Holland America Celebrates Panama Canal 100th Anniversary

Six Holland America Line ships will sail 28 full and partial transits of the Panama Canal during the fall 2013 through spring 2014 season, which coincides with the canal’s 100th anniversary. The extensive itinerary options range from 10 to 22 days, and offer guests more ways to experience the Panama Canal than any other cruise line.

From September 2013 through April 2014, ms Amsterdam, ms Statendam, ms Veendam, ms Westerdam, ms Zaandam, and ms Zuiderdam will transit the canal from six departure cities — including Veendam’s new departure from Boston, Mass. — going between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

“The Panama Canal is a ‘must see’ for many travelers because of the historical technology and beautiful scenery,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing, and guest programs. “The Panama Canal changed travel by enabling easy travel between oceans, and it’s exciting for us to make several canal cruises in the season celebrating its 100th year.”

Sailing through the Panama Canal with Holland America Line is more than moving through the locks and lakes that make up this man-made marvel. The itineraries feature ports with attractions such as walking along the ramparts of a colonial Spanish castle, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, or going on a “skywalk” in the Costa Rican rainforest.

More details on the sailings can be found on Holland America’s website.

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