With the guarantee of warm climates and even warmer hospitality, it’s easy to see why the allure of the Caribbean now attracts almost 10 million cruise travellers each year. A cruise is the ideal way to experience different destinations and it also offers guests the opportunity to find their favourite Caribbean island.
Holland America Line’s carefully crafted itineraries blend the region’s most popular ports with dozens of fascinating but less-visited gems, such as Oranjestad in Aruba and Cienfuegos in Cuba. There are itineraries from three to 21 days, in the Southern, Western or Eastern Caribbean, as well as some including Cuba and the Panama Canal. With Holland America Line, visitors may discover these tropical gems in greater depth through inside stories, regional cuisine, and authentic destination experiences.
What’s more guests travelling to the Caribbean with Holland America Line can enjoy exclusive access to Half Moon Cay. Located in The Bahamas, the award-winning and privately-owned island by Holland America Line gets its name from the island’s spectacular mile-long, crescent-shaped white sandy beach. Most of this 2,400-acre island is a nature preserve and privileged guests can enjoy activities such as horseback riding in the surf, snorkelling, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, private cabanas and villas, and more.
Below is a selection of Holland America Line’s newest Caribbean cruises with availability:
7-night Western Caribbean on new ship Nieuw Statendam
Be amongst the first guests to sail on the newest ship to join the fleet, Nieuw Statendam, as she spends her inaugural season exploring the golden beaches and sun-kissed skies of the Caribbean. Sail on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise whilst calling at exciting destinations. The trip visits Ochos Rios in Jamaica, famous for its Georgian influences and rich 18th century history, and Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), which offers travellers endless water activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat tours. Other ports of call include the lesser known Cozumel in Mexico. This stunning island, located in the Caribbean Sea, offers visitors panoramic sea views and the chance to visit Mayan archaeological sites. The trip then heads back to Florida before guests disembark at Fort Lauderdale.
11-night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer on Pinnacle-class Koningsdam
Escape the gloomy UK weather with an 11-night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer on Koningsdam. This ship offers guests the chance to wake up to scenic views with more spacious balcony staterooms than most cruise lines. This trip calls at Caribbean destinations with French, British, Dutch and Spanish influences. The roundtrip Fort Lauderdale trip calls at incredible destinations including Philipsburg (St Maarten), Castries (St Lucia), as well as scenic cruising of Soufriere Bay in St Lucia, Bridgetown (Barbados), Fort de France (Martinique), St John’s (Antigua), St Thomas in US Virgin Island, a full day at the private Half Moon Cay, in Bahamas, before returning to Fort Lauderdale.
10 or 11-night Caribbean & Panama Canal Sunfarer on Vista-class Zuiderdam
For those looking for a bucket list experience a scenic cruise through the Panama Canal is a must. With Holland America Line’s Caribbean & Panama Canal Sunfarer guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America all in one trip. After departing Fort Lauderdale, ports of call include the private island of Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas, Aruba, and Curacao brimming with its Dutch heritage, before heading into the Caribbean Sea. Here, the journey continues to Cartagena in Columbia famed for its Spanish style architecture and sights, Puerto Limon for San José in Costa Rica as well as a daylight transit through the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake and Colon in Panama.
10-12-night Cuban Explorer on Veendam
With Holland America Line’s Cuban Explorer, guests can savour some Caribbean flavour with lots of sizzling Latin heat. After departing Fort Lauderdale travellers will enjoy an overnight stay in Havana, the Cuban capital before venturing into the colonial city of Cienfuegos. This city is the gateway to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cuba’s Sancti Spiritus province. After dancing the night away to salsa and drinking mojitos, guests will wake up in Georgetown, Cayman Island. Other ports of call in the Caribbean include Ochos Rios in Jamaica home to the famous Dunn’s River Fall, as well as the private island of Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas.