Join Ellen and George Monsma and Calvin College friends this January as they head to the Caribbean.
Take a break from the snow as you take a 12-day Holland American Line® cruise to the southern Caribbean. This cruise adventure offers you the opportunity to get a close-up view of the engineering wonder that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Along the way, Caribbean, Central and South American ports offer a wide array of cultures and sites to explore. Whether your interest is in viewing the Canal, relaxing in the Caribbean sun, visiting Dutch and Spanish colonial sites, or experiencing tropical jungles and wildlife, you’ll find something exciting to do. What are you waiting for? Join today!
- Roundtrip air
- Pre-cruise hotel
- 11 nights on the ms Eurodam
- All meals
- Group tour in Curaçao
Half Moon Cay | Holland America Line®’s private island. Enjoy white sand beaches, taste local cuisine at a cook-out, and explore the island on your own or on an organized excursion. Tendered ashore.
Oranjestad, Aruba | The most visited island in the Dutch Caribbean, a multitude of activities await. Aruba is popular for its beautiful sandy beaches, such as Palm Beach, and historic shipwrecks. You’ll dock in Oranjestad, the capital. Here the architecture is phenomenal and you’ll find great shopping. Other things to do on the island include a visit to California Lighthouse, the Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations, and the Butterfly or Ostrich Farms.
Willemstad , Curaçao | This port has the charm of a Dutch village, painted with bright pastel colors to match the warm Caribbean spirit. This cruise includes the Curaçao Country Drive, so part of your time in this port will be discovering the island. During your free time you can explore the rest of Willemstad. Top sights include the Queen Emma Bridge; the Floating Market, which is held every day; the Mikvé Israel Synagogue (the western hemisphere’s oldest continuously operating Jewish congregation); the Maritime Museum, or the local Curaçao Liqueur Distillery Landhuis Chobolobo, where you will learn why there are five colors of Curaçao.
Cartagena, Columbia | Because this beautiful colonial port city is close to the equator it doesn’t have seasons. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the walled city center of the Old City is rich with Spanish Colonial influence. Explore the city’s military history, the Historical Museum of Cartegena, and colonial churches as you focus on the impressive feats of the Spanish. For those interested in jewelry, keep your eye out for emeralds; Colombia is the world’s top supplier of these precious stones.
Panama Canal, Panama | Enjoy a partial transit through the Panama Canal. Along the way, commentary on the locks can be heard through your several hour transit of all three Gatun Locks. Once in Gatun Lake, the ship turns around to return to Colón. The best way to see the entire canal is through the HAL excursion. Other excursion choices offer the opportunity to see local wildlife, the Visitors Center (offering a panorama of the Canals, both old and new), and more. All excursions are offered by Holland America Line®.
Puerto Limón, Costa Rica | Plantations, rainforests, and wildlife offer a wide range of options in Limón, Costa Rica. Top sights include rainforest gondola and zipline rides, coffee and banana plantation visits, river rafting, Tortuguero Park Canal rides and wildlife sanctuaries.