Holland America Cruises

With more than 130 years of experience, Holland America Line is recognized as a leader in luxury cruising. Offering nearly 500 cruises from more than 25 homeports, Holland America Cruise Lines has the means to offer itineraries ranging from two to a whopping 108 days. Cruises cover all seven continents, including new Australia/New Zealand and Asia sailings, a world cruise, and popular sailings to several ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe.

The full list of Holland America’s cruise destinations includes: Alaska, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, the Panama Canal, and South America. And, winter sailings to the Caribbean are just around the corner as Holland’s 1,918-passenger ms Noordam (introduced in early 2006) will offer Caribbean sailings from its new homeport New York City.

Including the ms Noordaam, Holland America features a five-star fleet of 14 stunning ships ranging from the small and intimate to the large and luxurious. Holland America Line’s famous fleet includes: ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam (to be delivered in summer 2008), ms Maasdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Prinsendam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam, ms Veendam, ms Volendam, ms Westerdam, ms Zaandam, and ms Zuiderdam.

Holland America cruises are just as famous for it’s excursions as it is for its destinations and ships. Options may include sightseeing, flightseeing, and adventure tours. Because there are so many ports of call for each destination and hundreds of land excursions, it would be tough to list them all here. But a good example of Holland America cruise tours and excursions is Holland’s Alaska cruise. Ports of call include: College Fjord, Glacier Bay, Haines, Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, Ketchikan, Alaska, San Diego, California, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, Seward (Anchorage) Alaska, Sitka, Alaska, Skagway, Alaska, Tracy Arm, Alaska, Vancouver, B.C., and Victoria, B.C.

Land tour excursions cover places such as: Alyeska, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Whitehorse, Yukon, Denali, Homer, and Dawson City, to name a few. Passengers will tour a plethora of parks and highlights such as: Gates of the Arctic National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kluane National Park, Nome and Kotzebue, Alaska, Prudhoe Bay, and Alaska Tombstone Territory Park.

Keep in mind that excursions are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Many tours have very limited availability, so advanced booking is highly recommended to avoid any disappointment. Requests for excursions that are fully booked are placed on a waiting list.

Prices for Holland America cruises vary depending on a variety of factors such as season, destination, vessel, accommodations, length of cruise, departure port, excursions, number in your party, and more. For example, a 7-Day Western Caribbean cruise sailing on the ms Veendam in the month of March costs around $6,169.55 for a Deluxe Verandah Suite – per person.

Keep in mind that there plenty of accommodation types to choose from including: Penthouse Verandah Suites, Deluxe Verandah Suites, Superior Verandah Suites, Verandah Staterooms, Large Outside Staterooms, Large Inside Staterooms, and Large Standard Staterooms.

While some suites are more spacious and luxurious than others, all staterooms offer different levels of luxury and include: fine linens, Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes, massage showerheads, and flat-screen televisions.

To book a cruise on any of Holland America Line’s cruise ships, you can contact the cruise line directly at 1-800-426-0327. You can also book through a Holland America Travel Professional online at www.hollandamerica.com, or contact your local cruise travel agent.

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