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Port Spotlight: Bar Harbor, Maine

Port Spotlight: Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor has the charm of a quaint, New England fishing village with all the attractions of a major port, and its touristy downtown area is hard to resist. The town is nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Frenchman Bay, and is home to the largest…   read more of “Port Spotlight: Bar…”

On Location: Canadian Culinary Delights

On Location: Canadian Culinary Delights

In Canada & New England, the “On Location” program is in full swing. This new enrichment experience offers onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals that allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around the world. On cruises that explore Canada & New England, “On Location” guides present lectures…   read more of “On Location:…”

Postcards from Santorini, Greece

Postcards from Santorini, Greece

As we are nearing the end of our Mediterranean season, ms Nieuw Amsterdam had its last visit to Santorini for this year. Time to head over to Oia to take some beautiful images of the amazing scenery that unfolds in front of you as you walk the narrow streets. Oia is certainly one of the…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Shore Excursions: Explore Canada and New England

Shore Excursions: Explore Canada and New England

Fall foliage season in Canada and New England is in full swing, and right now ms Maasdam, ms Eurodam and ms Veendam are there exploring the region. What better way to see the emerald, golden and ruby hues of the foliage than from the deck of a cruise ship. Reaching from New York to Gaspe,…   read more of “Shore Excursions:…”

Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

We asked Holland America Line Facebook fans to share their “must-haves” when they go on a cruise. Here are the Top 10 responses, along with some other great ideas and unusual suggestions. Is there something not on these lists that you always bring with you? Let us know in the comments below! Top 10: 1….   read more of “Top 10 Things to…”

Learn to Make Caribbean Coolers at Mixology Class

Learn to Make Caribbean Coolers at Mixology Class

As part of the Culinary Arts Center program, guests can take mixology classes that teach how to concoct drinks like a professional bartender. On Caribbean voyages, guests can taste the island life and learn how to make refreshing cocktails dripping with tropical flavors. Three of the most popular drinks are fruity, cool and fresh. Which…   read more of “Learn to Make…”

A Perfect Day on Half Moon Cay

A Perfect Day on Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas, and there’s a reason why it keeps winning awards as a top port of call. Among Holland America Line guests it’s the highest-rated port in the Caribbean. From pristine beaches to eco-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone on the island. What would a…   read more of “A Perfect Day on…”

Go ‘On Location’ in the Caribbean

Go ‘On Location’ in the Caribbean

With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around the world. “On Location” means that Holland America Line guests can learn to tango on the way to Argentina, take a cooking class taught…   read more of “Go ‘On…”