My family and I will be joining you on this cruise in Dec. It seems as if we will have quite a few days at sea! So bring lots of books or your Kindle. We range in age from 8-74. This is our fifth family cruise and our second holiday cruise. We love Holland American. The ships are spotlessly clean, the food is very good and the service has always been superb. I am a three star Mariner and will be a four star after this cruise. We did a partial transit of the Canal last Xmas and spent a day in Panama City. The shopping was great right on the pier and I am sorry that we have very little land time in the Canal. If you haven't done the Canal I would suggest the shore excursion to the locks at night. See you on board!