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  • Post: ‘Samantha Brown’s Places to Love’ on PBS Showcases Holland America Line in Alaska
    Published On: Dec 19, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 2957|

    Celebrated travel expert Samantha Brown doesn’t just know where to travel, she knows how to get there. Holland America Line is partnering with Samantha to show off the splendors of Alaska on her hit PBS show “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” and next summer she’s hosting a cruise to Norway aboard our newest ship, Rotterdam. Holland ...

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  • Post: The Best Alaska Fishing Trips
    Published On: Aug 12, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 364|

    Alaska’s pristine waters teem with tasty fish. Whether you want to reel in a king salmon or try your hand at crab fishing, the Last Frontier is the place. Alaska fishing trips make it easy by providing the gear, some sage advice, and the ability to buy a fishing license. On select adventures, you can have your catch prepared and ...

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  • Post: The Best Shore Excursions for Book Lovers
    Published On: Aug 09, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 168|
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    Today is International Book Lovers day, and while a cruise is the perfect vacation to catch up on a good book lounging on deck overlooking the sea, it's also the ideal way to explore the homes, birthplaces and locales of your favorite author or book. From Prince Edward Island and the home of Anne of Green Gables to Isla Robinson ...

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  • Post: One Year Back to Cruising Since End of Industry-Wide Pause
    Published On: Jul 25, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 268|
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    Holland America Line’s guests and team members celebrated an important milestone this weekend, marking one full year of a return to sailing after the cruise industry pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nieuw Amsterdam was the line’s first ship back, resuming cruising July 24, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. The ship reached the one-year mark while in port in Whitter, Alaska. ...

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  • Post: Native Cultures Come to Life
    Published On: Jul 22, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 160|
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    One of the reasons we travel the world is to show our guests indigenous cultures that continue to live on despite the advancing years. Time stands still in some of the destinations, while in others, ancient traditions have been passed down for generations. These Holland America Line shore excursions will help you connect deeply to the people and places you ...

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  • Post: Celebrating a Lifetime of Cruising Memories in Honor of Mother’s Day
    Published On: May 06, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 125|
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    Sunday is Mother's Day in many places around the world. To celebrate, we asked our Facebook fans to share a favorite memory of cruising with mom, a mother figure or their kids — and the response was overwhelming! We had so many of you share your favorite photos, thoughts and experiences. It's very clear from the comments that family cruising ...

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  • Post: The Perfect Day in Skagway from Dawn Until Dusk
    Published On: Apr 19, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 323|
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    At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway — but today it has ...

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  • Post: Meet the Nine Runners-Up of the ‘Love Letters to Alaska’ Contest
    Published On: Apr 14, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 220|
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    Our "Love Letters to Alaska" contest had an incredible response, with more than 40,000 entries received from people hoping to win a cruise to Alaska. Deborah Thelwell was named the grand prize winner of a seven-day Holland America Line Alaska cruise for two in a Neptune Suite. But we also have nine runners-up who will each receive a seven-day Alaska ...

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  • Post: Meet our ‘Love Letters to Alaska’ Contest Judges
    Published On: Apr 04, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 139|
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    On Valentine's Day, Holland America Line launched a contest asking fans to pen love letters to Alaska. This year we celebrate 75 years of Alaska exploration, and the Love Letters contest is a tribute to the beloved cruising region. Thousands of people entered their thoughts on why they love Alaska or why they would like to visit Alaska. Holland America ...

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  • Post: Pen a ‘Love Letter’ to Alaska for the Chance to Win a Cruise
    Published On: Feb 14, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 317|

    Dear Alaska, you amaze me … Fans who declare their love for Alaska in a letter or poem can enter to win one of 10 suites, including a grand prize Neptune Suite, on a 2022 cruise to the Great Land in Holland America Line’s “Love Letters to Alaska” contest. This year, we're celebrating 75 years of Alaska exploration, and the ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Extends Worry-Free Promise Through September
    Published On: Jan 19, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 235|
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    Holland America Line is giving consumers the confidence to make travel plans through the summer with the extension of its Flexible Cancellation Plan to Sept. 30, 2022. As part of its “Worry-Free Promise,” Holland America Line also will continue to implement best practices for COVID-19 health safety including operating vaccinated cruises and requiring a medically-supervised negative COVID-19 test prior to ...

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  • Post: Our Cruisers Offer Their Best Advice for Experiencing Alaska
    Published On: Jan 18, 2022|Categories: Preparations|Views: 1308|

    No one knows the ins and outs of Alaska better than our guests who have been there, done that ... many more than once! As we look to celebrate our 75th year exploring Alaska in 2022, we have an exciting season of cruises and Cruisetours that take you to the must-see places and hidden gems of this most gorgeous region. ...

