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May012014

Bucket List - Panama Canal

Waiting to cross a Panama Canal cruise off your bucket list?  For those ready to go now, there are still some great options for fall 2014 Panama Canal voyages. 

Now that I’ve tempted you, the overwhelming question is which of these to take advantage of…  One key element to consider is departure port. 

The Florida embarkation ports put those on the west coast and mountain states at a disadvantage; precious daylight hours are lost when flying east and those flying this route require an overnight prior to embarkation. 

The California embarkation port put those on the east coast at a disadvantage for distance reasons and requires a California overnight prior to embarkation.

Another thing to consider is length of cruise and days at sea V/S days in port.  Obviously, if there are going to be a lot of days at sea, you’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen a comfortable ship.  I tend to get a bit stir crazy if there are too many days at sea, so I like more days in port.

Historically, cruise bookings made 90 days or less prior to departure are considered a last minute booking, resulting in drastic price adjustments that typically save a last minute booker, a lot of money.  Looking at these “last minute” offers, it’s interesting to see that Panama Canal pricing for spring & fall 2014 wasn’t / isn’t that different from spring & fall 2015 and in some cases actually costs more.  

I’ve noticed that since my last posting about Panama Canal cruising only 3 months ago, I’ve found that prices for 2015 voyages have all gone up.

The following are my top 2014 choices within the categories of Super Luxury, Luxury, Mid-Size and Big Ships, all offering a full transit of the Panama Canal with at least half of the itinerary spent visiting ports along the way:

Prices are per person and always subject to change.  Prices reflected are based on the time and date of this posting.  See items NOT INCLUDED at the end of this post:

2014 Super Luxury Ships: 

Nov. 3 – 19, 2014 Miami to Los Angeles

Regent’s - Seven Seas Mariner (6 Stars)  http://www.rssc.com/

16 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$8,299 Deluxe Veranda Ste. / $9,099 Concierge Ste.

Per Night Cost:  $519 Deluxe Veranda Ste. / $569 Concierge Ste.

Year Built:  2001 / Refurbished:  2014 / 700 passengers / 445 crew  

Length 709Ft. / Beam 93Ft.

 

2014 Luxury Ships:

Dec. 5 – 21, 2014 Miami to Los Angeles

Oceania Cruises - Regatta (5 1/2 Stars) http://www.oceaniacruises.com/

16 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$3,799 Oceanview / $5,199 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $238 Oceanview / $325 Balcony

Year Built:  1998 / Refurbished:  2011 / 684 passengers / 400 crew  

Length 594Ft. / Beam 84Ft.

 

2014 Mid-Size Ships:

Dec. 8 – 22, 2014 San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

Holland America - Amsterdam (5 Stars) 

http://www.hollandamerica.com/main/Main.action 

14 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$1,999 Oceanview / $3,499 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $143 Oceanview / $250 Balcony

Year Built: 2000 / Refurbished:  2010 / 1,380 passengers / 647 crew

Length 780Ft. / Beam 106Ft.

 

2014 Big Ships:

Oct. 10 – 25, 2014 San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

Holland America - Westerdam (5 Stars)

http://www.hollandamerica.com/main/Main.action 

15 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$2,199 Oceanview / $2,799 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $147 Oceanview / $187 Balcony

Year Built: 2004 / Refurbished:  2010 / 1,916 passengers / 800 crew

Length 950Ft. / Beam 106Ft.

 

It appears, the Panama Canal is a destination that holds its own, so my suggestion is to book as soon as you know you can go.  This will allow you to secure the best prices and cabin options. 

If you’re like I am and have a hard time scheduling early, the good news is there seem to be enough ships and you’ll be in the last minute pricing game. 

The following are my top 2015 choices within the categories of Super Luxury, Luxury, Mid-Size and Big Ships, all offering a full transit of the Panama Canal with at least half of the itinerary spent visiting ports along the way:

 

2015 Super Luxury Ships: 

May 25 - June 12, 2015 Los Angeles to New York

Crystal Cruises - Symphony (6 Stars) http://www.crystalcruises.com/

18 Nights / 8 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$6,685 Oceanview / $9,265 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $372 Oceanview / $515 Balcony

Year Built:  1995 / Refurbished:  2012 / 922 passengers / 566 crew  

Length 781Ft. / Beam 99Ft.

