Holland America opens the Caribbean season with longer cruises

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Holland America Line has opened bookings for its 2024-2025 Caribbean season, which includes three new voyages of 14 and 21 days and the addition of Boston, Massachusetts as a Caribbean port of departure in addition to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The cruise line continues to focus on longer, more immersive itineraries and is bringing calls back to Bermuda.

Longer trips and more island exploration

six ships, Eurodam, New Amsterdam, New Statendam, RotterdamVolendamAnd south embankment, will be sailing to the Caribbean with Holland America Line for the 2024-2025 Caribbean season. Most itineraries will be round-trips from Fort Lauderdale, and two new itineraries will depart from Boston.

Holland America Line’s Caribbean cruises will offer five- to 21-day itineraries covering Eastern, Western and Southern regions and will include Panama Canal cruises to continue the brand Efforts towards longer, more immersive journeys. Guests can also combine multiple cruises to create a unique Collectors’ Voyage.

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Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha stated: “Holland America Line is meeting our guests’ desire for even more immersive experiences, and we’re excited to offer new itineraries and a new departure option for this Caribbean season.”

“Cruising throughout the region and combining itineraries of up to 35 days, our Caribbean cruises extend to less-visited islands and are among the most diverse in the industry.”

New and longer cruises

New for this season is a unique 21-day Perfect Caribbean Escape round-trip cruise from Boston south embankment.

The extended tropical adventure begins October 19, 2024 and includes a call in Bermuda followed by stops at Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Curaçao, Aruba, Cartagena, Colombia, Colon, Panama, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, Port Canaveral, Florida, and Bimini, Bahamas. The trip also includes a partial passage through the Panama Canal.

Following that south embankment will be sailing a new 14-day “Southern Caribbean” itinerary from Boston to Fort Lauderdale beginning November 9, including a call at Bermuda and visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Curaçao and Half Moon Cay. Combining the 21 and 14 day sailings creates a 35 day collector’s voyage for the ultimate Caribbean experience.

Cruise ship Holland America
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Another new 21-day Caribbean exploration cruise sails aboard from Fort Lauderdale Volendam, departing January 4, 2025. The Ultimate Caribbean cruise includes calls at Half Moon Cay; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; tortola; St Maarten; Antigua; Dominika; Saint Lucia; Barbados; St Vincent, Grenada; Bonaire; Aruba; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman.

Itineraries in the Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Guests who wish to opt for a shorter cruise can choose from several cruises in the Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

Western Caribbean itineraries offer six, seven and ten day options. The seven-day cruise stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

The three 10-day itineraries traverse the region and are a combination of ports including Montego Bay or Falmouth, Jamaica; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Half Moon Cay and Bimini in the Bahamas.

The seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes stops at Grand Turk, St. Thomas, San Juan and Half Moon Cay. Southern Caribbean itineraries range from nine to 14 days, with the nine-day cruise visiting Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Half Moon Cay.

Guests booking the newly opened 2024-2025 Caribbean cruises with the premium Have It All package receive the standard amenities of shore excursions, specialty dining, a signature beverage package and surf WiFi. However, you also get free pre-paid Crew Appreciation, free upgrades to the Elite beverage package, and premium Wi-Fi.

Holland America Line Mariner Society members can receive up to $400 onboard credit per stateroom when booking select cruises. Guests must book by June 27, 2023 to take advantage of these offers.

Source: News Network

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