ms Veendam

ms Veendam

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The Netherlands
57,092 grt
719 feet
22 knots
January 1996
Actress Debbie Reynolds

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Aug 2016

Cruise to Carnaval: Veendam Bookings Include a Four-Night Hotel Stay in Rio

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team


The 2016 Olympics are set to kick off tonight with athletes from all over the world heading to the South American hotspot of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to represent their countries. If you’re watching at home, there’s a good chance you’ll be swept away by Rio’s beautiful scenery, exciting sites, famous monuments and vibrant flare. From gleaming beaches and impressive mountains to an intoxicating culture that will be showcased in the opening ceremony, you’re sure to be left wanting more. While all eyes will be on Rio for the Olympics, the city is better known for it’s annual Carnival. If you’ve always wanted to experience this eye-popping celebration, Holland America Line is inviting cruisers to join in Rio’s Carnaval festivities with a complimentary four-night hotel stay for guests booked on the 24-day Amazon and Carnaval Explorer cruise. Guests on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage will not only get to take in enchanting islands in the Caribbean and some of the Amazon’s incredible vistas and wildlife, but also the colors and culture of the largest carnival event in the world. Carnaval is held in Rio every year before Lent and is a tradition that dates back to 1723. A parade takes over Rio’s Sambadrome featuring floats and dancers from over 200 different Samba schools. Each school performs choreographed and lively dances for spectators in fancy and colorful costumes. Samba is the most popular type of music played during Carnaval and it’s a uniquely Brazilian form of music that originated in Rio. But the party isn’t limited to the Sambadrome. There are Carnaval celebrations on almost every corner of Rio, including numerous street festivals that the locals attend. These festivals also showcase music and dancing and are open to anyone — all you have to do is jump in! If you want to cruise to Carnaval, Veendam departs from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 2 and arrives at Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 26, just in time to catch the main days of the festival. Guests will receive hotel accommodations after the cruise at the Windsor Marapendi from Feb. 26 through March 2, along […]

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