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Koningsdam to Explore the Caribbean on Diverse Cruises in 2016-2017

Following its inaugural Europe season in 2016, Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ship will kick off the Caribbean season with a four-day cruise to the Bahamas, followed by a series of diverse itineraries criss-crossing the region from fall 2016 through March 2017.

The seven-day cruises — which are all roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale — visit popular ports in the region, while the longer nine-, 10- and 11-day itineraries provide more time for exploring and include a variety of islands with exciting, off-the-beaten-path calls.

Family staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests make their debut on Koningsdam, and new Club HAL children’s facilities make a Holland America Line cruise the perfect family vacation to the Caribbean.

“We are excited to sail Holland America Line’s newest ship from Port Everglades on the most varied and robust Caribbean itineraries of any of our ships,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The Caribbean remains among the most popular cruise destinations in the world, and by having itineraries that range from four to 11 days guests will be able to enjoy a vacation that fits their schedule.”

Which itinerary is right for you? Read this blog post comparing the Caribbean regions to help you decide.

Four-day Bahamas Cruise

Half Moon Cay, top and left, and Nassau, are the featured ports on the 4-day cruise.

Half Moon Cay, top and left, and Nassau, are the featured ports on the 4-day cruise.

Koningsdam begins its inaugural season in the Caribbean with a four-day cruise to the Bahamas departing Nov. 9, 2016. Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale, the ship calls at Nassau followed by Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island. The voyage is the perfect way to sample Holland America Line’s new Pinnacle-class ship.

Seven-day Caribbean Cruises Include a Holiday Sailing

Clockwise from upper left: St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Cayman are featured on the seven-day voyages.

Clockwise from upper left: St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Cayman are featured on the seven-day voyages.

Two different seven-day itineraries provide an ideal getaway in winter, when the balmy breezes of the Caribbean beckon. The first itinerary sails Jan. 8 and 29 and Feb. 12, 2017, calling at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay. The second itinerary departs Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, 2017, and visits Half Moon Cay; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Fla. The two itineraries can be combined to create a nonrepeating 14-day Caribbean Collectors’ Voyage.

For the holidays, the Dec. 23, 2016, departure falls over Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, making it the most festive of voyages. The seven-day cruise will visit Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.

Nine-day Caribbean Cruises Include a New Year’s Option

Guests looking for a slightly longer Caribbean vacation can embark Dec. 14, 2016, for a nine-day voyage that showcases six popular ports. The ship calls at Half Moon Cay; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; San Juan; and Grand Turk.

The beautiful beaches of St. Maarten and Tortola are showcased on the nine-day cruises.

The beautiful beaches of St. Maarten and Tortola are showcased on the nine-day cruises.

Another nine-day voyage departing Dec. 30 rings in the New Year with fun, sun, sand and surf. The ship will call at Falmouth, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel and Key West.

10-day Caribbean Cruises Feature Southern Caribbean

The ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao highlight the 10-day itineraries.

The ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao highlight the 10-day itineraries.

From the turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic to the powdery beaches of the ABC Islands, Koningsdam’s 10-day itinerary highlights some of the most beautiful ports in the region. Departing Nov. 13 and Dec. 4, 2016, and Feb. 19 and March 12, 2017, the cruises call at Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; the exclusive cruise port of Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstand, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

11-day Caribbean Cruises Offer Blend of Several Ports

The eastern Caribbean takes center stage on the 11-day voyages that depart Nov. 23, 2016, and March 1 and 22, 2017. Koningsdam will visit the ports of Philipsburg; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay. Guests aboard also will enjoy scenic cruising in Soufrière Bay and past the famed Mount Pelée volcano.

More gorgeous ports like Barbados, above, and St. Lucia with its famed Pitons, highlight the 11-day cruises.

More gorgeous ports like Barbados, above, and St. Lucia with its famed Pitons, highlight the 11-day cruises.

The inaugural Caribbean season of Koningsdam will be open for booking in summer 2015. Which cruise will be you joining us on? Tell us below!

27 Comments
  • Elbert L.J. Bosma, MM, MA, MNI

    Looking forward to one of these 11-day cruises in the Caribbean on ms “Koningsdam”.

