If you’re looking for something unique and exciting to do next New Year’s Eve, celebrate onboard a Holland America Line cruise. With options in Australia, Asia, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Panama Canal over the holiday, you can be sure you’ll welcome 2017 in grand style.
When guests break into “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight and you clink glasses with friends old and new, or if you’re dancing the night away at a Black & White Ball or having a quite moment on deck under the stars with your loved one, there’s nothing more spectacular or unforgettable than being onboard for New Year’s Eve.
Here are some incredible cruises around the world that allow you to usher in 2017 like never before.
Ring in the New Year Down Under
If you’re looking for an exotic destination to ring in 2017 while keeping the warm weather, we recommend a cruise to Australia and New Zealand. There is so much adventure to be found in this part of the world to start the year on a good note. Cruise through the awe-inspiring beauty of Milford Sound’s fiords, play with penguins at Auckland or encounter Aussie-native kangaroos and koalas at Sydney.
The 28-Day New Zealand Discovery and Pacific Treasures Holiday itinerary departing Dec. 7, 2016, is a Collectors’ Voyage on Noordam sailing roundtrip from Sydney. Thoroughly exploring the coast of New Zealand, this cruise also takes guests to some islands of the South Pacific for a chance to experience a different culture. This itinerary is the perfect combination of small, charming ports and big, busy cities where 2017 is welcomed with adventure, relaxation and rejuvenation.
For those with less time to spare, the 17-Day Australia and New Zealand Holiday is a great option. This cruise on Maasdam starts Dec. 16, 2016, at Sydney and ends at Auckland, New Zealand. It also visits a range of cities on New Zealand’s coast including a trip through the Milford Sound fiords. It includes stops in Australia including Melbourne and some highlights in Tasmania.
Cruise To The Far East For A Unique Holiday
The southern region of Asia has become an increasingly desirable destination for those looking to soak up new cultures and experiences. Elegant yet casual, peaceful yet exciting, Volendam’s 28-Day Far East and Indonesian Discovery Collector Holiday sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore on Dec. 6, 2016 has it all.
With 18 calls in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia, several late-night departures and overnights at Bangkok and Singapore, guests become immersed in the mystery and beauty of the region.
Sail South to Antarctica and Welcome 2017
If it’s penguins, glacier and gorgeous scenery you desire to start your New Year right, Zaandam’s 21-Day South American and Antarctica Holiday cruise from Valparaiso, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the perfect itinerary for you. The cultures and destinations are as diverse as their landscapes. The coastline of Chile is dotted with quaint villages, paving the way to the Chilean Fjords and Amalia Glacier. After passing Cape Horn, the southern journey continues to Antarctica, where three days of scenic cruising ring in 2017. The journey back north includes a stop at the Falkland Islands to visit with the penguins, as well as an overnight at Buenos Aires, leaving plenty of time to take in a dramatic tango show.
Go from Atlantic to Pacific via the Panama Canal
One of the greatest man-made marvels in the world, the Panama Canal should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Tick off that adventure on Veendam’s 15-Day Panama Canal Holiday cruise departing Dec. 20 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to San Diego, California. Transit the canal after visiting our award-winning private island in the Bahamas and Cartagena, Colombia. The actual transit is on Christmas, making the day all the more merry and bright. Visit Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico before welcoming 2017.
New Year’s in the Caribbean is King in 2017
Many Holland America Line ships spend the winter cruising the Caribbean. Spanning the entire region, this time of year guests can celebrate New Year’s in the eastern, western or southern Caribbean. And there’s no better way to welcome a new year than on a new ship. Embark Koningsdam’s 9-Day Western Caribbean Holiday voyage and soak up the sun while sailing into 2017.
Koningsdam cruises to several Caribbean favorites on this itinerary, including a call at Half Moon Cay on New Year’s Eve, as well as Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Florida.
Soak up the Sol on a Cruise to Mexico
Mexico is the land of sun, sand and turquoise seas, not to mention it’s got incredible history and fantastic food. Mexico’s electric vibe and energetic ambiance make it a fun destination to spend the holiday. Next year Westerdam’s 7-Day Mexican Riviera Holiday cruise visits three of the most popular ports in the country: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The roundtrip San Diego cruise is an ideal weeklong getaway that will ring in a Feliz Ano Nuevo!
These are just a few of the exciting cruises available to celebrate New Year’s. If you’re ready to come on board and welcome 2017 in style, check out the above cruises and more on the Holland America Line website. With our View & Verandah promotion, now is the perfect time to book. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016!
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