10 reasons to explore the Panama Canal with Holland America Line


Feel your ship rise 85 feet as water fills the locks on the Panama Canal, then listen as your Canal historian shares tales of the incredible engineering feat that divided two continents. Explore the intriguing lands, cultures and peoples of this amazing region. From engineering marvels to exotic wildlife, there's so much to discover.

Reason #1: Wonder of the Modern World

Embark on what many world travelers consider the thrill of a lifetime–cruising through the famed series of locks that changed the course of history with a marvel of modern engineering.

Reason #2: Ocean to Ocean

A full passage through the Panama Canal is always extraordinary. Traverse the locks between the Atlantic and the Pacific as expert speakers expound on the history, culture and wildlife of the region.

Reason #3: Convenient Departures

Experience the Panama Canal in just 10 or 11 days on our convenient roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale departures. Explore the canal, Costa Rica, our private island Half Moon Cay and more.

Reason #4: Award-winning Service

Every moment on board is designed with you at the center. Holland America's gracious service and a wealth of indulgences ensure you're always taken care of.

Reason #5: Inspired Activities

Every day aboard brings a wealth of things to do, from working out in the Fitness Center as you watch the jungle pass by, to cooking demonstrations, entertainment options and enriching onboard activities.

Reason #6: Innovative Dining Onboard

Enjoy exquisite cuisine, like fresh lobster in the main Dining Room, or choose a perfectly grilled gourmet burger by the pool so you won’t have to tear yourself away for a meal.

Reason #7: Mayan Ruins

Ports of call like Puerto Chiapas give you access to magnificent Mayan ruins like those at Izapa, letting you peer into the past and learn about one of the most advanced ancient cultures.

Reason #8: Open Bow Viewing

The spacious bow observation area gives you a great platform to watch all the action of our Panama Canal transit, from workers on shore to electric mules to our crew hard at work.

Reason #9: Half Moon Cay

Spend a day in Half Moon Cay, Holland America's award-winning private island. Here, on this pristine island, you can swim, snorkel, kayak or just relax and dine as a live band plays your favorite reggae tunes.

Reason #10: Exceptional EXC Tours™

Holland America's EXC Tours™ connect you to each fascinating destination. At Gatún Lake, board a motor launch for a one-hour cruise. Watch for monkeys, toucans and sloths on the shoreline. Encounter the Emberá Native people, known for handcrafted goods. And get a water-level view of the Gatún Locks.

Reason #11: Promotions + Perks

We know we said ten reasons... but there is an amazing current promotion combinable with our exclusive Virtuoso Voyages, and Panama Canal sailings are included! Click here to read more.