Looking for a way to shake off the winter and early spring chill? Holland America Line is providing a great getaway value for cruisers from Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia to the sunny Caribbean, where the average temperature is well into the 80s or higher this time of year. Prices start at just US$849 (CAN$1,019) per person for a 10-day Caribbean sailing aboard Holland America Line’s flagship ms Rotterdam.The Eastern Caribbean cruises depart Baltimore on April 25; Philadelphia on May 6; and New York on May 17 and 27. Ports of call feature San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, Britsh Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. At Half Moon Cay, the company’s award-winning private island paradise, guests may sail, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, bask on white sand beaches, have a beachside massage, and then enjoy traditional barbecue fare. The island also offers a variety of age-appropriate activities for kids and shore excursions through the company’s Club HAL children and teen’s program.
Carrying 1,316 passengers, the ship is renowned for its more than US$2 million in artwork and antiques and classic, relaxed on-board environment. Holland America Line excels in service, amenities and special programs. Known for gracious, unobtrusive service, its ships have one of the highest staff-members-to-guest ratios. Spacious staterooms average 25 percent larger and verandahs twice as large as those on other lines’ ships. Menus are among the most extensive at-sea. Dining choices include formal elegance, alternative specialty dining in the Pacific Northwest-themed Pinnacle Grill, casual fare and complimentary 24-hour room service.