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20 Day New Year's Rose Parade with 15 Day Panama Canal Cruise - San Diego to Fort Lauderdale (MS Zaandam)

From Los Angeles, CA to Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Tour Itinerary

All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable traffic and weather conditions. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.

DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in Los Angeles
Welcome to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles! Transfer independently to your hotel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Los Angeles

DAY 2, Tuesday - Los Angeles City Tour
Begin the tour in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Marvel at the impressive skyline as you explore landmarks like the Crypto Arena, home to the Lakers and Clippers basketball teams, and LA Live entertainment complex. View Olvera Street and the historic center of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Next, venture to the Original Farmers Market, a maze of winding pathways lined with a wide array of stalls, shops and eateries. Later, proceed to Beverly Hills and Hollywood Boulevard to view the stars on the iconic Walk of Fame, the world's most famous sidewalk, featuring more than 2,690 stars. Return to the hotel with free time before your New Year's Eve dinner tonight
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Rose Parade in Pasadena, Santa Monica
Rise early this morning for a unique experience, to attend the famous Tournament of Roses Parade. Prepare to be dazzled and inspired by the extraordinary sights and sounds. As the sun rises on New Year's morning, the streets of Pasadena come alive. Admire the elaborate floats as they glide by, decorated with fresh flowers and other natural materials. Each float tells its own story. Some floats carry local celebrities, or dignitaries and others feature animated figures. Following the parade, return to the hotel. After lunch, head to Santa Monica, the quintessential Southern California beach town. Stroll along the famous Third Street Promenade, buzzing with shoppers and street performers. View Santa Monica Pier, and the end of the historic Route 66
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday - Rose Parade Float Viewing
This morning, return to Pasadena with an opportunity to view the Rose Parade floats up-close. Find yourself captivated by the sheer artistry and attention to detail in every float. The vibrant colors of the flowers and the intricately designed sculptures create a sight to behold. In the afternoon, discover all the delights that Los Angeles has to offer on your own, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours,* The Getty Center Museum with lunch, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures or Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager*The Getty Center Museum with lunch, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours.
Optional: The Getty Center Museum with lunch (PM)
Optional: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (PM)
Optional: Warner Brothers Hollywood Studio Tour (PM)
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Travel to San Diego, Cruise Embarkation
Depart Los Angeles on a scenic drive south to San Diego. Catch a glimpse of the city on your way to the port for your cruise embarkation. Have lunch on board, and after arrival formalities, spend time at leisure. In mid-afternoon, the ship sets sail. Tonight, have dinner at one of the ship's restaurants
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - At Sea
Enjoy the amenities on board your cruise ship, during the day at sea. Relax and have a cocktail in one of the many lounges, dine in one of the world-class restaurants, and indulge in a massage at the spa
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - At Sea
Spend another day at sea. The ship continues cruising towards Puerto Vallarta
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This morning, arrive in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta with its colonial-era charm. Explore the historic center, and view Plaza de Armas, the town square, and the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Continue with a stroll along the Malecón (seaside promenade) lined with cafes, and trendy restaurants serving contemporary Mexican cuisine. For fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities, head to Banderas Bay for whale-watching, snorkeling, and jet-skiing. Return to the ship mid-afternoon and set sail
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - At Sea
During the day at sea, participate in a variety of onboard activities and entertainment options, from fitness classes and cooking demonstrations to trivia contests, and live music performances
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Huatulco, Mexico
The ship docks in Huatulco, situated on Mexico's Pacific Coast in the state of Oaxaca, offering 9 bays and 36 beaches. Head to the most popular beach La Entrega, with clean white sand and calm waters, perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing. Huatulco features archaeological sites to explore including the pre-Hispanic ruins in nearby Parque Eco-Arqueológico Copalita. The region is a haven for bird lovers with more than 225 bird species, including a number of them that are endemic to Mexico, like the Colima pygmy owl, and the wildly colorful orange-breasted bunting and citreoline trogon. Continue cruising towards Puerto Quetzal by early afternoon
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Morning arrival in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala's largest pacific seaport. There's not a great deal to see in Puerto Quetzal itself, but the city is an ideal point of departure for day trips, exploring Guatemala's most popular destinations. Discover the country's Maya sites, the colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage, a coffee plantation, or beautiful Lake Atitlán. The ship sets sail in the evening
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Corinto, Nicaragua
Arrive in the port town of Corinto, along the route to the Panama Canal Zone. The town features colonial-era architecture, and a number of cultural, and ecological attractions in surrounding area. Given the port's proximity to León, perhaps take a day trip to this beautiful city established by Spanish conquistadores in 1524. During your visit, be sure to sample the traditional Nicaraguan dish called vigorón, a hearty plate with pork, boiled yuca, and cabbage salad. Return to the ship mid-afternoon and continue cruising
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica
The ship docks in Puerto Caldera, on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.* The town, a busy working port is ideally positioned within easy day trip distance of a number of the country's national parks. Venture out to explore the variety of Costa Rica's outdoor attractions, from lush jungle destinations to pristine beaches along the Pacific. Perhaps, go swimming at the base of a waterfall, hike near active volcanoes, go horseback riding on Pacific beaches, or enjoy bird-watching in nature reserves and sanctuaries. This evening, sail towards the Panama Canal*A valid passport is required for disembarkation in Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas)
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - At Sea
Today, lounge by the pool deck, soaking up the sun's rays, and admire panoramic views of the ocean. Take a refreshing dip in the pool, unwind in a bubbling hot tub, or simply explore the endless onboard activities
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Monday - Panama Canal
Early morning arrival in the town of Balboa standing at the Pacific end of one of the world's great engineering wonders, the Panama Canal. it was U.S. territory until it was returned to Panama on December 31, 1999. The 48-mile route begins here, and ends at the Caribbean Sea. Observe how the ships cross the locks. The Panama Canal crossing is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Cartagena, Colombia
Mid-morning arrival in Cartagena, a city nestled on the Caribbean Sea. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See expansive views of the city as you make your way to the San Felipe castle-fortress. Explore the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. Then, on to 'the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments. Return to the ship in the evening
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Wednesday - At Sea
Spend the next two days at sea, the perfect opportunity to unwind, and recharge
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Thursday - At Sea
The ship continues cruising towards the Bahamas
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19, Friday - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
The ship docks in Half Moon Cay, a pristine island paradise known for its powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical landscapes. Half Moon Cay is the highest-rated Bahamas private island. Spend your time on the island, indulging in a variety of relaxing and adventurous activities. Depart the island by early afternoon, and continue cruising towards Fort Lauderdale
Overnight: Panama Canal Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20, Saturday - Return Home
This morning, disembark the cruise ship, and transfer independently to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for your departure flight. We recommend that you select flights which depart no earlier than 12 PM
Meals: Breakfast

