October 2015 - Veendam to Panama Canal, Central America
This was our second cruise on Holland America and although the ship could use some updating, we enjoyed the mid-ship size with only 1400 passengers. The smaller ship enabled us to never have extended wait times when getting drinks/food or finding a chaise or lounge by the pools. The only time we had a line really was when we had an early excursion and were trying to get off the ship immediately after reaching port. The staff was absolutely wonderful and always greeted us with welcoming smiles. Holland America definitely does little things to make their passengers feel pampered and special like greeting us with ice cold towels when we returned from our excursions in the hot/humid ports or, in our case, when we returned to our cabin on our anniversary, finding two "towel swans" kissing on our bed with orchid petals.
This cruise itinery was a wonderful way to see counties we probably would never choose to visit, like Guatamala, and the excursions, although somewhat pricey, made the time there interesting.