Holland America Line will diversify their Caribbean offering by sending eight premium ships to the region.
Seven of the Holland America Line ships will sail to the Caribbean on roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale, Florida while one further ship will sail roundtrips from the city of Tampa in Floria.
All of the cruise ships sailing from Fort Lauderdale will call at Half Moon Cay, the cruise line’s award-wining private Caribbean island.
The new itineraries will run between four and 14 days, calling at a wide range of Caribbean ports.
Between October 2013 and April 2014 the following ships will sail a total of 109 cruises. The ships will embark upon a range of eastern, western and southern Caribbean routes, as well as one partial transit of the Panama Canal.
Let’s take a look at the Caribbean cruises in further detail:
ms Eurodam – returning to the Caribbean, Eurodam will sail the region on alternating roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale. She’ll sail seven day eastern and western itineraries, plus sail one four-day cruise in December 2013.
ms Maasdam – this ship will offer seven, ten, eleven and fourteen day roundtrips from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Maasdam will sail seven and ten day eastern Caribbean routes, plus several eleven-to-14 day sailings in the southern Caribbean too.
ms Nieuw Amsterdam – this ship will offer roundtrip journeys from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nieuw Amsterdam will sail a number of eastern and western routes too.
ms Noordam – holidaymakers will be able to choose from a range of seven-to-11 day roundtrip cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
ms Ryndam – the only ship sailing roundtrips from Tampa, Florida. Ryndam will offer a number of seven day western Caribbean cruises, and then she’ll sail two different fourteen day itineraries in the south Caribbean.
ms Veendam – this ship will make her debut in the Caribbean in the 2013-14 season. She will sail one seven day eastern Caribbean cruise in April, a roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
ms Westerdam – this ship will sail several seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries.
ms Zuiderdam – this ship will sail ten and eleven day Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries. This will be a roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Collectors’ Voyages:
A number of these sailings can be combined into longer “Collectors’ Voyages” that will last up to 25 days.
Collectors’ Voyages combine back-to-back shorter cruises, so holidaymakers can take advantage of a longer Caribbean programme.
Combined itineraries offer guests additional time at sea, giving holidaymakers more time to take advantage of onboard facilities and enjoy a range of thrilling shore excursions.
Speaking of the new offerings, Holland America Line’s executive president, 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.”