Holland America Line has announced its 2022-2023 Caribbean season, which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the line’s private island Half Moon Cay.
During that winter season, seven ships will sail the region from Fort Lauderdale, including the two newest Pinnacle Class ships: Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Zuiderdam, and Zaandam.
Half Moon Cay
Porthole Cruise Magazine, Travel Weekly, and TravelAge West have repeatedly named Half Moon Cay the industry’s best private island, and it’s consistently rated the highest Caribbean port by Holland America guests.
Half Moon Cay, which is in the Bahamas, features soft, white sand beaches, a natural 700-acre lagoon, private cabanas, a variety of dining venues, a waterpark for kids, and a variety of shore excursions for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers.
One eastern Caribbean itinerary will be available on Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Volendam, and Zuiderdam. It be seven nights and feature calls at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay.
One special five-night departure will be available on December 18, 2022 aboard Nieuw Amsterdam, stopping at Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay.
Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, and Zuiderdam will all operate seven-night cruises to the western Caribbean. They will include a combination of the following ports of call: Cozumel, Falmouth or Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Key West, and Half Moon Cay.
Seven-night southern Caribbean cruises will also be featured aboard Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, and Zuiderdam. Calls will include Aruba, Curaçao, and Half Moon Cay.
Longer nine, 10, 11, and 14-night southern Caribbean cruises will be available on Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Volendam, and Zaandam. They will include a combination of these following destinations: St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Grenada, Amber Cove, Aruba, Curaçao, Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay.
Seven-night Tropical Caribbean itineraries will be offered on Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendam. They will call at Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Key West, and Half Moon Cay.
Partial Sunfarer Panama Canal
Eurodam and Volendam will sail 10 and 11-night partial transit Panama Canal cruises, which call at Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Aruba; Curaçao; Half Moon Cay; and scenic cruising in Gatun Lake.
Christmas and New Year’s holiday cruises will be among these itineraries mentioned, and during these special voyages guests can take part in a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, enjoy traditional holiday meals, and indulge in a special Royal Dutch High Tea complete with Christmas cookies. The ships’ international crew chorus performs a holiday show, and caroling and sing-alongs will take place around the ship.
Kids can enjoy a visit from Santa Claus as well as Christmas-themed crafts and activities.
New Year’s Eve sailings will feature a festive holiday ball with a champagne toast, followed by a day of college football bowl games.
Here are the holiday voyages for each ship:
- Rotterdam — December 21
- Nieuw Amsterdam — December 23
- Volendam — December 27
- Eurodam — December 28
- Eurodam — December 21
- Zuiderdam — December 22
- Rotterdam — December 28
- Nieuw Statendam — December 17 and 27
- Zaandam — December 20
- Zuiderdam — December 29
- Nieuw Amsterdam — December 30
Partial Panama Canal:
- Volendam — December 17
Many of the aforementioned sailings can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages with better fares than booking the cruises individually. Ranging from 12 to 21 days, the longer journey combine non-repeating, back-to-back itineraries that allow passengers to explore more than one Caribbean region in a single vacation.