Win a Holland America Line Cruise in the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Sweeps

Want to win a Holland America Line cruise? Sparkling Ice is running a new limited-edition Mystery Flavor and social media sweepstakes, What the Flavor, and it gives fans the chance to win a Holland America Line Caribbean cruise for two with roundtrip airfare! The cruise is in addition to 500 other pool-themed prizes. The new flavor is inspired by the scents and flavors of an exotic tropical getaway.

Wrapped in distinct blue packaging with tropical leaf accents and a signature toucan, the limited-edition . . .  READ MORE

Press Diary: 17 Days in the South Pacific With Holland America

Christy Woodrow and Scott Calafiore of the award-winning adventure travel and lifestyle blog, Ordinary Traveler, recently sailed on a 17-day Holland America Line EXC In-Depth cruise aboard Maasdam to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Read selections from Christy’s blog post to hear her reflections on cruising on Maasdam and the unique ports of call during her voyage!

Cruising the South Pacific with Holland America was a trip that was as adventurous as it was relaxing. Stopping . . .  READ MORE

Holland America Line’s New Oceans of Extras Promotion Gives Up to $750 in Onboard Perks

Holland America Line’s new Oceans of Extras promotion gives guests up to $ 600 in onboard spending money per stateroom and awards bonus perks for suite bookings on select fall 2019 through spring 2020 cruises.

The offer, which runs through June 30, 2019, provides cruisers who book an eligible itinerary with onboard spending money ranging from $ 50 to $ 300 per person, depending on the length of cruise and stateroom category. In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive . . .  READ MORE

How Avalon Waterways Is Different Than Other River Cruise Lines

By Jason Leppert | Published to

Sailing down the river after a good night’s sleep, you awaken to a splendid view. You prop your head on the pillow and look toward your feet at the passing vista just beyond.

Avalon Waterways’ claim to fame is its Suite Ships’ Panorama Suites. Beds are angled toward floor-to-ceiling windows that slide to the side to become an open-air balcony. It’s a simple but brilliant configuration, and now that the . . .  READ MORE

They Dribble; They Dance; They Shoot; They Score! Carnival Cruise Line Teams Up with World-Renowned Harlem Globetrotters

Carnival Cruise Line announced today an exclusive partnership with the world-famous basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, serving as the group’s official cruise line sponsor worldwide.

Combining the Harlem Globetrotters’ high-flying athleticism, theatrical stunts and comedic acts with Carnival’s role as the family cruise leader, the two ambassadors of fun will bring a new level of excitement to more than 150 of the team’s shows across the country.

The Harlem Globetrotters’ always . . .  READ MORE

Some Great Tips From Experienced Travellers

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Some Great Tips From Experienced Travellers

A vacation can soothe the soul and leave you renewed, refreshed, and invigorated. Whether you are just now starting to plan your next vacation, or are merely looking for travel ideas and suggestions, it is our hope that this article will be of help to you as you plan your next trip!

Dining out while traveling can become expensive. Save the hit to your wallet by visiting a local grocery store and stocking up on groceries. Make as . . .  READ MORE

‘Save Me the Plums’ Next Featured Selection for O’s Reading Room Book Club

Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine have named food writer and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl’s “Save Me the Plums” as the next selection for O’s Reading Room, the line’s onboard book club. “Save Me the Plums” just released in April 2019 and is Reichl’s latest memoir, which chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief at Gourmet Magazine.

Guests on all Holland America Line cruises will be able to read and discuss the selection as part of special onboard programming . . .  READ MORE

Five Travel Advisors Win a Cruise on Carnival Sunrise in Carnival Cruise Line’s Facebook Mother’s Day Contest

In honor of Mother’s Day, five travel advisors who posted the best stories about themselves or their mother on Carnival’s trade Facebook page will receive a cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on the newly reimagined Carnival Sunrise. The Mother’s Day contest ran on Facebook May 9-10 and the winners will be announced on Carnival’s trade Facebook page the week of May 20.

Travel advisors were asked to tell Carnival what makes them a #CarnivalFunMom or to share a touching or funny story . . .  READ MORE

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Waitangi and Tauranga, New Zealand

Our EXC In-Depth Voyage is in New Zealand! EXC In-Depth Onboard Exploration Leader Mark Read sent some Field Notes and excellent photos from gorgeous Waitangi and Tauranga. Enjoy this installment, and stay tuned as the ship continues its exploration in the Pacific Ocean.

Waitangi, New Zealand
The Bay of Plenty was spectacular as Maasdam glided into anchor. A pod of dolphins cruised the bow of the ship, seeming to welcome us to our first port of call in New Zealand. The change . . .  READ MORE


The City that Never Sleeps: New York City After Dark

The phrase “the city that never sleeps” is synonymous with New York and for good reason, this is one metropolis that is equally vibrant day or night. Stroll down Times Square’s electrified city blocks or head over to a jazz club in the village after dark to witness a feast for the eyes and senses. And one thing is for sure, the word boredom will never be in your vocabulary.

Here are just a few activities to fill your nights in Manhattan . . .  READ MORE