 

2015 Luxury Ships: 

April 23-May 9, 2015 Miami to San Francisco

Oceania Cruises - Regatta (5 1/2 Stars) http://www.oceaniacruises.com/

16 Nights / 7 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$3,499 Oceanview / $5,099 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $219 Oceanview / $319 Balcony

Year Built:  1998 / Refurbished:  2011 / 684 passengers / 400 crew  

Length 594Ft. / Beam 84Ft

 

2015 Mid-Size Ships: 

Feb. 7-21, 2015 San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

Holland America - Veendam (4 1/2 Stars) 

http://www.hollandamerica.com/main/Main.action 

14 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$2,099 Oceanview / $2,999 Lanai / $3,699 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $150 Oceanview / $215 Lanai / $265 Balcony

Year Built: 1996 / Refurbished:  2011 / 1,266 passengers / 602 crew

Length 720Ft. / Beam 101Ft.

 

2015 Big Ships: 

April 13 - 28, 2015 San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

Celebrity Cruises - Infinity (5 Stars) 

http://www.celebritycruises.com/

15 Nights / 7 Days at Sea + Canal Day

$1,899 Oceanview / $3,149 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $127 Oceanview / $210 Balcony

Year Built: 2001 / Refurbished:  2011 / 1,950 passengers / 999 crew

Length 965Ft. / Beam 105Ft.

Prices are per person and always subject to change.  Prices reflected are based on the time and date of this posting.  Items NOT INCLUDED are as follows:

Airfare & Port Transfers 

Govt. Fees & Taxes

Spa Services, Excursions, *Alcohol, *Sodas, *Espresso DrinksOn board service fees (**gratuities) which may be charged nightly to your stateroom account. 

*Some cruise lines include one or more of these items as part of their cruise experience.

**Charged gratuities are shared amongst wait staff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, galley staff, laundry and others who support your cruise experience.

Sunday
Apr272014

Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa - Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is home to the Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa, the ultimate bait and switch - here's why and what you should be aware of:

We arrived on April 12, 2014 to hundreds of beige painted plywood boards forming barricades to partially hide earth movers, cranes, diggers, bob cats, scaffolding, etc. from view.  These boards fanned out in every direction.  The boards also covered holes dug for future building infrastructure and were dotted with pots to help pretty it up…. news flash…NOT pretty.  The property should be ready for guests next April of - 2015 - not sooner.

The staff at the concrete platform arrivals area was efficient in finding out where guests were currently being checked in – apparently it changes based on construction – and loaded us into a golf cart to the temporary reception for check in - this is where mass chaos and confused service staff awaited.

Without greeting, the desk agent assigned to check us in said he needed some time for something…not really sure what because he turned away mid sentence as we were standing in front of him.  Once he returned, he requested our last name and left us – again – this time without reason.

During this time, my husband wandered out adjacent glass doors while I waited and then proceeded to fill out check in forms. My husband returned after being scolded by staff for wandering out and was told that guests were not allowed access to the area.

The “area” was the main pool, under FULL construction, hard hat access only with scaffolding as far as the eye could see.  With no apology, the staffer who scolded him said the glass doors should have been locked and that smaller pools attached to the open buildings serviced the guests.

I asked the desk agent what the hours of construction are and he replied 8AM – 5PM daily, except weekends.  Upon learning this, I informed the agent we would not be staying and that we would like our pre-payment refunded.

He told us to wait and called a manager.

The manager JUAN RAMON MALDONADO arrived and was not at all tuned into our problem with staying at a property under construction.  Instead of dealing with our desire to depart with refund, he said, let me find you a better room.

We let him know that we were desperate to unwind with peace and quiet in an environment of refined service.  The chaos we’d experienced from the moment we arrived did not feel like the resort experience we had paid dearly for, plus the property did not have a "resort" feel.

- HERE IS THE MOMENT WE FOUND OUT THE "GRAND SOLMAR" IS A TIME SHARE –

The manager quipped, "If you don’t want a time-share pitch, we’ll make sure to mark that in your record."

