SEATTLE -- Holland America Line's Caribbean schedule is dedicated
to extended voyages in 2001.
The line is offering a series of 10- and 14-day Caribbean
cruises through March, continuing a company trend toward longer
Two of HAL's newest ships, Zaandam and Volendam, will offer
departures from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to a broad selection of
diverse Caribbean destinations.
One itinerary will sail to Willemstad, Curacao; La Guaira,
Venezuela; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Fort de France, Martinique; St.
Thomas (with excursions to St. John), Virgin Islands, and Half Moon
Cay, HAL's private Bahamian island.
A second 10-day itinerary cruises to Kralendijk, Bonaire; Isla
de Margarita, Venezuela; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Thomas, Nassau,
and Castries and Soufriere in St. Lucia. Rates for the 10-day
sailings start at $1,469 per person, double.
Meanwhile, HAL's 1,216-passenger Noordam is offering 14-day
Caribbean cruises through March, departing roundtrip from Tampa,
The itinerary features port calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries and Soufriere; Porlamar and Isla de
Margarita, Venezuela; Kralendijk; Oranjestad, Aruba and Georgetown,
Grand Cayman; St. Thomas, and Pointe-a-Pitre and Basse-Terre in
Gua-deloupe. Rates start at $1,539 per person, including port
The longer itineraries are part of an HAL strategy to increase
its Caribbean presence.
While the company has increased its capacity on Caribbean
voyages of 10 days or more by 17% since 1999, HAL also increased
its capacity in the seven-day Caribbean market by 53% between 1999
Company officials said HAL has been "under-represented" in the
Caribbean in years past.
"The growth in our fleet has allowed us to increase capacity in
both our traditional market as well as the seven-day market,
covering more options in the Caribbean," said an HAL spokesman.
But depending on stateroom category, agents earn $60 to $150
more per booking by selling a longer Caribbean voyage, said the
For passengers, the 10-day voyages offer an opportunity to
cruise the Caribbean's southern regions without flying to St.
Thomas, San Juan or Barbados.
According to HAL's statistics, top booking states for longer
Caribbean cruises are Florida, California, Washington, New York,
Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia and Illinois as
well as Canada's Ontario.