Panama Canal East to West

Amsterdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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17 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Seattle)

Sail date: May 10, 2018

Ship: Amsterdam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6111

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

First time on Holland America in a while. Lots of lovely people, except for a few crabby Americans. Shipboard activities were sparse considering all of the sea days on this transitioning cruise. Loved the Test Kitchen, half the movies were good, and the entertainment at night was mediocre except for the comic magician and the singers/dancers. Harp lady and comic from Las Vegas were downright bad. Panama Canal was magical as were some of the ports. Too bad the cruise line is very interested in upselling you more activities.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Not enough offered by ship for this many sea days. Test Kitchen was great but rarely enough seats for all who wanted to attend.


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Book exchange among passengers has been moved to 7th floor Neptune Lounge, so ask for it and push for it to go back to Library

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
Don't take the catamaran to the Walled City, just take a cab/ City is beautiful and worth a visit

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Antigua is worth the drive...air conditioned bus, great guide, and then do it on your own, need more time there

Huatulco, Mexico

4 out of 5
The addition of the Mexican Ambassadors were excellent, and provided lots of great info, entertainment, and activities

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5

Seattle, Washington

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
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