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Planning for Spring Break? Cruise the Caribbean for a Week of Sun, Sand & Sea

Ahhhh, the Caribbean … a perfectly picturesque destination to “get away from it all.” It’s beautiful weather and steel drums call out to cruisers everywhere, beckoning them to dip their toes into paradise on a Holland America Line cruise.

Spring temperatures are the ideal balance of the cooler winter weather that’s passed and warm summer sun that’s coming. And the best part about spring? Students get a break from school! Families can come together on sandy shores to reunite, unwind and enjoy some much-deserved playtime. Why is Holland America Line unique in the Caribbean for families? We offer a sophisticated experience that parents and grandparents appreciate, while Club HAL keeps the kids entertained with exciting activities. If you want to make sure you have as much fun on vacation as the kids, Holland America Line is the perfect cruise line.

Luckily, we have a variety of itineraries sailing to all of the best spots in the Caribbean, including our award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay. And starting Dec. 7 through Feb. 29, 2016, book your perfect week in paradise for spring break with the new View & Verandah promotion! The special offers include stateroom upgrades, shore excursion discounts and savings on select Collectors’ Voyages – so stay tuned for the View & Verandah launch next week!

Find Excitement in Western Waters

The Caribbean islands to the west are filled with sun, sand and adventure. While these islands lie farther apart than the islands to the east, cruises to the west typically offer more sea days, which means more time to explore the ship and rejuvenate for the exciting activities that lie ashore.

The Western Caribbean islands are packed with adventurous shore excursions for active cruisers.

The western Caribbean islands are packed with adventurous shore excursions for active cruisers.

Western islands are packed with shore excursions for guests looking to get active! A stop at Ocho Rios offers a chance to climb up its world-famous roaring waterfalls. Key West calls to cruisers ready to let loose on Duval Street or tantalize their taste buds on a food tour. Wildlife lovers have a blast at Grand Cayman swimming with sea turtles, dolphins and stingrays. A stop at Cozumel offers unique adventures like exploring Mayan ruins, tubing down a rushing river through glistening limestone caves, riding in a submarine through vibrant coral reefs or soaring in the skies via zip-line.

For those who enjoy an early spring break, the 7-Day Western Caribbean cruise on Eurodam departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Feb. 14, 2016 and visits Half Moon Cay; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Key West. Also on Eurodam, guests can depart March 13, 2016, for seven days with this itinerary stopping at Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Key West.

Nieuw Amsterdam offers a seven-day itinerary to the western Caribbean departing from Fort Lauderdale on March 6 and March 20, stopping at Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key West.

If the above itineraries don’t work for your spring break schedule, there are a number of other cruises available heading to the western Caribbean that showcase the region’s sun, fun and exciting adventures!

Rejuvenate and Relax at the Eastern Islands

Basque on a beach in the eastern Caribbean and feel like you’ve gone to paradise! There’s nothing like kicking back on a powdery beach with your eyes closed, listening to the waves gently wash up against the shore to help cruisers unwind and relax.

The islands of the eastern Caribbean are refined, relaxing and serene.

The islands of the eastern Caribbean are relaxing and serene.

Elegant and refined, eastern islands like Grand Turk and St. Maarten offer plenty of shopping opportunities, too! Since this region has many islands in close proximity to each other, cruise itineraries in the east stop at a different port of call almost every day.

The Seven-Day Eastern Caribbean cruise on ms Eurodam departs from Fort Lauderdale Feb. 7 and March 20, 2016, calling at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay.

Similar seven-day itineraries to the eastern Caribbean are offered on different ships and springtime dates, including Nieuw Amsterdam and Westerdam, so no matter when your spring break falls, a Holland America Line cruise to the eastern Caribbean is waiting for you!

Don’t Miss A Call At Half Moon Cay!

Half Moon Cay is our award-winning, two-mile slice of private paradise. Picturesque, white beaches rest against an ocean so clear, guests can see straight to the bottom! Cruisers enjoy virtually limitless entertainment like horseback riding, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, biking, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, hiking, beachside massages or lounging in a private air-conditioned cabana.

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Half Moon Cay offers beautiful scenery and exciting shore excursions to please every crowd.

Smack dab in the middle of the eastern and western Caribbean regions, Half Moon Cay is conveniently located so that almost every Caribbean cruise we offer calls there.

If You Can’t Pick Just One…

For those lucky enough to spare more than just one week of spring break, combine two cruises with a 14-day Eastern/Western Caribbean Collectors’ Voyage! These itineraries are the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, all under sunny skies and swaying palms.

A number of itineraries are available in February and March on Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam and Maasdam. The ships will depart from Fort Lauderdale and cruise to destinations all over the Caribbean. Can you feel the soft sand between your toes already? We can!

Move and Groove at Eurodam’s Music Walk

Guests who book a spring cruise on Eurodam are in for a special treat! Just in time for spring break, Eurodam’s Music Walk opens for operation featuring three live-music venues: Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club.

Music Walk will appear on Eurodam for spring Caribbean cruises featuring Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club.

Music Walk will debut on Eurodam for spring Caribbean cruises featuring Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club.

While days are filled with fun in the sun, onboard entertainment takes center stage at night. Music Walk will feature something for everyone in the family. Billboard Onboard’s dueling pianos playing chart-topping hits will grab the attention of the young and young-at-heart! Lincoln Center Stage’s breathtaking classical elegance will awe and inspire even the most critical music aficionados, and B.B. King’s Blues Club soothes the seas with funky rhythm and blues.

With such diversity and world-class musicians, this wonderful showcase of sound will be perfect for families on spring break to sing and dance the night away.

Can’t Wait for Koningsdam?

We can’t wait either! Our timeless new Pinnacle Class ship — Koningsdam — will make its debut in April, but won’t arrive in the Caribbean until Fall 2016. Be one of the first to experience this amazing new ship under sunny skies on one of many offered itineraries to the Caribbean.

The first ship in our Pinnacle class, Koningsdam, will make it's Caribbean debut in Fall 2016.

The first ship in our Pinnacle class, Koningsdam, will make its Caribbean debut in Fall 2016.

Are you booking your spring break cruise to the Caribbean? Tell us about it in the comments below!

December 2015 UPDATE: Take Advantage of View & Verandah
We want to make your dream cruise even dreamier with our new View & Verandah promotion. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. Check out the offer to see if your dream cruise is included and book now!