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Panama Canal: By the Hours and By the Numbers

Panama Canal: By the Hours and By the Numbers

Every traveler that likes to experience interesting and unique adventures should set their sights on the Panama Canal. Transiting it by cruise ship is fascinating, watching the logistics of getting from Atlantic to Pacific. The ships sail through the locks and lakes, being raised and lowered as needed. And the scenery is lush and beautiful….   read more of “Panama Canal: By…”

Spook-tacular Shore Excursions in Time for Halloween

Spook-tacular Shore Excursions in Time for Halloween

Halloween is the spookiest day of the year when ghosts and goblins of all ages come out to celebrate by dressing up in their favorite costumes, going trick-or-treating and visiting haunted houses. But Halloween doesn’t have to be the only day to get spooked. On several Holland America Line tours, guests can explore old ghost…   read more of “Spook-tacular Shore…”

Chance Encounters on Holland America Line Cruises

Chance Encounters on Holland America Line Cruises

Miraculous things can happen at any time. Some call it fate, others destiny. Sometimes it’s just being in the right place at the right time. With Holland America Line’s history spanning more than 140 years, it’s inevitable that many of our guests experience these encounters onboard. These wonderful stories below tell the tales of four…   read more of “Chance Encounters…”

What Cruise Activities are Most Popular? Fans Speak!

What Cruise Activities are Most Popular? Fans Speak!

A cruise is more about visiting beautiful and interesting places. Today, the ships are the destinations as well, with so much to do, see and learn while onboard. Whether it’s a sea day with hours of free time to spend indulging in all of the shipboard activities, or a port day when the ship is…   read more of “What Cruise…”

Touring the Great Capitals of Europe

Touring the Great Capitals of Europe

Holland America Line ships call at dozens of ports throughout Europe. From the smallest of Greek isles to the remotest of Norwegian towns, each itinerary is carefully crafted to feature lesser-visited calls, as well as visits to some of the most well-known and popular ports in the region. The names of certain cities go hand-in-hand…   read more of “Touring the Great…”

On Location: Mediterranean Barbecue

On Location: Mediterranean Barbecue

When I found I was going on a “Mediterranean Adventure” on the Nieuw Amsterdam I thought that the adventure would be the ports of call. Exciting places like Toulon, Palermo and Naples. What I had not realised was that most of the adventure actually took place on board! Thanks to Holland America’s new initiative called…   read more of “On Location:…”

Postcards from the Eastern Mediterranean

Postcards from the Eastern Mediterranean

Calvi, Corsica: Napoleon lived here and Christopher Columbus was born here. Mind you, there were a few centuries between these two events but I was impressed. Corsica is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean and now belongs to France. Calvi is a very picturesque town on the coast and provided a lovely day…   read more of “Postcards from the…”