Miami to San Diego via The Panama Canal

Cruise from Miami to colorful Cartagena. Transit the Panama Canal and experience the might of its famed locks. Then explore vibrant cities along the Mexican Riviera.

Your Ship: Zaandam

Designed to carry fewer guests while offering greater space, Zaandam is elegant and comfortable. Her décor is inspired by music and features musical instruments including signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones and a Baroque-style pipe organ. While on board, rejuvenate with a spa treatment in the serene Greenhouse Spa & Salon®, indulge in a tantalizing meal at a fine dining restaurant or play a friendly game of pickleball at sea.

March 07 - March 22, 2025

Inside From $3,598 CAD per person

Ocean View From $4,261 CAD per person

Balcony From $6,754 CAD per person

Amenities

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

  • Elemis Aromapure soap, lotion, shampoo

  • Luxurious bathrobes

  • Hair dryers, makeup mirrors

  • Generous storage

  • Fresh fruit upon request

  • Safe

  • Ice service

  • Shoeshine

  • TV with On Demand movies, programming

Amenities

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

  • Elemis Aromapure soap, lotion, shampoo

  • Luxurious bathrobes

  • Hair dryers, makeup mirrors

  • Generous storage

  • Fresh fruit upon request

  • Safe

  • Ice service

  • Shoeshine

  • TV with On Demand movies, programming

Amenities

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

  • Elemis Aromapure soap, lotion, shampoo

  • Luxurious bathrobes & Whirlpool bath

  • Hair dryers, makeup mirrors

  • Generous storage

  • Fresh fruit upon request

  • Ice service

  • Shoeshine

  • TV with On Demand movies, programming

  • Binoculars & Safe

Itinerary

March 07, 2025 - Miami, Florida, US

Miami cruises make every vacation wish come true. The Magic City has countless charms—rustling palms and star-studded beaches, electric nightlife, and a dynamic art scene. Stroll down Ocean Drive. You’ll find luxury restaurants and art deco buildings alongside low-key sandwich shops. Stop for a bite. Like everything in Miami, the cuisine is ahead of the curve. Visit Little Havana, an enclave known for Cuban bakeries, cigar shops and a walk of fame of Latin stars. If you need a break from the constant thrum of the city, find tranquility in nature. Go to Oleta State Park, a secluded oasis not far from downtown. Paddle lush mangrove forests or take in skyline views at Biscayne Bay. A tour of Everglades National Park presents another option. This vast wetland is a haven for Florida’s captivating wildlife. Manatees, alligators, and wading birds, like the roseate spoonbill, name a few of many Everglades inhabitants. Whatever you do on your Miami cruise, you’ll want to visit again and again.

March 08, 2025 - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

In a region renowned for tropical wonders, one island rises to the top—ours. We’re not the only ones enamored with our slice of paradise—Half Moon Cay is the highest-rated Bahamas private island. It has won Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award consecutively for 20 years. We’ve spent a quarter of a century perfecting the experience. When you feel the sugar-white sand on your toes or kayak its crystal lagoon, you’ll understand why cruise travelers love Half Moon Cay, a highlight of our Bahamas cruises.

March 09, 2025 - March 10, 2025 - Days At Sea

March 11, 2025 - Cartagena, Colombia

Its official name is Cartagena de Indias—or 'Cartagena of the Indies'—but call it Cartagena for short. The formal name hints at this Colombian city's colonial relationship with Spain; it was founded in 1533 and named after the mother country's Cartagena. Colombia declared independence in 1810, but there's plenty about its fifth-largest city that evokes old Spain, including the impressive fort of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and the wall that encloses the old town, one of the few intact structures of its kind in the Americas. Both were considered important enough to inscribe on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1984. They may be historical artifacts, but the fortress and wall aren't merely tourist attractions; they are central to daily life here. Take a stroll and you'll see couples sitting atop the wall, locked in passionate embraces; parents watching their children walk it like a balance beam; and friends chatting while enjoying the Caribbean breeze. Along with history, there's cultural and culinary intrigue here, too. This colorful city was a muse of the late Nobel Prize–winning writer Gabriel García Márquez, and is increasingly being recognized outside Colombia for its cuisine, which takes many cues from Caribbean ingredients. (Don't leave without trying the coconut rice.)

March 12, 2025 - Enter Panama Canal Cristobal

CRUISING ONLY, CANAL TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE

Think of the Panama Canal, and the image that may come to mind is of the world’s huge tankers and cruise ships passing through a series of locks. That, however, reflects only one aspect of this part of the world. As ships travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific, they also pass colonial towns, historic fortresses and manmade lakes that are today home to sanctuaries for hundreds of different animal and plant species. At the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, Colón evokes the old Panama of yesteryear, with its historic buildings gradually being restored. Some 77 kilometers (48 miles) to the south, at the canal’s Pacific entrance, Panama City's glittering skyline of office towers and condominiums reflects the country’s dynamic present and future. Traveling between these two cities, an epic tale unfolds before you—an old-school feat of engineering, ambition and courage. As David McCullough recounts in his sweeping history The Path Between the Seas, it was a combination of sheer human might and engineering prowess that today allows ships to cross the Panama isthmus, saving sailors from making the dangerous, almost 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) journey around the tip of South America. 

