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Holland America Line Will Welcome Nieuw Statendam To Fleet

When Holland America Line welcomes Nieuw Statendam to the fleet in December 2018, the ship will showcase the design introduced with Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship. Nieuw Statendam’s musical design and “artfully inspired” finishing perfectly blend Holland America Line’s past, present, and future. At the helm of the design and interiors once again are designer Adam D. Tihany... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Will Welcome Nieuw Statendam To Fleet appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Outlines Asia Itineraries

From September 2018 through April 2019, Holland America Line's 1,916-guest Westerdam will explore China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and more. The post Holland America Line Outlines Asia Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Offers Reduces Fares

Explore4 features four offers on more than 600 cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys from holiday 2018 through spring 2020. The post Holland America Line Offers Reduces Fares appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America To Visit Hawaii In 2018 and 2019

Guests interested in exploring Hawaii can choose from nine cruises with itineraries ranging from 16 to 20 days aboard Eurodam and Amsterdam. The post Holland America To Visit Hawaii In 2018 and 2019 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Prinsendam Will Leave Holland America Line’s Fleet

Holland America Line announced that Prinsendam has been sold and will leave its fleet July 1, 2019 to be transferred to another company. The post Prinsendam Will Leave Holland America Line’s Fleet appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Will Launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages

This September, Holland America Line will begin an approach to cruising for travelers who are looking for thoughtful and immersive ways to see the world. Offered on the 1,258-guest Maasdam, new EXC In-Depth Voyages explores corners of the globe on itineraries from 12 to 34 days, using world-renowned experts, local scholars and customized Zodiac tours to... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Will Launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Live From Cuba: On Holland America Line’s Veendam

I’m currently sailing aboard Holland America Line’s Veendam, rounding the western coast of Cuba en-route from Havana to Cienfuegos. It is a voyage that, when Veendam was built in 1996, would have been impossible. Today, it is a reality. Holland America began offering cruises to Cuba back in December, and the line has already announced... [Read More] The post Live From Cuba: On Holland America Line’s Veendam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line’s New Ship Will Sail Northern Europe and the Mediterranean

Following an inaugural season island-hopping throughout the Caribbean, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam will cross the Atlantic Ocean in late April 2019 and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The new Pinnacle Class ship will homeport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the summer. Offering a collection of seven- and 14-day itineraries to... [Read More] The post Holland America Line’s New Ship Will Sail Northern Europe and the Mediterranean appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America’s Grand Voyages: A Grand Way to Cruise

It’s no secret that Holland America Line offers a worldwide assortment of cruise itineraries, from Alaska to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and beyond. Many of these itineraries come in at a week or two in length; the perfect cruise getaway for those with limited vacation time, or those on a budget. But you might not... [Read More] The post Holland America’s Grand Voyages: A Grand Way to Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line’s Explore4 Promotion Returns for 2018

Holland America Line’s Explore4 promotion is back with four offers on more than 600 March 2018 through April 2019 cruises. Travelers looking to book a cruise for next year can take advantage of all the benefits, which include complimentary beverages and specialty dining aboard ship as well as reduced deposits and free or reduced fares... [Read More] The post Holland America Line’s Explore4 Promotion Returns for 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Offers More Ways to Experience the Panama Canal with Eight Ships and 35 Cruises

Travelers who want to transit the lakes and locks of the Panama Canal will have eight Holland America Line ships and 19 cruises to choose from between fall 2017 through spring 2018. In addition to the full transits, ms Zuiderdam will offer two Southern Caribbean & Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries that feature a partial transit through the... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Offers More Ways to Experience the Panama Canal with Eight Ships and 35 Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Announces Enhancements to Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam

When Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam emerged from a 12-day dry dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, in late April, the ship debuted major renovations that added many new public spaces and amenities, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. Westerdam also received the popular Music Walk... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Announces Enhancements to Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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New Ships for Holland America Line, Princess Cruises: What Do We Know?

After a few years of rest, the fleets of Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are growing once again. For both lines, their newest vessels will take a bold new direction. For Holland America, it’s venturing out into a more modern, family-friendly design than that of past vessels; a radical departure that manages to still... [Read More] The post New Ships for Holland America Line, Princess Cruises: What Do We Know? appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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HAL’s Koningsdam comes to America

Editor’s Note: The Koningsdam repositioned from its debut in Europe to Fort Lauderdale last November for its 2016 inaugural in America. K.D. Leperi was invited to experience the Koningsdam on a 3-day itinerary in the Caribbean.                  While the Koningsdam was officially rolled out in Europe in early 2016, it repositioned to Fort Lauderdale in November... [Read More] The post HAL’s Koningsdam comes to America appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Debuts New BBC Earth Experiences, Cruises

If you’ve sailed with Holland America Line before, you’ll likely know that the venerable line has been widely praised for its comfortable ships, friendly Indonesian and Filipino crews, excellent food, and classic, old-world charm. But Holland America Line is changing and evolving, and in the process, becoming more relevant than ever before. Now, Holland America... [Read More] The post Holland America Debuts New BBC Earth Experiences, Cruises appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Choosing An Alaska Cruisetour

