How Do I Book Shore Excursions on a Holland America Panama Cruise?

How Do I Book Shore Excursions on a Holland America Panama Cruise?
A Holland America Panama Cruise can be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Though the ships have amazing activities and world-class gyms, half the fun is getting off the ship and exploring different ports. Ports of call range from the rocky terrains of Baja Mexico to the tropical beaches of the Caribbean to the lush rainforests of Central America. A Panama Cruise offers great adventures such as zip-lining in a tropical rainforest, hiking, horseback riding, ATVing, kayaking, SCUBA, dolphin encounters and more. A world of adventure awaits. The most difficult part is choosing your adventure.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Book Your Shore Excursion

Things You’ll Need:
  • Your Holland America booking number
  • Your Holland America booking number
Step 1
Visit www.hollandamerica.com. Choose "Shore Excursions" on the "Destinations" drop-down menu at the top of your screen.
Step 2
Choose "Panama Canal" on the destination drop down menu and the port of call from which your shore excursion departs--for example, Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica. Click "View Excursions". A list of shore excursions, descriptions and activity levels will appear.
Step 3
Click "Book Shore Excursion Now" when you find your desired shore excursion.
Step 4
Enter your Holland America booking number and last name of your party. You will be asked how many people are in your party, and you will have to prepay with a credit card.
Step 5
Double-check your confirmation information. You will receive a confirmation of your shore excursion purchase in your e-mail. Print the confirmation and bring it to the shore excursion desk onboard your ship for meeting instructions at your port of call.

Tips & Warnings

 
While you can purchase shore excursions onboard, the most popular shore excursions sell out long before your ship sets sail. Prepurchasing your shore excursions guaranty you'll have the adventure you want. Print out the Panama Canal shore excursion brochure from the Holland America site to see all shore excursion options. Choose the ones you like and then book online. If you are sailing within five days, you can no longer book online. Call Holland America directly at (888) 425-9376 to book your shore excursions. Private tour companies offer excursions similar to what cruise ships offer. Consider booking with a reputable private tour operator.
 
While you can purchase shore excursions onboard, the most popular shore excursions sell out long before your ship sets sail. Prepurchasing your shore excursions guaranty you'll have the adventure you want.
 
Print out the Panama Canal shore excursion brochure from the Holland America site to see all shore excursion options. Choose the ones you like and then book online.
 
If you are sailing within five days, you can no longer book online. Call Holland America directly at (888) 425-9376 to book your shore excursions.
 
Private tour companies offer excursions similar to what cruise ships offer. Consider booking with a reputable private tour operator.

Resources

Article Written By Laine Doss

Laine Doss has been writing for years with an emphasis on fitness, travel and lifestyle issues. Doss has written for "Buzz" magazine, Examiner.com, Liberalwonk.com, Fashify.com and Laine Doss Green Travels. Doss has co-hosted a lifestyles-themed radio show and is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

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