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Postcards from Around The World: Antarctica

After our awesome call in Buenos Aires and a stop in Montevideo, Uruguay, it was time for us to go “with the floe” in Antarctica. The post Postcards from Around The World: Antarctica appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Buenos Aires, Argentina

How do you follow an act like that of a vibrant, bustling place like Rio? You make your way to Buenos Aires. That is what Holland America’s Amsterdam did on her current World Cruise, after making a brief stop in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este. The post Postcards From Around The World: Buenos Aires, Argentina appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Holland America Line Adds Greenland To Select Canada & New England Itineraries

Holland America Line’s Canada & New England season will be even more scenic in 2021 with the addition of three cruises that explore the landscape of Greenland. The post Holland America Line Adds Greenland To Select Canada & New England Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Rio makes me happy,” one of our fellow passengers confided to her companion as our ship arrived in Rio de Janeiro for a two-day stay during Holland America’s Amsterdam’s  2020 Grand World Voyage. And no wonder: the “Cidade Marvilhosa” (Marvelous City, as Cariocas – Rio residents – call their city) makes anyone happy with all of its marvels and its energetic, joyful music. The post Postcards From Around The World: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Settling In & First Ports

For centuries, people dreamed of circumnavigating the globe, and Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition did it when one of his five ships, the Vittoria, managed it in the 16th century (Magellan himself was killed along the way in the Philippines). Now Humberto and I are settled in for a 128-day circle around the planet from Fort Lauderdale aboard the 1,380-passenger, 62,375-ton Amsterdam. The post Postcards From Around The World: Settling In & First Ports appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Postcards From Around The World: Embarking On A 128-Day Voyage

Some things in life are like French fries – you can’t have just one. My husband Humberto and I have found this to be the case with World Cruises. In 2012, we embarked on our first one, thinking it would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Now, this January, we just embarked on our sixth World Cruise, a 128-day circumnavigation from Fort Lauderdale aboard Holland America Line’s MS Amsterdam – we are convinced these voyages are addictive. The post Postcards From Around The World: Embarking On A 128-Day Voyage appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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What Makes Holland America Line Different?

HAL ships sail worldwide, seasonally. Itineraries vary from short 3-day cruises, 7-day and 14-day cruises. HAL also offers longer cruises and Grand Voyages that include a 120+ Day Around-the-World Cruise. The post What Makes Holland America Line Different? appeared first on Avid Cruiser Cruise Reviews, Luxury Cruises, Expedition Cruises.
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Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Nieuw Statendam, Final Thoughts

This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I revisit my time aboard Nieuw Statendam. We will recount the activities on the ship day by day, and gain some insight on how to best maximize your time aboard. The post Avid Travel With Britton Frost – Nieuw Statendam, Final Thoughts appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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A Recap Of My Time Aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam

It has been over a month since I stepped off of Holland America Line's newest ship, Nieuw Statendam. There was a lot on this ship that stuck out to me, and as the time passes it is clear that there are certain things from the voyage that I will not forget. The post A Recap Of My Time Aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Voyage Report Nieuw Statendam, Half Moon Cay

In my last voyage report from Nieuw Statendam, I reflect on my time at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private island, and my special dinner at Canaletto. The post Voyage Report Nieuw Statendam, Half Moon Cay appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Voyage Report – Nieuw Statendam, At Sea

Our third day aboard Nieuw Statendam was spent at sea. Sea days are often my favorite days aboard cruises. I ordered room service, played trivia, and much more. The post Voyage Report – Nieuw Statendam, At Sea appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Voyage Report – Nieuw Statendam, St. Thomas

On our second day aboard Nieuw Statendam, Natalie and I ventured into Saint Thomas. Then we had a superb seafood dinner at Rudi's. The post Voyage Report – Nieuw Statendam, St. Thomas appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Six Holland America Line Ships Will Sail Europe In 2020

Six Holland America Line ships will explore the fjords of Norway, castles of the British Isles, flavors of Italy, and beaches of Greece for the 2020 Europe season. The post Six Holland America Line Ships Will Sail Europe In 2020 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Takes Delivery Of Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line took delivery of Nieuw Statendam, officially making it the 15th ship in the fleet. The post Holland America Line Takes Delivery Of Nieuw Statendam appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Eight Holland America Line Ships To Sail The Caribbean

More than 100 Holland America Line cruises will visit the Caribbean between October 2018 and April 2019 with itineraries ranging from three to 21 days. The post Eight Holland America Line Ships To Sail The Caribbean appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Holland America Line Unveils Special Guest Line-Up for O Magazine Cruise

When Holland America Line’s O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise sets sail for the Caribbean Oct. 28, 2018, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam, guests are in for an inspiring week with some of the magazine’s editors and world’s leading visionaries. Senior Editor Molly Simms and Beauty Director Brian Underwood from O, The Oprah Magazine will be cruising along with... [Read More] The post Holland America Line Unveils Special Guest Line-Up for O Magazine Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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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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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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