Holland America Line

7-Day Tropical Caribbean Holiday

 
 
7-Day Tropical Caribbean Holiday
Starting from $1,199*

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US


Ship: ms Nieuw Amsterdam


Departure Date :

Dec 21 2019

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Departs 05:00 PM
"Shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes greet you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where you'll find yourself somewhere between laid-back island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. In this sun-filled, year-round beach town, pristine beaches are the main attraction, shorts and flip-flops are the daily uniform, and yachts are often the preferred form of transportation. It's a place where you can do as much, or as little, as you desire. Because of its many canals and waterways, Ft. Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. It's home to the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the largest in-water boat shows in the world. Visitors can easily get a taste of the area's nautical lifestyle by cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on an old-fashioned paddle wheeler. Other options include hopping aboard one of the popular water taxis or Venetian gondolas that glide down the historic New River, which flows right through town. "
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
 
 
Day Nassau, Bahamas
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
New Providence may not be the largest island in the Bahamas, but it draws the lion’s share of visitors from around the world—and with good reason. For starters, it’s home to Nassau, the nation’s capital: a bustling harborfront hub whose stately colonial buildings house lively restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. Beyond the downtown area, however, you’ll find that plenty of other pleasures beckon. Just across the harbor bridge, for instance, is Paradise Island—and its dazzling Atlantis casino resort and water park (which you can access with a day pass). More aquatic adventures can be had with snorkeling and glass-bottomed-boat excursions to nearby coral reefs. Interested in Bahamian art and culture? Check out the island’s National Art Gallery, Pirates of Nassau Museum and 18th-century colonial forts and monuments. And if you’d rather just relax amid beautiful Caribbean scenery, try wandering through the lush botanicals at Ardastra Gardens or sunbathing on sugary Cable Beach. Whatever you choose to do, though, make sure to sample some of the local culinary specialties like conch fritters or cracked conch. You’ll almost certainly find that—like the rest of the island—they’re vibrant and just a little exotic, and leave you wanting more.
Nassau, Bahamas
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Located on the Dominican Republic's north coast, the port of Amber Cove, near Puerto Plata, is a new phenomenon. Built in 2015, the area was fashioned as an homage to the country’s colonial architecture and features restaurants, bars and shops, as well as an activity center, a pool and cabanas. But it’s the neighboring region, known as the Amber Coast for its plethora of the semiprecious stone, that’s this port’s true draw. Along with golden-sand beaches and dramatic cliffs, there's the city of Puerto Plata, one of the Caribbean’s oldest, founded in the early 1500s. Another nearby option is Santiago de los Caballeros, known locally as simply Santiago, about an hour's drive from the port. The second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, it is home to excellent museums, historic buildings and cigar and rum makers.
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
 
 
Day Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
"Sugar-white sand, brilliant blue waters, kaleidoscopic sea life—all this is plentiful in the Caribbean archipelago nation of Turks & Caicos. Without hyperbole, this is one of the world’s most photogenic spots. T&C, as it is sometimes called, is the ultimate fantasy-island destination—the screen saver in all its glorious reality. Grand Turk, a jewel of an isle that measures just 18 square kilometers (seven square miles), is awesomely rich in natural wonders. Ringed by translucent warm waters teeming with coral and fish, it’s a bonanza for divers, snorkelers and anglers. Of course, you can always simply kick back and just enjoy the view from under a palm tree or beach umbrella. Or explore the fascinating history of Turks & Caicos in its capital, Cockburn Town, which is lined with Bermudan-style buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. "
Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM
"If you've ever dreamed of the castaway experience or having a private island of your own—and who hasn’t, at least once?—Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas offers the opportunity to fulfill that fantasy. Also known as Little San Salvador Island, Half Moon Cay is located 16 kilometers (10 miles) southeast of Nassau. In 1996, Holland America Line purchased the island and decided to set aside most of it as a protected wildlife sanctuary—only two percent of the island has been developed. This is especially appreciated by photographers and bird-watching enthusiasts as they explore the preserve and its variety of species. At 10 square kilometers (four square miles), the island is small enough that you can see it all in a day, yet large enough to offer a range of activities: horseback riding, snorkeling with stingrays, a range of water sports and, of course, simply lounging on the beach while taking occasional dips in the clear sea to cool off. At the island’s Straw Market, you can shop for crafts made in the Bahamas, while the waterfront bars and Tropics Restaurant are ready to serve you a meal or drink when you've finished surveying your private paradise. "
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
 
 
Day Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Arrives 07:00 AM
"Shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes greet you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where you'll find yourself somewhere between laid-back island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. In this sun-filled, year-round beach town, pristine beaches are the main attraction, shorts and flip-flops are the daily uniform, and yachts are often the preferred form of transportation. It's a place where you can do as much, or as little, as you desire. Because of its many canals and waterways, Ft. Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. It's home to the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the largest in-water boat shows in the world. Visitors can easily get a taste of the area's nautical lifestyle by cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on an old-fashioned paddle wheeler. Other options include hopping aboard one of the popular water taxis or Venetian gondolas that glide down the historic New River, which flows right through town. "
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
 
 
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