The Caribbean Experience With Holland America

The introduction of seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from the new home port of Port Canaveral and new 10-day Caribbean cruises on board the sister flagships ms Rotterdam and ms Amsterdam sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale lead the highlights of Holland America Line's newly revised program of 2002 Caribbean cruises.

Additional highlights include the fall debut of the new 1,848-passenger ms Zuiderdam, a 12/14-day cruise on board the flagship ms Rotterdam to the Caribbean and Venezuela's Orinoco River and the ms Veendam's new seven-day fall sailings from Tampa.

"Holland America is expanding its already terrific program of Caribbean cruises for 2002 by adding eight seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailings aboard the ms Zaandam from Port Canaveral, a new home port for the company. We're also re-deploying our flagship Rotterdam on 13 roundtrip 10-day cruises from Ft. Lauderdale featuring a visit to the Panama Canal, in place of an equal number of 10-day transcanal cruises. Our sister flagship Amsterdam also is being re-deployed to feature a new series of 10-day Southern Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

"We have revised our published program of Caribbean cruises because we recognize that in the current travel climate some people may prefer to vacation closer to the U.S. and avoid long flights to foreign countries. These changes mean that nine of our 11 ships will be sailing roundtrip on 150 cruises from three of the most popular and accessible North American ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Port Canaveral. All of these home ports are easily accessible by shorter domestic flights, or ground transportation, including motorcoach, train or personal vehicle. We're also offering more roundtrip sailings, to avoid expensive and complicated open-jaw air arrangements," said Giersdorf.

"Holland America provides its customers with a broad range of exciting vacation choices appealing to every price range, plus a greater number of convenient sailings from the continental U.S. Whether the traveler is a first-time cruiser or a seasoned voyager, they'll find a Holland America Line Caribbean cruise to fulfill their wish for a safe and relaxing vacation," he said.

Most Caribbean cruises include a visit to Half Moon Cay, the company's private island paradise and a role model visitor destination providing an enhanced Bahamian experience while maintaining a positive balance with the natural environment. Guests may sail, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, bask on white sand beaches, have a beachside massage, and then enjoy an array of traditional barbecue fare. The island also offers a fun time for kids, too, with a variety of age-appropriate activities through the company's Club HAL children's program.

New Zaandam Cruises from Pt. Canaveral The 1,440-passenger ms Zaandam will sail its published schedule of 10 alternating 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer cruises departing Ft. Lauderdale Jan. 3-April 3. Holland America's Seafarer cruises visit Kralendijk, Bonaire; El Guamache on Venezuela's Isla de Margarita (Angel Falls tour option); Castries/Soufriere, St. Lucia; Roseau/Cabrits, Dominica; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. (St. John tour option); and Half Moon Cay. Wayfarer cruises visit Willemstad, Curacao; La Guaira, Venezuela (Angel Falls tour option); Port of Spain, Trinidad; Fort-de-France, Martinique; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay.

The Zaandam then sails on a spring transcanal cruise to Vancouver, where the ship will sail three- and four-day Pacific Northwest cruises, seven-day Alaska cruises, then three- and four-day Pacific Northwest cruises before returning to its new Port Canaveral home port via a fall transcanal cruise.

The Zaandam will sail from Port Canaveral on six new fall seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 9-Dec. 14, in place of 10-day Southern Caribbean cruises and holiday cruises from Ft. Lauderdale. The cruises visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay. The ship finishes the year with two festive holiday cruises departing Dec. 21 and 28.

Rotterdam Offers New 10-day Roundtrip Sunfarer Cruises from Ft. Lauderdale Changes to the 1,316-passenger flagship Rotterdam's itineraries affect the ship's winter/spring and fall 10-day trans-Panama Canal cruises between Ft. Lauderdale and Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. Instead of 10 winter/spring transcanals, the ship will sail on two 10-day Canal transits departing Jan. 6 and 16 and eight new 10-day roundtrip Sunfarer cruises departing Ft. Lauderdale Jan. 26-April 6. The Sunfarer cruises feature Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; a visit to the Panama Canal/Gatun Lake; Cartagena, Colombia; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Half Moon Cay.

