Southern Caribbean Cruise Vacations

Just when other cruise ships are turning back, Holland America Line takes you deeper into the Lesser Antilles and a new world of surprises. Europe meets the tropics on French Martinique, British Barbados and the Dutch-tinted islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

Wake up and smell the sulfur at St. Lucia's active drive-in volcano, or just stare in wonder at its verdant twin peaks – the Pitons. Transit the Panama Canal and study the wildly varied flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

Treat yourself to a Holland America Line cruise to the Southern Caribbean and savor a vacation defined by enriching activities, fine cuisine, room to move and intuitive personal service. Our Southern/Eastern Caribbean Collectors’ Voyages offer a great value and the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Caribbean as few can. Click on Collectors’ Voyages to learn more.

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What people are saying

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We have had several trips with them. Wouldn't travel with anyone else. Did one with another line and wouldn't go back. We are sailing this Friday for 10 day Southern Caribbean. Had a 16 day from Amsterdam to New York to celebrate our 50th anniversary and they treated us royally. Keep up the good work.quotation mark

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15 cruises with Holland America and always one of our favourites! Especially love visiting Half Moon Cay!quotation mark

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I went to the Carriabean. Talk about being treated like royalty. I loved it and would love to go aboard her again.quotation mark

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Longer, more in-depth Caribbean cruise itineraries

Holland America Collectors' Cruises

For those who love the Caribbean and the thrill of “collecting” new places, Holland America Line has combined several of our Southern and Eastern Caribbean cruises into longer, leisurely itineraries that allow you to savor the ultimate Caribbean cruise experience. Marvel at the fusion of Caribbean, Latin and European cultures, relax on pristine, world-class beaches, shop for duty-free treasures, delve into Caribbean colonial history and discover unique flora and fauna in the region’s botanical gardens and jungles. With varied itinerary lengths, you can discover fascinating new ports and visit old favorites. Look for our Collectors' Voyage icon.

With Collectors’ Voyages, experience the Caribbean as few can:

  • Reap the greatest cruise vacation value: Collectors’ Voyages are combined itineraries priced as one cruise, saving you money for something special from the ship’s duty-free shops.
  • Enjoy more days at sea indulging in onboard luxuries and activities like our Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows®, dance classes or just relaxing on your private verandah and enjoying 24-hour, complimentary room service.
  • Experience, learn and simply do more ashore with a wider variety of shore excursions across a broader diversity of destinations.
  • Be among the very few to spend an entire second day on our award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay. On select Caribbean Collectors’ Voyages spend one day exploring this unique island and a second day being pampered in a private cabana, complete with butler service.

Oranjestad, Aruba

Cruise to Oranjestad, Aruba

Any visitor will create their own Aruba cruise experience, but here are two to try. First, there is the Aruba of beaches, sun and shopping. And why not? The beaches shimmer. The sun grants its benedictions through dry, 82-degree days all year long. And the shopping buzzes along Main Street and Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard. Second, there is the time-sculpted Aruba. Arikok National Park covers nearly one-fifth of the island and is home to species you'll find nowhere else, caves for exploring, and ragged, wind-torn bits of coastline. Of course, there are a million other Arubas. Go find yours.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Cruise to Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados is what England might look like if it had taken a tropical vacation years ago and decided to stay put. Cricket is the national sport, afternoon tea is a given, and motorists hug left. All these are remnants of the English settlers who arrived in what is now Bridgetown in 1628. Your cruise will show you the British influence most directly in the historic old section of town, which has been singled out as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other highlights include the Barbados Museum and the Careenage district, with its bars and restaurants.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Cruise to Bonaire, Antilles

The forecast calls for sunshine and 81 degrees. The westernmost of the ABC Islands (the others being Aruba and Curacao), Bonaire is shaped roughly like a drawn bow aiming an imaginary arrow at the Netherlands, of which the island is a municipality. Take an hour out of your cruise to walk Kralendijk, the capital. You'll likely hear people speaking Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamentu as you pass the brightly colored shops and restaurants. After you see the town, explore the island. To the north is Washington Slagbaai National Park, to the south is the flamingo sanctuary at Pekel Meer, and all around is some of the best diving in the world.

Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica

Cruise to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

In the surreal world of the Costa Rican rainforest, the tropical hothouse environment pushes life into a constant state of fast forward. Holly species change sex. Plants live on air, not soil. Orchids instruct insects where to land. Puerto Limon, on the Caribbean coast is a gateway to all that bio-fantasia. There are national parks, refuges, and reserves in all directions, from the coast to the jungled mountains to the volcanic parks on the road to San Jose. Closer to town, highlights for cruise visitors include Playa Bonita beach, a couple miles from downtown, and a panga-boat ride along the Tortuguero Canal, which encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways along the coast.

Willemstad, Curacao

Cruise to Curacao, Antilles

If there were no canals, the Dutch would have invented them. Behold Willemstad, with its deepwater harbor, interlacing waterways, and narrow shop fronts that seem always to be stretching to their full height. The capital City of Curacao is a Caribbean cruise delight. Willemstad graces the Shottegat harbor with neighborhoods that mix Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese urban styles and then dresses them in effulgent pastels. It's a combination seen nowhere else in former Dutch colonies. Wander the shops and markets of the Punda and Otrobanda districts and soak up some color.

Roseau, Dominica

Cruise to Roseau, Dominica

Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Island of the Caribbean." Morne Trois Pitons National Park, at the southern end of the island, includes mountain jungles, geysers, mud pools, and one of the world's largest boiling lakes. Morne Diablotins National Park contains the eponymous peak, nearly 5,000 feet high. Cabrits National Park, at the island's north end, protects reefs and wetlands. In addition there are two forest reserves, a marine reserve, and a parrot reserve. Cruise visitors should bring their hiking boots! You'll dock in Roseau, which carries echoes of France in its architecture and impromptu street layout. Visit the French Quarter for the full effect, then grab a walking stick and go.

Saint Georges, Grenada

Cruise to St. George's, Grenada

Grenada is nutmeg-scented island that dangles like a pendant at the southern tip of the Windwards, with the town of St. George's its capital. Its high point, Mount St. Catharine, is one of five volcanoes that have shaped the steep, lush, and wrinkled landscape. St. George's lies at the southern end of the island, a cluster of red roofs and green hills beside a protected deepwater harbor. Cruise visitors can ascend to Fort George, built three centuries ago by the French, for a view over town. Once you climb down, visit St. George's Cathedral or the Anglican Church. Then head into the mountains for a hike to St. Margaret's Falls or Mt. Qua Qua.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Cruise to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Enjoy the perfect day of play on our pristine private island, from sunning on two miles of white sand to watersports, nature hikes, deep sea fishing, and more. For relaxing, reserve a private air-conditioned cabana by the sea. For adventure, feed the gentle rays at Stingray Cove, ride a horse into the surf or visit Half Moon Lagoon, the island's aqua park. Discover why Half Moon Cay—included on nearly every Caribbean itinerary—consistently wins guests' hearts.

Fort-De-France, Martinique

Cruise to Fort-De-France, Martinique

Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1502, but didn't like the snakes or the hostile reception from the native people. Cruise travelers will find the island, and its capital of Fort-de-France, more welcoming. Located in the Lesser Antilles between St. Lucia and Dominica, Martinique is dominated by a cluster of volcanoes, including the still active Mount Pelee. Fort-De-France, the bayside capital, is located on the west coast of the island. In town, cruise guests should include a visit to the formal gardens of La Savane Park. Highlights outside town include Saint-Pierre (buried by the 1902 Mount Pelee eruption) and the beach of Grand Anse des Salines.

Gatun Lake, Panama

Cruise Gatun Lake, Panama

Here is human labor on an operatic scale: When it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest human-made lake in the world. All it took was the world's biggest dam to create it. And all that took was one of the greatest feats of engineering in history. The Panama Canal stretches 48 miles from the Caribbean Sea in the north to the Pacific Ocean in the south. Much of the journey is a narrow cruise through the jungle, but 21 miles of the transit is across the sprawling Gatun Lake, a haven for sailors, scientific research, and anglers chasing peacock bass.

Castries, Saint Lucia

Cruise to Castries, St. Lucia

The old volcanoes have hardened and are crusting over with jungle, but they do make for some beautiful serrated scenery across the island of St. Lucia. Most improbable are the Pitons, two roughly conical mountains rising right up from the ocean on the island's southwest coast. Cruise to a land that still seethes, especially at Soufriere, said to be the world's only drive-in volcano. To the north, the island's capital, Castries, snugs into a sheltered bay. Check out the local market on Jeremie Street, explore Derek Walcott Square (named for the Nobel-winning poet), or spend some time on Vigie Beach.

Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

Cruise to Scarborough, Tobago

Fort King George is a legacy of the hegemonic urges of the English, French, and Dutch. Perched on a hill above Scarborough, the capital of Tobago, the fort offers cruise visitors a view of the bay, the town, and green hills all around. Cruise visitors can explore the fortification and its archaeological museum, then visit the rare flora at the Botanical Gardens and Orchid House or shop for local crafts at the Scarborough market. Tobago is a pilgrimage site for divers, as well, for its reefs and wrecks, notably the Maverick Ferry. If you want to get a taste of the island before you go, watch the 1960 film "Swiss Family Robinson," which was filmed here.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay: Swim and snorkel with gentle stingrays

Your own private island paradise, Half Moon Cay

Imagine two miles of perfect white sand beach. On a Bahamian island so pristine it's been designated an international wild bird preserve. Brimming with all manner of watersports and luxurious lounging. And all yours for the day. This is Half Moon Cay, guests' favorite Caribbean port—and no wonder.

  • Private beachside cabanas with optional butler service
  • One luxurious Oasis Cabana with hot tub, wet bar, barbecue, massage area and more for up to 25 people
  • Three Water Sports Centers with kayaks, snorkel gear, floating swim mats and sailboats for rent
  • Tropics Restaurant, an open-air pavilion
  • Three waterfront bars
  • Half Moon Lagoon Aqua Park
  • Bahamian village: hair braiding, straw market, ice cream parlor, shopping for pearl and conch jewelry
  • Bahamian Chapel for weddings or renewing vows
  • Club HAL children's playground
  • Superb ADA access

Easy Come, Easy Go with Home City Motorcoach

Getting to your Holland America Line ship from Florida has never been easier. Simply meet us at the motorcoach departure point nearest your home city and we’ll whisk you — in air-conditioned comfort — to the cruise terminal, where you’ll enjoy prompt embarkation and a warm welcome aboard. At vacation’s end, your exit is just as carefree.

Ask your travel professional about our Home City Motorcoach Program when you book your cruise.

Home City Motorcoach service to Ft. Lauderdale is available from the following cities:

Bradenton Ocala
Clearwater Orlando
Daytona Pt. Charlotte
Ft. Pierce Sarasota South
Ft. Myers St. Petersburg
Lady Lake Stuart
Leesburg Sun City Center
Melbourne Tampa/Brandon
Naples Venice
New Port Richey Vero Beach
West Palm  


Do You Offer A Cancellation Protection Plan?

Holland America Line's Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) is designed to protect your vacation investment from loss. CPP is available for purchase on Holland America Line Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, and is offered as a Standard Plan or a Platinum Plan. Be it illness, family matters, unforeseen work events - anything, CPP is a product that enables you to cancel your vacation plans before you leave, for any reason and receive a refund.

Four reasons to choose the Holland America Line Cancellation Protection Plan:

  1. YOU CAN CANCEL BEFORE DEPARTURE FOR ANY REASON. Even if it's up to 24 hours before departure under our Standard Plan or right up to departure with our Platinum Plan. Your reservation may be easily cancelled for any reason whatsoever - no claim forms to submit or fine print to review.

  2. YOU GET MONEY BACK. Holland America Line refunds 80-90% of eligible amounts paid, regardless of your reason for canceling, as long as you cancel more than 24 hours prior to departure (right up to departure with the Platinum Plan).

  3. SAME PRICE FOR ALL AGES. We offer the same excellent protection for everyone, at the same cost.

  4. NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. Our Standard and Platinum Plans do not contain pre-existing condition exclusions.

Our Standard and Platinum plans at a glance

Unforeseen events do happen. When you book your next cruise, be sure to ask about our Cancellation Protection Plans to protect your cruise investment.

CPP Standard Plan – Provided by Holland America Line

Our Standard Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP Standard Plan) will allow you, for any reason, to provide written cancellation up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line and receive a refund equal to 80% of the eligible amounts paid. CPP Standard is available to all guests, regardless of residency.

In addition, Holland America Line (HAL) automatically assumes an additional $500 (USD) of liability for lost, damaged or delayed baggage of guests who purchase the CPP Standard Plan still subject, however, to the limitations in our baggage policies. For example, we do not cover losses while baggage is in the custody of airlines. Please review our Baggage Policy.

