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Holland America Kicks Off Alaska Cruising Season

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Holland America’s ship ms Eurodam arrived at the Port of Seattle yesterday, marking the first vessel to arrive for the beginning of this summer’s Alaska cruising season.  This year the cruise line increased its Seattle calls to 58, and three ships will sail roundtrip itineraries there.

In addition to Eurodam‘s arrival, Oosterdam arrived today and Amsterdam will arrive on May 15 to begin Alaska sailings.  Zaandam will also make one call in Seattle on May 12 on a one-day cruise to Vancouver to reposition to its summer home port.  Noordam will be making a visit on September 25 during a Pacific Coastal sailing, too.

Oosterdam in Seward, Alaska – photo by Csaba Desvari and Holland America

2017 marks 70 years for sailing to Alaska for Holland America.  It all began in 1947 with a simple, spontaneous tour in Fairbanks and has grown into the line’s Alaska Land+Sea Journeys that combine a cruise with a land-based adventure to Denali and the Yukon.

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During this year’s season, Eurodam will operate 22 roundtrip 7-day cruises, Oosterdam is slated to sail twenty-one 7-day voyages roundtrip, and Amsterdam is scheduled to sail one 7-day itinerary followed by nine 14-day Great Alaskan Explorer voyages from Seattle.

Provisioning costs each time a ship calls in Seattle averages about $300,000 per visit.  Holland America works with almost 700 Washington vendors for everything from office supplies to food, piano tuners, and more.  As an example, Oosterdam requires over 23,000 eggs and 1,375 gallons of milk each week – all of which come from local farmers.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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