In 2015, Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam.
Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., the six departures in May, June and July feature two full days and three nights at Hamilton, the country’s capital known for its gorgeous beaches and abundance of golf courses.
Carrying just 1,350 guests, Veendam offers an ideal mid-size ship experience in Bermuda that enables the vessel to dock at Hamilton in the center of town. The seven-day voyages spend a day at sea after departing Boston, and arrive at Hamilton mid-day with enough time for guests to go ashore and enjoy the town. The ship then spends two nights alongside, where guests can experience local nightlife and dine ashore, if desired. Veendam departs Bermuda mid-day, with a day at sea before arriving back at Boston.
Bermuda is known for its striking pastel-colored buildings.
With two full days and two half-days, guests will have multiple opportunities to experience Hamilton’s British charm, cultural heritage sites and world-renowned beaches on a variety of shore excursions. From the ship, guests can take a short walk to Front Street and explore its array of colorful shops and restaurants. Hamilton also is home to a massive 19th-century, neo-Gothic cathedral and the Georgian-style Sessions House, built in 1815.
The seven-day Bermuda itinerary can be combined with a seven-day Canada/New England cruise to create a 14-day Bermuda & Canada/New England Collectors’ Voyage. The full Collectors’ cruise calls at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston; and Hamilton, with scenic cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Photos, except diving, are by Brian McDowell, Holland America Line’s director of decision support.
The Bermuda cruise also can be combined with a 17-day Panama Canal transit to create a 24-day Panama Canal and Bermuda Collectors’ Voyage. The ship departs San Diego, Calif., April 15, and calls at ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Boston and Hamilton, including a full transit of the Panama Canal.
Recently enhanced, Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ship will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms — many with private verandahs — but also new and exciting venues and stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.
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