Five reasons this cruise should be on your bucket list

A new year brings new goals with travel offering you time to dream big on your next adventures. Discover five reasons a Holland America Line cruise is the adventure for you.

Whether trying something new, focusing on your inner wellness, or simply having a little “me time”, there are plenty of ways to check off your new year’s resolutions with a Holland America Line cruise. The hardest question to answer? Where to go!

Discover a new destination

With more than 500 cruises worldwide visiting all seven continents from Alaska to the Caribbean to Antarctica and Northern Europe, Holland America Line’s carefully crafted journeys allow you to immerse at every destination both onboard and when on shore. Take an Alaska Cruisetour overland to Denali and the Yukon, which offers a new level of adventure. Explore the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, then onto the Yukon to visit Dawson City and Whitehorse. Stay at the McKinley Chalet Resort nestled at the entrance to Denali National Park right in the heart of the Denali Canyon on the banks of the Nenana River. It’s the perfect base to roam the mountains and the rest of the National Park’s incredible surroundings. Then head onwards on the McKinley railcar to witness the most spectacular Alaskan views from above.

More than 500 cruises worldwide visiting all seven continents

Up your adventure levels

New year, new adventures? If you are looking to up your adventure levels, Holland America Line’s extensive shore excursion program will fill your cravings plus provide an Insta-worthy travel experience at every turn. Fancy riding a horse through the gorgeous Caribbean surf on the “Horseback Riding by Land & Sea” shore excursion on a private Bahamian island? Learn the French techniques of fine wine making with a tasting in Burgundy? Zip-lining in Costa Rica or photographing the cutest penguins in Chile? Holland America Line hits the right level of adventure with a bumper array of activities to indulge your wildest dreams. And to tick off your bucket list adventures on every cruise.

Ride a horse through the gorgeous Caribbean surf

Educate while exploring

Explorations Central™ (EXC®) is the immersive onboard program with Holland America Line, through meeting locals and entering a deep dive into your region of travel. Hear all about Alaska’s bush pilots and the famous Iditarod race. Or meet a Huna native speaker or National Park Ranger as your ship sweeps through Glacier Bay. In Mexico, experience a live mariachi band performance or take Spanish language lessons onboard before setting foot to explore the streets of the City. Foodies love the Caribbean cook-off to learn the perfect smoke and spice balance when creating authentic jerk chicken, all part of a Port to Table cooking demonstration. New year, new skill – learn something fresh with insider intel from locals at key ports of call. These EXC Talks feature multimedia presentations that bring each destination to life with captivating storytelling and expert commentary.

Explorations Central™ (EXC®) is the immersive onboard program © Holland America Line

Spice up your life

A world of culinary experiences awaits you on a Holland America Line cruise. Not only will you explore the world by sea, but your ship also offers a wide range of delicious onboard dining. Tantalise your tastebuds from the exotic flavours of the Far East to the classics of French cuisine. From the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate refined dining at Pinnacle Grill. Or satisfy your creature comforts with a burger and fries by the Lido pool at Dive In. Holland America Line’s Culinary Council are a team of world-class celebrity chefs. From Rudi Sodamin’s Sel de Mer to Nami Sushi inspired by Andy Matsuda, each promising taste-defying dining across the whole fleet.

Bump up the BFF list

One of the beauties of a cruise is making new friends who have an equally like-minded passion for travel. Holland America Line’s smaller ships offer a more personal experience to explore your dream destination and meet fellow adventurers on your cruise. Whether lounging by the pool, waiting in line at Lido Market, or pulling up a pew in the Grand Dutch Cafe. Grab a new friend group to tackle – and win – at daily trivia, hit the dance floor at B.B. King’s Blues Club, or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail created by Dale DeGroff, a.k.a. “King Cocktail”. Or partner up on a shore excursion making not just memories, but also new friends that will last a lifetime.

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