New cruises include a spectacular 21-day
roundtrip from Boston; private
island Half Moon Cay remains centerpiece of Caribbean sailings
SEATTLE, March 30,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's
2024-2025 Caribbean season
opens for booking today, and the premium cruise line is continuing
its trend of longer, more immersive cruise itineraries with the
introduction of three new voyages that are 14 and 21 days. Also new
for this season is adding Boston,
Massachusetts, as a Caribbean departure port — in addition to
Fort Lauderdale, Florida — and the
return of calls at Bermuda.
The 2024-2025 season puts the spotlight on longer voyages,
offering travelers more time in the Caribbean and the opportunity to visit
more islands on one itinerary.
"Holland America Line is meeting the desire of our guests who
want more immersive experiences, and we're excited to offer new
itineraries and a new departure option for this Caribbean season," said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line's president.
"With sailings covering the entire region and combinable
itineraries up to 35 days, our Caribbean cruises extend to lesser-visited
islands and are among the most diverse in the industry."
Holland America Line's
Caribbean cruises sail
from October 2024 through March
2025 and feature five- to 21-day options to the eastern,
western and southern regions, including sailings that spend a day
discovering the Panama Canal. Six Holland America Line ships will
head to the Caribbean — including
two Pinnacle Class ships — with the majority of itineraries
roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
Two of the new itineraries depart from Boston.
Nearly all itineraries feature Half Moon
Cay, Holland America Line's award-winning private island in
the Bahamas boasting the finest
beach in the Caribbean. On select
itineraries, evening departures from Puerto Rico, Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba mean more time in port and the chance to
experience the vibrant Caribbean
Guests can cruise to the Caribbean aboard Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam,
Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Volendam and Zuiderdam.
New and Notable Longer Cruises:
New is a unique 21-Day
"Perfect Caribbean Escape" cruise roundtrip from Boston aboard Zuiderdam. Departing
Oct. 19, 2024, this extended tropical
adventure includes a partial Panama Canal transit and a call at
Bermuda. Following Bermuda, the ship makes its way to Half Moon
Cay; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; Curaçao; Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puerto
Limon, Costa Rica; Port Canaveral, Florida; and Bimini, Bahamas.
Following the 21-day roundtrip Boston cruise, Zuiderdam offers a new 14-day
"Southern Caribbean" itinerary
from Boston to Fort Lauderdale departing Nov. 9 that also includes a call at Bermuda. The ship then heads to St. Thomas,
St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Curaçao and Half Moon Cay. The 21-
and 14-day departures can be combined to form a destination-rich
35-Day Collectors' Voyage for the ultimate Caribbean experience.
Another new 21-day Caribbean
exploration sails roundtrip from Fort
Lauderdale aboard Volendam. Departing Jan. 4, 2025, this in-depth "Ultimate
Caribbean" journey deeply explores
the area, with calls at Half Moon Cay; Amber Cove, Dominican
Republic; San Juan, Puerto
Rico; Tortola; St. Maarten;
Antigua; Dominica; St.
Lucia; Barbados; St.
Vincent; Grenada; Bonaire; Aruba; Ocho Rios,
Jamaica; and Grand
Line's western Caribbean
itineraries include six-, seven- and 10-day options. The
seven-day cruise calls at Cozumel,
Mexico; Half Moon Cay, Ocho
Rios and Grand Cayman. The
three 10-day itineraries span the region and are combination of
ports that include Montego Bay or
Falmouth, Jamaica; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Grandy Cayman, Cozumel, Half Moon Cay, and Bimini.
The seven-day eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Grand Turk,
St. Thomas, San Juan and Half Moon
Cay. A longer 11-day "Eastern Caribbean Wayfarer" itinerary calls
at St. Maarten, Antigua, St.
St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Half
In addition to the new Boston to
Fort Lauderdale cruise, the
itineraries range from nine to 14 days. The nine-day cruise
makes way to the ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao before visiting Half Moon
Cay, while the 10-day itinerary also adds Grand Turk and
Amber Cove. The 14-day "Southern
Caribbean Holiday" cruise departing Dec. 21,
2024, explores St. Thomas, St.
Kitts, St. Lucia,
Barbados, Grenada, Guadeloupe, St.
Maarten, Puerto Rico and
Half Moon Cay.
Guests looking for a shorter getaway can embark on the five-day
itinerary that visits Half Moon Cay and Amber Cove. The popular seven-day Tropical
Caribbean returns with calls
at Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Half
Partial Panama Canal:
Guests looking to visit the Panama Canal without a coast-to-coast
transit can embark on the 12-day "Panama Canal Sunfarer" itinerary.
In addition to venturing around Panama Canal's Gatun Lake and a
partial transit, the itinerary includes Curaçao, Cartagena, Colon, Puerto Limon, and Half
Combine Back-to-Back Cruises for Longer Collectors'
Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors' Voyages to
create the ultimate Caribbean
exploration with more economical fares than booking the cruises
individually. Ranging from 14 to 35 days, these longer journeys
combine nonrepeating, back-to-back itineraries, enabling guests to
span more than one Caribbean
region and enjoy the ultimate island-hopping journey.
Early Booking Bonus Offers
For a limited time, when
guests book newly opening 2024-2025 Caribbean cruises with the Have It
All premium package, the standard package amenities of shore
excursions, specialty dining, a Signature Beverage Package and Surf
Wi-Fi are included — plus the added perk of free prepaid Crew
Appreciation, along with free upgrades to the Elite Beverage
Package and Premium Wi-Fi.
Guests also can take advantage of Holland America Line's
Exclusive Mariner Society Early Booking Bonus. Mariner Society
loyalty members can enjoy up to $400
onboard credit per stateroom when select cruises open for sale.
Guests must book these cruises by June 27,
2023, to receive the Exclusive Mariner Society Early Booking
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a
travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
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About Holland America Line
Holland America Line, part of Carnival Corporation and
plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE:CUK), has been exploring the world for
150 years with expertly crafted itineraries, extraordinary service
and genuine connections to each destination. Offering an ideal
mid-sized ship experience, its fleet visits nearly 400 ports in 114
countries around the world and has shared the thrill of
Alaska for 75 years — longer than
any other cruise line. Holland America
Line's 11 vessels feature a diverse range of enriching
activities and amenities focused on destination immersion and
personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills each evening
at Music Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from
a Culinary Council of world-famous chefs.
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