Holland America Line Sees Higher Interest for Longer Roundtrip Voyages from U.S. Homeports
With a rise in travelers wanting to explore global destinations without taking international flights, Holland America Line is launching its “See the World from Your Doorstep” campaign, highlighting the cruise line’s leadership in roundtrip travel from U.S. homeports.
Those who want to avoid a long-haul flight can sail roundtrip from Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego or Seattle with Holland America Line. The brand has more cruises over 15 nights roundtrip from the U.S. to destinations around the world than any other cruise line, visiting 225 ports in 91 countries.
A recent survey by Cruise Critic found 82% of U.S.-based respondents would prefer to book an international cruise that sails from a domestic port than to fly to an international port. Holland America Line offers four Grand Voyages, all roundtrip from the U.S, for travelers who want to circle the world or explore Africa, South America or Australia. Monthlong or extended cruises include a roundtrip itinerary from San Diego visiting Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas, or a roundtrip departure from Boston visiting Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the British Isles.
In addition to extended voyages, Holland America Line also offers vacations 15 nights or less to popular locales like the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada, Alaska and Mexico roundtrip from a U.S. departure port and from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
If you could take a longer cruise with us, which one would you choose? Tell us in the comments.
It’s such a good idea to cut out those long flights if you possibly can. We are taking a 21 day Caribbean cruise in 2023 & the 35 day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas cruise in 2024. Although we are Canadian we appreciate the much shorter flights involved. I noticed that there are some Canada/New England cruises from Montreal to Boston & then another cruise, same ship, back to back dates, returning to Montreal but several of the stops are different. Is it possible to combine those two cruises so you would have a longer cruise & start & finish in Montreal?
Round trips have a lot of sea days making long cruises too expensive for many. And there are just so many destinations that lend themselves to a such cruises.
I would suggest this “half way” solution. Currently trans-ocean cruises are basically repositioning cruises at the beginning, and ending, of our seasons for obvious reasons…the weather..
What is needed is more mid-season ships heading for home. (or away from home) I would love to visit Europe, again and again, if I could either, begin my itinerary out of Florida, or end it by coming back to Florida.
Start out by making possible b2b cruises with the third choice a cruise to home, or a cruise from home to begin the itinerary, altering the to/from home ports visited every other year or so for variety.
If that doesn’t result in enough participation, then increase the availability of crossings. Also one could consider creating itineraries where ships are in port at the same time where one is headed home, and allowing a cruiser a seem-less switching from one ship to the another. (an overnight port would facilitate changing ships, and if one could take a tour leaving one ship and return to another ship the next day, with a hotel overnight, would be attractive to many who seek novel solutions…as well as opening up a whole new generation of overnight tour possibilities.)
Also seem-less same day ship switching where one could pack and go one a tour, returning to another ship where the packed bags are waiting. Cabin selections are another area where customers could upgrade, or down grade…providing more novel solutions to enhance one’s journey and experimentation of something novel.
I could go on and on, but I can see the wheels turning already in the heads of those who pass this email comment up the line to the folks who can make things happen.
Thank you for reading my thoughts…glad to help anyway I can.
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I do like that many cruises both originate and end in American ports. They can be short cruises as in the Caribbean or Alaska, or longer cruises. I recently returned from a four-week Amazon cruise, round-trip Fort Lauderdale, which made embarkation and debarkation relatively easy (though I can give no points for the current company in Ft L, embarkation was messy.) Starting and returning to Fort Lauderdale certainly made the cruise more appealing to us.
Trans-oceanic cruises appeal to me as much, going to places I want to go and with many sea days, which I also enjoy. Yes, it would be nice to have more return cruises from, say, Europe, so one could go, stay a few weeks, and then return by ship, but I suppose the economics for HAL are poor. After all, even Cunard’s “Crossings” are not frequent. So it is a limited market. And the time– if you wanted to spend a month in Europe, can you afford (in time, not money) the extra month of cruising time back and forth? Few are likely to, I would think.
Most round-trip cruises outside of the Caribbean, Alaska or New England must entail a lot of free time on the part of passengers. How many can take a month or more away from home? I think HAL gives us a good selection, for those who can, mostly in the Pacific or South America. There are still some I want to take…
I would cruise more frequently if I didn’t have to fly to get to my embarkation point. Living in Hawaii is not always a blessing because if I want to cruise I have to fly the the East coast to board the ship. Pilot shortages and other airline issues are making flying a drag.
I’ll be retired next year and plan to do a lot of cruising! Longer cruises are what interest me most cruises to Australia/ New Zealand would be great! I’d also like to sail to the Mediterranean and Western Europe.