As you may have noticed sometimes our cruise plans change. This year we had the Crown Princess, Carnival Vista, and Independence of the Seas booked for Fall but we have recently canceled all of them. This is because we have different plans for the remainder of the year!
We decided we wanted to do something totally new … try Holland America Cruise Line! Yes we have cruised with HAL before, but it was back in 2003 (Zuiderdam and Zaandam), and 2005 (Maasdam). We never made cruise vlogs on Holland America ships before so we’re extra excited about sharing our experiences with you of course!
There are different ships to choose from leaving from Florida cruise ports in 2017; Nieuw Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Oosterdam, Eurodam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, and the Veendam. All of these ships leave from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) near Miami except for one, the Veendam which leaves from Tampa Florida.
We would love to go on any of these ships but we want an itinerary that includes something new for us. Most ships visit the same islands in the Caribbean. Nassau, Amber Cove Dominican Republic, San Juan Puerto Rico, Cozumel Mexico, St. Thomas, and the Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman). We would love to visit someplace we never visited before!
Last time we sailed on Holland America (on the Maasdam from Norfolk Virginia back in 2005) it was on a 10 night cruise which stopped at St. Kitts and Dominica. Both gorgeous islands that I’ve always wanted to return to, especially Dominica – called the Hawaii of the Caribbean. Finding ships visiting exotic ports is hard as usually they are 9+ days and do include some of the more “common” cruise ports.
Cruising from Tampa would be very convenient for us, but the Veendam goes to Mexico and Belize which we love, but once again would rather do something new this time. We went to Belize once, back in 2014 on the Carnival Glory for Trevon’s 18th birthday. It was Amy, Elizabeth, Mahnara, Zarius, Trevon and Diana (our mom and the kids’ Grammie). It was amazing cruise which we’ll never forget, but it was taken before we started making our cruise vlogs. We do have videos of our photos from the trip on YouTube, check it out! We visited Altun Ha (Mayan ruins) and it was wonderful.
Make sure to follow us on Facebook because it’s where we post updates. Once we book a Holland America cruise we will also add it to our Upcoming Cruises page here on Sea Cruisers Vlogs and also on ShipMate.
Happy cruising everyone!
~ Sea Cruisers