2016 - Grand Slam Adventures

Kathie and Jo Ann want to invite you to join us on a Caribbean Cruise and Bridge.  

What a GRAND ADVENTURE we are planning on the Holland America cruise ship: 

Holland America ms Zuiderdam

 February 15th to 26th 2016 from 

Fort Lauderdale through the Western Caribbean back to Fort Lauderdale

 

 

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Ports of Call for the 2016 Grand Slam Adventure

 

Day Date Port Arrive Depart
0 15-Feb-16 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US  4:00 PM
1 16-Feb-16 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas TR  8:00 AM 2:30 PM
2 17-Feb-16 At Sea 
3 18-Feb-16 Kralendijk, Bonaire  1:00 PM 11:00 PM
4 19-Feb-16 Willemstad, Curacao  8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 20-Feb-16 At Sea 
6 21-Feb-16 Cartagena, Colombia  7:00 AM 1:00 PM
7 22-Feb-16 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal CO P1 5:00 AM 5:00 AM
7 22-Feb-16 Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake CO 
7 22-Feb-16 Gatun Lake, Panama SC  9:00 AM 10:00 AM
7 22-Feb-16 Cruising Gatun Lake and Panama Canal CO 
7 22-Feb-16 Exit Panama Canal Cristobal CO P1  1:00 PM 1:00 PM
7 22-Feb-16 Colon, Panama  3:00 PM 7:00 PM
8 23-Feb-16 Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica PR  6:30 AM 4:00 PM
9 24-Feb-16 At Sea 
10 25-Feb-16 At Sea 
11 26-Feb-16 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US  7:00 AM

 

 

Contact Information

 

Cruising Kat  902-443-4676   kmacnab@eastlink.ca
 Cruising Joey  902-843-6022   jlynds@eastlink.ca
Cruise Holidays

902-865-6992

melanie@cruiseholidays.com

 

Feb. 15, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 


Warm up in Fort Lauderdale on your arrival from the chilly north. This town caters to cruisers and provides excellent hotels, shopping, shows at the Broward Center and beaches for your pre- or-post cruise extensions.

 

Feb. 16, 2016 – Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. 


Enjoy the perfect day of play on Holland America's pristine private island, from sunning on two miles of white sand to water sports, nature hikes, deep sea fishing, and more. For relaxing, reserve a private air-conditioned cabana by the sea. For adventure, feed the gentle rays at Stingray Cove, ride a horse into the surf or visit Half Moon Lagoon, the island's aqua park. Discover why Half Moon Cay—included on nearly every Caribbean itinerary—consistently wins guests' hearts. 

 

Feb. 18, 2016 – Kralendijk, Bonaire 

The westernmost of the ABC Islands, Bonaire is shaped roughly like a drawn bow aiming an imaginary arrow at the Netherlands, of which the island is a municipality. Take an hour out of your cruise to walk Kralendijk, the capital. You'll likely hear people speaking Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamentu as you pass the brightly colored shops and restaurants. After you see the town, explore the island. To the north is Washington Slagbaai National Park, to the south is the flamingo sanctuary at Pekel Meer, and all around is some of the best diving in the world. 

 

Feb. 19, 2016 – Willemstad, Curacao  


Behold Willemstad, with its deepwater harbor, interlacing waterways, and narrow shop fronts that seem always to be stretching to their full height. The capital City of Curacao is a Caribbean cruise delight. Willemstad graces the Shottegat harbor with neighborhoods that mix Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese urban styles and then dresses them in effulgent pastels. It's a combination seen nowhere else in former Dutch colonies. Wander the shops and markets of the Punda and Otrobanda districts and soak up some color.

 

Feb. 21, 2016 – Cartagena, Colombia 


Privateers love Cartagena, the chief Spanish port of New Granada. Sir John Hawkins besieged the city in 1568 and his nephew, Sir Francis Drake sacked it 18 years later.  In response, Spain poured millions into the port's defense, building the fortifications that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also part of that World Heritage designation. Cruise visitors can walk those deeply textured alleyways today through some of the best-preserved colonial neighborhoods of the Americas. When you're ready for a change, there are beaches ready. Bocagrande is busy and close to the city. Playa Blanca is south across the bay and quieter. Both are lovely.

 

Feb. 22, 2016 – Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake

Here is human labor on an operatic scale: When it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest human-made lake in the world. All it took was the world's biggest dam to create it—one of the greatest feats of engineering in history. The Panama Canal stretches 48 miles from the Caribbean Sea in the north to the Pacific Ocean in the south. Much of the journey is a narrow cruise through the jungle, but 21 miles of the transit is across the sprawling Gatun Lake, a haven for sailors, scientific research, and anglers chasing peacock bass.

 

Feb. 22, 2016 – Colon, Panama 

 

Colon lies on the stunning Caribbean coast of Panama, where unparalleled beaches and lush tropical scenery are de rigueur. In nearby Portobello, discover the ruins of Spanish forts, watch the colorful yachts sailing in the bay or hunt for treasures in the local markets

 

Feb. 23, 2016 – Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica

 

In the surreal world of the Costa Rican rainforest, the tropical hothouse environment pushes life into a constant state of fast forward. Holly species change sex. Plants live on air, not soil.  Orchids instruct insects where to land. Puerto Limon, on the Caribbean coast is a gateway to all that bio-fantasia. There are national parks, refuges, and reserves in all directions, from the coast to the jungled mountains to the volcanic parks on the road
to San Jose. Closer to town, highlights for cruise visitors include Playa Bonita beach, a couple miles from downtown, and a panga-boat ride along the Tortuguero Canal, which encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways along the coast.

 

Feb. 26, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 


Time to disembark the ship and return home, or spend some time in Florida...

 

A group of us are staying 2 extra days for sunshine at the Double Tree Hotel in Fort Lauderdal

 

Feb. 27, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale. 


Bridge game at a local Fort Lauderdale Bridge club.

 

Feb. 28, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale. 


Traveling for some of us back to Canada to enjoy our Canadian Winter.

 

 

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