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Shore excursion @halcruises in Pisa. The famous leaning tower. The guided tour in the cathedral was great! - Lisanne @atg_nl
Shore excursion @halcruises in Pisa. The famous leaning tower. The guided tour in the cathedral was great! - Lisanne @atg_nl

Holland America Line’s Jocelyn Wu, special events coordinator – public relations, just disembarked ms Noordam with a group of journalists. She and many of the writers chronicled their cruise through the Mediterranean on Facebook and Twitter through fabulous photos and fun captions.

Journalist Gail Jennsen was onboard writing a story for Avid Cruiser and she’s tweeting photos of her adventure at @fourthirtyam. Anita Dunham Potter sailed to cover the Noordam cruise for her website, Expert Cruiser. She’s tweeting with @ExpertCruiser. Photos and tweets from Dutch journalist Lisanne Kerstens, who is writing for Around the Globe, can be found at @atg_nl.

Come along on their amazing photo journey and witness the culture, charm and beauty found on a cruise through the Mediterranean.

First stop, Rome, Italy. The ship departs from the port of Civitavecchia, and arriving a few days early enables plenty of time to see all that Rome to offer.

The Pantheon.

Jocelyn admires Rome’s Pantheon.

Welcome aboard!

Welcome @halcruises MS Noordam! #Hollandamerica - Lisanne

Welcome @halcruises MS Noordam! #Hollandamerica – Lisanne

At Naples, Italy, the sun rose over Mt. Vesuvius, and Anita captured the moment beautifully.

Good Morning from @HALcruises #Noordam in Naples it's a lovely day and check out Mt Vesuvius! - Anita

Good Morning from @HALcruises #Noordam in Naples it’s a lovely day and check out Mt Vesuvius! – Anita

The group took a tour that visited the Ruins of Pompeii, perfectly preserved since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

The ruins of Pompeii. Shore excursion with @HALcruises. Beautiful preserved archeological site. - Lisanne

The ruins of Pompeii. Shore excursion with @HALcruises. Beautiful preserved archeological site. – Lisanne

From Naples, the group took a shore excursion that visited the stunning isle of Capri.

Taking the ride up from Anacapri. A great souvenir from Capri is their famous sandal. - Anita

Taking the ride up from Anacapri. A great souvenir from Capri is their famous sandal. – Anita

The next call was at Palermo, Sicily, and some of the group learned how to prepare an authentic Sicilian dish on the A Taste of Sicily: A Cooking Lesson tour.

Sicilian cooking lesson at agritourismo farm Antica Masseria from Baroness Di Salvo. - Anita

Sicilian cooking lesson at agritourismo farm Antica Masseria from Baroness Di Salvo. – Anita

Lisanne took a different tour and visited the Teatro Politeama.

Nice shore excursion @HALcruises in Palermo today. This is Teatro Politeama at the main square. - Lisanne

Nice shore excursion @HALcruises in Palermo today. This is Teatro Politeama at the main square. – Lisanne

Another incredible stop on the cruise was a call at Livorno. From here, guests can take the “Tuscan Landmarks: Florence & Pisa” tour and visit two incredible places. In Florence, a half-day walking tour includes many of the city’s masterpieces. At Pisa, the group explored the Piazza dei Miracoli — site of the Leaning Tower, the cathedral and the baptistery.

After visiting Pisa, top left, Jocelyn went to Florence and went to the Piazza del Duomo.

Before visiting Pisa, top left, Jocelyn went to Florence and explored the Piazza del Duomo.

The ship continued to make its way through the Med with a call at Calvi, Corsica, where Anita captured a gorgeous sunrise and Gail discovered that it’s one of her favorite ports.

Calvi, Corsica, was a favorite call on the cruise. Anita shared this stunning photo on Twitter. @ExpertCruiser

Anita shared this stunning photo on Twitter. @ExpertCruiser

I've fallen deeply in love w Calvi, Corsica. I've only traveled in northern France and I must say, I've missed out. - Gail

I’ve fallen deeply in love with Calvi, Corsica. I’ve only traveled in northern France and I must say, I’ve missed out. – Gail

At Monte Carlo, Gail made her way to out of the city on a tour to Nice and Eze.

Day 8: Nice & Eze introdcued me to Cote D'Azur, Provence, French Riviera. I'm hooked. - Gail

Day 8: Nice & Eze introdcued me to Cote D’Azur, Provence, French Riviera. I’m hooked. – Gail

Anita admired the yachts in the harbor and went to the palace to see the changing of the guard.

