Panama Canal Cruise

11-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise

Visit the incredible Panama Canal! A once in a lifetime experience.

Round trip: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Wed, Apr 11 2018 - Sun, Apr 22 2018

Important: To participate in the poker room, all reservations must be made through Card Player Cruises

300 thousand acres of pristine rain forest surround the passage that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific. This man-made marvel is a must-see.

Ship Name:  
ms Zuiderdam
Poker Room:  
Deck 3 (Promenade) Hudson, Half Moon & Stuyvesant
Dining Begins:  
5:45 p.m.



Day 0
All Aboard: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wed Apr 11, 2018: Departs 4:00 p.m.
Poker Room Open

Enjoy Ft. Lauderdale!  This city port has beaches, parks, a boardwalk and more.  You'll love your time here.

Welcome Aboard Party:
4:15-5:15 p.m. BB Kings Deck 2

Day 1
Port: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Thu Apr 12, 2018: Arrives: 8:00 a.m., Departs: 2:30 p.m.
Poker Room Open
A tropical island paradise, this private beach is the perfect vacation hideaway. The sands are pristine and the crystal waters perfect for wading, swimming and snorkeling. Horseback riding, kayaking and biking are also available. For families, there is a play area with water slides and shooting fountain. For those looking for a quiet retreat, visitors can easily find waiting hammocks and an unfettered view.
Day 2
Cruising: At Sea
Fri Apr 13, 2018: Cruising
Poker Room Open
Come and see us in the poker room! Our professional, casino style poker room is open all days we are at sea and in the evenings after the ship leaves port. Check out our poker schedule for complete details.
Day 3
Port: Oranjestad, Aruba
Sat Apr 14, 2018: Arrives: 1:00 p.m., Departs: 11:00 p.m,
Poker Room Open
Explore historic sights, dutch-colonial architecture and busy promenades in Oranjestad, Aruba's largest city. Beautiful beaches and resorts make Aruba a wonderful sightseeing destination Take a submarine ride through coral reefs, shipwrecks, and abundant marine life.
Day 4
Port: Willemstad, Curacao
Sun Apr 15, 2018: Arrives: 8:00 a.m., Departs: 11:00 p.m.
Poker Room Closed
As the capital of Curacao, Willemstad has much to offer it's guests. Amazing and colorful colonial architecture lines the streets. There, you will find museums, shops and refreshment. The bay area offers hiking, exploring, diving and swimming with dolphins.
Day 5
Cruising: At Sea
Mon Apr 16, 2018: Cruising
Poker Room Open
Enjoy the ms Zuiderdam.  This luxury ship offers guests the perfect getaway for relaxation and entertainment.  Spend time at the spa or enjoy the thermal pool and lounge. 
Day 6
Port: Cartagena, Colombia
Tue Apr 17, 2018: Arrives: 7:00 a.m., Departs: 1:00 p.m.
Poker Room Open
Cartagena is the pride of Colombia. It features a vibrant historic center encompassed by a 16th century wall created by Spanish colonialists to protect its treasures from pirates. Inside, you will find cafes, shopping and more. Take your time and tour the beautiful colonial architecture and other spectacular views.
Day 7
Enter: Panama Canal Cristobal
Wed Apr 18, 2018: Arrives: 8:00 a.m.
Poker Room Open
This remarkable structure is 48-miles long and connects the Atlantic to the Pacific.  It was first used in 1914.
Day 7
Cruising: Gatun Lake, Panama
Wed Apr 18, 2018: Arrives: 9:00 a.m., Departs: 10:00 a.m.
Poker Room Open
The most scenic spot between two great oceans, Gatun Lake is surrounded by greenery and spotted with tiny island towns. This giant man-made lake is buried deep within a pristine rain forest. If you've ever wanted to observe the natural behavior of Central American wildlife, this is the place to be.
Day 7
Exit: Panama Canal Cristobal
Wed Apr 18, 2018: Arrives: 10:00 a.m., Departs: 1:00 p.m.
Poker Room Open
Exit Panama Canal.  Looking back at it's incredible beauty, you'll appreciate this vital trade route and it's construction more than you ever thought possible.
Day 7
Port: Colon, Panama
Wed Apr 18, 2018: Arrives: 3:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.
Poker Room Open

Colon, Panama is the gateway to see the incredible workings of the Panama Canal. This is an absolute engineering marvel. Panama City or Gatun Lake is the fast growing capital.

