The Panama Canal is a must-see destination. Dubbed “one of the seven wonders of the modern world” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, this 48-mile waterway divides two continents and connects two mighty oceans. On our Panama Canal cruise, we saw this amazing feat of engineering on the Holland America Line Westerdam during our  14 day cruise. Our itinerary was embarkation in San Diego, California, then on to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Huatulco, Mexico, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, Corinto, Nicaragua, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, Cruising Panama Canal, and Cartagena, Colombia. We disembarked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

The Panama Canal eight-hour transit took us through a total of 12 locks. During our journey from the Pacific Ocean to Gatún Lake, our cruise ship rose through the locks of Miraflores and Pedro Miguel. Near the town of Gatún, the ship descended down to the Atlantic. 

Our Panama Canal cruise was a delightful way to experience this diverse and beautiful region.

 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Guided City Tour and Mexican Fiesta

Waterfront Malecon, Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral, Hacienda Doña Engracia with Mexican fiesta including a traditional Mexican folkloric ballet, and delicious Mexican buffet.

Huatulco, Mexico - Copalita Mayan Ruins and Museum Tour

A recently-discovered Archeological Zone believed to be a mixture between a Mayan and an Olmec city. It is more than 2,300 years old.

 

 

Corinto, Nicaragua - Cortijo El Rosario Estate & Equestrian Show

300-year-old farm estate of Cortijo El Rosario, famous throughout Central America for the beautiful pure-breed Spaniard & Lusitanian Equestrian Show. Training exercises set to music are performed daily to discipline the horses and riders. A traditional Nicaraguan lunch chicken, beef, pork, bananas, beans and tortillas served in a large La Palpa with traditional folkloric dance.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica - Panoramic Scenic Ride

Visited the town of Esparza. Local children wearing colorful costumes performed in the park with some of our group including my husband, participated in dances with the children. Stopped at El Jardin Souvenir shop.

Panama Canal Transit Time Lapse - From Pacific to Atlantic

Cartagena, Columbia - Cartagena City Highlights

Photo stop at colonial San Felipe Fortress with free shopping time at Las Bovedas

 

Scenes Around The Ship

 

Our Suite - Neptune Suite 7077

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - Filadelfia Coffee Estate, Lunch & Antigua Walking Tour

Filadelfia Coffee Estate (established in 1870) coffee mill, plantation fields, traditional Guatemalan grilled lunch, Antigua walking tour among the main cultural highlights surrounding the Central Plaza.

 

 

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