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Showing Off our Stars and Stripes! Cruise Across America From our U.S. Homeports

Tomorrow is July 4th! In honor of America’s Independence Day, we’re showing you how can “cruise” across our great nation by embarking on sailings from seven of our U.S. homeports. Whether you’re onboard or ashore, we hope you have a fun and festive holiday!



Start your Alaskan exploration from the state’s largest city, Anchorage.

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can see the aurora borealis on a clear dark night. Along with viewing the northern lights, there are also plenty of active things to do and attractions to hike, bike or see, such as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Flattop Mountain Trail inside Chugach State Park. Anchorage is the starting point for many of our Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys. For over 70 years Holland America Line has explored the Last Frontier, and our iconic Alaska cruises feature the famed Inside Passage and more options for cruising Glacier Bay National Park. Along with traditional cruises, you can also choose a Denali Land+Sea Journey that combines your Alaska cruise with the most immersive experiences at Denali National Park. And for the ultimate journey, add both the Yukon’s wild frontier and a Denali itinerary to your Alaska cruise on a Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journey.



New England’s largest city awaits!

Boston is home to historic sights and modern neighborhoods, stores and restaurants with old-time character, and gracious green spaces as well as a beautiful waterfront. Along with all of these elements that make Boston a unique America city, Beantown is also the hub for most of our Canada & New England cruises. These sailings will take guests on an exploration of the fascinating histories and vibrant cultures of small fishing villages and cosmopolitan cities. Boston is also the embarkation port for some of our Transatlantic crossings and in 2020, you can experience our first-ever 79-day Grand Africa Voyage from Boston.



Hit the beach at sunny Ft. Lauderdale before you embark on a Caribbean cruise.

Shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes greet you in Ft. Lauderdale where you’ll find yourself somewhere between laid-back island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. It’s a place where you can do as much, or as little, as you desire. Because of its many canals and waterways, Ft. Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. Ft. Lauderdale’s Port Everglades is a special homeport for Holland America Line as it is the embarkation port for our Caribbean cruises. On these cruises, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the 7,000 different islands that are dotted across the region. In addition to the Caribbean, you can embark on our famed Panama Canal cruises to traverse the most awe-inspiring engineering feat in history. You can also join Transatlantic crossings and cruises to South America & Antarctica, including the 77-Day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage.



A view of beautiful Honolulu skyline from the Diamond Head State Monument.

Sitting pretty on Oahu’s south shore, the capital of Hawaii — and gateway to the island chain — is a suitably laid-back Polynesian mash-up of influences and experiences. Modern surfing may have been invented along the crescent beach of Waikiki long before the glossy high-rise hotels arrived to dominate the shoreline, but the vibe is still mellow and it’s still the go-to neighborhood. But away from the Waikiki crowds, if you’re a Holland America Line guest, Honolulu can be your starting point for South Pacific cruises to placid Polynesian islands, New Zealand and Australia.



Embark on a cruise from the “Center of the Universe.”

New York City, the city that’s inspired so many nicknames — the Big Apple, Gotham, the City That Never Sleeps — is a place of dazzling contrasts, kaleidoscopic diversity and thrumming energy. There’s simply no other metropolis in the Western Hemisphere, or possibly the world, that rivals the intense vitality of New York. If you’re sailing with us from this incredible city, you’ll embark on unforgettable fall foliage cruises to Quebec City, Canada, to see the various shades of orange, yellow and red across the region.



With more than 300 days of sunshine, its easy to see why San Diego is one of our homeports.

Easygoing San Diego embodies the Southern California surfer town fantasy, with its more than 300 days of sun, mild year-round temperatures and accessible, sporty pastimes and tourist attractions. During a visit to San Diego you can hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to get a glimpse of whale migrations, go sailing in the bay and, of course, surf the famous swells of Del Mar, Oceanside and La Jolla (among many other superb spots). Along with all the fun in the sun, San Diego is one of Holland America Line’s most popular homeports as it the embarkation port for our Mexican Riviera cruises as well as some of our sailings to the Panama Canal, Hawaii & Tahiti, Pacific Coast, South America & Antarctica and the South Pacific.



The stunning Seattle skyline Mt. Rainier visible in the distance.

Bounded by the Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east, and surrounded by forests and mountains, Seattle boasts a stunning location. But the largest city in the Pacific Northwest is as much an homage to human ingenuity as it is to natural beauty. Visitors are spoiled for choice of things to do in Seattle, with iconic attractions like the waterfront, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Pike Place Market, all easily accessible. As “Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line,” the Emerald City hosts Holland America Line ships year-round. From Seattle, you can embark on cruises to Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, Hawaii & Tahiti, the Pacific Coast, the Panama Canal and South America & Antarctica.

To learn about all of Holland America Line’s itineraries and cruises visit or contact your trusted travel professional. Celebrate the Fourth of July by booking a Holland America Line cruise from one of our amazing American homeports.

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