  • John Hunter

    I’m almost certain to book the 10-night Southern Caribbean sailing leaving Port Everglades on February 19, 2017. Nearly all new ports for me, with the exception of Half Moon Cay. But Half Moon Cay is always worth repeating!

  • Al perez

    Looking forward to a good cruise

  • Carol

    looking forward to one of the 10day or 11day cruises do a new ship!!

  • Janice Burns

    The date of February 19th 2016. Is that correct or is the sailing date for the Koningsdam February 19th 2017 for the 10 day Caribbean cruise?

  • Julie

    Good catch, Janice. We made the correction.

  • Debra Harmon

    I would love to do the inaugural Caribbean, 4-day on November 9. Do you have the exact date we can start booking??

  • MiltonAzous

    I will book March 1 2017 11 day southern Caribbean cruise on March 1 2016 while on Zuiederdam Panama Canal cruise.

  • Carlwainer

    10dayDec04-16.have done this trip with Hal before, it,s super. And on a wonderful new ship! It does not get any better.

  • Vivian Bouldin

    We are looking at booking the 10 day on 11-13-16 but it returns on the 23rd which means we will be flying home the day before Thanksgiving – Yikes Bad Travel Day. May have to chose the March 2017 but I just hate to wait & see about pricing. It would be fun to cruise sooner than later on the new ship!

  • helen dambroski

    want to book the 4 day cruise Nov.9 to celebrate my husband’s 70th birthday, when can we book this cruise?

  • John Heslin

    We have over 10 Cruise`s in our memory book, by far the cruise on Holland America to the Panama Canal was the best. Our ship had a few engine problems on 02/21/2015 and as result we missed a few ports of call but the crew ,the service, entertainment. and dining were superior and made up for the ports we missed ,We are looking forward to our next Holland America Cruise

  • Dave Brinson

    The week of January 22, 2017 on the Koningsdam itineraries is missing, and that’s the second week of a 14-day Collector we’d like to book. Is there a charter that week?

  • Julie

    Dave, if you contact hal_reservations@hollandamerica.com, call HAL directly in U.S. or Canada on 1-877-SAIL-HAL or contact your travel agent, they’ll be able to help you out.

  • Thomas L.

    I read the part the following with great interest:

    “The inaugural Caribbean season of Koningsdam will be open for booking in April 2015. Which cruise will be you joining us on? Tell us below!”

    I think we’re almost in June now… 😉

    I have a Futuredam booking for the 11/23/16 sailing – eyeing 3 Neptune Suites which appear to have desirable qualities (balcony space being the primary consideration) – haven’t decided which one to go with just yet.

    I’d still feel more comfortable booking on the day the sailings are available so that the best ones (IMO) are still up for grabs, as I’d guess the Futuredam booking could take from days to weeks to actually process.

    Any idea when that will actually occur so that I can mark my calendar ? 🙂

  • Heather munn

    Hi, everything I’ve read says I could book from April this year but my TA says that’s not the case. Could you please advise when I can book? Thanks

  • Larry

    Still waiting for reservations to open for fall Carribean cruises. It’s June 7. Any news?

  • Julie

    Should be very soon, Larry! Stay tuned!

  • Julie

    Should be very soon!

  • Larry

    Dear Santa.
    All I want is 4 cabins for 2016 Christmas cruise on the new Koningsdam.
    It’s for the kids….and St. Nick & Mrs. too.

  • Dave Brinson

    HAL obviously has a problem with dates. Mid-April has come and gone. Late spring is almost gone. If a company starts a “One Week Sale” on the 12th or 13th, and says in bold print “Sale ends June 22nd”, they obviously are calendar challenged and we shouldn’t put stock in any of their announcements!!

  • Julie

    Hang tight, Dave. Unexpected delays, yet should be any day.

  • Larry

    Bookings opened for before and after Christmas ’16. Are we being toyed with??

  • Steve Winstead

    Booked the 11 day cruise last night for the March 22, 2017 sail. Will the 4 day cruise for Nov. 2016 be posted for purchase soon or is it filled already?

  • Julie

    Steve, it will be posted soon. Not sold out. Just finalizing a few things. Glad you’ll be onboard in March 2017! Julie

  • Julie

    Larry, the Holiday sailings are treated as a different “product,” and none of the Holiday sailings on any ship are open for booking just yet. Hang tight!

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