Itineraries include the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. Some feature Cuba and others spend a day discovering the Panama Canal. Seven ships will sail round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, while Rotterdam takes over the round-trip Tampa departures.
Half Moon Cay
Most Fort Lauderdale cruises visit private island Half Moon Cay.
Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Oosterdam, Rotterdam, Veendam and Zuiderdam will operate three- to 14-day cruises that can be combined into longer, back-to-back Collectors' Voyages ranging from 13 to 21 days.
Nieuw Statendam's inaugural program
Nieuw Statendam will kick off its maiden Caribbean season with a four-day cruise to the Bahamas in December. Following its inaugural Caribbean sailing, the ship will feature seven-day itineraries to the eastern and western regions.
In January, a 10-day cruise visits southern Caribbean ports including Kralendijk, Bonaire; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; and Barbados. Other southern Caribbean itineraries will be available on Nieuw Statendam's sister ship, Koningsdam, beginning in November. Cruisers can choose seven-, 10- and 11-day itineraries.
In October, Veendam kicks off the season with a series of Cuban Explorer cruises. These seven-, 10-, 11- and 12-day itineraries through March call at Havana and some at Cienfuegos, Cuba, along with other ports in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Mexico. Veendam also offers a seven-day eastern Caribbean Holiday cruise in December and an 11-day southern Caribbean itinerary in January that do not visit Cuba.
Nieuw Amsterdam's seven-day cruises visit the eastern and western Caribbean, featuring calls at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Georgetown, Ocho Rios and other destinations. Similarly, Oosterdam will offer a series of seven-day cruises that spotlight both eastern and western routes, as well as seven-day Tropical Caribbean itineraries that call at ports in the Bahamas and Dominican Republic.
Partial Panama Canal transits
A partial Panama Canal transit aboard Zuiderdam, sailing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale on 10- and 11-day cruises, visits Gatun Lake and several Caribbean ports.
Rotterdam will offer eight seven-day western itineraries and five 14-day southern itineraries. Destinations include Key West, Curaçao, Mahogany Bay (Honduras), Costa Maya, Aruba and St. Lucia.
A variety of holiday sailings with special events, meals and activities will be available. As one example, Prinsendam's 14-day Caribbean Holiday cruise departing Dec. 21 from Fort Lauderdale calls at ports in the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Half Moon Cay, the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.