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Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Chicago-Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale-Chicago
    Other departure cities available.
  • 19 nights accommodations
  • 4 nights Los Angeles
  • 15 nights Panama Canal Cruise on
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • 52 meals: 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 1 - 4)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Take a city tour of Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood
  • Join your Tour Manager for a festive New Year's Eve dinner
  • Attend the famous 136th Rose Parade in Pasadena. From your specially selected grandstand seating marvel at the elaborate floats, decorated with colorful fresh flowers and other natural materials
  • Opportunity to view the Rose Parade floats up-close
  • Explore Santa Monica, the quintessential Southern California beach town
  • Embark on a delightful Panama Canal cruise from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale
  • Cross the Panama Canal, a once-in-a-lifetime experience

  • Cruise Amenities

  • Live entertainment
  • Dining options including 24-hour room service
  • Upscale lounge & bar
  • Spa & fitness center
  • Observation deck with pool
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Not Included:
    Optional tours/upgrades, transfers, and gratuities.

    Additional Information:
    For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis unless otherwise noted in your itinerary. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.

    Passengers departing from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) following disembarkation on day 20 should select flights which depart no earlier than 12 PM.

    Passport information must be submitted to us Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, season changes and safety issues.

    While sailing with Holland America Line, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at:

    The "" upgrade can be purchased directly through Holland America once us provides booking information no less than 90 days prior to travel.

    Accommodation Details:
    This tour is operated with more than one coach. Some passengers will be accommodated at the . The hotel will be indicated on your booking.

    Triples are not available.

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