Changing of the guard at Monaco palace no Prince or princess sightings. - Anita

Changing of the guard at Monaco palace. No prince or princess sightings. – Anita

Marseille, France, was the next port of call, and Gail and Lisanne enjoyed shopping in the markets and seeing the beautiful architecture. Gail called the region:

“A storybook dreamscape.”

Soap made from honey. Soap made from olive oil. Soap made from lavender. Check. Check. Check. - Gail

Soap made from honey. Soap made from olive oil. Soap made from lavender. Check. Check. Check. – Gail

Marseille was charming and thoroughly enjoyed by Gail.

Marseille was charming and thoroughly enjoyed by Gail.

Lisanne tweeted these photos of Marseille on @atg_nl.

Lisanne tweeted these photos of Marseille at @atg_nl.

Barcelona, Spain, was the last call of the cruise and the port of disembarkation. Barcelona is another city where a spending a few days after (or before) a cruise would provide time to explore all that the city has to offer, and perhaps attend a futbol game!

Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia is a "must see" when visiting Barcelona. Three shots from left: Jocelyn, Gail and Lisanne. Gail wrote on Twitter ... #bucketlist!

Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia is a “must see” when visiting Barcelona. Three perspectives, from left: Jocelyn, Gail and Lisanne. Gail wrote on Twitter … #bucketlist!

The group went to a Futbol game - one of the most popular activities in the city.

The group went to a Futbol game – one of the most popular activities in the city.

While making their way through the Mediterranean, the group also took every opportunity to indulge in local cuisine!

Jocelyn, bottom left, enjoyed the variety of local culinary indulgences around the Med.

Jocelyn, bottom left, enjoyed the variety of local culinary indulgences around the Med.

And sweet treats are a must on any cruise to Italy!

"Yum, gelato!" said Anita.

“Yum, gelato!” said Anita.

To read upcoming stories about their cruise, check their websites. Anita can be found at www.expertcruiser.com; Gail is writing for www.avidcruiser.com; and Lisanne’s story will be at www.aroundtheglobe.nl.

When you travel, do you take time to post photos to social media, or do you prefer to wait until you get home to show your friends and family where you’ve been?

Be sure to follow Holland America Line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see even more fabulous photos that show the true cruise experience.

Noordam took home a silver Magellan Award in the Premium Ship category.
Noordam took home a silver Magellan Award in the Premium Ship category.

Travel Weekly magazine announced the recipients of its 2014 Magellan Awards, and Holland America Line received eight of the prestigious honors. The line won five gold awards in the following categories:

  • Blog: Holland America Blog
  • Restaurant Design: Canaletto Small Plates
  • Television Commercial: for “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable”
  • Direct Mail: 2014 Winter Mariner Magazine
  • Advertising/Marketing Campaign: Discover HAL’s Alaska.

Three silver awards were bestowed on the line in these categories:

  • Entertainment: B.B. King’s Blues Club program
  • Direct Mail: Holland America Line Cruise Atlas
  • Premium Ship: ms Noordam.

The Magellan Awards honor a broad range of industry segments, including hotels and resorts, travel destinations, cruise lines, online travel services, airlines and airports, travel agents/agencies, tour operators and car rental companies. Entries are evaluated by a panel of respected travel industry professionals against standards of excellence established by Travel Weekly, which has been published since 1958 and is written for U.S. travel agents, tour operators, corporate travel executives and travel industry suppliers.

The Holland America Blog took home a gold in the category of Blog. As loyal readers know, the Holland America Blog is designed to provide unique insights into every aspect of the company and features regular posts written by company executives, shipboard officers and guests that cover a wide variety of topics. The cruise diaries chronicle a voyage from the eyes of a guest, while the Captain’s Logs see the cruises from the eyes of our masters. On the blog visitors can learn more about special programming like “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” or the Culinary Arts center, and so much more.

Canaletto's popular Small Plate menu took home a gold Magellan.

Canaletto’s popular Small Plate menu took home a gold Magellan.

Taking home a gold award in Restaurant Design for Canaletto Small Plates, the alternative Italian eatery recently introduced a “small plates” course in addition to the pasta and large plates. With several new dishes, the variety of options encourages guests to share their plates, as is often done in the Italian culture.

The winter edition of Mariner Magazine brought home a gold.

The winter edition of Mariner Magazine brought home a gold.

