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October 2019 Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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2019 Best for Entertainment

10 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Falmouth
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Island Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

Cons

Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

Bottom Line

Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

Reviews

Island Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Service

16 Night
Panama Canal Westbound Cruise

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Cartagena, Colon ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

Reviews

Vision of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Service

16 Night
Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

Reviews

Vision of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

16-day
Panama Canal Explorer: Ocean To Ocean From Los Angeles

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Mazatlan
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Aruba
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Miami
Ship Details

Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

Reviews

Norwegian Joy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value3.5

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best Overall

15 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Huatulco
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

Reviews

Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

12-day
Picturesque Panama Canal Costa Rica And Cartagena From Miami

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Great Stirrup Cay, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Great Stirrup Cay
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Roatan
  • Day 10
    Harvest Caye
  • Day 11
    Costa Maya
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Miami
Ship Details

Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

Reviews

Norwegian Joy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value3.5

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Entertainment

10 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Amber Cove, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Amber Cove
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Falmouth
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Island Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

Cons

Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

Bottom Line

Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

Reviews

Island Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

15 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama Can

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 12
    Santa Marta
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Tampa
Ship Details

Carnival Legend - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of fun activities, free food options, a thrilling water slide and adults-only deck

Cons

Outrageous decor is not to everybody's tastes

Bottom Line

Family-friendly ship with American touches but an Australian vibe

Reviews

Carnival Legend Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

17-day
Panama Canal

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Chiapas ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Corinto
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Aruba
  • Day 14
    Curacao
  • Day 15
    Bonaire
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Volendam - Holland America Line

Pros

Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

Cons

Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

Bottom Line

Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

Reviews

Volendam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

19-day
Panama Canal Sojourn

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Huatulco ... see more
Cruise Line:
Seabourn Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Huatulco
  • Day 8
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 9
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 14
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 15
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Port Antonio
  • Day 18
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    Miami
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Seabourn Sojourn - Seabourn Cruise Line

Pro: Service is exceptional; cruise is all-inclusive with a country club atmosphere

Con: Shore excursions need improvement; best to book your own or a private driver

Bottom Line: If you're looking to explore the world in comfort, it's hard to do better than Seabourn

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Seabourn Sojourn Reviews

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Overall
5.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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27-day
America's Gold Coast

Leaving:
Vancouver
Visiting:
Seattle, Victoria ... see more
Cruise Line:
Seabourn Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Seattle
  • Day 3
    Victoria
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    San Francisco
  • Day 7
    Monterey
  • Day 8
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 9
    Los Angeles
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Huatulco
  • Day 16
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 17
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 21
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 21
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 22
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 23
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 24
    Cruising
  • Day 25
    Port Antonio
  • Day 26
    Cruising
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  • Day 28
    Miami
Ship Details

Seabourn Sojourn - Seabourn Cruise Line

Pro: Service is exceptional; cruise is all-inclusive with a country club atmosphere

Con: Shore excursions need improvement; best to book your own or a private driver

Bottom Line: If you're looking to explore the world in comfort, it's hard to do better than Seabourn

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Seabourn Sojourn Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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5.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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2019 Best for Cabins

16-day
Panama Canal

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
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    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Huatulco
  • Day 7
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 8
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 9
    Corinto
  • Day 10
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Aruba
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
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    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

Unique entertainment options and a high standard of service that sets it apart

Con

Overcrowded at times and occasionally inconsistent fee-based dining

Bottom Line

A great choice for a pampered, laid-back vacation -- particularly for music lovers

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Nieuw Amsterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value4.0

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2019 Best Overall

14 Nights
Costa Rica & The Panama Canal

Leaving:
Puntarenas
Visiting:
Puerto Quepos, Golfito ... see more
Cruise Line:
Crystal Cruises
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  • Day 1
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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    Puerto Quepos
  • Day 3
    Golfito
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Panama City
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cartagena (Spain)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cozumel
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    New Orleans
  • Day 15
    New Orleans
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Crystal Symphony - Crystal Cruises

Pros

More options for dining and entertainment than on other luxury ships

Cons

Entry-level cabins are small compared to those of competitors

Bottom Line

A successful blend of luxurious amenities with big-ship choice

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Crystal Symphony Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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18 Night
Panama Canal Cruise

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Key West, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Oceania Cruises
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    Miami
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal
  • Day 8
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Corinto
  • Day 11
    Acajutla
  • Day 12
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 13
    Acapulco
  • Day 14
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 15
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 16
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 17
    Ensenada
  • Day 18
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 19
    San Francisco
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Regatta - Oceania Cruises

Pros

Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

Cons

In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

Bottom Line

A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value4.5

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