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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…”

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…”

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…”

Beer Tastings, Rum Tours and More

Beer Tastings, Rum Tours and More

On a recent visit to Dublin, Ireland, Rotterdam’s bar team went to the Guinness Brewery and Jameson Distillery to learn more about the beverages they serve onboard. Passengers have the opportunity to visit these places, too, during a call at Dublin on the A Taste of Dublin: The Guinness Experience and the A Taste of…   read more of “Beer Tastings, Rum…”

Featured Country: Belgium

Featured Country: Belgium

Many of our European cruises feature a call at Zeebrugge (Brugges/Brussels), Belgium, and it’s close enough to the Netherlands to drive there for an overland adventure should you arrive for your cruise out of Amsterdam or Rotterdam a few days early and choose to explore. Guests Jan and Dick Yetke joined us again and they…   read more of “Featured Country:…”

Top 10 Shore Excursions in Australia & New Zealand

Top 10 Shore Excursions in Australia & New Zealand

With so much to see and do, a trip to Australia and New Zealand is made all the more exciting by taking part in one — or several — of our exciting shore excursions. Each tour is carefully crafted to offer the most fulfilling experience possible, and our reputable tour operators ensure that our guests…   read more of “Top 10 Shore…”

It’s Almost Time to Sail ‘Down Under’

It’s Almost Time to Sail ‘Down Under’

Yes, you guessed it! This week is Australia and New Zealand week. The season “Down Under” is quickly approaching, with ms Oosterdam and ms Volendam heading to the southern hemisphere next month. For their series of cruises that last through spring 2014, the ships will visit more than 50 ports of call during 10- to…   read more of “It’s Almost…”