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September 09, 2005

More 10-Day Cruises And Sailings From New York Mark Holland America Line’s 2006 Caribbean Program


More 10-Day Cruises And Sailings From New York Mark Holland America Line’s 2006 Caribbean Program

Seattle, WA (August 15, 2005) – With more 10-day cruises than ever before, four convenient homeport departure cities and 22 different itineraries, Holland America Line offers savvy travelers unprecedented choices to explore the Caribbean in 2006. Several itineraries showcase a new port call at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, and nearly all cruises visit the line’s award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay.

“The increase in our 10-day cruises allows travelers more opportunities to relax a little longer and explore a lot more with itineraries traveling deep into the Southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal,” says Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

In 2006, the premium cruise leader offers a varied collection of 5- to 14-day Caribbean cruises aboard 10 ships with 152 total departures. More than half of the itineraries represent voyages of 10 days or longer. In February 2006, the ms Noordam arrives as the fourth in the line’s series of 81,769-ton Vista-class ships.

Adding a shot of flavor to the ms Volendam’s January 22, 2006, departure is Marko Karakasevic, an artisan vodka maker of the Domaine Charbay Winery and Distillery in St. Helena, Calif. Johnny Iuzzuni, executive pastry chef at New York’s famed Restaurant Jean Georges, is the icing on the cake aboard the Noordam’s April 5, 2006, cruise. And Anthony Giglio, wine expert and sommelier, will sail on the November 25, 2006, cruise on the Noordam. All are part of the line’s Culinary Arts Program presented by Food & Wine magazine.

Twenty-eight cruises to the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean feature a first-ever call at Grand Turk. Renowned for its spectacular diving, snorkeling and fishing, Grand Turk is consistently rated one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Nearly every itinerary also features a day at Half Moon Cay, the line’s acclaimed private island. With its new horseback riding and swimming excursion, guided AquaTrax watercraft tour, stingray adventure, and fun-filled family aqua park, Half Moon Cay continues as the line’s highest rated Caribbean port of call.

Caribbean Escapes from New York, Norfolk, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale

The February 22, 2006, maiden voyage of the Noordam heralds Holland America Line’s return to New York City, the company’s former headquarters and the newest North American homeport for 13 Caribbean cruises. With a focus on convenience and choice, the line offers Caribbean escapes round trip from Norfolk, Virginia, providing easy access for many eastern seaboard residents; Tampa, Florida, highlighting 7-, 10-, and 14-day itineraries; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, showcasing the most extensive portfolio of Caribbean departures.

Premium Leader in 10- to 14-day Caribbean Cruises

With thirty-eight 10-day journeys to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, and 31 cruises of 11 days and longer, Holland America Line offers more longer itinerary and homeport choices (New York, Norfolk, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale) than any other premium line cruising the Caribbean. The inaugural season of the Noordam spotlights the collection of longer voyages with seven cruises to the Eastern Caribbean and six to the Southern Caribbean.

Eastern ports offer Bridgetown, Barbados; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Roseau, Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John’s, Antigua; and, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

To the south, itineraries feature varied port visits to: Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries and Soufrière, St. Lucia; El Buamache, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela; Fort-de-France, Martinique; George Town, Grand Cayman; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Roseau and Cabrits, Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. George’s, Greneda; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Barts; and, Willemstad, Curaçao.

7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean – From Ft. Lauderdale

Featuring Saturday and Sunday departures, Ft. Lauderdale serves as Holland America Line’s main gateway to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. From January through April 2006, and again from October through the end of the year, sister Vista-class ships ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam explore the Caribbean waters on 36 itineraries that balance enriching port calls with rejuvenating sea days. Eastern Caribbean itineraries features the following port calls: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. All feature a visit to Half Moon Cay.

The Western Caribbean is revealed on 12 journeys that may include stops at Costa Maya and/or Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios or Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

7-day Western Caribbean – From Tampa

The ms Veendam travels roundtrip from Tampa on a Western Caribbean itinerary featuring stops in Belize City, Belize, and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala, as well as Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida. The ship also offers an alternate itinerary to Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The 20 Tampa departures operate from January through April 2006, and again from October through December 2006.

10- and 13-day Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a must-see on many world traveler lists and Holland America Line’s history in exploring this engineering marvel is without peer among premium cruise lines. The ms Zaandam and ms Amsterdam travel round trip from Ft. Lauderdale showcasing the canal on 16 Southern Caribbean itineraries, entering at Cristóbal and cruising to Gatun Lake with a stop in Colón, Panama, before sailing to Puerto Limón, Costa Rica.

Special Cruises Feature 5-day Getaway and Tropical Holidays

On January 3, 2006, the Westerdam sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale on a 5-day itinerary with visits to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas; and, Key West, Fla. Holiday sailings at the end of the year offer up Christmas in the Caribbean, Hanukkah at sea, or New Year’s Eve in Mexico. Departing from its four Caribbean homeports – Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Norfolk and New York, travelers can choose 14 holiday itineraries of 7, 10, 11, or 14 days.

Caribbean cruise fares begin at $699 per person, double occupancy, for a 7-day cruise, and $599 per person, double occupancy for the 5-day cruise.

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Posted by Denise at September 9, 2005 09:25 AM

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