Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam to homeport at Port Everglades for Caribbean Cruises in winter 2016/spring 2017

Following its inaugural Europe season in 2016, Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The ship will sail a series of Caribbean voyages and one cruise to the Bahamas from November 2016 until March 2017. The four to 11-day Caribbean itineraries will be available for booking in late spring.

All voyages are roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The seven-day cruises visit popular ports in the region, while the longer nine, 10 and 11-day itineraries provide more time for exploring as they include a diverse array of islands, some more off-the-beaten-track.

Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said, “We are excited to sail Holland America Line’s newest ship from Port Everglades on the most varied and robust Caribbean itineraries of any of our ships. The Caribbean remains among the most popular cruise destinations in the world, and by having itineraries that range from four to 11-days, guests will be able to enjoy a holiday that fits their schedule.”

A four-day cruise to the Bahamas kicks off the Caribbean season
Ms Koningsdam begins its inaugural season in the Caribbean with a four-day cruise to the Bahamas departing 9 November 2016. Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale, the ship calls at Nassau followed by Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island. The voyage is the perfect way to sample the new Pinnacle-class ship.

Seven-day Caribbean cruises & Christmas sailing
Two different seven-day itineraries provide an ideal getaway in winter when the Caribbean is boasting balmy temperatures. The first itinerary sails on 8 and 29 January, and 12 February 2017, calling at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The second itinerary departs on 15 January and 5 February 2017, and visits Half Moon Cay; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West in Florida. The two itineraries can be combined to create a non-repeating 14-day Caribbean Collectors’ Voyage. To celebrate the festive season, there is a cruise departing on 23 December 2016, which falls over Christmas. The seven-day cruise will visit Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.

Nine-day Caribbean cruises include a New Year’s option
Guests looking for a slightly longer Caribbean holiday can embark on 14 December 2016, for a nine-day voyage that showcases six popular ports. The ship calls at Half Moon Cay; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; San Juan in Puerto Rico; and Grand Turk in Turcs and Caicos. 

Guests can also see in the New Year on another nine-day voyage departing on 30 December 2016. This cruise offers fun, sun, sand and surf calling at Falmouth, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel and Key West.

10-day Caribbean cruises feature Southern Caribbean 
From the turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic to the powdery beaches of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), ms Koningsdam’s 10-day itinerary highlights some of the most beautiful ports in the region. Departing on 13 November and 4 December 2016, and 19 February and 12 March 2017, the cruises call at Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; the exclusive cruise port of Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstand, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

11-day Caribbean cruises offer blend of several ports
The eastern Caribbean takes centre stage on the 11-day voyages that depart on 23 November 2016, and 1 and 22 March 2017. Ms Koningsdam will visit the ports of Philipsburg, St Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay. Guests aboard also will enjoy scenic cruising in Soufrière Bay and past the famed Mount Pelée volcano.

The inaugural Caribbean season of ms Koningsdam will be open for booking in April 2015.

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