We were dumbstruck, so we asked, “Is this a time share?”  To which he replied, "It’s part resort, part-time share."

UN-BELIEVABLE!

A time-share typically pays guests with excursions, dinners, car rentals, sunset cruises and other rewards just so people will come take a look and get the pitch – this is the ultimate BAIT AND SWITCH –

The Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa have positioned themselves as a luxury resort with a 3 day non-refundable 2 night deposit.  Only after you've arrived to chaos and construction, you learn that you’ve been duped…

We departed the chaos of the Grand Solmar within an hour to seek other accommodations and ultimately spent a magnificent 4 nights at The One & Only Palmilla.  The price for The One & Only Palmilla, a true luxury resort, was only slightly more than we would have paid for the Grand Solmar’s “part resort, part time-share" experience.

While this bait and switch cost us almost a day of our vacation, we finally found the peace, quiet and refined service we were looking for.

Sometimes, you've got to make a hard decision and choose to fight for your rights - when you get home.

You can always make more money, but you can't make more time.

We called American Express Travel to dispute our charges for the entirely unused stay at the Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa.  They contacted the property and were successful in obtaining a refund.  Thank you AMEX and thank you to the individual at Grand Solmar who authorized this refund!

SO BE WARNED

For those lured by the beautiful website of the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa - Cabo San Lucas.  Not only does the website not identify this property as a time-share, it also offers photos of a beautiful, fully constructed resort.  This property is under massive construction and is currently without a main pool area.

People purchase these time-shares and want THEIR property to retain value and want THEIR rental income to remain high.  These owners leave 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor proclaiming everything to be wonderful and amazing.  Hey Trip Advisor – it’s time to get wise to this organization.  GRAND SOLMAR IS NOT A HOTEL OR A RESORT – IT IS A TIME SHARE!

Monday
Mar032014

How to Choose a Cruise Ship

So you want to take a cruise…

Cruising can be a wonderful way to travel, but if you’ve never navigated the world of cruise offerings, you’ve got a lot to consider.  The destinations are important and will ultimately shape your selections, but vitally, so are the choice of cruise lines and more centrally, the ship you’ll actually travel on.

Don’t confuse a “good deal” with a good fit; cruises are NOT all the same.  Ask the right questions so that you don’t find yourself on a ship that doesn’t match your personality or travel style.  This is miserable for you, awful for the cruise staff and ultimately damages the industry because you’ll return home with a resolve to “never cruise again,” making sure to tell everyone you know.  This was my response after spending our honeymoon on a ship that held 2,390 passengers back in 1993.  We didn’t ask the right questions and it took 5 years to get me back on a ship, but 20 years and 32 cruises later, I can honestly say it’s one of the most enjoyable ways to travel, if you're on the right ship.

How do you choose a ship that actually meets YOUR needs?

A cruise line should be viewed the same way you would view hotel branding.  Take Starwood for instance, which offers Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Four Points, Aloft, etc.  These brands are not equal in service, accommodations, style, quality or price point.  The cruise lines also have that same product diversity.  For instance, Carnival Cruise Lines is the parent company for Carnival, Holland America Line, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Aida, Costa Cruises and Ibero Cruceros.  Royal Caribbean International is the parent company for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur and Croisieres de France. 

With hotels, it’s easier to understand the differences represented in the products offered.  Thanks to the TV series, “The Love Boat,” which ran from 1977 to 1987, there’s a novelty and romance associated with traveling by sea.  Additionally, Hollywood inspires us with films like “Titanic,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” “The Imposters,” “Boat Trip” and many more.

As with hotels, individual cruise lines offer different levels of service, accommodations, style, quality and price point.  You wouldn’t necessarily select a hotel just because the price was the lowest and you shouldn’t base your cruise selection on price point either.  If you do, you might find yourself in less luxury than you’re used to and on a ship that doesn't meet your expectations.

With a cruise, there are a variety of things to consider.  First decide on a destination and from there, you'll likely find a long list of ships cruising that region.  Next, ask the right questions to help you narrow your selection to ships that fit your travel style.  Lastly, do the basics and you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to choosing a ship and enjoying the vacation you’ve always dreamed of.

