Eastern Caribbean Cruise

On Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam

  • Date

    January 17-25, 2020 | Fri / Sat – 9 Days

  • Location

    Fort Lauderdale | Puerto Rico | Grand Turk | Sint Maarten | Half Moon Cay

Overview

Leave cold Indiana behind and say hello to warm tropical breeze and palm-fringed beaches on a relaxing seven-night cruise. Brilliant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and perfect white sand beaches greet you at almost every stop. Overnight in Fort Lauderdale, then board Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam and set sail for the popular islands of Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, and Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay. Choose from a variety of shore excursions for history buffs, sun seekers, nature lovers, art enthusiasts, and treasure hunters. Explore historic fortresses, art galleries and museums, hike rainforests, horseback ride on the beach, snorkel, kayak, shop tax-free, and more!

On board the ms Zuiderdam, taste award-winning dining, experience Broadway-style entertainment, discover the ship’s unique art collections and take part in a plethora of hands-on opportunities in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen and BBC Earth. You’ll feel as if you are in a sophisticated city with all the pleasures and perks. Don’t be left out in the cold — come soak up some fun in the sun!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Visit the popular ports of San Juan, Grand Turk, and Philipsburg
  • The pristine private island of Half Moon Cay
  • White sandy beaches
  • Award-winning dining
  • Bountiful variety of optional excursions

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
  • 1-night hotel accommodation
  • All meals on the ship
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges

Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Fri, Jan 17: Depart Indianapolis for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Check in to your hotel for one night.

Sat, Jan 18: Board Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam ,and set sail early evening.

Sun, Jan 19: Enjoy a day at sea, indulging any whims on board with abundant activities and spa services available at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.

Mon, Jan 20: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos is a jewel of an isle that measures just seven square miles, and is awesomely rich in natural wonders. Ringed by translucent warm waters teeming with coral and fish, it’s a bonanza for divers and snorkelers. Of course, you can always choose to explore the fascinating history of the island in its capital, Cockburn Town, which is lined with Bermudan-style buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, take off on a sand dune buggy safari, or simply enjoy the day under a beach umbrella.

Tue, Jan 21: Today, stop in historic and lively San Juan, Puerto Rico. One of the first Caribbean islands to be settled in the 1500s, this island became a vital hub of Spain’s New World colonies. Old San Juan, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a historic treasure waiting to be discovered. Opportunities abound for sightseeing from the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista — the final resting place of Ponce de Leon, to well beyond the historic district and into Condado, a vibrant beachfront neighborhood with high-rise resorts and trendy waterfront restaurants and shops. Sample one of Puerto Rico’s best-known products at Casa Bacardi rum distillery. And stunning natural wonders await at El Yunque National Forest and at Fajardo’s bioluminescent bay.

Wed, Jan 22:  Port in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, the Leeward Island that has been famously bisected into French and Dutch territories since 1648. In both capitals — Marigot and Philipsburg — there are ancient stone forts and candy-colored buildings lining winding streets. Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side, has some excellent international art galleries to explore, but further afield are beautiful beaches and an array of nature conservancies where hiking, biking, and zip lining opportunities are aplenty. If you visit the French side, you’ll find cafe au laitpain au chocolat, sidewalk bistros offering chilled rose and savory crepes, a variety of luxury shops, and cosmopolitan boutiques that beckon shoppers looking for a good bargain — and the entire island has no sales tax! Or, take the helm and race an America’s Cup boat in a shortened regatta on an optional excursion.

Thu, Jan 23: Relax with another tranquil day at sea.

Fri, Jan 24: Early morning, arrive at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, complete with an international bird sanctuary. There are a variety of activities to choose from while on the island, including walking a nature trail, relaxing at a private beachfront cabana, or optional horseback riding on trails and on the beach, and a stingray swimming adventure.

Sat, Jan 25: Disembark in Fort Lauderdale and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Ship

ms Zuiderdam

ms Zuiderdam

Holland America Line’s elegant ship boasts a collection of spectacular art and antiques with emphasis on Dutch heritage in the New World. Enjoy Explorations Cafe, a coffeehouse with Internet access and destination focused reading material, sponsored by The New York Times; BBC Earth natural history activities, concerts and films; and cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen.  Highlights: Elegant, spacious staterooms • 24-hour room service • 5 restaurants • 10 bar/lounges • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • Greenhouse Spa and Salon • 2 outdoor swimming pools (1 with retractable roof) • fitness center • basketball court • practice tennis court • more than 50 shipboard activities • casino • movie theatre • live musical entertainment and Broadway-style show • free sessions of Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows® • Club HAL® kids facility • duty-free shops • escorted optional shore excursions.

PRICING

  • Cat L Inside
  • Double P/P – $1,899
  • Single – $2,599
  • Cat F Outside
  • Double P/P – $2,049
  • Single – $2,799
  • Cat VD Verandah
  • Double P/P – $2,289
  • Single – $3,499

Documents Required: Valid Passport

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