Holland America Line diversifies in the Caribbean


During 2013-14, Holland America Line will send eight of their premium vessels to the Caribbean.

Eight Holland America Line ships will sail roundtrips from either Fort Lauderdale or Tampa, Florida. All Fort Lauderdale itineraries will call at Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private island.  The itineraries last up to 25 days and call at a diverse number of Caribbean ports.

Between October 2013 and April 2014 ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Ryndam, ms Veendam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam will sail a total of 109 seven-to-14 day cruises. These can be combined into longer “Collectors’ Voyages” that will last from 14-to-25 days.

The itineraries span eastern, western and southern Caribbean routes, as well as one journey offering a partial transit of the Panama Canal.

Speaking about the company’s new Caribbean offerings, Holland America Line’s executive president of marketing, sales and guest programmes Richard Meadows said:

“With eight ships and a diverse range of itineraries, our Caribbean cruises are the ideal tropical holiday for guests looking to take a weeklong holiday or a longer, more comprehensive voyage.”

“The Caribbean islands are warm, inviting and pristine and our mid-sized ships offer an upscale, easy way to experience this beautiful region.”

Here’s a look at each of the ships and their offerings:

Veendam – making her debut in the region, Veendam will sail one seven day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale in April. The ship will visit the Caribbean and call at Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands and Holland America Line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.

Eurodam – this ship will make a return to the area. She’ll sail the Caribbean on alternating roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale.  She’ll alternate seven day eastern and western itineraries, as well as sail one four day cruise departing in December 2013.

Maasdam – on offer will be seven, ten, eleven and fourteen day roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will sail seven and ten day eastern Caribbean, routes, and eleven and 14 day sailings in the southern Caribbean too.

Nieuw Amsterdam – this ship will embark on roundtrip journeys from Fort Lauderdale. She’ll sail alternating eastern and western routes, with the eastern route calling at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay and the western calling at Cozumel, Mexico, as well as Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman and Key West.

Noordam – Passengers can choose from seven-to-11 day roundtrip cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

Ryndam – this ship will be sailing roundtrip journeys to Tampa, offering seven day western Caribbean cruises and two different fourteen day southern Caribbean itineraries.

Westerdam – this ship will sail seven day eastern Caribbean itineraries that will visits Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay.

Zuiderdam – this ship will sail ten and eleven day Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Collectors’ Voyages:

By combining back-to-back cruises, holidaymakers can enjoy a longer Caribbean programme, and an in-depth Caribbean itinerary.

The Collectors’ Voyages are perfect for true explorers who seek fabulous experiences.

Combined itineraries offer more days at sea, plenty of shore excursions and lots of overnight stays at favourite ports of call!


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