Panama has the most unique Caribbean destinations, including Curacao and the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere….
Guests aboard Zuiderdam, the first in our Vista-class series, enjoy a spectacular art and antique collection, wide teak decks, elegant dining rooms and spacious staterooms-many with verandahs
About the Cruise
Travelers may disagree on which sites deserve to be considered modern wonders of the world, but the Panama Canal would surely make most short lists. The shipping channel—which took 33 years to complete and cost 25,000 workers their lives—is arguably the greatest engineering project ever. Today, a journey through the canal will take you from the port of Colón on the Atlantic to bustling Panama City on the Pacific. Along the way, you’ll find Gatun Lake, once the largest manmade lake in the world, which has proved a boon for Central American species that thrive here, undisturbed by the ships passing by.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own private island, Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas offers the opportunity to fulfill that fantasy. Also known as Little San Salvador Island, Half Moon Cay is located southeast of Nassau. In 1996, Holland America Line purchased the island and set aside most of it as a wildlife sanctuary. At 10 square kilometers (four square miles), the island is small enough that you can see it all in a day, yet large enough to offer an array of activities: horseback riding, snorkeling with stingrays, a range of water sports and, of course, simply lounging on the beach.
The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad, is almost as old as a more famous Dutch settlement—it was founded in 1634, just 10 years after New Amsterdam, later called New York. But while the Dutch control of New Amsterdam was relatively brief, Curaçao remains a part of the Netherlands to this day. Its historic center is a unique mixture of Dutch architecture and Caribbean pastels, its gabled row houses overlooking Sint Anna Bay, a waterway dividing the city in two and connecting the Caribbean to the protected Schottegat Bay. The entire historic center of Willemstad has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Willemstad’s legendary days of yore can be explored at institutions like the Kura Hulanda and Curaçao Maritime Museum, this is a vibrant, living city too. Highlights of this multicultural melting pot might include a stop at its floating market and a visit to a curaçao distillery to taste the famous local liqueur. Natural wonders await as well: Some of the Caribbean’s most stunning diving and snorkeling spots are here. Finally, a meal in Willemstad will let you experience the diversity of the island through the surprising flavors of its cuisine, which reflects European, Caribbean and Latin American influences.
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.
Available Room Types
Panama CanalPanama has the most unique Caribbean destinations, including Curacao and the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.... Guests aboard Zuiderdam, the first in our Vista-class series, enjoy a spectacular art and antique collection, wide teak decks, elegant dining rooms and spacious staterooms-many with verandahs About the Cruise Travelers may disagree on which sites deserve to [...]Read more
|WEDNESDAY||Jan 16||Fort Lauderdale|
|Depart 5:00 pm|
|THURSDAY||Jan 17||Half Moon Cay|
|Arrive 8:00 am||Depart 3:00 pm|
|Arrive 1:00 pm||Depart 11:00 pm|
|Arrive 8:00 am||Depart 11:00 pm|
|Arrive 7:00 am||Depart 1:00 pm|
|WEDNESDAY||Jan 23||Gatun Lake/Panama Canal|
|Arrive 5:00 am||Depart 5:00 pm|
|THURSDAY||Jan 24||Puerto Limon|
|Arrive 6:30 am||Depart 4:00 pm|
|SUNDAY||Jan 27||Fort Lauderdale|
|Arrive 7:00 am|
|INSIDE STATEROOM||Inside Staterooms are the most affordable way to cruise. Ideal for anyone looking for Cabins that are stylish and comfortable at a good price.|
|CABIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
$2,540 + $410 Taxes & Port Charges
|OCEANVIEW WINDOW STATEROOM||Oceanview Staterooms are cabins with large windows to admire the view or simply to enjoy the first rays of morning sunlight.|
|CABIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|OceanView Window Staterooms||
$2,940 + $410 Taxes & Port Charges
|Balcony staterooms are comfortable cabins with an host of amenities including a private balcony looking out over the sea to make your cruise simply unforgettable.|
|CABIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|Balcony Stateroom||$3,590 + $410 Taxes & Port Charges|
SIGNATURE SUITE STATEROOM
|Signature Suite Balcony comes with a sitting area, luxury bath with shower, two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed. Not to mention you'll have a private balcony to enjoy the incredible view.|
|CABIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
$4,490 + $410 Taxes & Port Charges
Other Upgraded Suite Cabins available upon request.
Cabin measurements are approximated, and some rooms in the same category may vary in size and/or have different furniture placement, windows or fixtures from those pictured.
- Our Guests will be eligible for onboard credits that HAL is offering at the time of booking.
- Rates are subject to change without notice.
• All rates are per person based on double occupancy
• $1000 per person deposit due at time of booking.
- Payment in full is due 90 days before sailing.
- Single rate supplement 60% on all cabins.
• 3rd/4th person Adult sharing in cabin $1,490
- Child up to Age 17 sharing in parents cabin $990
- Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
• This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
$12 per guest per day for any cabin stateroom
Regular cabins: Bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee until 90 days before sailing when full payment is due. Less than 90 days: 100% of total – no refund.
From 124 days to 90 days: Bookings are refundable less 25% of total invoice amount. Less than 90 days: 100% of total – no refund.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insura
About our Kosher Cruises: Eddie's Kosher Travel & Destinations
Combined we are the world's leading Kosher Tour operator with over 30 years experience, having satisfied thousands of Clients from USA, Israel, France, Belgium, Switzerland, UK , Mexico, Australia, South Africa on dozens of Cruises. We provide four gourmet meals a day in our own separate area of the dining room. All our meals are freshly prepared under the Management of Costa's Executive Chefs aboard each ship.
The Kashrut is under the strict supervision of Rabbi Rothenberg of Vienna . He has spent many years developing the community Kosher list in Vienna for hundreds of food products sold in large retail chains throughout the Europe. This knowledge is very important and gives hotel operators in Europe the ability to bring local products and not need to import from Israel or the USA. His Kashrut experience has further expanded into the Kosher Cruises and he the Rav Hamachshir for Eddie’s Kosher Travel/Destinations Cruise packages.
Rabbi Rotenberg works throughout the year to obtain Kosher meat and poultry throughout Europe at the highest kosher level, at the best price. For every shechita Rabbi Rotenberg sends a special overseer on his behalf in order to ensure that the shipment of meat from the start will arrive at the hotel with the utmost supervision.
Rabbi Rottenberg currently serves as part time Rabbi of Savion community in Israel
Further enquiries pls contact Rabbi Nechemia Rottenberg on +972 584038543 / +436889171489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
During the voyage, we have exclusive use of our own synagogue for three daily prayers, a Sefer Torah and intellectually stimulating Torah classes are also provided at regular intervals. We often have a Guest Scholar on board. On Shabbat, we have a permanent arrangement with the Cruise Line to run an automated Shabbat elevator, a solution for locking the door of the rooms, no island music playing in the dining room, candle lighting area and more. We have thought of every detail for your maximum comfort and enjoyment.