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Don't miss out on Nieuw Amsterdam over 7 exciting nights aboard the Western Caribbean Cruise to Caribbean. Your ship starts out from Fort Lauderdale and calls into 5 ports in 5 countries before returning to Fort Lauderdale. Your 4 star cruise from Holland America Line has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sun 25 Nov 2012 Fort Lauderdale, USA 5.00pm
Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale is a city on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the state of Florida. As well as being a major yachting centre, it has a large and intricate canal system that results in its also being known as the ‘Venice of America’. While once home to a series of forts, today there are three forts named ‘Fort Lauderdale’. The city is considered a perfect holiday destination mainly for its stunning beaches and palm-lined shorelines. It is also famous for its arts, and cultural events. Don’t miss shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, taking a gondola ride on the canals, and visiting the historic riverfront.

Take a narrated 90-minute amphibious tour of quaint Las Olas Boulevard, the historical districts, and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaires Row. Experience swimming with the dolphins, taking an amazing Everglades Safari, and go scuba diving from Deerfield to Hallandale Beach. Nature lovers can ‘touch’ nature at Butterfly World, and go hiking or canoeing at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Some visit the thoroughbred racing at Gulf Stream Park. Alternatively, "follow the red brick road" of Riverwalk and the landscaped park, to the Arts and Entertainment District.

Unusual and interesting to visit are: the numerous museums, such as the Bennet House Museum and Gardens and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum; the International Swimming Hall of Fame that also houses a large aquatic centre; the activities at Hollywood Beach and Downtown Riverwalk; the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum; and Fort Lauderdale’s greatest airboat attraction the Sawgrass Recreation Park where you can hold an alligator and visit wonderful mammals. Most come to see Fort Lauderdale’s 30km of beach-front and its award-winning wavewall. The beaches are some of the best in Florida, whether you're here for the sun, the ocean or simply people watching.

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2 Mon 26 Nov 2012 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8.00am 4.00pm
Western Caribbean Cruise Half Moon Cay is a protected bay located on a private island about 1160 km south of Nassau, in the archipelago of the Bahamas. Visiting ships anchor in the cay and tender passengers to the pier. This exceptional cruise destination offers miles of crescent-shaped beaches dotted with coconut palms and surrounded by pristine blue waters. Visitors are offered ideal swimming conditions in the calm waters and a very comprehensive water sports program with separate areas designated for these activities. Activities offered on the island include swimming, sunning, scuba diving, jet-skiing, cycling, and snorkelling, while deep-sea fishing, parasailing, glass-bottom boat rides, and nature walks also are available.

In addition a variety of water ‘toys’ are available for rent, including catamarans, sailboats, windsurfing sailboards, and kayaks. Horse riding along the beach is also a popular option. Two percent of the island has been developed with a tram and hard-surfaced walkways connecting each area. So one can have a relaxing massage treatment, visit a souvenir shop, enjoy a meal at the buffet pavilion and covered dining areas, and be sure to visit the ice cream shop and even the bar set up for day trippers.



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3 Tue 27 Nov 2012 At Sea
4 Wed 28 Nov 2012 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 7.00am 4.00pm
Western Caribbean Cruise Ocho Rios lies on the north coast of Jamaica. As many believe that Christopher Columbus first set foot here, Columbus Park has been created, where visitors and residents alike can absorb the historical artefacts and the Spanish colonial buildings. Renowned for its most striking waterfalls Ocho Rios owes much of its fame to Dunn's River Falls, a much-photographed and much-climbed attraction. It is a joy to be in or swim underneath the refreshingly cool water of the falls, and great fun to make the climb to the top. Famous for its pottery, watch a lump of clay being transformed into a work of art at the Wassi Art Pottery Factory.

To see a fine collection of works from Jamaican artists and sculptors, be sure to visit Harmony Hall that, in itself, is a beautifully restored mid-19th century building. There are many delightful and intriguing water sports and Adventure tours, to take in the fabulous beauty of the area. A few of these are: Chukka Cove- offering an exhilarating tube ride through the waves; Dolphin Cove to swim with these delightful creatures; and James Bond Beach that is spectacular, and also offers a great meal at the Moonraker Bar and Grill.

Another very beautiful attraction is Eden Falls at The Ruins restaurant, while Fern Gully, a rocky gorge of tremendous depth with its profusion of over 500 species of ferns in tropical rainforest is well worth visiting, despite the sometimes persistent souvenir vendors. The city, though, has several shopping plazas, including the freedom of shopping Island Village right on the beach. Watch out for duty free shops, delightful dining options, and the very popular Crafts Market in the downtown area.

