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Farewell Alaska: Bert’s Beauty Shots and San Francisco

Farewell Alaska: Bert’s Beauty Shots and San Francisco

As colder weather approaches, it’s time for some of the ships to start repositioning to their winter homes. Recently Zuiderdam, Westerdam and Statendam said good-bye to Alaska before heading to the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii/South Pacific, respectively. Hotel Director Bert van Mackelenbergh sent in photos of Westerdam at Vancouver, B.C., taken from his ship, Statendam….   read more of “Farewell Alaska:…”

Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

We asked Holland America Line Facebook fans to share their “must-haves” when they go on a cruise. Here are the Top 10 responses, along with some other great ideas and unusual suggestions. Is there something not on these lists that you always bring with you? Let us know in the comments below! Top 10: 1….   read more of “Top 10 Things to…”

Learn to Make Caribbean Coolers at Mixology Class

Learn to Make Caribbean Coolers at Mixology Class

As part of the Culinary Arts Center program, guests can take mixology classes that teach how to concoct drinks like a professional bartender. On Caribbean voyages, guests can taste the island life and learn how to make refreshing cocktails dripping with tropical flavors. Three of the most popular drinks are fruity, cool and fresh. Which…   read more of “Learn to Make…”

A Perfect Day on Half Moon Cay

A Perfect Day on Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas, and there’s a reason why it keeps winning awards as a top port of call. Among Holland America Line guests it’s the highest-rated port in the Caribbean. From pristine beaches to eco-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone on the island. What would a…   read more of “A Perfect Day on…”

Go ‘On Location’ in the Caribbean

Go ‘On Location’ in the Caribbean

With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around the world. “On Location” means that Holland America Line guests can learn to tango on the way to Argentina, take a cooking class taught…   read more of “Go ‘On…”

Ports of Call & Recipe: Jamaica

Ports of Call & Recipe: Jamaica

Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is a part of the chain of Caribbean islands called the Greater Antilles, along with Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The tip of a mountain rising from the sea floor, Jamaica boasts lush rolling hills and beautiful beaches. Flora and fauna abound on this beautiful island, with 250 bird…   read more of “Ports of Call…”

Top 6 Caribbean Hidden Beaches

Top 6 Caribbean Hidden Beaches

It’s clear that the Caribbean is adorned with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In fact, you can see most of them as the ships sail past the powdery shores. But what about the beaches that you don’t see when you’re approaching a port? The ones that aren’t a walk away from…   read more of “Top 6 Caribbean…”

Cruising the Caribbean Beyond 7 Days

Cruising the Caribbean Beyond 7 Days

Many cruises to the Caribbean are seven days, making them fabulous week-long vacations. Those itineraries tend to focus on one region, whether it be eastern, western or southern. Each area has beautiful islands to explore with plenty of time for fun, sun, sand and surf. But did you know that Holland America Line also offers…   read more of “Cruising the…”