Selecting an Alaska cruisetour can be daunting for the uninitiated. With more that 50 cruisetours offered by the major players, how do you sift through the options to find an Alaska cruisetour that's right for you? To find out, we sat down with Paul Allen, vice president of sales for Holland America Line. Q. Why should someone do a cruisetour in Alaska in the first place?A. We do research all the time asking people what they want to see in Alaska. The two places that get mentioned the most are Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. You can get to Glacier Bay on a cruise ship, but if you want to get to Denali, you have to get on a cruisetour.Q. How does the cruisetour work? There's a cruise and then there's a tour. The cruise ends and what happens next?A. You can do a cruisetour in one of two ways. You can travel on land and end up on a cruise, or you can travel on a cruise and end up on land. Some of the cruisetours have more cruise content than others. Some cruisetours are combined with seven-day cruises; others are combined with three- or four-day cruises. Q. With so many cruisetours, isn't choosing the right one a little daunting? Holland America Line alone offers close to 30 cruisetours, grouped under three types, and each of those are staged in different regions of Alaska. Some people, me included, don't even have a good grasp on the geography of Alaska or the distances between destinations.A. It is daunting, but it's my mission to educate people about the distinctions and identify what's important to people. Most want to see mountains, scenery, glaciers and wildlife. These are the most important motivators for most people. There are many opportunities to see these things all across the state.Q. How do you begin to choose a cruisetour from the ones offered?A. It really depends on what you want. The avid cruisers may want to go with the seven-day cruise combined with four to six days on land where they either go to Denali National Park, Fairbanks and Anchorage, or get all the way up to the Arctic Ocean. Or maybe they want to go to the Kenai Peninsula or stay at Alyeska Resort, a beautiful chateau property. All of these are possibilities that can be combined with the seven-day cruise.On the other hand, if you really want to get that comprehensive Great Land experience, fly to Anchorage, go up to Denali, spend a couple of days there, travel to Fairbanks, and then from Fairbanks, go into the Yukon. Then travel down the Yukon 100 miles on our Yukon Queen II to Dawson, which is a great little town. From Dawson, we've just developed excursions to Tombstone Park, which is just beautiful subarctic tundra. This is a chance for a very personal wilderness experience. You could be standing in Tombstone National Park with a dozen people in a backwoods wilderness trail where you're going to have that 'I'm surrounded by spectacular scenery and beautiful wilderness experience.' You don't always find a way to get that on other itineraries. We've provided that at Tombstone, near Dawson, and also at Kluane National Park, near Whitehorse.You then continue to Skagway, where you board the ship and get a beautiful cruise into Glacier Bay, cruise back down the Inside Passage and get off the ship in Vancouver. You've hit Denali, Tombstone, the Yukon River, Kluane, Glacier Bay, the Inside Passage — that's the whole kit and caboodle of Alaska.Q. What is your favorite cruisetour? A. The one I just described. It is a great value, and at the same time, it has all those icons in it. It gives you the opportunity to really see the whole Great Land. If you're the seven-day cruise type, then I recommend the tour all the way to the Arctic Ocean. I had a chance to get up to there last summer and come down the road between Prudhoe Bay and Fairbanks, and it was just spectacular. Or alternatively, you might take Tour 17 or 18, and that's when you get off the ship after seven days and spend the night in Seward, then get Kenai Fjords National Park, do a six day marine tour with an incredible amount of wildlife experience. You move from there to Anchorage, spend two days in Denali, and then to Fairbanks. Q. Why does Holland America Line offer a Double Day in Denali?A. You need two days. These are natural wonders you are coming to see. You can see the Mona Lisa or the Eiffel Tower just by showing up at the appointed time. To see grizzly bears and spectacular mountain scenery, however, you need to give yourself more time in the right places to maximize your chances of a great view. Time in the right places becomes the most important aspect of your tour. That's why we offer more time in Denali. That's also why we take you to other great wilderness locations where we spend a lot of time. You have the chance to see more wildlife and more great scenery. Q. The McKinley Explorer luxury domed railcars seem so much more appealing than the motorcoach. How many of the tours use motorcoach versus the railcar?A. All of our tours that go to Denali, which is 28 of 29 of them, have two days of travel on the railcars. The ones that go into the Yukon also include motorcoach travel, and while the motorcoach doesn't sound nearly as sexy, these are beautiful motorcoaches. And they're also the only way that you're going to get to that kind of remote wilderness and to get to a place like Dawson or Whitehorse. So if you'd like to go to Kluane National Park, home to five of the seven tallest mountains in North America, glaciers and spectacular wildlife, the only way you're going to get there is in a luxury motorcoach.
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Holland America Line’s New Eurodam

Click To Play Holland America Line’s newest ship makes its debut next summer. The 2,104-passenger Eurodam represents a new class of ship for the Seattle-based company. Another Signature-class vessel is on order following the Eurodam. In my interview, I talk with Rick Meadows, executive vice president marketing, sales and guest programs. Meadows says that with the new
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These Cruisers Love Holland America Line

On a recent Alaska cruise, I spoke with several passengers about why they prefer Holland America Line over the other cruise lines.
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Holland America Line Appeals To All Ages

Click To Play Cruising Alaska with their grandmother, these two teens say that despite the reputation it once had, Holland America Line isn’t just for “mature” travelers.
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