Holland America Line provides a rich palate of 22 diverse itineraries for their 2007 Caribbean season. This lineup is among the most extensive cruise programs offered by any premium cruise line, in the region, next year. Itineraries are appealing to a wide variety of tastes and schedules. Travelers may choose from 125 departures - including twelve Holiday voyages, four short Bahamian jaunts, and launches from the new Caribbean homeport, New York City.
Nearly half of the line’s Caribbean cruises - 59 in all - are 10 days or longer, allowing savvy travelers more time to experience the culture, wildlife and natural beauty of each destination.
From January through April and again from October through December, Holland America Line will explore all corners of the southern, western and eastern Caribbean as well as the Panama Canal on cruises ranging from three to 14 days. Aboard eight ships departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and New York City.
“Our ships offer the full Signature of Excellence amenities and enhancements, carry fewer guests than any other major cruise line, and in 2007 will offer an unprecedented variety of Caribbean itineraries,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “Making a Caribbean vacation with Holland America Line even more enriching are the Signature of Excellence enhancements now featured on all of our ships, including the new Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine, the Explorations Caf© - powered by The New York Times, and stateroom amenities from ultra-comfortable beds to flat screen TVs.”
Depending on the itinerary selected, southern Caribbean ports of call may include Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries and SoufriÃ¨re, St. Lucia; George Town, Grand Cayman; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; El Buamache, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela; Kralendijk, Bonaire; scenic cruise near Mount Pel©e; Oranjestad, Aruba; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Pointe-a-Piedre, Guadeloupe; Port-of-Spain, Trinadad; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Roseau, Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. George’s, Grenada; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Willemstad, CuraÃ§ao.
Eastern and Western Caribbean - 7 to 10 Days From Ft. Lauderdale Featuring Saturday and Sunday departures, Ft. Lauderdale serves as Holland America Line’s main gateway to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Aboard the new Vista-class sister ships the ms Zuiderdam, Westerdam, and Noordam, as well as the ms Volendam, the waters of the Caribbean are explored on 39 itineraries that balance enriching port calls with rejuvenating sea days. The Noordam also offers seven 10-day cruises through the Eastern Caribbean from New York City, the newest of the line’s Caribbean homeports.
To the east, itineraries feature the following port calls: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and, St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. All feature a visit to Half Moon Cay.
To the west, cruises may include stops at Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Key West, Florida; Roatan, Honduras; and, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. All feature a visit to Half Moon Cay.
7- and 8-day Western Caribbean - From Tampa
The Veendam travels from Tampa on 10 week-long cruises and an 8-day journey that feature port calls in Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Roaton, Honduras, and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.
10-day ‘Sunfarer’ Panama Canal
A must-see on many world traveler lists, Holland America Line’s history in exploring the Panama Canal is without peer among premium cruise lines. The Volendam travels round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale on 16 Southern Caribbean itineraries showcasing the marvels of the canal. With visits to Half Moon Cay, Oranjestad, Aruba, and Willemstad, CuraÃ§ao, the ship enters at CristÃ³bal to transit the canal and cruise Gatun Lake with a stop in ColÃ³n, Panama, before sailing on to Puerto LimÃ³n, Costa Rica.
Getaways to The Bahamas
For a quick rejuvenating escape, the Westerdam offers four short getaways to The Bahamas with four 4-day departures and four 3-day cruises. Ports of call include Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.
Caribbean Holiday Cruises
Twelve Holiday cruises ranging from seven to 14 days are offered throughout the Caribbean aboard eight different ships. Itineraries are carefully planned to ensure the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are spent at sea, allowing ample time for festive celebrations.
Caribbean Highlights: Newest Port Call and Holland America Line Private Island
Several Caribbean cruises feature visits to the newest port in the Caribbean, Grand Turk, where swimming and snorkeling beaches with complimentary chairs and a large swimming pool and lounge area are near the cruise terminal. Nearly every itinerary also plans a day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s acclaimed private island. With its horseback riding and swimming excursion, guided AquaTrax watercraft tour, stingray adventure, and fun-filled family aqua park, Half Moon Cay continues as the line’s highest rated Caribbean port of call.
For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.