Holland America Line – offering cruises to 7 continents and more than 500 ports around the world – features several “dream cruises” as identified by some guests fortunate enough to experience these itineraries. Those seeking a memorable excursion in 2020 would do well to consider the following:
This 14-Day cruise aboard Maasdam is an extended, in-depth adventure that includes some lesser-visited ports such as Homer and Anchorage, alongside popular ports of call such as Ketchikan and Juneau. Nature lovers can hike atop glaciers in search of the region’s iconic wildlife, while the scenic Inside Passage provides the opportunity to get close to glaciers and whales.
Maasdam’s 33-day Australia Circumnavigation allows guests to see it all with 15 Australian ports and amazing scenic cruising — from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north of the country to Australia’s cosmopolitan heart, cutting-edge architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums. Guests will visit trendy ports such as Cairns, Melbourne and Adelaide, plus must-sees like Sydney, Darwin and Broome.
Often overlooked is Perth, which paves its way when it comes to food, fashion and art. This Maasdam itinerary features an overnight at Perth so guests have more time to explore and experience the nightlife.
The Northern Isles
This 14-day Northern Isles cruise aboard Rotterdam offers travelers an ethereal, otherworldly experience full of natural wonders. Four ports of call in Iceland make for an unparalleled cruise exploration of the country. Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, boats geothermal water pumping through its veins and a staggering backdrop of lava fields, majestic glaciers and rainbow-colored houses. Guests have an overnight here to spend more time ashore experiencing this natural wonder. Other calls include Seydisfjordur, Akureyri and Isafjordur.
Additional visits to the Shetland Islands, Scotland and Norway make this a true northern adventure.
What traveler wouldn’t enjoy the iconic beauty of enormous stretches of beach, some full of surfers, some off-bays with whales, off the island paradise that is Hawaii. Watch from the Koningsdam’s wraparound deck as Mt. Kilauea spews lava into the sea and the goddess Pele continues her island-building work. With beautiful ports like Honolulu, full of volcanic nature and lush bounteous flora, and photogenic Lahaina — the coffee empire of Kona, and the volcanic coast of Hilo – you can feel the magic that flows through these gentle islands.
In addition to circling the breathtaking islands of Hawaii, you will also get to experience the gorgeous Pacific ports of Ensenada, Mexico, and San Diego, California.
Tropical Western Caribbean
The Caribbean is full of tropical wonders and natural beauty, with its year-round warm temperatures making it an ideal destination. Nieuw Amsterdam’s 14-day Tropical/Western Caribbean cruise explores two regions and makes seven calls, including two visits to the number-one-rated island in the Caribbean: Half Moon Cay. With two full weeks of island hopping, guests can indulge in the region’s shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes.
Memories await in historic Key West – from sunset cruises to lively waterfront dives to peaceful beachside parks and the former residence of Ernest Hemingway. Other quintessential ports on the itinerary are the fabulously photogenic Grand Turk, whose sugar-white sand, brilliant blue waters and kaleidoscopic sea life make it the ultimate fantasy island; the new phenomenon of Amber Cove, located on the Dominican Republic’s north coast; and George Town, the Cayman Islands’ prosperous capital, where you’ll find an amazing array of culinary offerings.