Holland America Line’s marketing and advertising efforts took home three gold awards. The gold award for Television Commercial for the “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable” campaign honored the spot that shows off the line’s premium shipboard experience combined with its global itineraries. A gold in Direct Mail was earned for the 2014 Winter Mariner Magazine edition, a high-end glossy publication for members of the line’s past-passenger loyalty program. The gold for Advertising/Marketing Campaign was earned by the Discover HAL’s Alaska program that communicated through brochures, advertising, posters, postcards, social outlets and more that there is no better way to experience the wonders of the Great Land than with Holland America Line.


The “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable” campaign won a gold Magellan Award.

The silver award–winning B.B. King’s Blues Club is on six ships in the Holland America Line fleet. World-class musicians from the B.B. King’s Blues Club Band create a dynamic energy in the ships’ Queens Lounge that has been transformed with a special stage and portraits of the blues guitar legend, illuminating the prominence of Memphis blues and its influence on everyone from Sam & Dave and Otis Redding to the Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond.

A live performance at Eurodam's B.B. King's Blues Club. Photo by Barbara Fox.

A live performance at Eurodam’s B.B. King’s Blues Club. Photo by Barbara Fox.

Holland America Line’s silver-winning Premium Ship ms Noordam exemplifies the classic style of cruising with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements. The newest addition is the B.B. King’s Blues Club at sea that replicates the soulful club’s namesake on land. The ship also features the line’s signature Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant, Canaletto restaurant, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, the pampering Greenhouse Spa and Salon, and more.

Noordam's many amenities made it a silver winner among top premium ships.

Noordam’s many amenities made it a silver winner among top premium ships.

The award-winning cruise atlas.

The award-winning cruise atlas.

A silver award was earned in the Direct Mail category for the Holland America Line Cruise Atlas. A compendium of itineraries, amenities and ship information, the 2014-15 cruise atlas featured stunning photography, descriptive copy, detailed maps and an abundance of information to put everything in one place for the excited cruiser.

Since 2008, Travel Weekly has been recognizing excellence in travel with the annual Magellan Awards, and Holland America Line has received more than 40 awards in various categories since the Magellan Awards’ inception.

Congratulations to all winners!

If you could give Holland America Line any award, what would be it? Would it be best in Alaska? Best for romance? Best for culinary excellence? Tell us below!

The Caribbean boasts some of the finest snorkeling opportunities in the world.
The Caribbean boasts some of the finest snorkeling opportunities in the world.

It’s all about sun, sand and surf as Holland America Line gets ready to sail into the 2014-15 Caribbean season this fall and winter. After spending time in Alaska and Europe, nine ships in the fleet are preparing to make their repositioning cruises to the turquoise waters of the tropical Caribbean where powdery beaches, balmy breezes and the award-winning private island of Half Moon Cay await.

From October 2014 through April 2015, ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Ryndam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam sail regular Caribbean voyages, while ms Amsterdam and ms Prinsendam each sail one December holiday cruise in the region. The ships feature more than 10 different seven-, 10-, 11- and 14-day itineraries that can be combined into longer Collectors’ Voyages ranging from 14 to 25 days.

On all cruises sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, guests will get to visit Half Moon Cay, the line’s private Bahamian island. While Holland America Line is committed to keeping 96 percent of its pristine private island wild, Half Moon Cay offers everything you need for a day of play. Park yourself in an air-conditioned cabana along a two-mile crescent of gorgeous white beach. Visit Stingray Cove to feed and learn more about the gentle creatures. Ride a horse to a deserted beach and into the surf. Or, take the kids to Half Moon Lagoon, the island’s aqua park and children’s playground.

All roundtrip Fort Lauderdale itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay (top), the line's private island. Other calls may include St. Thomas, bottom right, and Grand Cayman.

All roundtrip Fort Lauderdale itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay (top), the line’s private island. Other calls may include St. Thomas, bottom right, and Grand Cayman.

Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale Itineraries
During the season, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam will sail a series of seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries that can be combined to form a 14-day Collectors’ Voyage spanning both regions. Maasdam sails seven- and 10-day eastern routes, as well as longer 11- and 14-day southern itineraries. Noordam also features 10- and 11-day southern Caribbean cruises ideal for guests looking for a longer vacation.

Are you ready to sink your toes into the warm golden sand?

Are you ready to sink your toes into the warm golden sand?

