2017 Cruise Plans

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

11 thoughts on “2017 Cruise Plans

  1. Great to see you have exciting plans this fall! My parents are looking to book a cruise for April and we’re wondering which ships you recommend from the Norwegian fleet and the RC fleet that leave from a Florida port? Thank you


  2. Hi, it would be nice if you cruised somewhere other than the Caribbean or Mexico as your vlogs are becoming repetitious (even if you are on different ships). Perhaps you could try Europe or the U.K that way the scenery and ships will be totally different. I am sure you will enjoy the change as would your viewers.


  3. Exciting! I’ve only cruised on Princess but the one other cruise line that really peaks my interest is the Holland America line. I would love to cruise on one for an Alaska itinerary. Your excitement is infectious! Time to start planning 2018/2019!


  4. Yes, try the koningsdam (kings dam nnamed for the new king of the netherlands since the queen abdicated a few years ago… (pronounced cone-ings-dam). It is the newest ship!


  5. So which one are you doing? I’m going on the Carnival Magic (Nov 11). Your vlogs on the ship were great! Thanks.
    Ps. recommend Carnival Miracle from CA to Mexican Riviera (Pacific Ocean). Did it last February and was a great experience and inexpensive even with air fare from NYC (don’t ask me why). Food was very good for being Carnival…


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