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  • Post: Holland America Line Sees Higher Interest for Longer Roundtrip Voyages from U.S. Homeports
    Published On: Aug 29, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1841|
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    With a rise in travelers wanting to explore global destinations without taking international flights, Holland America Line is launching its “See the World from Your Doorstep” campaign, highlighting the cruise line’s leadership in roundtrip travel from U.S. homeports. Those who want to avoid a long-haul flight can sail roundtrip from Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego or Seattle with Holland ...

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  • Post: Winner Announced for ‘Love Letters to Alaska’ Contest
    Published On: Apr 14, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1500|

    On Valentine’s Day we launched a “Love Letters to Alaska” contest in celebration of our upcoming 75th anniversary season in the Great Land. More than 40,000 hopefuls submitted a personal letter professing their love for Alaska or why they would like to visit. After narrowing down the entries to the top 10, Deborah Thelwell from Phoenix, Arizona, was named the ...

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  • Post: The Five Best Fjords in Norway to See on Your Cruise
    Published On: Mar 28, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1556|

    Norway is known for its jagged coast, staggering cliffs and 1,190 glass-like fjords. Cut by glaciers during the ice age, these saltwater inlets are a cruising paradise with calm waters and fairytale landscapes. Like a diamond or a snowflake, each fjord is unique. Here are the best fjords in Norway along with what makes each one different. 1. Geirangerfjord - ...

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  • Post: Why the Yukon Should be on Your Must-See Travel List
    Published On: Feb 23, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1313|
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    Holland America Line's Cruisetours combine an Alaska cruise with an overland to Denali National Park. Our extended Cruisetours also include a visit to the Yukon where guests can visit Whitehorse, northern Canada's largest city, and Dawson City where the frontier spirit is strong. In the Yukon, the region's Gold Rush history shines as bright as the treasure the Stampeders came ...

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  • Post: 75 Reason to Love Alaska
    Published On: Feb 11, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 220|
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    Oh, Alaska ... how we love you so! On Sunday, Feb. 13, Holland America Line marks 75 days until the start of our Alaska season! In 2022, we're getting ready to mark 75 years of exploring Alaska — longer than it’s been a state — so today we're honoring the Great Land with “75 Reasons to Love Alaska.” While there ...

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  • Post: Eastern, Western, Southern and Tropical Caribbean Cruises: What’s the Difference?
    Published On: Nov 19, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 982|

    Imagine a perfect tropical island. Does it include lush volcanic peaks rising dramatically above the sea? Or maybe a palm-fringed beach with crystal-clear water? Whatever your ideal island escape looks like, you are likely to find it in the Caribbean. The warm waters are host to some 7,000 different islands belonging to 28 nations. It is a varied lot in ...

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  • Post: It’s Alaska Day! Facebook Fans Share Their Favorite Places in Alaska
    Published On: Oct 18, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 193|
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    Today is Alaska Day, and it's a day when we celebrate our deep love for the Last Frontier! Holland America Line has been exploring Alaska longer than any other major cruise line ... even longer than it's been a state. In fact, we're still the only way to see both Denali and the Yukon, combined with a cruise! Our Alaska ...

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  • Post: Does Rio Boast the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World?
    Published On: Aug 30, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 254|
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    Today is #NationalBeachDay, a holiday that honors all of the beautiful beaches around the world. While Holland America Line certainly visits some of the most stunning beaches on the planet, when it comes to quantity of perfect powder, Brazil is at the top. Guests can visit these postcard-worthy beaches on a Holland America Line cruise to South America or on ...

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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: 298|
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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: Alaska’s Beautiful Ketchikan: My Hometown
    Published On: Jun 16, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 577|
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    The one word that describes Alaska to me is “home.” I was born and raised in Ketchikan. In the early days of cruise ship visits, one of the pioneering lines was Alaska Cruise Lines, later to become Westours, Inc., which years later merged with Holland America Line. But that is another story. And all this is to say that Holland ...

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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: 435|
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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: 172|
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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: 463|
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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: 408|
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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: Sun-Kissed Landscapes and Ancient Cultures Await on ‘Idyllic Greek Isles’ Cruises
    Published On: May 10, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 406|
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    The wait is nearly over, and we can't wait to get back to cruising this summer. Beginning in August, our return kicks off with some incredible itineraries that weave throughout the gorgeous Greek isles. Greece remains a top pick for travelers looking for a magical and memorable vacation thanks to the islands' stunning landscapes, dramatic ruins and fresh-from-the-sea cuisine. If ...

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  • Post: Book Your Dream Cruise to These Locales on National Plan a Vacation Day
    Published On: Jan 26, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 142|
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    Today is National Plan for Vacation Day, and if you're dreaming of getting back to travel, we have you covered. Holland America Line has opened bookings for a wide selection of cruises in 2022 and even 2023, so you can stop dreaming and start planning your next cruise vacation. But where to go? If you're still undecided, here are some ...

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  • Post: Around the World in 127 Days on Holland America Line’s 2023 Grand World Voyage
    Published On: Jan 21, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 2104|

    Holland America Line’s Grand Voyages are made for dreamers, adventurers and explorers seeking to discover new cultures and illuminating experiences. The quest for destination immersion continues with Holland America Line’s 2023 Grand World Voyage - now open for booking. There’s no better way to see the world than on a Holland America Line Grand World Voyage, recognized as the 2020 ...

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  • Post: Six Holland America Line Ships Offer Award-Winning Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruises in 2021
    Published On: Oct 21, 2020|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 880|

    If you're missing Alaska as much as we are, it's time to start planning your Alaska getaway for 2021. We're offering a full season of cruises and Land+Sea Journeys that showcase our more-than 70 years of experience, insider knowledge and preferred access. From April through September, six Holland America Line ships will take guests on authentic Alaska experiences throughout the ...