What are the right questions?

Q:  How large is the ship and how many passengers does it hold? 

Ships tend to call themselves “yacht like” if they have fewer than 400 passengers, “small” if they have fewer than 1,000 passengers, “medium” if they are between 1,000 to 1,800 passengers and “large” if they are 1,800 or more passengers.  Take passenger numbers in mind when looking at the length and beam of a ship. 

Small Ship Pros:  Fewer passengers’ means personal service.  Small ships tend to run with a higher crew to guest ratio.  This equals shorter lines, less crowding and easy embarkation / disembarkation.  Entertainment can be highly specialized with interesting guest lecturers, local cultural ensembles, naturalists and contract performers.  The bars, lounges and disco will be quieter as the evening grows late.  A small ship can pull into smaller ports and tendering is less likely.

Small Ship Cons:  Small ships tend to be more costly and staterooms can sometimes be smaller in scale than the same category stateroom on a larger ship.  The entertainment could be uninteresting leaving you with entertaining yourselves in the evening or watching movies on the ship television channels.  The bars, lounges and disco will be quieter as the evening grows late.  Dining for a smaller crowd can sometimes necessitate seating times in the evening, forcing you into either an early or late seating situation for dinner.

Large Ship Pros:  A larger ship will have more outlets for shopping and entertainment and more areas for things like ice-skating, rock climbing and even giant water slides.  The bars, lounges and disco will offer entertainment until the wee hours with multiple venues to choose from in addition to movie channels on your stateroom television.

Large Ship Cons:  More passengers’ mean longer lines.  The embarkation / disembarkation process takes longer and there will be times when you’ll wait in long lines for the buffet, the passenger services desk, the excursions desk, etc.  A large ship cannot get into smaller ports and tendering from the ship becomes necessary in those ports.  Dining rooms are busier making it more difficult to dine when and where you’d like.

Q:  What are the different stateroom sizes?

While the stateroom square footage might be shockingly smaller than a typical hotel room, storage has been maximized and you'll find you've got room enough for all of your things.  Some important differences to note are bed sizes and weather you've been provided with a tub and shower or a shower only.  Additionally, many ships include the square footage of the balcony when quoting stateroom sizes.

Q:  What is the crew to guest ratio? 

More crew for each guest means a higher level of service. 

Q:  Why is the same stateroom category priced differently?

Staterooms vary in price depending on location and view within the same category.  Make sure your view isn’t obstructed and that you’ve not got a connecting door unless that’s what you’re looking for.

Q:  What star rating has been awarded to the ship?

Ships are rated from 1 to 6 stars and those ratings are based on quality, service, crew to guest ration, recent renovations, etc.

Q:  When was the ship built and when was the last renovation?

Ships need maintenance.  You want to know the ship you’ll be traveling on has been well maintained and is comfortable.

Q:  Is this a party ship or is it quiet? 

Whether you are looking for quiet romance with your special someone or looking for someone special, it’s a good question to get an answer to.

Q:  Is the ship formal or more casual? 

Will you feel out of place if you are required to wear cocktail attire or a jacket and tie every evening?  Do you look forward to dressing up?  Find out what the etiquette on board is before making your decision.

Q:  Is this ship appropriate for children and are there things for my kids to do? 

If it’s a family vacation, make sure the kids have options so that you can have time with your spouse and / or your own thoughts. 

Q:  What is included? 

Some ships charge extra for Specialty restaurants, excursions, alcohol, espresso drinks, soda, bottled water, etc. and some include many or all of those things.  Find out what you’ll need to budget extra for.  Most ships do not include airport transfers.

Q:  Are extra fees charged onboard and if so what do they cover? 

Many ships charge an onboard fee for gratuities which are shared amongst wait staff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, galley staff, laundry and others who support your cruise experience.

Q:  What are the dining options and when is dinner served?

Find out how many dining rooms you’ll have to choose from and if dinner is serviced with two seating’s (early & late) or if anytime dining OK?

Q:  What is the deposit requirement and what is the cancellation schedule?

