10 New President’s Picks Cruises Highlight Orlando Ashford’s Favorites

10 New President’s Picks Cruises Highlight Orlando Ashford’s Favorites

They’re back! Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford is sharing 10 of his favorite cruises all over the world in our President’s Picks selections. Our well-traveled leader has explored the globe, and these cruises showcase ideal opportunities to become immersed in enriching experiences. From Cuba to Alaska to Australia, these exciting itineraries range from seven to 53 days and include Onboard Spending Money up to $1,000 per stateroom if booked by July 10, 2017.

“As a passionate traveler, I’ve explored the far corners of the earth and been greatly enriched by it. From the pageantry of Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo to the ritual passage of firewalkers in Suva, Fiji, I’m thrilled to share cruises that transport you to amazing experiences around the world. Here are my President’s Picks, encompassing a selection of very special itineraries and one-of-a-kind destinations. Enjoy!” — Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford

Historic Europe
On the July 30, 2017, 12-day Celtic Adventure aboard Zuiderdam, explore the Isle of Skye’s picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Retrace the life of St. Patrick in Northern Ireland. Treat yourself to a pint and some traditional Irish music in Dublin. Tour the Beatles’ favorite haunts in Liverpool.


The 14-day Adriatic Explorer on Prinsendam departing Oct. 5, 2017, takes you across the Mediterranean and around the Adriatic. Visit one of Calabria’s finest wineries and sample their celebrated Ciro. Experience mysterious Delphi where oracles once guided the ancients. And shop for handcrafted icons in Kruja, Albania.

North America the Beautiful
On our 14-Day Great Alaska Explorer cruise aboard Amsterdam, sail into Tracy Arm with its magnificent Twin Sawyer Glaciers. Watch for brown bears in Ketchikan’s Alaskan Rain Forest Sanctuary. Discover Kodiak’s Russian and indigenous heritage in the Baranov Museum.

Alaska's glaciers.

On Veendam’s 7-day Canada & New England cruise, the autumn colors will dazzle. Explore Nova Scotia’s scenic highland towns and rugged coastline. Enjoy a “Downeast” lobster bake in Bar Harbor, Maine. And experience urbane, French-infused Québec, on the majestic St. Lawrence River.

Havana Holidays


This year, enjoy a stress-free holiday with all the trimmings and join us during our historic return to Cuba on Veendam’s 12-Day Cuban Explorer cruise. We offer an extended stay in Havana, so you can explore this vibrant city by day, then take in a lively salsa performance at the iconic Tropicana Cabaret after dark. We’ll also stop in Cienfuegos, Cuba’s “Pearl of the South,” renowned for its elegant architecture. In addition to Cuba, you’ll visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, with their Mayan ruins, as well as Key West; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Georgetown, Cayman Islands.

Leisurely Sun-Kissed Days
Our 19-Day Panama Canal cruise departing Oct. 17, 2017, aboard Eurodam takes you from the Pacific to the Atlantic, via one of the world’s great engineering marvels—complete with full narration during your transit. Explore Puerto Vallarta and such hidden gems as Puerto Chiapas, Mexico, and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, known for their Mayan antiquities and coffee plantations.

Half Moon Cay couple.

On a 10-Day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise aboard Koningsdam departing Oct. 29, 2017, experience Dutch cultural influences onboard your ship and ashore in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Compare gorgeous beaches in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Asia & South Pacific Adventures
Maasdam’s 31-Day Pacific Explorer cruise departing Nov. 22, 2017, takes you to New Zealand and such legendary isles as French Polynesia, Tonga and Fiji, where white-sand beaches, clear lagoons and fascinating legends await.

On our Oct. 22 and Nov. 21, 2017, 15-Day Australia & New Zealand cruises on Noordam, explore the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves of Rotorua and Melbourne’s treasure trove of Victorian architecture.

For a truly epic adventure, choose Amsterdam’s 53-Day Grand Asia & Pacific Voyage departing Oct. 1, 2017. Walk in the footsteps of ancient sentries atop the Great Wall. Master the art of dim sum in a Hong Kong cafe. Visit the Borobudur Temple in the jungles of Java. And savor the quiet calm of Tokyo’s Meiji shrine.

What would your pick be if you were the president of Holland America Line?


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  1. Gordon Vasquez July 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    The Alaska & Panama cruises sound incredible as I read this from the Veendam Cruise Boston to Bermuda.

  2. Jean Reed December 7, 2017 at 4:09 am - Reply

    I would definitely pick the Atlantic Adventure to the Mediterranean. As we return from our third Atlantic Adventure Cruise to the Mediterranean area, my husband and I wish we could sign up for it again. The culture of the Mediterranean Sea area is unmatched and the Atlantic Ocean islands are amazing. Love this cruise!

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