Following its published schedule of spring-fall Canada/New England and transatlantic cruises, in the fall the Rotterdam will offer a 12/10-day Sunfarer cruise from New York/Ft. Lauderdale to Ft. Lauderdale (Oct. 29-Nov. 10) and four new 10-day roundtrip Sunfarer cruises departing Ft. Lauderdale Nov. 10-Dec. 10.

Amsterdam Sails New Program of 10-Day Southern Caribbean Cruises Following the 2002 Grand World Voyage, a new 18-day Panama Canal cruise from New York/Ft. Lauderdale to Seattle, and a season of new seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam will sail a new 21-day fall transcanal cruise to Ft. Lauderdale. From Ft. Lauderdale it will offer six new alternating10-day Wayfarer/Seafarer Southern Caribbean cruises (itineraries above) departing Oct. 22-Dec. 11.

Flagship Rotterdam Cruises the Southern Caribbean and Orinoco River The flagship Rotterdam will sail as scheduled from Ft. Lauderdale April 16 on a new 12/14-day to the Southern Caribbean and Venezuela's Orinoco River, returning to Ft. Lauderdale or Norfolk. The cruise visits Fort-de-France, Martinique; Castries and Soufriere, St. Lucia; Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (Angel Falls, Ciudad Bolivar tour options); St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay. The cruise features scenic cruising on the Orinoco, one of the longest rivers in the world, affording views of pristine rain forests punctuated by occasional stilt villages and perhaps a glimpse of the rare freshwater pink dolphin.

New Zuiderdam Debuts in the Eastern Caribbean The new 85,000-ton, 1,848-passenger Zuiderdam, the first of Holland America's Vista series of new generation ships, is scheduled for delivery on Sept. 30, 2002. Following introductory events, the Zuiderdam departs Nov. 2 on its maiden cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, visiting Half Moon Cay; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. (St. John tour option); and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship will sail this itinerary, plus two holiday cruises, until its transcanal cruise in the spring of 2003 for a summer season of seven-day Alaska cruises.

Tampa to be Veendam's New Homeport for Fall Western Caribbean Cruises The 1,266-passenger Veendam will sail its published program of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from its new homeport of Tampa, Fla., beginning in the fall of 2002. Saturday departures are scheduled Oct. 26-Dec. 14. The Veendam visit George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico.

The Veendam also sails winter/spring Eastern Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale October 2001-March 2002, visiting Half Moon Cay; San Juan, P.R.; St. Thomas; and Nassau. Holland America Line's 2002 Caribbean cruise program also features:

  • The 1,214-passenger Noordam sailing on two new nine-day Southern Caribbean Sunfarer cruises, departing from Ft. Lauderdale Dec. 4 and 13 and featuring the opportunity to view the Panama Canal in operation on an optional tour. The Noordam also continues its 14-day Southern Caribbean cruises from Tampa, featuring social hosts on seven departures Jan. 6-March 31, 2002.

  • The 1,440-passenger Volendam, alternating with sister ship Zaandam, on 10-day Seafarer and Wayfarer cruises to the deep Southern Caribbean, with departures from Ft. Lauderdale Jan. 5-April 5. The Volendam also offers a new seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 14.

  • The 1,266-passenger Maasdam, featuring large KidZone and Waverunner teen clubs, as the year-around Caribbean vessel, sailing on seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, with weekly departures Jan. 6 to Dec. 15, 2002.

  • The farewell Caribbean cruises of the ms Westerdam, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale on five- and eight-day cruises. The 1,494-passenger ship sails March 2, 2002, on its last voyage, concluding eight days later on March 10.

  • Festive holidays at sea, with 14 Christmas and New Year's cruises in the Caribbean for 2002, ranging from seven to 16 days. Departures are offered from Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Port Canaveral.

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