Holland America Cruise Sale

| Wednesday, 14 Dec. 2011
 


 

Special offers to Europe

Looking for a great value on a European cruise? The opportunity to book one early with an airfare deal like this does not come along very often. Holland America is currently offering European cruises with airfare from the United States for as low as $499 per person.

For example, you can book the beautiful Eurodam on a 13-day crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Rome. And the airfare is just $499 per person. The cruise departs Port Everglades on April 14, 2012, spends seven days at sea, visits the exotic island of Madeira and then stops in Malaga and Alicante, Spain, before it sails on to Rome. The cruise fare starts as low as $899 for an inside stateroom or just $1099 per person for a verandah stateroom.

The Eurodam is one of my favorite Holland America ships. It features amazing specialty dining in the Canaletto restaurant, the Pinnacle Grill and the Tamarind restaurant. The ship has a state-of-the-art movie theater and features the Explorations Café where you can read the Wall Street Journal daily and rent DVDs for private viewing in your own stateroom.

The 15-day transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rotterdam sails April 17 and stops in Madeira, Lisbon, Brest (France), Cherbourg (France) and ends in Rotterdam. This cruise starts at just $799 per person with airfare at $499 per person. An Oceanview stateroom is just $899.

This cruise is on the classic Rotterdam – the flagship name for the Holland America fleet for decades (although the name has actually been given to several different vessels). The Rotterdam is a classic Holland America ship with spacious and ultra-comfortable staterooms, several dining options and fine entertainment after dinner. Enjoy special cooking lessons in the Wajang Theater and culinary center where the ship's executive chef will give you private lessons on some of his own special techniques.

Caribbean Bargains

In my opinion, Holland America has long offered some of the best Caribbean cruises possible. Why? Because you can't see the real Caribbean in just seven days unless you fly in to Puerto Rico or St. Thomas.

Holland America specializes in 10-day Caribbean cruises. Look at this fantastic itinerary on the classic Maasdam, one of the S-class ships. You can sail out of Ft. Lauderdale on January 27 to Nassau, San Juan (Puerto Rico), St. Barts, Dominica, Antigua, St Thomas and visit the private isle of Half Moon Cay before you disembark 10 nights later.

This amazing and unusual itinerary starts at just $899 per person for an inside cabin, or $1399 for an ocean-view. Even better, you can add a third and fourth person in the same cabin for just $299 per person.

The best thing about the Maasdam is the small size, with just 1258 passenger capacity you get a quiet, uncrowded ship with plenty of dignified activities like listening to a string quartet as you enjoy a brandy after dinner. There is a movie theater onboard with hot and fresh popcorn served daily along with new-run movies.

Even better, look at this 14-day Eastern and Western Caribbean Collector's cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. This cruise combines a 7-day eastern Caribbean with a 7-day western Caribbean cruise for 14 days of fun in the sun, but the price is nothing like a 14-day cruise. Get an inside stateroom for just $1099 per person, or a verandah stateroom for just $1599 per person. You can also add a third and fourth person to your cruise for just $299 per person.

You start in Ft. Lauderdale and go east to Grand Turk, San Juan, St Martin, and Half Moon Cay before you spend a day back in Ft. Lauderdale, but you don't leave the ship. You stay onboard to sail to Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Costa Maya (Mexico) and then spend a day at sea before you return.

The Nieuw Amsterdam is Holland America's newest and most glamorous ship. It is a sister ship to the Eurodam, and so it has all the same top of the line facilities. I can't think of a better ship to spend 14 luxurious days in paradise.

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