In addition to the 14-day Collectors’ Voyages, the itineraries can be combined to form a diverse range of options, including an 18-day southern and western cruise on Noordam, a 21-day southern and eastern option on Maasdam and a 25-day nonrepeating double-southern route on Maasdam.

New for 2015, Noordam, Eurodam and Ryndam have added more dates to their already-robust schedules, giving guests expanded options to choose from.

Grand Turk is known to have some of the clearest waters in the world.

Grand Turk is known to have some of the clearest waters in the world.

Roundtrip Tampa Itineraries
Ryndam spends the Caribbean season cruising roundtrip from Tampa on seven-day western and 14-day southern itineraries. The two options can be combined to form a 21-day western/southern Caribbean Collectors’ Voyage. The ship makes a maiden call at Banana Coast, Honduras, and also visits Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Lucia, Aruba, Curaçao, Guatemala, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Key West, Fla.

Tampa itineraries visit ports in (from left) Aruba, Guatemala and Curacao.

Tampa itineraries visit ports in (from left) Aruba, Guatemala and Curacao.

Celebrate the Season with a Festive Holiday Cruise
For travelers who like to get away from the hustle, stress and chill of December, the holiday season is a special time onboard. A total of 15 holiday sailings will ply the warm waters of the Caribbean on itineraries ranging from seven to 25 days. Several non-repeating itineraries can be combined to form a grand Holiday Collectors’ Voyage.

Guests looking to explore the Caribbean on Prinsendam and Amsterdam during the holidays can embark on their only Caribbean sailings of the season. Prinsendam leaves Dec. 18 on a roundtrip Fort Lauderdale cruise to the southern Caribbean. The 16-day itinerary includes 10 ports and stretches from Half Moon Cay to Tobago. Departing Dec. 22, Amsterdam sails a roundtrip Fort Lauderdale cruise on a 14-day southern Caribbean cruise.

During the holiday cruises, guests can take part in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, enjoy traditional holiday meals with all of the trimmings and indulge in a special Royal Dutch High Tea with fanciful holiday cookies and pastries. The ships’ international crew chorus performs a magical holiday show, while caroling and sing-alongs take place around the ship. Kids will delight in a visit from Santa Clause and holiday-themed crafts.

holiday

The New Year’s Eve sailings are the ideal setting to ring in a new year, featuring a festive holiday ball with a champagne toast. Prior to the ball, book a special evening at the Pinnacle Grill to celebrate all of the good things to come over a meal of caviar and filet mignon. You can pre-book your Pinnacle Grill dinner by clicking HERE.

So whether you’re looking to get away for the holidays, or just get away, the laid-back vibe, warm weather and beautiful beaches of the Caribbean are the ideal escape this winter.

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Have you taken a Caribbean cruise? What did you like best about the destination? Tell us in the comments below!

A new Flamenco show at Tenerife highlights the "On Location" enrichment program.
A new Flamenco show at Tenerife highlights the "On Location" enrichment program.

Part of the “On Location” enrichment program is bringing local culture and entertainment onboard each cruise. In Hawaii that might mean hula dancers or a ukulele player and in the eastern Mediterranean guests might be entertained by bellydancers.
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Prinsendam's Alejandro Caballero, Jr. is nominated for his J’adore cocktail.
Prinsendam's Alejandro Caballero, Jr. is nominated for his J’adore cocktail.

Shaken or stirred? Frozen or on the rocks? With hundreds of different concoctions and endless cocktail possibilities, Holland America Line prides itself on having the most talented bartenders to keep our thirsty guests happy.
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An overnight at Papeete allows guests to enjoy the gorgeous island from sunrise to sunset.
An overnight at Papeete allows guests to enjoy the gorgeous island from sunrise to sunset.

The South Pacific is often called one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and Holland America Line features an exciting menu of cruise options like the upcoming 74-day South Pacific Explorer and Great Barrier Reef voyage on ms Volendam.
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With nearly 160 Caribbean cruises in 2014-15, a beach chair with your name on it awaits.
With nearly 160 Caribbean cruises in 2014-15, a beach chair with your name on it awaits.

Travelers looking for a more intimate, mid-size ship experience in the Caribbean have nearly 160 itineraries to choose from during Holland America Line’s 2014-15 Caribbean season.
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Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is one of the most famous in the world.
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is one of the most famous in the world.

A castle is defined as “a large building or group of buildings fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, towers, and in many cases a moat,” but what that definition fails to mention is the absolute beauty that some of these buildings still exude today.
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