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Community Giving is Part of the Holland America Line Culture

Community Giving is Part of the Holland America Line Culture

Part of the Holland America Line culture is to be a good corporate citizen. The company is proud of the relationships built with organizations in the line’s homeports around the country and in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Each year, Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests. In addition, Holland…   read more of “Community Giving is…”

Ports of Call & Recipe: Jamaica

Ports of Call & Recipe: Jamaica

Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is a part of the chain of Caribbean islands called the Greater Antilles, along with Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The tip of a mountain rising from the sea floor, Jamaica boasts lush rolling hills and beautiful beaches. Flora and fauna abound on this beautiful island, with 250 bird…   read more of “Ports of Call…”

Top 6 Caribbean Hidden Beaches

Top 6 Caribbean Hidden Beaches

It’s clear that the Caribbean is adorned with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In fact, you can see most of them as the ships sail past the powdery shores. But what about the beaches that you don’t see when you’re approaching a port? The ones that aren’t a walk away from…   read more of “Top 6 Caribbean…”

Cruising the Caribbean Beyond 7 Days

Cruising the Caribbean Beyond 7 Days

Many cruises to the Caribbean are seven days, making them fabulous week-long vacations. Those itineraries tend to focus on one region, whether it be eastern, western or southern. Each area has beautiful islands to explore with plenty of time for fun, sun, sand and surf. But did you know that Holland America Line also offers…   read more of “Cruising the…”

Beer Tastings, Rum Tours and More

Beer Tastings, Rum Tours and More

On a recent visit to Dublin, Ireland, Rotterdam’s bar team went to the Guinness Brewery and Jameson Distillery to learn more about the beverages they serve onboard. Passengers have the opportunity to visit these places, too, during a call at Dublin on the A Taste of Dublin: The Guinness Experience and the A Taste of…   read more of “Beer Tastings, Rum…”

Jerusalem and Other Unique Ports

Jerusalem and Other Unique Ports

On a recent Noordam cruise guests were treated to a call at Ashdod, Israel, one of the more unique places that Holland America Line visits. Among the hundreds of ports on the line’s roster are dozens of off-the-beaten-path destinations and rarely visited locales. If you’re looking to take a cruise this fall or winter to…   read more of “Jerusalem and Other…”

Eurodam’s Towel Animal Zoo

Eurodam’s Towel Animal Zoo

Yes, it’s true, the towel animals have taken over Eurodam‘s Lido Deck. On a recent sea day, guests were treated to a Towel Animal Zoo around the Lido pool created by the stateroom staff who came out at 6 a.m. to fashion 584 towel animals. To construct the 65 different types of origami-like animals, they…   read more of “Eurodam’s…”

History of the Panama Canal: Part 2

History of the Panama Canal: Part 2

We left off the last post when it was decided that Panama would serve as the location of the canal. Frenchman Bunau-Varilla then went to Washington, D.C. He got there before the official delegates of the new Republic of Panama arrived and negotiated a treaty between the U.S. and Panama allowing the U.S. to build…   read more of “History of the…”