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5 Thu 29 Nov 2012 George Town, Cayman Islands 7.00am 3.00pm
Western Caribbean Cruise George Town is located on the island of Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands in the Cayman Islands of the British West Indies. It is the largest city and capital of the Cayman Islands. All three - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman - are coral outcrops surrounded by healthy coral reefs and dramatic walls close to shore, creating ideal conditions for the best diving and snorkelling found in the Caribbean. George Town's waterfront is also home to a Hard Rock Cafe, and a Harley-Davidson shop, as well as venues for shopping and eating.

Grand Cayman's Seven Mile beach is one of the finest beaches in the world. The island's most famous excursion is to Stingray City where boatloads of tourists disembark at nearby Stingray Sandbar, and squeal nervously while adjusting to the presence of large rays that they can feed and "pet" while snorkelling in waist deep water. Activities available to tourists in George Town include: submarine tours of George Town Harbor; coral viewing from glass-bottom boats; engaging in snorkelling, scuba-diving, and parasailing; charter boat rum and distillery tours; and visiting art galleries.

Be sure to taste test the Tortuga Rum Cakes as they are delicious, and visit the black coral shop/museum that hosts a wonderful collection of black coral jewellery and sculptures. Other experiences include: the Mastic Trail that takes visitors to several of the island’s ecosystems; some karting at the Cayman Karting facility; visiting the Pedro St James National Historic Site, the oldest building in the Caymans, originally a castle and now a museum; horseback riding along some amazing routes; as well as examining the island’s history at the Cayman Islands National Museum.

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6 Fri 30 Nov 2012 Roatan, Honduras 9.00am 3.00pm
Western Caribbean Cruise Roatan (aka Ruatan, Rattan) is the largest of the Bay Islands, which are a part of Honduras, lying just over 48 km from the northern coast of the Honduran mainland. It is known around the world for its scuba diving. The reef surrounding the island attracts beautiful tropical fish and snorkellers alike. Dive attractions include sea walls and shipwrecks. Sea turtles, dolphins, and whales swim in the waters. On the other hand Roatan is an island with beaches distinctive for their quietness, and crystal clear waters that will make you enjoy the sea as if you were in an enormous natural swimming pool.

There are several well-developed communities, such as Coxen Hole, French Harbour, West Bay, and West End, that are worth visiting, each with its own attraction, For example, an iguana farm east of French Harbor provides a refuge for thousands of iguanas. One tour takes guests to a great height and then the participants take the Zipline down to the coast, enjoying some fantastic scenery along the way. Though some cruise lines promote Roatan for its Maya historical sites, indeed these are invented, and the many archaeological sites on the island originate with indigenous Pech.

Visit the Sante’ Wellnes Centre Day Spa in a most peaceful setting and experience a comprehensive spa and massage therapy session. Whatever you do keep a lookout for the parrots, iguana, and monkeys that live in the wild on this tropical island. Absorb the atmosphere of the local community by visiting Earth Mama’s Garden Cafe & Lifestyle for great food on a budget.

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7 Sat 1 Dec 2012 At Sea
8 Sun 2 Dec 2012 Fort Lauderdale, USA 7.00am
Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale is a city on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the state of Florida. As well as being a major yachting centre, it has a large and intricate canal system that results in its also being known as the ‘Venice of America’. While once home to a series of forts, today there are three forts named ‘Fort Lauderdale’. The city is considered a perfect holiday destination mainly for its stunning beaches and palm-lined shorelines. It is also famous for its arts, and cultural events. Don’t miss shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, taking a gondola ride on the canals, and visiting the historic riverfront.

Take a narrated 90-minute amphibious tour of quaint Las Olas Boulevard, the historical districts, and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaires Row. Experience swimming with the dolphins, taking an amazing Everglades Safari, and go scuba diving from Deerfield to Hallandale Beach. Nature lovers can ‘touch’ nature at Butterfly World, and go hiking or canoeing at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Some visit the thoroughbred racing at Gulf Stream Park. Alternatively, "follow the red brick road" of Riverwalk and the landscaped park, to the Arts and Entertainment District.

Unusual and interesting to visit are: the numerous museums, such as the Bennet House Museum and Gardens and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum; the International Swimming Hall of Fame that also houses a large aquatic centre; the activities at Hollywood Beach and Downtown Riverwalk; the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum; and Fort Lauderdale’s greatest airboat attraction the Sawgrass Recreation Park where you can hold an alligator and visit wonderful mammals. Most come to see Fort Lauderdale’s 30km of beach-front and its award-winning wavewall. The beaches are some of the best in Florida, whether you're here for the sun, the ocean or simply people watching.

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Until October 2014 Nieuw Amsterdam cruises the Mediterranean. A highly recommended 12-night cruise departs Barcelona fpr Venice, visiting the very best of the French Côte d'Azur, Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and the Adriatic Sea. In mid-October 2014 Nieuw Amsterdam returns to the Caribbean. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the ship offers 7-night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Each cruise berths at four ports, one of which is HAL’s company resort at Half Moon Cay, with private beach and water sports. The other ports take you, variously, to old pirate haunts, swimming among ray fish, or a touch of Mexico. In Aril 2015 she returns to the Mediterranean, running 12- and 24-night cruises from Barcelona in the west to Istanbul in the east. Hallmarks of HAL include spacious staterooms and public areas, rich timber furnishings set with museum-quality paintings and antiques, discreet personal service, and artful itineraries that allow for overnights in key cities. Holland America Line arranges excellent onshore tours, and pre- and post-tour packages.

