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EXC™ Explorations Central

Transforming Travel: Introducing Explorations Central™

Holland America Line’s exclusive Explorations Central (EXC™) offers indispensable insights and tips from location experts, and interactive activities and cultural encounters that make your journey more engaging, vivid and meaningful. To help you make the most of your onshore experience, our expertly curated EXC Tours™ provide a wide variety of ways to explore and learn about the people and cultures of each port of call. Onboard programming for the multifaceted EXC experience is rolling out across the entire fleet by the end of the year. A specially designated EXC "home base," the heartbeat of the Holland America Line shore experience, will open on select ships over the next two years, with ms Westerdam now completed.

EXC Tours™

Our award-winning EXC Tours (Shore Excursions) give you many unique options for exploring ashore, with a level of comfort, care and convenience you won't find anywhere else. Find a better price on any tour we offer and with our Best Price Guarantee we’ll refund you 110 percent of the difference in the form of an onboard credit. Be sure to explore our new Food & Wine Culinary Tours.

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EXC In-Depth™ Voyages

The 2018 season marks the debut of EXC In-Depth Voyages, enabling our guests to explore the most fascinating corners of the globe through the prism of their own personal interests and passions.

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EXC Port Planners™

Our online Port Planners, in partnership with the destination experts at AFAR, help you start planning your next journey.

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EXC City Stays™

Offering a seamless experience ashore, EXC City Stays & Pre/Post Overland Tours allow you to book online now, up until three days before sailing.

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EXC Tours FAQs

Learn all the details of EXC Tours (Shore Excursions), from online booking to traveling with friends and family.

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EXC On Board
Drop by EXC's home base on board select ships and find interactive touchscreens, digital stories, even a display of real-time data from the ship's bridge. Swap stories with a fourth-generation Hawaiian as you make fragrant leis. Learn how to order dim sum in Hong Kong. Discover the connections that unite us across borders, cultures and time with these onboard experiences.

EXC Encounters™

Play steel drums with musicians from Trinidad. Practice tai chi with a Chinese master. Learn whether to smile or extend your hand in greeting when in Dakar. Delve into each destination's cultures with local experts, artists and performers on board, before you explore on land.

EXC Guides™

You're about to enter a Buddhist temple. Should you cover your head or take off your shoes? Your EXC Guide knows. Gain insights about everything from good manners and simple, useful phrases to the best tours, most popular sites and insider tips.

EXC Talks™

Listen to stories of local lore. Learn about favorite haunts and insider history. Informative EXC Talks help deepen your appreciation of each new destination with the kinds of tales that only locals know.

EXC Port Maps™

Simple paper maps cut through the clutter of typical city maps, focusing on the landmarks that make it easy for guests to find their way around.

EXC Channel™

Kick back in your stateroom and tune in to a full lineup of travel films, documentaries and TV shows featuring the destinations on your itinerary.

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