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  • Post: Welcome to the Fleet, Rotterdam!
    Published On: Jul 30, 2021|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 589|
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    Holland America Line took delivery of Rotterdam today, July 30, 2021, officially making it the 11th ship in the fleet. A handover ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy the evening of July 29. The ceremony was attended by the ship’s master, Captain Werner Timmers, and Cyril Tatar, Holland America Group’s vice president of newbuilding services. Giuseppe Bono, ...

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  • Post: Say ‘S’il Vous Plaît’ to a Cruise That Visits These French Ports
    Published On: Jul 14, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 278|
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    Bonjour! Today is Bastille Day, and to commemorate the holiday we're putting the spotlight on these French ports that are visited on a Holland America Line cruise. From beautiful vineyards to Monet's Giverny to memorable Normandy, France offers an abundance of diverse and unique experiences. BORDEAUX Situated on the Garonne River in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is above all ...

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  • Post: Ramping up to Rotterdam: June – One Month to Go!
    Published On: Jul 02, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 252|
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    In less than a month, Holland America Line will welcome Rotterdam to our fleet! Did you tune in to Holland America Line Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne’s “Ramping Up to Rotterdam” update this week on our Facebook page to see the progress of the ship? Once again he spoke with Stan Kuppens, new builds projects, hotel, who was live at the ...

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  • Post: Top 5 Hidden Gems You Must Visit on a Mediterranean Cruise
    Published On: Jun 07, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 412|
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    When Eurodam sets sail in the Mediterranean this summer, the ship will visit an impressive collection of ports throughout the region. From weeklong explorations to more in-depth 12-day voyages, the ship will explore several countries and the ports that showcase the culture and customs of each locale. While guests are eager to visit well-known destinations like Athens, Venice, Mykonos and ...

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  • Post: Oia: A Special Greek Locale You Can Visit from Santorini
    Published On: Jun 01, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 145|
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    In my 44 years with Holland America Line, I have been asked numerous times where is my favorite place to visit. Although there are a few, one at the top of the list is Greece. The whole experience — from the extraordinary culture and antiquities to the people, cuisine and remarkable architecture — is overwhelming. One of the magical Greek ...

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  • Post: Come Discover the ‘Adriatic Allure’ on a Cruise to Greece This Summer
    Published On: May 24, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 430|
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    Holland America Line is set to return to cruising this summer with itineraries in the gorgeous eastern Mediterranean. There's no better locale than Greece to become immersed in the culture of the region that is drenched in sun-kissed skies, azure seas and a history that stretches back to ancient times. The seven-day “Adriatic Allure” itinerary departing Sept. 5 will sail ...

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  • Post: Journey to the Land of ‘Ancient Wonders’ This Summer on a Cruise to Greece
    Published On: May 13, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 389|
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    This summer, Eurodam will offer three incredible Greece itineraries beginning in August. In addition to "Idyllic Greek Isles", the ship will cruise on an “Ancient Wonders” itinerary departing Aug. 22. Not only will Eurodam visit Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece, but it also will explore Haifa, Israel. Read on to see what makes these gorgeous ports some of the ...

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  • Post: Happy Mother’s Day to Our Cruising Moms
    Published On: May 08, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 153|
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    Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms and like-a-moms out there celebrating tomorrow. To honor the special moms in our lives, we asked our Facebook fans to post their favorite photos and memories of cruising with their mom, kids or a mother figure. We received some amazing photos and wonderful stories, and we're sharing a selection. Thank you for ...

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  • Post: World Wildlife Day: These Top 5 Tours Offer Incredible Animal Experiences
    Published On: Mar 03, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 209|
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    March 3 is designated World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. On any Holland America Line cruise, shore excursions showcase regional wildlife and flora in a variety of ways. From a natural encounter in the wild to visiting a sanctuary for rescued animals, guests seeking interactions can cuddle koala or hike thorough ...

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  • Post: Ramping Up to Rotterdam: February Edition
    Published On: Mar 01, 2021|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 141|
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    Did you tune in to Holland America Line Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne’s “Ramping Up to Rotterdam” update last week on our Facebook page? Once again he spoke with Stan Kuppens, new builds projects, hotel, who offered insight into where the ship is at in the building process. Here are some photos shared by Stan and Seth, plus a few more ...

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  • Post: Culinary Council Member Jonnie Boer’s Top Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day & Egg Caviar Recipe
    Published On: Feb 11, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 300|
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    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! How are you going to surprise the love of your live? A romantic dinner for two by candlelight cannot go wrong, right? Since right now it is hard to go out for dinner, it is extra important to show your significant other what skills you have in the kitchen. Holland America Line Culinary ...