Cancellation fees typically begin 90 days prior to departure, though some cruise lines begin imposing penalty fees as early as 120 days prior.  Each cruise line operates with different deposit and cancellation schedules.  It’s always recommended that with your cruise you also purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance so that you are covered in the event of an emergency.  Most cruise lines offer insurance and private options are also readily available through companies like Travelex Travel Insurance.

Before finalizing anything, peruse websites to investigate what people are saying about cruise lines and cruise ships you’re most interested in.  A good resource is Cruise Critic.  Better yet, visit a travel professional who is a cruise specialist, they will have the most recent information on things happening in the cruise world. 

However you decide to travel, spend some time on research before spending your time and money.  You can always make more money but you can’t make more time.

Sunday
Feb162014

The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

The Island Shangri-La Hotel on Hong Kong Island is the flagship property for Shangri-La Hotels. This means extraordinary service and attention to detail, done flawlessly, 24-7.  The staff seamlessly sees to your every need with grace and care.  Views are of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, in Wan Chai, only one MTR (metro) stop away.  Their welcome amenity of beautifully presented hot tea, cool towels, and chocolate and fruit welcomes weary guests.  The turn down service features Evian water, slippers, replacement fruit and sometimes a plate of cookies.  The toiletry products are from L'Occitane plus they provide a multitude of bath amenities of the highest quality.  The swimming pool, spa and gym are an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and finally, the Island Shangri-La lobby flowers, which change with unbelievable frequency, are as stunning as they are exotic.

If you are lucky enough to be a part of their Golden Circle Membership and have been invited to their concierge lounge or Restaurant Petrus for breakfast, it might just become the favorite part of your Hong Kong day.  Breakfast is a lavish spread with white glove service, 56 floors high.  The view from the 56th floor at Restaurant Petrus is mesmerizing and if you'd like to join them for dinner, Restaurant Petrus offers some of the finest French dining found in Hong Kong and has been awarded a coveted Michelin Star.

If you've spent time in Hong Kong, you know that the Hong Kong Metro or “MTR” is world class.  It's one of the best ways to get around to explore this cosmopolitan city.  If you've never traveled the MTR, the system is super easy to navigate!  The first thing you'll need to recognize and remember is the MTR symbol which can be difficult to locate among the signs and billboards littering your vision.

Before your journey, purchase an Octopus Card and research which MTR exit puts you closest to your destination.  Each MTR stop has several exit choices.  Note:  The Octopus Card can only be purchased with CASH and requires a deposit, currently 50HKD before you fill it with currency.  When you return your card, you receive a refund for your deposit.  The Octopus Card can be purchased and returned to any MTR booth.

The MTR stop for Island Shangri-La is Admiralty, located in the neighborhood known as Central.  Though technically in Central, it is actually one MTR stop from "Central," a lively, vivid, bustling and seemingly always-awake part of the city.  This has its merits... or may not be what you're looking for...  In addition to shopping and dining, Central has a very busy nightclub and bar scene in the Lan Kwai Fong area.  The Island Shangri-La, To/From Central, is a 15-20 minute walk through above the city walkways or is a quick MTR ride.  If you enjoy the nightclub and bar scene, you might want to choose a hotel who's metro stop "IS" Central, putting you closer to the action.

Adjacent to The Island Shangri-La is Hong Kong Park, which offers a lovely ambiance for strolling, bird watching, and turtle gazing and dining.  If you're looking for shopping, the hotel elevator banks drop you right into Pacific Place, which offers unparalleled choices for your every shopping need.  Note:  While Pacific Place offers several options for dining, you're better off selecting something outside of the mall.  Mall dining is, after all, mall dining...and there are far better options elsewhere.

Speaking of dining, the hotel is a top rated spot for high tea and should NOT be missed.  Tea takes place in their extraordinary lobby on the finest of patterned china and heavy silver service.  Tea is a top rated Hong Kong pastime and it's served here particularly well.

The hotel is thoughtfully considering a room’s renovation by gathering feedback on 2 rooms, which they’ve renovated, in contrasting styles.  Though their guest accommodations could use a renovation, the service standards are so high that one stops noticing the dated colors and furnishings of their current standard.  Once The Island Shangri-La completes this renovation, their place as one of the top hotels in the world will be hard to challenge.

