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EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Broome, Kuri Bay and Darwin, Western Australia

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Broome, Kuri Bay and Darwin, Western Australia

Our EXC In-Depth Voyage is off to Western Australia! EXC In-Depth Onboard Naturalist/Zodiac Driver Kristy King sent some Field Notes and excellent photos from Broome, Kuri Bay and Darwin. Enjoy this installment, and stay tuned as the ship begins its journey to Southeast Asia. Broome, Western Australia With Maasdam docking in the early hours of…   read more of “EXC In-Depth Field…”

Head Down Under to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in 2019 for the Ultimate Premium Experience

Head Down Under to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in 2019 for the Ultimate Premium Experience

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand’s Milford Sound, the imposing volcanoes of Hawaii — all these spectacular natural wonders await on cruises to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In 2019, Holland America Line is offering a variety of unique itineraries aboard Noordam that showcase the region’s must-visit ports, bucket-list locales and iconic sites….   read more of “Head Down Under to…”

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Akaroa, Wellington and Port Chalmers

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Akaroa, Wellington and Port Chalmers

Our EXC In-Depth Voyage is finally in New Zealand, and our guests are exploring the gorgeous North and South Islands. EXC In-Depth Onboard Naturalist/Zodiac Driver Kristy King sent some Field Notes from Akaroa, Wellington and Port Chalmers. Enjoy this installment, and stay tuned as the ship continues this amazing adventure to Tasmania and Australia. Akaroa,…   read more of “EXC In-Depth Field…”

Lush Landscapes and Enchanting Experiences Beckon on a Cruise to New Zealand

Lush Landscapes and Enchanting Experiences Beckon on a Cruise to New Zealand

Today is New Zealand’s Independence Day, and to celebrate we’re highlighting Holland America Line’s unique cruise itineraries, EXC Tours and our Signature Experience in Auckland that give our guests an in-depth exploration of a remarkable destination. From October 2018 though May 2019, Noordam sails regular itineraries Down Under, while Maasdam’s EXC In-Depth Voyages provide immersive…   read more of “Lush Landscapes and…”

#WineTourismDay: Five Shore Excursions That Will Take You on a Journey of Worldly Wines

#WineTourismDay: Five Shore Excursions That Will Take You on a Journey of Worldly Wines

Are you a wine aficionado or simply a connoisseur of expanding your horizons? With the rise of wine’s popularity, Holland America Line continues to foster a love of wine among our guests with our BLEND experience where guests make their own blend of red wine, as well as through our partnership with our Wine Curator…   read more of “#WineTourismDay:…”

Q&A with Dr. Peter Carey: What are EXC In-Depth Voyages All About?

Q&A with Dr. Peter Carey: What are EXC In-Depth Voyages All About?

Bon Voyage to out first EXC In-Depth Voyage, which departs today! Holland America Line’s Director of Explorations Dr. Peter Carey is continuing to scout locations and build out our innovative new series of EXC In-Depth Voyages featuring exciting Zodiac excursions. Learn more about our EXC In-Depth Voyages with Dr. Carey’s insightful Q&A. What is an…   read more of “Q&A with Dr….”

Set Your Sights on These Top 5 EXC Tours for the Adventure Seeker

Set Your Sights on These Top 5 EXC Tours for the Adventure Seeker

Are you a destination collector and experience seeker? Are you looking to meet new people, become immersed in different cultures and find tailored experiences in every port? Holland America Line offers a shoreside adventure to fit every level of interest, comfort and desire. Our EXC Tours are carefully crafted to exceed guest expectations no matter…   read more of “Set Your Sights on…”

Celebrate National Wildlife Day on Our Top EXC Tours for Spotting Wildlife

Celebrate National Wildlife Day on Our Top EXC Tours for Spotting Wildlife

National Wildlife Day was founded in 2005 to bring awareness to endangered species, both domestic and international, as well as acknowledge outstanding animal sanctuaries and organizations for everything they do to help preserve and educate the public about animal conservation. This year, the date of the holiday has been permanently changed from Sept. 4 to…   read more of “Celebrate National…”