Please note: The CPP Standard Plan is not insurance – this is an optional purchase offered by and administered by Holland America Line. It may be added to your reservation to provide you with trip cancellation protection for up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled travel. It provides no rights other than those explained above. For example, it does not protect double-triple-quad occupancy rates should one or more members of your party cancel, nor does it cover expenses or unused services due to trip interruption.

The CPP Standard Plan is available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of CPP Standard is non-refundable. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. To add our Cancellation Protection Standard Plan to your new or existing bookings, please call us at 1‐877‐932‐4259.

CPP Platinum

Our Platinum Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP Platinum) enables you to supplement the benefits provided under the CPP Standard Plan with higher cancellation reimbursement and extends the eligible cancellation period up until the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line. CPP Platinum also provides insurance coverage for trip delays and interruptions, medical expenses and much more. In addition, CPP Platinum includes 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services.

CPP Platinum is comprised of the following:

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver
Provided by Holland America Line

You may cancel for any reason prior to the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line and receive reimbursement equal to 90% of the eligible amounts paid to Holland America Line. Note: CPP Platinum does not protect double-triple-quad occupancy rates should one or more members of your party cancel prior to departure.

Underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company

  • Trip Interruption: Enables you to cancel or interrupt your cruise vacation for illness, injury or death to you, an immediate family member or a traveling companion, as well as certain other non-medical reasons affecting you or your traveling companion, and receive up to 150% of your cruise vacation cost.
  • Trip Delay: If you miss the departure of your cruise due to carrier-caused delays or other specified reasons, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for additional accommodations, meals and “catch-up” transportation expenses.
  • Baggage Protection: If your baggage or personal property is lost or damaged, you will be reimbursed up to $1,000. If your bags are delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for more than 24 hours, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for the purchase of necessary personal effects.
  • Medical Expense Coverage: Should you become injured or sick during your vacation, you will be reimbursed up to $10,000 for medical expenses.
  • Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: In the event that serious illness or injury requires air or ground transportation to a specialized facility or to return home, you will be provided up to $50,000 in covered medical services and supplies (coordinated by our 24-hour assistance provider) to help ensure your safe transport. Repatriation coverage provides for shipment of remains in the event of death during the cruise vacation.

The Travel Insurance Program is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OH, OR, VT, WA and WY Policy Form #'s TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS. Certain coverages are under series TAHC6000 and TAHC7000.

Provided by On Call International

Provides 24-hour assistance services including: pre-cruise health, safety and weather information; assistance with travel changes; lost luggage assistance; emergency cash transfer assistance; emergency medical and dental assistance; lost travel document assistance; and emergency medical payment assistance.

Note that the benefits and services provided in CPP Platinum are available only to guests who enroll in and pay the appropriate program cost to Holland America Line. Payment of the required cruise deposit does not automatically activate enrollment in CPP Platinum Protection. In order to activate enrollment, you must pay the appropriate program costs in addition to the required cruise deposit amount.

IMPORTANT: This is only a brief description of the program. A summary of the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you or your travel advisor. For details of the terms, conditions and exclusions of CPP Platinum, view the CPP Platinum plan description.

The CPP Platinum Plan is in effect for cancellations for any reason up to the start of your scheduled travel. Other benefits and services provided in CPP Platinum are effective once you depart on your trip.

The CPP Platinum Plan is optional and available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of the cancellation portion of CPP Platinum is non-refundable. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. To add our Cancellation Protection Platinum Plan to your new or existing bookings, please call us at 1‐877‐932‐4259.

If you have any questions regarding CPP Platinum Protection, please contact Aon Affinity at 1‐800‐453‐4047.

The Holland America Cancel For Any Reason Waiver may be purchased separately from the Travel Insurance Program. Contact 1-877-538-3815 for details.

This program was designed and is administered by Aon Affinity.
Aon Affinity is the brand name for the brokerage and program administration operations of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (TX 13695); (AR 244489); in CA & MN, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. (CA 0795465); in OK, AIS Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.; in CA, Aon Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (CA 0G94493), Aon Direct Insurance Administrators and Berkely Insurance Agency and in NY, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency. Affinity Insurance Services is acting as a Managing General Agent as that term is defined in section 626.015(14) of the Florida Insurance Code. As an MGA we are acting on behalf of our carrier partner.


updated January 2015