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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.

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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!

The band Recycled Percussion creates music with whatever they can get their hands on!
The band Recycled Percussion creates music with whatever they can get their hands on!

Doug Parker, host of Cruise Radio, recently took an Alaska cruise aboard Westerdam and shared his thoughts on the beautiful and rugged frontier. Today, Parker shares the Recycled Percussion entertainment experience.

Recycled Percussion was the highest-placed non-singing act on “America’s Got Talent” and has enjoyed extended runs at both the MGM Grand and Tropicana in Las Vegas. Their fast-paced, highly interactive, audience-participation and family-friendly shows involve lots of drumming on objects ranging from 12-foot-tall ladders to low-tech drum kits suspended upside-down at center stage, as well as sounds produced by household appliances (vacuum cleaners, fans) and power tools (circular saws, drills). Performances are available on select Holland America Line cruises. Without further adieu, Cruise Radio’s Doug Parker explains why this group will “wow” you.

The Recycled Percussion Experience at Sea is fun for all.

The Recycled Percussion Experience at Sea is fun for all.

Got Junk Rock? Holland America Line does. Created by the group Recycled Percussion back in 1994, the band creates music with whatever they can get their hands – or rather, drumsticks – on, including buckets, power tools and ladders.

Recently, they wowed audiences on Holland America Line’s Westerdam in Alaska. And here’s 6 reasons why we think they’ll wow you too:

1. See them LIVE!

Things are always better live and in person – concerts, sporting events, sunsets. You saw Recycled Percussion on TV – they came in 3rd on “America’s Got Talent” and now’s your chance to see them on your cruise ship. They performed live across the country at colleges, NBA halftimes and NFL halftimes. They even play shows in Vegas too, but wouldn’t you rather go on a cruise at the same time? Gives a whole new meaning to ‘If the ship’s a-rocking…’. The Recycled Percussion franchise is now performing on select Holland America ships.

2. You get to play too.

When you enter the ship’s lounge to catch the show, you become part of the show. You’ll get a drumstick and special instrument to join in on the fun.

Ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars. Oh my. What won’t this group create music with?

Ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars. Oh my. What won’t this group create music with?

3. New Hampshire.

That’s where the four members of the band are from: the Granite State. Ok, that doesn’t really have anything to do with you, but don’t the nice folks from the northeast deserve some warm sunshine on a cruise? They’ve got really tough winters. Founded and still led by Justin Spencer (the world’s fastest drummer), the group also includes Ryan Vezina, Matt Bowman and Jason Davies.

4. It’s all about the equipment.

Ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars. Oh my. The real question here – is what won’t this group create music with? Some other objects you might see incorporated in their act: vacuum cleaners, fans and drills.

Holland America Line installed a staging set-up just to accommodate this highly interactive and fun show.

Holland America Line installed a staging set-up just to accommodate this highly interactive and fun show.

5. The stage.

Holland America installed a staging set-up just to accommodate this highly interactive and fun show. It’s called the ‘Great Wall of Percussion’ and is a suspended 3,000 pound set with 4 drum kits. Not your average drum kit, they’re made from cans and recycled buckets. The four band members strap into the drum kits and the wall rotates all the way around during the show – including upside down!

6. Genre.

You’ll hear hits from yesterday and today in whole new ways. There’s not a genre this group hasn’t mastered and you’ll hear them all during the show.

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Have you seen Recycled Percussion perform onboard? Tell us about the experience and send your photos to info@hollandamericablog.com and you might be featured on social media.

Journalist Doug Parker of Cruise Radio

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As Creator and Host of Cruise Radio, Doug Parker has pioneered innovative new media applications for the cruise industry. Cruise Radio delivers web-based radio-style podcasts, along with interviews, news, unique industry insights, interactive listener Q&As, and other highly topical items of interest, along with YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other leading edge social media platforms.


The Alaska Beer Tasting on Alaska cruises is a unique opportunity to try some local brews. Photo by Doug Parker.
The Alaska Beer Tasting on Alaska cruises is a unique opportunity to try some local brews. Photo by Doug Parker.

Doug Parker of Cruise Radio recently took an Alaska cruise and participated in an Alaska Beer Tasting while onboard.
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Journalist Doug Parker of Cruise Radio

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As Creator and Host of Cruise Radio, Doug Parker has pioneered innovative new media applications for the cruise industry. Cruise Radio delivers web-based radio-style podcasts, along with interviews, news, unique industry insights, interactive listener Q&As, and other highly topical items of interest, along with YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other leading edge social media platforms.


Today the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Photo courtesy www.100yearspanamacanal.com.
Today the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Photo courtesy www.100yearspanamacanal.com.

Today marks a huge milestone for the Panama Canal — the centennial anniversary of its opening. Construction began in 1904, and the passageway opened 10 years later on Aug. 15, 1914, as the first ship came through.
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Cruise Radio Host Doug Parker, left, and writer Craig Zabransky on Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier.
Cruise Radio Host Doug Parker, left, and writer Craig Zabransky on Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier.

Doug Parker, host of Cruise Radio, recently took an Alaska cruise aboard Westerdam. While it wasn’t his first time in Alaska, every time Doug visits the Last Frontier it still strikes him with awe and wonder.
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HAL welcomes back "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" fan favorites, featured are (beginning second from left): Iveta Lukosiute, Carson Kressley, Kym Johnson and Tristan McManus with (far left) DWTS: At Sea Host Jason Venner and (far right) DWTS Producer Shauna O'Brien.
HAL welcomes back "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" fan favorites, featured are (beginning second from left): Iveta Lukosiute, Carson Kressley, Kym Johnson and Tristan McManus with (far left) DWTS: At Sea Host Jason Venner and (far right) DWTS Producer Shauna O'Brien.

It’s hard to say what is more exciting, the beginning of the Alaska season or the first “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” theme cruise of 2014! Luckily we don’t have to choose as they came together onboard Zuiderdam.
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Today is Day of the Seafarer, and Holland America Line celebrates all crew members.
Today is Day of the Seafarer, and Holland America Line celebrates all crew members.

Today is “Day of the Seafarer,” and it’s a day to celebrate the hardworking crew members you meet on every cruise. It is the fourth year that the International Maritime Organization has celebrated this campaign.
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The Glacier Bay park rangers love to share their passion for the area with guests.
The Glacier Bay park rangers love to share their passion for the area with guests.

On every Holland America Line cruise to Alaska, guests get to meet and mingle with enthusiastic Glacier Bay park rangers who have a passion not only for the region, but also what they do.
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