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Panama Canal Cruise HOP - April 10 – 25, 2016

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A spectacular 15-day cruise!



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What a magnificent time you are going to have on this cruise! Setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, you will have an opportunity to experience the Panama Canal aboard the luxurious comfort of Holland America’s ship, Ms. Nieuw Amsterdam.


You will certainly enjoy going through the locks at the canal; coupled with the wonderful shore excursions the ship has to offer, you are certain to have a lifetime of memories. Excursions are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights and culture in each of the cities and enjoy the warm embrace of the native people.


The Panama Canal was considered to be one of the largest engineering wonders of its time and onJanuary 7, 1914, this mega ship mover was opened, creating a water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Cruise ships that pass through the Panama Canal pay toll rates that are based on their passenger capacity, which are the number of berths. Every year 17,500 ships move through the locks. You may want to get a balcony for this cruise, as it will take 8 to 10 hours to navigate the locks.


You will be able to see the expansion, often called the “third locks,” which will double the capacity of the Panama Canal once it’s completed in 2016.


Bring your camera, and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime!

If you sign up for the excursions at the ports-of-call, it may include considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes.


Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam







Fun Ship Facts

Ship's registry: The Netherlands

Passenger capacity: 2,106

Crew members: 929

Gross tonnage: 86,700 grt

Length: 936 feet

Beam: 105.8

Maximum speed: 23.9 knots

Dedicated: July, 04, 2010, by HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands





Day Arrives Departs

0 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 4:00 PM

1 Fun day at sea

2 Fun day at sea

3 Cartagena, Colombia 7:00 AM 1:00 PM

4 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal 5:00 AM 5:00 PM

4 Cruising Panama Canal

4 Exit Panama Canal Balboa 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

5 Fun day at sea

6 Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica 7:00 AM 5:00 PM

7 Corinto, Nicaragua 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

8 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala 7:00 AM 5:00 PM

9 Puerto Chiapas, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

10 Huatulco, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

11 Fun day at sea

12 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

13 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 8:00 AM 4:00 PM

14 Fun day at sea

15 San Diego, California, US 7:00 AM


To register for this cruise
Call the Escapees Travel Agency at (toll-free) 1-855-757-8881.


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See you at the HOP!



Safe travels and SKP hugs,

Lisa Koca #86367

HOP Director
Escapees RV Club
100 Rainbow Drive
Livingston, Texas 77351

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Hi everyone!


The price for the Panama Canal Cruise HOP is based on the room you choose.


Since Escapees has a new website, you will need to register; after that, you can see more information and pricing on the rooms at:



Thanks for your interest in this cruise HOP. It will be once in a life time cruise and I know you will have a good time.


Have a good day.


Safe travels & SKP hugs,

Lisa Koca #86367

HOP Director

Escapees RV Club

100 Rainbow Dr.

Livingston, Texas 77351





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