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  • Post: Farewell to Maasdam: Memories from Guests and Crew
    Published On: Aug 31, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 531|

    As we prepare to say farewell to Maasdam, we asked fans on our Facebook page to share photos and memories of the ship that has been part of the Holland America Line fleet since 1993. Many of you replied, sharing your stories and photos with us. Enjoy a selection that truly shows how beloved Maasdam is to so many guests ...

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  • Post: Gus Antorcha Named President of Holland America Line
    Published On: Jul 09, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1217|

    Holland America Line announced today the appointment of Gustavo (Gus) Antorcha as president of the cruise line. Antorcha joins the company effective immediately from sister brand Carnival Cruise Line, where he has served as chief operating officer. “We are fortunate to welcome Gus to the Holland America Line team for a new chapter at our brand,” said Stein Kruse, Group ...

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  • Post: A Humanitarian Crisis: Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values
    Published On: Mar 30, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 465|

    A Humanitarian Crisis Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values By Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line The coronavirus (COVID-19) has run rampant through neighborhoods, businesses and nations, catching all us off guard. Stoked by fear of contagion, millions of people around the world are sheltering in place waiting out the storm. During a time ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Announces a Voluntary and Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 30 Days
    Published On: Mar 13, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 610|

    Due to the continued port closures and travel restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, Holland America Line has made the decision to voluntarily pause global cruise operations of its 14 ships for 30 days, impacting sailings scheduled to depart through April 14, 2020. “These are unprecedented times, and while no guests or crew have tested positive for ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Makes Short-Term Changes to Cancellation Policy
    Published On: Mar 06, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 278|

    In order to give travelers greater peace of mind surrounding their upcoming vacation plans, Holland America Line is announcing new programs to offer greater flexibility and choice during these uncertain times. For guests currently booked on upcoming cruises, Holland America Line is temporarily changing its cancellation policy and allowing guests to cancel their cruise or Alaska Land+Sea Journey departing through ...

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  • Post: How to Prepare the Perfect Salmon for Cooking
    Published On: Oct 23, 2019|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 367|

    SALMON PREP 101 The foundation of any salmon dish is, of course, the salmon itself. In order to create the perfect salmon dinner, you must take care to prep your cut of fish properly. Remove Pinbones When a fish is filleted, the flesh is removed from the backbone and ribs, but the relatively soft, thin, needle-like pin bones, also known ...

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  • Post: ‘Top Chef’ Winner Kristen Kish Joins Holland America Line’s Award-Winning Culinary Council
    Published On: Oct 15, 2019|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 146|

    Holland America Line is adding “Top Chef” season 10 winner and acclaimed restaurateur Kristen Kish to its award-winning Culinary Council — a collection of elite, international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to dining experiences across the fleet. Kish’s playful yet refined cuisine will be featured on the menus in the Dining Room, showcasing French and Italian traditions with a ...

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  • Post: All You Need to Know for Your Cruise is on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Page
    Published On: Oct 03, 2019|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 984|

    What do I need to pack for my Alaska cruise? Do I need visas for my trip? Can I bring my own wine on board? These are questions you might have before embarking on your Holland America Line cruise. Did you know that on HollandAmerica.com there is a "Frequently Asked Questions" page that has the answers to our most commonly ...

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  • Post: Dog Sledding on a Glacier is an Unforgettable Excursion in Alaska
    Published On: Jun 26, 2019|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 189|

    As experienced cruisers with hundreds of days on water, we often encounter want-to-be cruisers who ask where they should go. Alaska is our go-to answer. Though we’ve explored Alaska several times, every visit reveals something new. Before our voyage last year on the Westerdam, friends and colleagues offered some well-heeled advice: take a flight and go dog sledding. We were ...

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  • Post: Koningsdam to be Featured on Mighty Cruise Ships
    Published On: Mar 29, 2019|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 232|
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    If you’re a fan of Holland America Line, and of documentaries, we have some news for you! Koningsdam will be the focal point of the first episode of season three of Mighty Cruise Ships: Koningsdam airing this Sunday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on the Canadian network Discovery Canada. After airing in Canada, the episode will also air in the United ...

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  • Post: Denali: On Land Before My Alaska Cruise
    Published On: Mar 25, 2019|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 199|

    Midnight check-in in Anchorage: The world is quiet, yet I’m filled with anticipation for the start of my Alaska Land+Sea Journey. All I want is a good night’s sleep, and I get that before I head downstairs for the bus to whisk me and the other Holland America Line guests away to meet the McKinley Explorer. It’s early morning; still, ...

