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Rotterdam headlines HAL's six-ship Caribbean season next winter

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All itineraries stop at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, the port Holland America passengers rate tops in the Caribbean region
Holland America Line's October 2021 to April 2022 Caribbean season features six ships, including the new Rotterdam.

Cruises range from seven to 21 days, all operating round-trip Port Everglades. Some feature partial Panama Canal transits.

Travelers who book by Feb. 28 can take advantage of the ‘View & Verandah’ promotion that includes stateroom upgrades, free beverages, one-night specialty dining, 10% off shore excursions and more. Seven-day Caribbean cruises are priced starting at $699 per person, double occupancy, plus taxes, fees and port expenses.

In addition to Rotterdam, the Caribbean fleet consists of Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam and Volendam with one holiday cruise on Zaandam.

Half Moon Cay on every itinerary

All the itineraries call at Half Moon Cay, rated by HAL passengers as their favorite port in the region. 

Rotterdam

Rotterdam's inaugural season starts with three- and four-day samplers. The four-day cruise departs Nov. 3 and calls at Half Moon Cay and Key West, while the three-day jaunt departs Nov. 7 and calls at Half Moon Cay. Rotterdam goes on to offer the line's most varied schedule of the season, with itineraries ranging from six to 11 days throughout the region.

Bahamas samplers

Three-, four- and five-day cruises visiting Half Moon Cay will also sail on Eurodam and NIeuw Amsterdam.

Eastern and Western Caribbean

Seven-day eastern cruises visit ports like Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay, and are offered by Rotterdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendam.

Seven- and eight-day western itineraries have stops at Belize City, Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Half Moon Cay. Besides Rotterdam, these are operated by Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendam.

Southern and 'tropical' Caribbean

A wide variety of destinations are offered on Southern Caribbean cruises of seven, nine, 10, 11 and 14 days. Among them: Amber Cove, Barbados, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Trinidad, Half Moon Cay, San Juan and St. Thomas.

Besides Rotterdam, the ships include Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Volendam and Zaandam.

Six- and seven-day 'tropical' Caribbean cruises, meanwhile, call at Amber Cove, Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, and are operated by Rotterdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Nieuw Statendam.

Panama Canal

Eurodam's 10- and 11-day sailings feature a partial Panama Canal transit (to Gatun Lake). Other destinations are Cartagena, Colón (Panama), Puerto Limón (Costa Rica), Aruba, Curaçao and Half Moon Cay.

Collectors' and holiday voyages

Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages of 13 to 21 days. Plus, there will be nine holiday sailings with observances like a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, caroling and sing-alongs, Hanukkah celebrations, traditional holiday meals and a special Royal Dutch High Tea with fanciful holiday cookies and pastries.

Holiday Collectors’ Voyages extend up to 21 days.

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