Caribbean on HAL
The Caribbean is a very popular cruise destination thanks to the year-round warm climate, beautiful water, and proximity to the U.S. These are excellent cruises for those seeking a relaxing time in the sunshine. 7-night Caribbean cruises are also the least expensive cruises on a per-night basis.
Holland America Line primarily sails from Ft. Lauderdale and New York, but some cruises now also depart from Tampa.
Holland America Line does not currently have ships in the Caribbean during the summer months, in order to offer guests more options in Alaska, Europe and elsewhere.
There is a wide range of options in the Caribbean....
3- and 4-night Bahamas
This year, Holland America Line is offering a few short cruises. These are an excellent opportunity to "get away" for a short break, or sample the cruise line before committing to longer cruise. These itineraries depart from Ft. Lauderdale and visit HAL's phenomenal private island Half Moon Cay. The three-night cruises also visit Nassau. The 4-night cruises visit the more distant port of Grand Turk.
7-night Eastern & Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale
These cruises all include visits to HAL's pririvate island Half Moon Cay, a major selling point. Otherwise, the ports are a fairly typical mix of Caribbean shopping and fun in the sun. These cruises are among the most popular general-interest cruises, and compete with all the major cruise lines. As such, these tend to have the most competitive prices.
7-night Western Caribbean from Tampa
HAL's 7-night cruises from Tampa visit more exotic ports than those from Ft. Lauderdale, including Costa Maya, Belize City, and Santo Tomas de Castilla. These will be less crowded and less developed than other ports.
10, 11 and 14-night Cruises from Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa
These longer cruises incorporate more exotic, interesting ports than typical 7-night cruises. If you wish to visit off-the-beaten-path destinations in the Caribbean, this is a good way to do so. There are a variety of different options, but ports include Trinidad, CuraÃ§ao, Grenada and more.
10 and 11-night from New York
These are very convenient cruises for those in or near Manhattan. The ship departs from the Upper West Side pier (some other lines leave from Brooklyn or Bayonne).
The ship takes two days at sea in each direction, which can be either relaxing or frustrating depending on your mindset.
These itineraries do not visit Half Moon Cay, but do visit popular ports including St. Thomas, San Juan, St. Maarten and Tortola.