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  • Post: Recipe: Learn How to Prepare the Perfect Salmon Dish from America’s Test Kitchen
    Published On: May 04, 2018|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 587|

    Reminiscing about a past cruise? One of the easiest ways to relive a Holland America Line vacation is by recreating a meal from your cruise that will awaken your taste buds and spark memories from a recent getaway. With Holland America Line's America's Test Kitchen partnership, it's even easier to create a culinary staycation in your own home. During ATK's ...

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  • Post: HAL Wins Eight Porthole Cruise Magazine 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards
    Published On: Nov 07, 2017|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 129|

    Holland America Line dominated Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards with eight honors. Readers from Porthole, one of the world’s leading consumer cruise travel publications, recognized Holland America Line in areas that covered everything from destinations to onboard and shoreside experiences. The awards include Best Canada/New England and Northern Europe Itineraries; Best Shore Excursions; Best Spa Facilities; Most Eco-Friendly ...

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  • Post: Journeys Ashore Spotlight: ‘Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure’ Truly Is an Adventure
    Published On: Nov 18, 2016|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 181|

    Holland America Line asked Guest Roland if he would send in an article about his recent Journeys Ashore experience in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on his recent Westerdam cruise, and he was more than happy to oblige! Roland took the "Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure" and it certainly is a great option for guests who like an adrenaline rush in ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Announces New Partnership with America’s Test Kitchen
    Published On: Sep 20, 2016|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 253|

    Holland America Line is turning its culinary programming up a notch with the introduction of dynamic shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen, the most popular how-to-cook show on TV. Holland America Line is a sponsor of America’s Test Kitchen on public television, and is proud to make this experience possible at ...

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  • Post: Did You Know All of These Activities & Experiences Are Included in Your Cruise?
    Published On: Jul 08, 2016|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 594|

    Holland America Line guests are seekers, doers and wanderers. From trying new activities and learning new things to spending time doing a favorite hobby, we know our guests want to be enriched as well as inspired during their cruise. With that in mind, every day aboard a Holland America Line cruise brings a wealth of onboard events, along with the ...

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  • Post: The Panama Canal: 7 Pros of Cruising One of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World
    Published On: Sep 18, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 440|

    The Panama Canal is an incredible man-made marvel that can be uniquely experienced on a Holland America Line cruise. If it's not on your bucket list, it should be! There's an incredible wave of awe that comes over every cruiser transiting the lakes and locks of this spectacle that made the list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. ...

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  • Post: Caribbean: Eastern vs. Western vs. Southern. Which Cruise Is Best For You?
    Published On: Mar 16, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 929|

    Travelers new to cruising might not know that the Caribbean presents itself in very different ways. There are several common options -- from the ease of the eastern Caribbean to the adventure of the western and exotic charm of the southern Caribbean, each itinerary has its own characteristics. Comparing and contrasting these destinations can give you an idea of what ...

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  • Post: Port Highlight: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Published On: Oct 09, 2013|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 414|
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    As highlighted in the above video, Holland America Line’s seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises feature the gorgeous port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in addition to Grand Turk, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay. Puerto Rico is the largest island that the ships visit on this exciting itinerary. Rich in history and culture, it is always a guest favorite. Dating back ...

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  • Post: Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise
    Published On: Sep 20, 2013|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 614|

    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! Family and friends are tops when it ...

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  • Post: History of the Panama Canal: Part 2
    Published On: Sep 12, 2013|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 242|

    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 a canal. The treaty provided ...

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  • Post: Calving: Breakaways in Glacier Bay
    Published On: Aug 22, 2013|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 182|

    Photo courtesy of Controller Yono Sudarto. Alaska: the last frontier. The untouched quality of Alaskan wilderness lends itself to a sense of adventure and exciting natural occasions. Alaska Inside Passage cruises offer guests incredible views of one of the most exciting natural attractions in the state, glacier calving. Glacier calving is a natural event that occurs when large ...

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  • Post: Fun and Tradition When ‘Crossing the Line’
    Published On: Jul 21, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 245|

    The Westerdam crossed the equator at 10:08 a.m. (one hour past GMT) and commemorated the special event with a “Crossing the Line” ceremony. To a completely packed Lido aft deck, the Westerdam ‘troop’ translated the event in German for our guests and made this a very festive and playful occasion for all! It was a hit! ‘Pirates’ and ‘doctors’ all ...

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  • Post: All About Navigation Lights
    Published On: Jun 08, 2010|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 633|

    Marine navigation lights are simply coloured electric lights fixed on ships and used to indicate the size of the ship, the direction in which the ship is travelling and the angle where they should be visible. They must be exhibited by law between sunset and sunrise and in poor visibility. The location (on the ship), the range (distance at sea ...

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