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Panama Canal Cruise

a discovery of Central America

18 days from £3,799 per person

Sail along one of the world’s most impressive man-made wonders and discover nature’s most amazing gifts. This exceptional journey takes you down the Pacific coast of Central America, through the Panama Canal and into the Caribbean Sea beyond. Along the way, we’ll introduce you to fascinating countries like Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala. We’ll pass stunning volcanic peaks, explore Mayan ruins and visit traditional villages. We’ll hike through wildlife-rich jungles and snorkel with stingrays, before finally relaxing on a typically stunning Caribbean beach.

2 included excursions and visits

  • San Diego city tour
  • Miami orientation tour

Including...

  • 1 night in hotel, 16 nights cruise on Rotterdam and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 48 meals: 16 breakfasts (days 3-18) 15 lunches (days 3-17) 17 dinners (days 1-17)
  • US$100 per person onboard credit
  • Exclusive Titan cocktail party on board

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of Holland America Line staff on board and local guides in San Diego and Miami
  • International flights (prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • Porterage
  • All airport/port taxes and duties

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VIP Outbound5

UK - San Diego

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to San Diego. On arrival, we transfer to the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (4T), or Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego (4T), where we enjoy dinner tonight.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (4T) or Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego (4T)


Day 2 - San Diego

San Diego is the sixth-largest city in America, a centre for military industry, trade and biotechnology. But it also has many wonderful museums and parks, modern architecture and Victorian buildings, a thriving old town to explore and fine beaches to enjoy. We take a tour this morning, followed by time at leisure before we transfer to the port to embark Rotterdam (4T). Our cruise begins as we settle into our cabins and prepare for our first evening at sea, with a choice of restaurants and entertainment.

Rotterdam (4T)

Days 3-4 - At sea

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 5 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Once a small fishing village, Puerto Vallarta became an enticing coastal destination for the artists, writers and Hollywood stars of the 1960s. Explore the old town’s cobbled streets which link chic and quirky shops and open markets. See the red-tile roofs, white-washed adobe façades and wrought iron decorations that complete the ‘Vallarta style’ of Gringo Gulch. Or head inland to find adventure amongst the rugged canyons, jungles and mountains.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 6 - At sea

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 7 - Huatulco

Huatulco is known for its beautiful bays and beaches. Spend today relaxing in a peaceful bay along the sun-drenched coastline, with the jagged Sierra Madre Mountains as a striking back-drop, or find an excursion to introduce you to the roots of Mexico, discovering authentic cultural and social characteristics, and getting involved with local habits and customs.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 8 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

A day in Guatemala offers opportunities to see many wonderful things. Your choice of excursion could take you on a journey past magnificent volcanos, cattle farms and sugar cane plantations, to a coffee plantation, the Jade Museum and Factory or to Antigua, the colonial capital. Or visit the substantial ruins of Iximché, the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya kingdom, to learn of Mayan rituals and cosmology.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 9 - Corinto, Nicaragua

Between the string of volcanic peaks and pristine beaches that shape Nicaragua, lay lush mangrove forests, great lakes, and fields of sugar cane from which premium local rum is created to perfection. Spend your day in Puerto Corinto, a small scenic town bursting with authentic flavour, or stroll the Costa Azul for views of the bay and its islands, discover Mayan artefacts at the archaeological museum, or explore the remains of León Viejo, one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas, found buried under centuries of volcanic debris.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 10 - Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica

The city of Puerto Caldera is within easy reach of several of Costa Rica’s magnificent national parks, so you can choose to spend your day searching for scarlet macaws in Carara, viewing the Poás Volcano, the largest active volcano in the world; exploring the limestone caves of Barra Honda or searching for rare orchids in Tapanto. Wherever you go, be sure to take some binoculars into these vast, lush jungles that house spectacular flora, countless brightly coloured birds, and creatures of all shapes and sizes including agouti, pacas, sloths, the endangered Geoffroy's Spider Monkey and even the poison dart frog.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 11 - At sea

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 12 - Panama Canal Transit

Dubbed ‘one of the seven wonders of the modern world’ by the American Society of Civil Engineers, this 48-mile waterway connects two mighty oceans. Relax on board as we navigate this man-made artery, taking in the sights and sounds of the jungle.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 13 - At sea

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 14 - Oranjestad Aruba

Pristine waters and romantic beaches. The island of Aruba is otherworldly. Located off the coast of Venezuela, spend the day wandering the town painted in a palette of Caribbean pastels. Inland, spot cacti and the famous wind bent trees.

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 15 - Willemstad, Curacao

The Dutch settlement of Curaçao is a unique mixture of gabled houses and Caribbean flair. Wander the charming historic centre of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps stop at the floating market or visit a traditional distillery to taste the famous local liquor.

Rotterdam (4T)

Days 16-17 - At sea

Rotterdam (4T)

Day 18 Fort Lauderdale - Miami - In flight

We reach Florida early this morning and disembark in Fort Lauderdale after breakfast. We take a short orientation tour of Miami and enjoy a little free time before transferring to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.

In flight


VIP Inbound

Day 19 Arrive Home

Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Arrive Home


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Visa is not included, please call for details The deposit due for this holiday is £700pp

Panama Canal Cruise

a discovery of Central America

18 days from £3,799) per person