The upcoming cruise seasons will also see a whole range of innovations and new itineraries, from increased Dover departures to exotic destination cruises to Burma and Africa.
Holland America Line, the leading cruise line in Alaska, offers seven ships cruising Alaskan itineraries in the summer of 2014. A range of seven and 14-night cruises are available from Vancouver and Seattle, almost all of which feature a full day’s experience at the famous Glacier Bay National Park. A selection of ‘Land+Sea Journeys’ (exclusive cruise and stay itineraries) are also available, where guests can experience up to three nights in Denali National Park. Land+Sea Journeys can be easily booked as one complete holiday.
More UK departures for 2014
ms Ryndam’s European season will see more roundtrip cruises from Dover. The ex-UK programme runs from 3 May – 23 August 2014 and will now boast 11 cruises including seven week-long Norwegian Fjords itineraries, two 14-night Baltic cruises, and two ‘Midnight Sun’ itineraries.
D-Day 70th Anniversary cruise
New for the European 2014 season, Holland America Line will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day with this unique 12-day cruise. Departing on 29 April 2014 from Rome, ms Eurodam will visit Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and the UK before journeying onto Normandy, where the infamous World War II battle took place on 6 June 1944.
Increased Arctic cruises
ms Prinsendam, Holland America Line’s smallest ship, will now be sailing its Northern European itineraries out of Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), giving UK travellers a greater choice of flight options. In 2014, ms Prinsendam will also embark on more Arctic cruises with one 14-night itinerary and a 20-night North Cape and Spitsbergen cruise which journeys beyond the Arctic Circle to Ny, Ålesund, Longyearbyen, Tromsø and Honningsvåg.
New Asian adventures to Burma
New for 2014, ms Volendam will cruise three 14-night Asian Adventure cruises which include a special two day, overnight call in Rangoon, Burma, from where guests can travel to see the stunning pagodas of Bagan, the floating villages of Inle, and experience Mandalay. Other ports include Malacca, Penang, Phuket, Port Blair, Porto Malai, Port Kelang, plus an overnight stop in Singapore. The 14-night Asian Adventure departing 17 February 2014. Holland America Line also boasts a range of other Asia cruise itineraries, which include calls in Japan, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.
New Africa explorer cruises
28 September 2014 will see the start of a fantastic new 83-night circumnavigation of Africa voyage. A roundtrip cruise from Southampton, on ms Rotterdam, this cruise will take in the Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, and the UAE as well as Israel, and the Canaries. Shorter itineraries as sectors of this cruise are also available.
Panama Canal celebratory cruises
To celebrate the Panama Canal’s 100th anniversary, six Holland America Line ships will sail 28 full and partial transits of the Panama Canal throughout the coming season. In 2014, an exciting variety of Panama Canal itineraries are available, ranging in length from 14 to 28 days. These extensive options will provide guests with more ways to experience the Panama Canal than any other cruise line. A 14-night
South America cruises have seen an increase in popularity in the last few years and Holland America Line offers a robust line-up of great itineraries to choose from. These cruises provide guests with a fantastic range of destination experiences as they visit the Amazon, experience Carnaval in Brazil and even journey to Antarctica.