March 12, 2025 - Exit Panama Canal Balboa

CRUISING ONLY, CANAL TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE

At the end of your journey along the Panama Canal, you’ll reach Balboa, the town that sits at the Pacific entrance of the canal. Its namesake is Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the famed Spanish explorer who was the first European to see the Pacific from the New World. Balboa’s journey was historic, a legendary feat of the age of exploration. The construction of the canal that crosses the isthmus today was also a historic achievement, to this day the largest civil engineering project ever. Over the course of a decade at the beginning of the 20th century, a combination of sheer human might and engineering prowess was responsible for the construction of the canal. 

A journey from Colón, at the Caribbean end of the canal, to Balboa, at its Pacific end, allows you to marvel at this world wonder, as well as see colonial towns, historic fortresses and sanctuaries for Panama’s wildlife along the way. Measured by miles, the journey along the canal is relatively short, but it is one with an epic sweep. You will follow in the footsteps of giants from Balboa to the workers who built the canal.

March 13, 2025 - Days At Sea

March 14, 2025 - Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

One of the stops along the Panama Canal Zone route, Puntarenas on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is nicely positioned within easy day-trip distance of a number of that country's national parks. The town, a busy working port on the surface, makes an ideal base from which travelers can venture out to explore the variety of this Central American country's outdoor attractions, from lush jungle destinations to pristine beaches along the Pacific. Activities include snapping photos of gushing waterfalls (and swimming at the base of one, if you bring your swimsuit!), sightseeing near active volcanoes, bird-watching in nature reserves and sanctuaries and horseback riding on Pacific beaches . . . and that's just for starters. Visitors to this extraordinary region also enjoy shopping for the handicrafts that local artists sell at their cooperatives, as well as sampling traditional Tico cuisine, especially gallo pinto—a combination of rice and beans eaten at any time of the day or night. A trip here serves as the perfect reminder that adventure often awaits just around the bend.

March 15, 2025 - Days At Sea

March 16, 2025 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest port on the Pacific Ocean side of this Central American country, important for both cargo and cruise ships. There's not a great deal to see and do in Puerto Quetzal itself, and visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly. Yet you shouldn't despair, either; Puerto Quetzal is an ideal point of departure for exploring several corners of the country. Choose your mode of transportation—plane, bus, car or boat—and decide whether you want to take in Guatemala's stunning, volcano-studded landscape, one (or more!) of the country's Maya sites, the UNESCO–recognized colonial city of Antigua (the former capital), a coffee plantation or one of the many beguiling bodies of water. In addition to the gleaming Pacific, there's Lake Atitlán, which 19th-century German explorer Alexander von Humboldt described as the most beautiful lake in the world. All of these attractions are accessible as day trips, and getting to them is all part of your Guatemalan adventure. 

March 17, 2025 - Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco, situated on Mexico's Pacific Coast in the state of Oaxaca, has nine bays and 36 beaches, offering more than enough opportunities for fun in the sun. The most popular beach is La Entrega, with clean white sand and calm waters, perfect for snorkeling and swimming . . . or just relaxing. But Huatulco's attractions aren't limited to sand and surf; there are also archaeological sites to explore, rivers to raft, and waterfalls whose pools invite childlike splashing. Bird lovers, in particular, will find Huatulco to be especially captivating. The region is home to more than 225 bird species, including many rare ones and a number that are endemic to Mexico, like the Colima pygmy owl and the wildly colorful orange-breasted bunting and citreoline trogon. Bring your bird list, because you're sure to add new species to your 'sighted' column. And the food in Huatulco! The food will give you plenty to write home about. The state of Oaxaca has some of the most iconic dishes in Mexico's culinary repertoire. You won't go home hungry. 

March 18, 2025 - Days At Sea

March 19, 2025 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Cruise to Puerto Vallarta and find yourself immersed in dynamic culture and history. Unlike other coastal resort towns in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta ('PV' to locals), retains quite a bit of its colonial-era charm.  Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. While on your Puerto Vallarta cruise, take in these echoes of the past and more modern attractions, including an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants such as La Leche, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine. Round these out with plenty of fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities on and along Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!), cruise excursions that reveal the best of Puerto Vallarta's flora and fauna, and a side trip to one of Mexico's pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation conferred by the government to recognize smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant place to spend part of your cruise to Puerto Vallarta.

March 20, 2025 - March 21, 2025 - Days At Sea

March 22, 2025 - San Diego, California, US

With more than 300 days of sun every year, San Diego is known as a surfer’s paradise thanks to the iconic swells of Del Mar, Oceanside, and La Jolla. Add a bustling culinary and craft beer scene and plenty of distinct neighborhoods to explore, and San Diego is a must-visit for cruise passengers. Here’s how to appreciate this laidback city to its fullest.

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