landmark Natural Bridge, and the rare Casibari Rock Formations on this guided exploration of Aruba's authentic town and countryside.
Rain forest Eco-Adventure
Explore La Amistad National Park, glide through picturesque rain forest treetop canopies on an aerial tram, travel the Trail of Giants, view the gorgeous Puma Waterfall, and catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat at Veragua Rain Forest. National Geographic Traveler has dubbed ‘this reserve the crème de la crème of rain forests’.
Simply put, everything.
- Regularly scheduled flights.
- Luggage handling fee for one compliant bag per flight.
- All transfers to/from airports & ship.
- 1 night deluxe hotel accommodations in Miami
- 1 dinner Miami, all shipboard meals, stateroom accommodations with private veranda, nightly entertainment, many shipboard activities, all gratuities, 3 shore excursions.
- All gratuities land portion including driver & tour director.
- Taxes, porterage fees, port charges
- Experienced American Classic Tour Director throughout tour.
- Travel Guard Trip Insurance: Trip cancellation & interruption, emergency medical & transportation & luggage insurance