Colon is a popular destination for those ready to stretch their legs and visit a lively Panamanian city. Museums, shopping, restaurants, world-class coffee and more can be found here.

Day 8
Docking: Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
Thu Apr 19, 2018: Arrives: 6:30 a.m., Departs: 4:00 p.m.
Poker Room Open

Puerto Limón is overflowing with natural wonders - towering mountains once thought to house gold and silver, magnificent rain forests containing more than 2,000 varieties of orchids, and of course, seductive, sun-drenched beaches. Columbus discovered this land on his fourth voyage to the Americas and was so impressed that he named it Costa Rica, or the rich coast.

Limon is a bustling city port complete with open-aired markets and palm tree filled parks.

Day 9
Cruising: At Sea
Fri Apr 20, 2018: Cruising
Poker Room Open
On the ms Zuiderdam, you'll be able to learn new tricks at the digital workshop, spent time at America's Test Kitchen, enjoy a movie or spend time at the pool.
Day 10
Cruising: At Sea
Sat Apr 21, 2018: Cruising
Poker Room Open

Live entertainment is also available including the B.B. Blues Club, the Lincoln Center Stage, Piano Bar and more.

Farewell Party:
4:15-5:15 p.m. BB Kings Deck 2

Day 11
Docking: Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Sun Apr 22, 2018: Arrives: 7:00 a.m.
Poker Room Closed
If you aren't ready to go home yet, Ft. Lauderdale has a lot to offer visitors including a boardwalk, national park, beaches and exciting dinner venues.

Poker Room

Card Player Cruises proudly features a professional, fully staffed, non-smoking poker room. The poker room is usually open for play immediately after the first-seating dinner on your departure day. The poker room remains open throughout most of the cruise except when the ship is in port. Free beginner lessons for novices are offered, followed by a low limit hold’em game for beginners only.

The Card Player Cruises staff will be happy to spread any game and limit that enough players want to play. A general guideline regarding the games and limits on most cruises is as follows:

Limit hold’em: $2/$4 – $4-$8 and higher upon request No–limit hold’em: $1/3, $2/5, and higher upon request Omaha/8: $4/8 and often higher ($10/20 on up). Mixed games: Mixed games upon request Tournaments will be announced.


Please contact our office for further details.

All poker games are open to anyone 18 years and older.

All stateroom images are representative samples and actual staterooms may differ in appearance. Stateroom availability is subject to change without notice. Square footage is not specific, but is an average of category type. Please contact us for more details.


Call for a full list of amenities. Unless otherwise stated, all rooms include:
2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-sized bed, Euro-Top mattress, finely woven linens, bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerheads, make-up mirrors, hair dryers, bath amenities, fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray, Interactive TV System, ice service, shoeshine service and turndown service. All room sizes are approximate.

Neptune Suites

500–712 sq. ft. including verandah bathroom with dual sink, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows..

Signature Suites

372–384 sq. ft. including verandah bathroom with dual sink, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows.


170-194 sq. ft. including verandah bathroom with bathtub, shower, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows. Category HH and H is fully obstructed. Category G is partially obstructed. Some VH, VH, VE verandahs have solid steel railings.

Ocean View

174–180 sq. ft. Please call to request ocean view preferences.

Interior 4x Options

I - 151–233 sq. ft. bathroom with showers.

K - 151-233 sq. ft. bathroom with showers.

L - 151–233 sq. ft. bathroom with showers.

J - Wheelchair accessible, two lower beds, shower