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  • Post: Uncovering the ABC Islands
    Published On: Jul 22, 2020|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1638|
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    We invite you on a whirlwind tour of the sundrenched ABC Islands. Part of the Leeward Antilles in the southern Caribbean, islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao feature diverse natural habitats that call for adventure. The stories below show the importance of these special surroundings to the people who live there and offer a glimpse of how you can experience ...

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  • Post: Experience the Most Immersive Alaska Cruise on a 21-Day EXC In-Depth Voyage
    Published On: Apr 01, 2019|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1508|

    Are you a seasoned cruiser, eager to find new, immersive ways to explore our fascinating world? If you answered yes, then our EXC In-Depth Voyages were designed specifically with you in mind. These specially crafted itineraries offer an innovative and customized approach to cruising, allowing guests to explore the most fascinating corners of the globe through the prism of their ...

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  • Post: Looking to Cruise Alaska in 2019? We’re Featuring 133 Cruises & 15 Land+Sea Journey Options
    Published On: Feb 27, 2019|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 425|

    If you're thinking about cruising to Alaska in 2019, look no further than Holland America Line. Next season we will offer 133 cruises and 15 Land+Sea Journey options on eight ships with more visits to Glacier Bay than any other line, the introduction of soft-adventure EXC In-Depth Alaska cruising on Maasdam (stay tuned for a blog post exclusively on these ...

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  • Post: Fact & Lore of Half Moon Cay: The History
    Published On: Jul 30, 2018|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1116|

    Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas. Know for its pristine beaches, abundance of family-friendly activities, private villas and cabanas, and unparalleled beauty, there’s a reason why it’s our most popular port in the Caribbean. This series of “Fact & Lore” blog posts about Half Moon Cay takes you deeper into the island’s history, ...

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  • Post: Fact & Lore of Half Moon Cay: The Geography
    Published On: Jul 20, 2018|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 919|

    Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line's award-winning private island in the Bahamas. Know for its pristine beaches, abundance of family-friendly activities, private villas and cabanas, and unparalleled beauty, there's a reason why it's our most popular port in the Caribbean. This series of "Fact & Lore" blog posts about Half Moon Cay takes you deeper into the island's history, ...

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  • Post: Moose, Bears & Caribou, Oh My! Getting to Know ‘The Big Five’ Animals of Alaska
    Published On: Oct 28, 2016|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1193|

    While the Alaska cruise season is coming to a close, we're sure you're already dreaming of booking your Alaska adventure for 2017. After all, Holland America Line is celebrating our 70th year in The Last Frontier next year so it's the perfect time to go. One of the highlights of every Alaska cruise is the wildlife. Not only can you ...

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  • Post: Make the Most of Your Alaska Cruise with a Tour Package in Vancouver
    Published On: Mar 03, 2016|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 495|

    During a Holland America Line cruise to Alaska, the sights and sounds of the Last Frontier are front and center during the seven-day voyage. From interesting ports like Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan to the spectacular scenery of Glacier Bay, the Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord, guests marvels at the beauty of the region. In 2016, Nieuw Amsterdam makes its ...

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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: 492|

    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: Are Seeing Penguins on Your Bucket List? Take These Tours Down South
    Published On: Aug 21, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 362|

    Holland America Line cruises travel all over the world, and some of the most unique and exciting shore excursions are the many wildlife tours highlighting native species unique to an area. If you’re cruising to South America or Australia and New Zealand, keep your eyes peeled for an adorable little bird unique to the South Pole. With their tuxedo-like coloring, ...

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  • Post: South Pacific 101: Cruise Through Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
    Published On: Apr 13, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 552|

    You've booked a Holland America Line cruise to the South Pacific ... or you're thinking about it. You've read the itineraries pronouncing the tropical island names as you imagine yourself sunbathing in a tiki hut over sparkling waters and drinking from a coconut. With more than 20,000 islands, 35 million inhabitants and 28 official languages, each of Oceania's islands is ...

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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: 1068|

    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: Cruises to Bermuda are Back!
    Published On: May 05, 2014|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 199|

    In 2015, Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. …

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  • Post: Cruise Diary: Teens’ Eye on Alaska
    Published On: Mar 07, 2014|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 323|

    Alaska is scenic, full of history, offers plenty of nature adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences … making it the perfect cruise destination for a family vacation. …

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  • Post: History of the Panama Canal: Part 2
    Published On: Sep 12, 2013|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 257|

    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: A Dream Trip to the Galapagos Islands
    Published On: Aug 01, 2013|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 366|

    The Galapagos Islands are composed of 120 volcanic islands. Their extreme isolation has led to some pretty interesting animal species, and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Shore Excursion Manager Judy Hu dreamed of visiting the island for years. That dream became reality when she led the Galapagos Overland Adventure shore excursion during a 2012 South America Grand Voyage. The reason ...

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  • Post: Cruise Diary: Arriving at Sydney, Australia
    Published On: Nov 03, 2009|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1021|

    Amsterdam’s arrival Saturday, October 31 at about 7:30 a.m. was a bit cloudy, but it was a great day. Coming into the harbor is always very special and seeing the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Syndey Opera House from the water is fantastic. …

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  • Post: Anthony’s Alaska Adventure: Fairbanks
    Published On: May 26, 2009|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 266|

    Having left the country charm of Beaver Creek behind we find ourselves in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks is a moderately large city and has all the trappings of modern life. That being said, it’s a nice break from the countryside as it offers us a chance to stop for supplies and things we need for the trip. The Westmark Fairbanks towers ...

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