Holland America Line Features Its Most Extensive Canada And New England
Program With 48 Sailings In 2014
Three ships sail from five homeports in spring, summer and fall
SEATTLE, Aug. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - In 2014, Holland America Line is offering an
extensive Canada and New England program with 48 sailings spanning spring,
summer and fall. With three ships departing from five convenient homeports,
more travelers can experience the region's breathtaking scenery, historic
seaports, culinary treats and cultural charm.
Scheduled May through October, the nine different itineraries on ms Eurodam,
ms Maasdam and ms Veendam depart from Boston, Mass.; Montreal and Quebec City,
Canada; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and New York City. The cruises range from seven
to 15 days and include family-friendly summer cruises and visits during the
height of the fall foliage season as summer turns to autumn and the
jewel-toned leaves offer one of nature's most impressive showings.
"Canada and New England is one of the most picturesque, historic and
culturally rich regions in the world, making it an ideal vacation for
families, nature lovers and history buffs," said Richard Meadows, Holland
America Line's executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.
"With our comprehensive program featuring three ships sailing throughout the
year, our guests can enjoy a variety of experiences in spring, summer and the
beautiful fall season."
Departures Across the Summer Perfect for Getaway or Family Vacation Veendam
kicks off the line's Canada and New England season with a nine-day cruise from
Fort Lauderdale to Quebec City departing May 1, 2014. The ship will make its
way up the coast with calls at Gloucester (Boston), Mass.; Bar Harbor, Maine;
Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
From May 10 through the October 11 departure, Veendam will sail 17 seven-day
itineraries between Quebec City and Boston. Ports of call include
Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbor, with scenic cruising on the St.
Lawrence River. These sailings also include an overnight at Quebec City,
Holland America Line's number-one rated port of call.
Departing Aug. 16, Veendam adds a single cruise roundtrip from Boston that
highlights the historic coastline. During the seven-day itinerary the ship
calls at Bar Harbor; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Sydney, and Portland,
Maine. While ashore, guests will be able to sample the famous Maine lobster,
admire the photogenic lighthouses and learn about the area's interesting
Maasdam begins its season with a 15-day northbound cruise from Fort Lauderdale
to Montreal departing May 2. During the voyage, guests will visit Charleston,
S.C.; Newport, R.I.; Bar Harbor; Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown; Gaspe,
Sept-Iles, Saguenay and Quebec City, Quebec, and Trios-Rivieres, Canada,
before arriving at Montreal. Highlights include an overnight at Quebec City,
scenic cruising in the Saguenay Fjord and the only Canada and New England
sailing to call at Trios-Rivieres.
From May 24 through the Oct. 11 departure, Maasdam offers seven-day sailings
between Montreal and Boston, with calls at Quebec City, Charlottetown, Sydney,
Halifax and Bar Harbor. The itineraries feature scenic cruising on the St.
Lawrence River and make an ideal option for families looking to take a summer
cruise without traveling abroad.
Maasdam concludes the season with a 13-day sailing departing Oct. 18 from
Montreal to Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call include Quebec City, Saguenay,
Sept-Iles, Gaspe, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor and New York
City. Guests can take in the beautiful landscape at peak fall foliage time on
scenic cruising along the Saint Lawrence River, Saguenay Fjord and Gaspe Bay.
Guests may also choose a 10-day option to sail from Montreal and disembark in
Fall Foliage Cruises Bring Region to Life with Nature's Colors In September
and October, during the height of the 2014 fall foliage season, Eurodam will
sail three 10-day cruises between New York and Quebec City, and one 12-day
cruise from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale. On the 10-day itinerary departing
Sept. 14 the ship calls at Boston, Portland, Maine; Saint John, Halifax,
Sydney and Charlottetown, with an overnight at Quebec City. The Sept. 24
departure spends 10 days exploring Quebec City (overnight), Charlottetown,
Sydney, Halifax, Portland, Boston and Newport, with scenic cruising along the
Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay Fjord. On the 10-day return trip from New
York to Quebec departing Oct. 4, the ship calls at Boston; Rockland, Mass.;
Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown, concluding with an overnight at Quebec.
Guests will enjoy scenic cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay
Fjord, as well as the line's only call at Rockland this season.
Eurodam concludes its New England season on a new 12-day cruise from Quebec
City to Fort Lauderdale departing Oct. 14. The itinerary begins with an
overnight at Quebec City and then sails for Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney,
Halifax, Portland, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
For seven-day Maasdam and Veendam itineraries, two back-to-back sailings can
be combined for an extended 14-day roundtrip journey, allowing extra time
ashore to get to know each port better with repeating calls. Guests can hunt
for antiques, explore the charming fishing towns, learn about local history
and sample more of the region's fresh seafood.
On Location Provides Engagement with the Cruise Destination as Guests Sail On
each Canada and New England cruise, Holland America Line's "On Location"
enrichment program brings local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural
experiences to life both onboard and ashore to deepen guests' appreciation of
the region. Guests might enjoy a New England clam bake or a Fiddlin' Flapjack
breakfast, complete with authentic Canadian maple syrup and featuring local
Cape Breton Celtic fiddlers. Other activities to enjoy include regional beer
and wine tastings, a Canadian Bar mixology class, cultural cooking
demonstrations, and a special Quebecois L'auberge de Lido or New England
Explore4 Early Booking Promotion Gives Added Perks for Planning Now Presently,
Holland America Line is offering the Explore4 early booking promotion that
features a free Signature Beverage Package or beverage card, a free specialty
restaurant dinner, free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in the
same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits for bookings on select 2014
cruises made before October 15, 2013. Guests may receive all four offers when
booking a qualified itinerary.
Cruise fares for 2014 Canada and New England itineraries begin at $799 per
person, double occupancy for a seven-day sailing and include Explore4 Early
Booking Promotion offers. With free or reduced third and fourth guests, a
family of four can take a dream vacation to Canada/New England next summer on
select dates with fares starting at $799 for the first and second guest, and
the third and fourth guests in the same stateroom sailing for free.
For more information on the Canada and New England itineraries, contact a
travel agent, visit www.hollandamerica.com or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc. (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)] HollandAmerica Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500
cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to
110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship
on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and
all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.
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