Itinerary: March 17-24, 2019

When it comes to pleasure, relaxation and reconnecting in the warm sunshine, nothing is better than a Caribbean cruise with Holland America Line. While ashore, you can discover each island’s unique charms, hidden beaches and the cafes locals love. You can tour the most interesting historical sites and museums, find the best places to hike, bike and snorkel. And when you return to your elegant ship, you can sit back and let Holland America's friendly, attentive staff pamper you, or simply dive into any of a wide range of activities, including exploring the many pleasures of cruise dining. 


DAY 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes greet you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where you'll find yourself somewhere between laid-back island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. In this sun-filled, year-round beach town, pristine beaches are the main attraction, shorts and flip-flops are the daily uniform, and yachts are often the preferred form of transportation. It's a place where you can do as much, or as little, as you desire. 


Day 2: At Sea


Enjoy the day on the magnificent Nieuw Statendam with fellow Ligonier cruisers.

Day 3: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Your gateway for adventure on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, the new $65 million Amber Cove Cruise Center itself brims with activity. Shop for authentically sourced crafts in the marketplace or dine on delicious local cuisine. Or head out to discover Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls), Ocean World Adventure Park, and the DR’s famed beaches and golf courses.


Day 4: San Juan, Puerto Rico


Built in the 1600s to protect the town of San Juan, the massive Fort San Felipe El Morro took on British, Dutch, and American naval attacks in subsequent centuries. It seems everybody wanted a piece of the island. You'll see why. Cruise to Puerto Rico with Holland America Line for a mix of the historical, the natural, and the sensual. The fort is a World Heritage Site now, and you can walk its thick outer walls, peek into its sentry boxes, or just stop to drink in the view across San Juan Bay.


Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.


It seems like the entire length of St. Thomas's coastline is intricately scalloped. What that means for cruise visitors is an endless succession of sandy crescents and protected coves. Try Magen's Bay, just on the other side of the island from the main town, Charlotte Amalie. Hull Bay has surfing in winter. Brewer's Bay pairs well with sunsets. Snorkel at Coki Beach. Once you've beached enough, consider taking the aerial tram up to Paradise Point. You'll get a great view of Charlotte Amalie. And then? Shopping -- duty-free. There are dozens of stores downtown, ranging from the upscale Yacht Haven Grande to the eclectic Vendor's Plaza.


Day 6: At Sea


Enjoy the day on the magnificent Nieuw Statendam with fellow Ligonier cruisers.

Day 7: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Tender Required)


Enjoy the perfect day of play on our pristine private island, from sunning on two miles of white sand to watersports, nature hikes, deep sea fishing, and more. For relaxing, reserve a private air-conditioned cabana by the sea. For adventure, feed the gentle rays at Stingray Cove, ride a horse into the surf or visit Half Moon Lagoon, the island's aqua park. Discover why Half Moon Cay—included on nearly every Caribbean itinerary—consistently wins guests' hearts.


Day 8: Ft. Lauderdale, FL





Please Note: Schedule of tour events is subject to modification.

Nieuw Statendam

Launching in December 2018, ms Nieuw Statendam carries forward the nautical heritage, signature service and classic style for which Holland America Line is known—while raising the bar for 21st-century elegance.

At the heart of the ship, Nieuw Statendam's central atrium is breathtaking. Soaring three decks high, the atrium is capped by a ceiling that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections. By day you’ll see wispy cirrus clouds floating overhead. In the evening, the atrium takes on dramatic lighting hues or reflects the clear constellations of the night sky.


Ship Facts

  • Occupancy: 2,650
  • Tonnage: 99,800
  • Length:  TBA
  • Beam: TBA
  • Inaugural Date: 2018



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