Holland America Line Extends Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 30 Additional Days

Due to the continued port closures and travel restrictions surrounding global health concerns, Holland America Line has made the decision to extend its pause of global cruise operations for an additional 30 days, cancelling sailings scheduled to depart through May 14, 2020.

Guests currently booked on cruises from April 14 through May 14 and their travel advisors will receive notification from Holland America Line in the coming days regarding options for selecting either a Future Cruise Credit for . . .  READ MORE

SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: SPRINGTIME MINI EGG COOKIE RECIPE

Gather Your Ingredients for this Sweet & Buttery Favorite, then Tune in Sunday!

One of our favorite guest chefs is back in the kitchen sharing his delicious talents with Crystal guests – this time, virtually. Chef Jon Ashton is featured in the new [email protected]: A Virtual Cruise Experience . . .  READ MORE

Is Your Last Minute Travel Always More Expensive Than A Well-Planned One?

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Is Your Last Minute Travel Always More Expensive Than A Well-Planned One?

Last Minute Travel doesn’t have to lead to expense. Let us show you how to get the best deals and bargains without the stress.
For any last minute vacations, it pays to know when the most expensive travel periods are.
The high demand for travel during certain periods drives the prices up for most essentials like airline tickets, cruises, hotel rooms and rental cars.
Fortunately, . . .  READ MORE

A Humanitarian Crisis: Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values

A Humanitarian Crisis
Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values

By Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has run rampant through neighborhoods, businesses and nations, catching all us off guard. Stoked by fear of contagion, millions of people around the world are sheltering in place waiting out the storm.

During a time when we’re afraid to go out, fearful of others as possible COVID-19 carriers, how do we ensure we continue acting . . .  READ MORE

Zaandam and Rotterdam Approved to Disembark Guests at Port Everglades

Holland America Line is pleased to confirm that Broward County and the Unified Command cleared both Zaandam and Rotterdam for arrival to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to disembark guests who are fit to travel per guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We extend our sincere gratitude to President Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Port Everglades Unified Command, Broward County Administrator . . .  READ MORE

Cruise Ship Speed

Have you ever wondered how fast a cruise ship goes? It’s hard to imagine a massive vessel, complete with rooms, restaurants, entertainment centers and possibly hundreds, sometimes thousands of passengers, moving swiftly. But, if you’ve ever set sail before, you know large ships make it from port to port somehow without sprinting across the water. In this guide, we’ll answer some speed-related questions and explore factors that impact a ship’s cruising rate. 

Cruising Speed vs. Top Speed

Most of the . . .  READ MORE

Zaandam and Rotterdam Await Permission from Local South Florida Authorities for Humanitarian Disembarkation of Guests

Holland America Line is awaiting confirmation to disembark guests from Zaandam and Rotterdam in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We remain fully engaged with the Broward Unified Command and other governmental and embassy authorities to resolve this humanitarian situation and get the nearly 1,200 well guests home immediately who are fit for travel per guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both ships are scheduled to arrive at the boundary of U.S. waters by early tomorrow . . .  READ MORE

Parts of a Cruise Ship

Parts of a Cruise Ship

While you may not be contemplating the components of a cruise ship as you watch the sunset from your cozy deck chair, you might appreciate knowing a few essential terms when it’s time to find your way around. Familiarizing yourself with some basic terminology can be especially helpful if you’ll be setting sail for the first time. In this post, we’ll cover some basic cruise ship phrases, look at the ship’s different parts and share other helpful info, so you can start your . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cancels Select Additional Sailings For Specific Homeports, Itineraries And Ships

In light of the ongoing global response to the COVID-19 situation especially as it relates to certain regions, Carnival Cruise Line is cancelling the following:

  • All Alaska sailings through and including June 30, 2020;
  • All San Francisco sailings through 2020;
  • All Carnival Radiance sailings through and including November 1, 2020;
  • All Carnival Legend sailings through and including October 30, 2020.

“We share our guests’ disappointment in this necessary action, as this group of sailings included a number of unique itineraries and the introduction of new ships, homeports and destinations to our network,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “Our team has been hard at work making plans for these voyages . . .  READ MORE

13 Beaches in Cozumel Worth Checking Out

The island of Cozumel sits off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. It’s one of Mexico’s finest tropical jewels that invites travelers to lounge in a beach chair and drift into tranquility. 

Millions of travelers flock to Cozumel year-round for its perfect swimming weather, neon-blue waters and some of the best snorkeling opportunities in the world. This small island is home to over a dozen enticing beaches, and each one offers a unique flavor.

Divers and swimmers . . .  READ MORE