Winter is in full swing and several cities are buried in snow and ice. But if it’s the Caribbean‘s balmy breezes, powdery beaches and the sounds of a steel drum band are all you dream of, there’s a spot on the beach waiting for you to come along, relax and sink your toes into the sand.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, are you thinking about getting away for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Finish putting away the leftovers and wash the last set of dishes, then choose to have someone else do it for you the next time around by coming onboard and celebrating the holiday’s with Holland America Line.
No need to cook, clean or decorate because it will all be taken care of for you. Get away from the cold and head to the Caribbean to enjoy the sand and sun. There are plenty of exciting options available. Discover some of our most beautiful Caribbean ports with roundtrip cruises out of Fort Lauderdale or head to Mexico from San Diego. Whatever you choose, you will definitely feel the Holiday spirit.
Spend Christmas in Curacao and ring in the New Year at sea just after leaving Falmouth, Jamaica. The 14-day Panama Canal Sunfarer Holiday, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale aboard ms Maasdam, will take you to some of the most beautiful waters in the Caribbean when it stops at Turks and Caicos, explores the Panama Canal and Costa Rica, and calls at Half Moon Cay — our award-winning private island.
Travelers looking for a shorter vacation can embark on the seven-day Eastern Caribbean Holiday from Fort Lauderdale that goes to the Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay aboard ms Zuideram. Embarking Dec. 20, guests spend Christmas at sea enjoying holiday parties onboard and special Christmas menus and activities.
Ring in the New Year at Costa Maya, Mexico, on a seven-day Western Caribbean Holiday that departs Fort Lauderdale December 27. Soak up the sun and forget about the winter chill at Georgetown, Cayman Islands, and Mahogany Bay, Honduras.
If departing from San Diego is more convenient, the seven-day Mexican Riviera Holiday aboard ms Veendam will take you to some popular Mexican ports, from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan, before spending Christmas day at Puerto Vallarta. Spend Christmas going on a canopy adventure or seeing the countryside on horseback.
Guests looking for an exotic holiday can head to the Far East for a 16-day cruise on ms Volendam. Sailing from Hong Kong, China, to Singapore, the Far East Discovery Holiday is a trip of a lifetime over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The ship calls at ports throughout China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with overnights at Hong Kong, Phu My and Laem Chabang.
If an extended holiday is what you’re looking for, ms Statendam sets sail on a 30-day Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas Islands Holiday cruise that also departs from San Diego. Hawaii and the South Pacific take center stage on an itinerary filled with gorgeous tropical islands and relaxing days at sea. An overnight at Honolulu Dec. 24 ensures Santa can find the ship, and an evening at sea is the ideal way to spend New Year’s Eve before enjoying overnight calls at Bora Bora and Papeete.
Gorgeous decorations onboard, special menus and all kinds of festivities will have guests in the holiday spirit, but if you don’t want to sail for the holidays you can always consider giving the gift of a cruise this holiday season for a 2014 adventure to Alaska, the Mediterranean, a Grand Voyage and more. For the best rates, visit www.hollandamerica.com or call your travel agent.