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Panama Canal: By the Hours and By the Numbers

Panama Canal: By the Hours and By the Numbers

Every traveler that likes to experience interesting and unique adventures should set their sights on the Panama Canal. Transiting it by cruise ship is fascinating, watching the logistics of getting from Atlantic to Pacific. The ships sail through the locks and lakes, being raised and lowered as needed. And the scenery is lush and beautiful….   read more of “Panama Canal: By…”

Postcards from the Eastern Mediterranean

Postcards from the Eastern Mediterranean

Calvi, Corsica: Napoleon lived here and Christopher Columbus was born here. Mind you, there were a few centuries between these two events but I was impressed. Corsica is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean and now belongs to France. Calvi is a very picturesque town on the coast and provided a lovely day…   read more of “Postcards from the…”

Cruise Diary: ‘Bucket List’ Ports of Europe

Cruise Diary: ‘Bucket List’ Ports of Europe

Mariners Jan and Dick Yetke recently sailed on Eurodam throughout Europe, and the ship called at some interesting, off-the-beaten-path ports that aren’t often found on cruise itineraries. Similarly, Nieuw Amsterdam’s Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem and Future Cruise Consultant Joanne Gardner snapped some memorable photos at the unique port of Kotor, Montenegro. Enjoy “visiting” these unique…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Port Highlight: Grand Turk

Port Highlight: Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a beautiful island that is relatively new to cruise ships. The port facility was completed in 2006 and it is one of the newest and most impressive anywhere in the Caribbean. A small island in the British West Indies, it is a part of the commonwealth that is known as the Turks…   read more of “Port Highlight:…”

Facebook Fans Share Favorite Caribbean Photos

Facebook Fans Share Favorite Caribbean Photos

Holland America Line ships are making their way to the Caribbean. To celebrate this return, we asked Facebook fans to share their favorite photos from this beautiful and tropical island region. It looks like guest Tom took a diving tour in Bonaire, while fan J.R. went on the Whale and Dolphin Safari tour at Dominica….   read more of “Facebook Fans Share…”

Q&A with Captain Simon Douwes: Planning the Perfect Caribbean Cruise

Q&A with Captain Simon Douwes: Planning the Perfect Caribbean Cruise

Simon Douwes is Holland America Line’s director of deployment and itinerary planning. He has the important task of crafting the most exciting, interesting, diverse and cost-effective itineraries for the 15 ships in the fleet. Several Holland America Line ships spend the fall and winter exploring the Caribbean. Whether it’s eastern, western or southern routes, Simon…   read more of “Q&A with…”

Best Snorkeling Adventures in the Caribbean

Best Snorkeling Adventures in the Caribbean

Fall is in full swing, and if the cooling temperatures have you dreaming of balmy breezes and turquoise waters, then it’s time to pack your bags for the Caribbean. Holland America Line ships are starting to reposition from their summer homes, and when Nieuw Amsterdam arrives at Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Oct….   read more of “Best Snorkeling…”

Scenic Cruising Throughout Canada & New England

Scenic Cruising Throughout Canada & New England

Autumn is undeniably charming in Canada and New England. The mountains and valleys burst with color and everyone pulls out their coziest sweaters in coastal towns. The time has arrived for hot apple cider and pumpkin everything. As Holland America Line moves into the fall cruising season, here’s a look at some captivating photos that…   read more of “Scenic Cruising…”