Accommodation
Of the staterooms, 85% have an outside view, and of these four-fifths have a private balcony. Staterooms are spacious, and include: Interior large and standard; Ocean-view, some with panoramic windows; and three levels of suites – Verandah, Deluxe Verandah, and Penthouse Verandah. Basic features include a flat-panel TV and DVD player (book your DVDs by phone), ample storage, personal safe, excellent twin/queen bedding and bath amenities, fresh fruit on request, and nightly turndown service. The décor is very pleasing and comfortable. Complimentary meals can be ordered for in-suite dining around the clock. Triple and quad cabins are available, as well as interconnecting cabins for up to six guests. Many staterooms are modified accessible and wheelchair accessible. There are no single cabins.

Food and Dining
The ship has seven formal to casual dining areas. The two-deck main Dining Room serves open- The ship has seven formal to casual dining areas. The two-deck main Dining Room serves open-seating breakfast and lunch. For dinner chose between set-seating at first or second servings, or open seating on the upper deck. The Master Chefs’ three-course menus are excellent, and waiting staff are friendly Indonesian and Filipino stewards. Ask for a table for 2/4/6/8. Special dietary requests can be ordered pre-cruise. Two nights in seven are formal nights, perhaps preceded with pre-dinner drinks, then after your meal retire to the Show Lounge or a musical recital. There are three alternative restaurants, all best to reserve in advance: The Pinnacle Grill for steaks and seafood, the renowned Asian-themed Tamarind offers cuisine from across SE and E Asia, and the (no service charge) Italian-American-influenced Canaletto. Ask about wine packages.

Entertainment
At night the two-deck Vista Show Lounge offers (twice nightly) musical productions, cabaret, and its features include three video screens. Alternatively, attend a musical recital in one of the lounges, dance to the backing of a band ensemble, watch sport in the multi-screen sports bar, or sip drinks while your request is sung by the pianist or guitarist. View recent movies in the Screening Room, unless you’d prefer to watch your choice of DVD in your cabin. Through the evening the disco and nightclub on the top deck will take you into the early hours of the morning, very inviting if the new day is a Sea Day and you’ve ordered breakfast in your cabin. The large casino has lots of playing options.

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Cruise summary

Cruise: Western Caribbean Cruise
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Star rating:
Departs: Fort Lauderdale
Returns: Fort Lauderdale
Ports of call: 5
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Staterooms
  • Atrium social centre
  • Art collections
  • Shops duty free
  • DINING
  • Dining venues (7)
  • Traditional & As You Wish
  • In-room dining 24 h
  • Formal dining nights
  • Master Chef’s Room
  • Late night chocolate, snacks
  • Ice cream bar
  • Wine packages
  • Afternoon tea, High Tea
  • Lounges and bars
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Nightclub, music, dancing
  • Casino
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (3)
  • Sliding deck pool roof
  • Whirlpools (5)
  • Sauna, steam rooms
  • Fitness Centre
  • Classes, walking, jogging
  • Spa & Salon
  • Enrichment presentations
  • Digital Workshop
  • Culinary Arts Centre
  • Sports court, table games
  • Photo gallery
  • Shore excursion desk
  • Pre/post cruise tours
  • Wedding packages (value!)
  • Library
  • Single guests program (most)
  • UNDER 18
  • Club HAL (3-7, 8-12, 13-17 y)
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre
  • Laundry dry-cleaning (pay)
  • Special dietary requests
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone roaming
  • Telephone, fax ship-shore
  • 110/220V power
  • Wheelchair access
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Flight/s and/or transfers as specified
  • All main meals on-board
  • Open/anytime or traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs) (Prinsendam 5-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge: USD 11.50 pp/night (suites USD 12). Adjust wth Guest Relations Manager if service inadequate
  • Service charge: bar and Dining Room wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges

Recent testimonials

"I would like to let you know how incredibly helpful, resourceful, efficient, reliable and cheerful Natalya has been. Nothing has been too much trouble and she follows through with every single thing she says she is going to do. It is unusual, and incredibly refreshing."
Julie from SA


"The trip was great. We appreciate all your arrangements which were excellent. Our cabin allocation was terrific, with an adjoining cabin for our kids, and we enjoyed the cake that you kindly requested for our daughter on her birthday."
Jenny S from Sydney


"We have returned after enjoying such a great first cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire cruise and hope to take another one at some time. We just wanted to say thank you for everything you did for us and we valued your assistance greatly."
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