Sunday
Feb092014

Panama Canal - 2014 V/S 2015

For those ready to go now, there are still some great options for a spring 2014 Panama Canal voyage. 

Historically, cruise bookings made 90 days or less prior to departure are considered a last minute booking, resulting in drastic price adjustments that typically save a last minute booker, a lot of money.  Looking at these “last minute” offers, it’s interesting to see that Panama Canal pricing for spring 2014 isn’t that different from spring 2015 and in some cases actually costs more.

As this seems to be a destination that holds its own, my suggestion is to book as soon as you know you can go, securing the best cabin options by booking early. 

The good news, whenever you do decide to book, there seem to be enough ships to accommodate whatever traveler and travel planner mold you fit. 

2014 Super Luxury Ships: 

Crystal Cruises - Symphony (6 Stars) http://www.crystalcruises.com/

17 Nights / 8 Days at Sea + Canal Day

The Facts: May 15-June 1, 2014 Los Angeles to New York

$5,630 Oceanview / $7,585 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $332 Oceanview / $447 Balcony

Year Built:  1995 / Refurbished:  2012 / 922 passengers / 566 crew  

Length 781Ft. / Beam 99Ft.

 

2015 Super Luxury Ships:

Crystal Cruises - Symphony (6 Stars) http://www.crystalcruises.com/

18 Nights / 8 Days at Sea + Canal Day

The Facts: May 25 - June 12, 2015 Los Angeles to New York

$6,454 Oceanview / $8,969 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $359 Oceanview / $499 Balcony

Year Built:  1995 / Refurbished:  2012 / 922 passengers / 566 crew  

Length 781Ft. / Beam 99Ft.

 

2014 Luxury Ships:

Oceania Cruises - Regatta (5 1/2 Stars) http://www.oceaniacruises.com/

16 Nights / 7 Days at Sea + Canal Day

The Facts: May 1-17, 2014 Miami to San Francisco

$3,299 Oceanview / $4,999 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $207 Oceanview / $313 Balcony

Year Built:  1998 / Refurbished:  2011 / 684 passengers / 400 crew  

Length 594Ft. / Beam 84Ft.

 

2015 Luxury Ships:

Oceania Cruises - Regatta (5 1/2 Stars) http://www.oceaniacruises.com/

16 Nights / 7 Days at Sea + Canal Day 

The Facts: April 23-May 9, 2015 Miami to San Francisco

$3,199 Oceanview / $4,799 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $200 Oceanview / $300 Balcony

Year Built:  1998 / Refurbished:  2011 / 684 passengers / 400 crew  

Length 594Ft. / Beam 84Ft.

 

2014 Mid-Size Ships:

Holland America - Veendam (4 ½ Stars) http://www.hollandamerica.com/main/Main.action 

15 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

The Facts: March 30 – April 14, 2014 San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

$1,599 Oceanview / $3,299 Lanai / $4,199 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $107 Oceanview / $220 Lanai  / $280 Balcony

Year Built: 1996 / Refurbished:  2011 / 1,266 passengers / 602 crew

Length 720Ft. / Beam 101Ft.

 

2015 Mid-Size Ships:

Holland America - Veendam (4 1/2 Stars) http://www.hollandamerica.com/main/Main.action 

14 Nights / 6 Days at Sea + Canal Day

The Facts: Feb. 7-21, 2015 San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

$2,099 Oceanview / $2,999 Lanai / $3,699 Balcony

Per Night Cost:  $150 Oceanview / $215 Lanai / $265 Balcony

Year Built: 1996 / Refurbished:  2011 / 1,266 passengers / 602 crew

Length 720Ft. / Beam 101Ft.

Prices are per person and are always subject to change.  Prices reflected are based on the time and date of this posting.  Items NOT INCLUDED are as follows:

Airfare & Port Transfers 

Govt. Fees & Taxes

Spa Services, Excursions, *Alcohol, *Sodas, *Espresso Drinks, On board service fees (**gratuities) which may be charged nightly to your stateroom account. 

*Some cruise lines include one or more of these items as part of their cruise experience.

**Charged gratuities are shared amongst wait staff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, galley staff, laundry and others who support your cruise experience.