Cruise Tips – 15 Tips to Make Your Cruise More Enjoyable

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A cruising holiday is not everybody’s cup of tea, but recently the cruise line industry is reporting huge increases in the amount of visitors.

Cruising can be a mysterious holiday for most first timers and there will be things you either didn’t consider or didn’t realise. A cruise is a magical vacation idea and we have put a few tips together to make your trip even more magical.

1. Use a professional travel agent for your booking. Preferably . . .  READ MORE

Three Carnival Corporation Cruise Brands Bestow Coveted ‘Excellence Awards’ On Travel Partners

Carnival Corporation’s three largest North American cruise brands and the top cruise retail organizations, travel agencies and agents from across the continent gathered in San Diego, California, last night for the presentation of the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards 2018. Sales and marketing representatives from Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises were on hand to celebrate excellence in cruise sales in 12 categories on the national and regional . . .  READ MORE

Top 10 Re-Inspiration Design Highlights 

Small details and designer choices are giving way to an even more luxurious ambiance and elevated cruise experience on board our four re-inspired Regatta-Class ships. Get a closer look at the enhancements coming soon to Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena.

1. A sparkling new Grand Staircase: The Reception Hall and Upper Hall will set the re-inspired tone with a new Grand Staircase framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents while overhead, a luminous . . .  READ MORE

Five EXC Tours That Allow Cruise Guests To Pay-It-Forward & Celebrate #WorldHumanitarianDay

World Humanitarian Day is observed annually Aug. 19 to pay tribute to the inspirational aid workers who risk their lives every day in the name of humanitarian services, as well as to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

In honor of this special day, we’re sharing five EXC Tours that allow Holland America Line guests to give back during their cruise. Our carefully crafted Cruise with Purpose Collection . . .  READ MORE

Melbourne, Past and Present

After decades of living in the shadow of Australia’s world-renowned city of Sydney, Melbourne is enjoying its time in the spotlight. As the coastal capital of the Australian state of Victoria, the metropolitan city is continuously ranked at the top of the “world’s most livable city” list, thanks in part to its culture, cosmopolitan lifestyle, lush urban landscapes and moderate temperatures.


Also known as the European City of Australia,  . . .  READ MORE

O, The Oprah Magazine ‘Adventure of Your Life Cruise’ to the Caribbean in October to Feature Editors and Inspiring Leaders

When Holland America Line’s O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise sets sail for the Caribbean Oct. 28, 2018, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam, guests are in for an inspiring week with some of the magazine’s editors and world’s leading visionaries.

Senior Editor Molly Simms and Beauty Director Brian Underwood from O, The Oprah Magazine will be cruising along with “The First Lady of Nutrition” Ann Louise Gittleman, Unplug Meditation teacher Christina Huntington, best-selling author . . .  READ MORE

Unveiling the Re-Inspiration of Classic Elegance 

We’re thrilled to share this exciting news with you – beginning this December, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena will begin the transformative process of becoming four new ships in a dramatic re-inspiration without peer. Each ship will glow with a new sheen as crisp and polished as a flawless diamond. Tuscan marble, engaging works of art and designer residential furniture will adorn the re-inspired spaces. The iconic Library will be just as plush and hushed as you remember it, and . . .  READ MORE

Boating Safety – It’s For Everyone

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Boating Safety – It’s For Everyone

Boating, when a few simple rules are followed, is one of the safest family activities there is. U.S. statistics show boating is twice as safe as biking, five times as safe as driving a car, and 24 times as safe as scuba diving. By practicing safe boating, you will provide a wonderful pastime for yourselves and give your children a love of the water that will last them a lifetime.
So What Goes Wrong?
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Things to do in Boston in 24 Hours

History of Boston

Known as the “cradle of liberty,” Boston became the home of one thousand Puritans who fled religious and political persecution in Europe. Massachusetts Bay Company’s original governor John Winthrop preached the famous sermon called “A City upon a Hill,” which spoke to the special relationship the Puritans had to God. Massacres and tea parties led to the American Revolution and afterward Boston became one of the most wealthy international trading ports.

The Freedom Trail

Follow the red brick road to uncover . . .  READ MORE

Half Moon Cay Fact & Lore: A Natural Place

Did you know that as part of the sale agreement, Holland America Line promised to maintain the vast majority of Half Moon Cay as a nature preserve and wild bird sanctuary? This wild area is of “extreme importance” as a bird sanctuary, especially for nesting seabirds, according to leading Bahamian conservationists. The lagoon is an important habitat for bonefish and other marine life including lemon sharks, barracuda and stingrays. Several varieties of turtles lay their eggs along the . . .  READ MORE