Southern Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale, 19 December 2019 (18 nights)

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Ship:
ms Volendam
Line:
Holland America Line
Depart Date:
19th December 2019
Duration:
18 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
View 6 reviews
Cruise Type:
Fly Cruise

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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Flight departs
1 Fort Lauderdale Hotel Stay - 1 Nights
2 Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is the sunny city set in Southern Florida. Often called the ‘Venice of America’ due to its expansive canal system and beautiful river fronts. Fort Lauderdale is well known for its beaches, arts, shopping and year round tropical climate. Chosen by many as their favourite holiday destination, it is certainly an excellent place to start or end your cruise!
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3-4 At Sea
5 Cruz Bay, St. John
6 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The island of St Maarten is peacefully divided into the Dutch and French state. Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, offers fantastic stores and boutiques as well as fine beers.
7 At Sea
8 Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados will delight you with its fine beaches, body-heat waters, calypso rhythms and perfect climate. You will love the friendliness of the welcoming, easygoing and laid back local people.
9 Scarborough, Tobago
10 Port of Spain, Trinidad
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Trinidad offers a fantastic weather and beautiful beaches. The capital Port of Spain is simply charming. Trying a spot of ornithology will give you the chance to meet the lively and friendly local people. Visit the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, home to 400 species of bird, including very rare ones. The island’s proximity to South America explains the great carnival spirit here. Tobago, known for being Robinson Crusoe’s island, is unspoilt and stunning. Discover the colourful Bucoo Reef, snorkel at Pigeon Point or just relax on one of the fabulous beaches. The capital Scarborough is a delightful and easygoing city. Finally, dance to calypso music and try the local rum…
11 At Sea
12 Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad, Curacao
Curacao is one of the Dutch Antilles. This is reflected in the Dutch cuisine served in the island’s restaurants and in the Dutch-style houses of the capital Willemstad. Here shopping is superb…the ‘Floating Market’ alongside the canal is well worth checking out. You will find anything from tropical fruits and vegetables to local handicrafts. Visit the dramatic Hato Caves, a series of grottos with underground waterfalls and ancient Indian petroglyphs, or explore the spectacular Curacao Sea Aquarium, where you will see around 400 exotic species of marine life. Dive in the sapphire blue waters near the beautiful coral reef and experience feeding turtles and stingrays. Then discover Curacao’s Ostrich Farm, where you will see how the ostrich develops from an egg to the largest bird in the world. Before you leave the island, you must try the famous Curacao’s fruity liqueur.
13 Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba
Being one of the Dutch Antilles, Aruba still retains its Dutch charm. You will notice this when you see the many windmills that are to be found in the island. Aruba is characterised by fine beaches, sapphire blue waters, almost year-round sunshine and exotic cactus. In the capital Oranjestad, admire the pastel coloured houses and the palm-lined streets. Then go snorkelling and discover the incredible coral formation and tropical fish. Other highlights include gold mine ruins in the countryside, Guadirikiri Caves and the fascinating natural limestone bridge. If you like shopping, you’ll love Aruba and its fabulous shops and outdoor markets.
14 At Sea
15 Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios
Enjoy the unique beauty of Jamaica…misty green mountains, white sandy beaches, exuberant vegetation and exotic allure. Discover the beach at Laughing Waters and the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls, also used as settings for famous movies. Dunn’s River Falls cascade 600 feet over smooth limestone rock and is the highlight of any trip to Jamaica.
16 George Town, Grand Cayman
George Town, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is home to the island’s capital George Town. The city is famous for Seven Mile Beach, one of the world’s best beaches, and watersports ranging from jet skiing to windsurfing. If you like snorkelling, then take a trip to Stingray City. You won’t be disappointed. Before you leave Grand Cayman, don’t forget to try the delicious local Tortuga Rum Cake and, if you have time, explore the legendary Cayman Wall on board a submarine.
17 At Sea
18 Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is the sunny city set in Southern Florida. Often called the ‘Venice of America’ due to its expansive canal system and beautiful river fronts. Fort Lauderdale is well known for its beaches, arts, shopping and year round tropical climate. Chosen by many as their favourite holiday destination, it is certainly an excellent place to start or end your cruise!

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Customer reviews for ms Volendam

Very interesting, great crew, wonderful customer service. I enjoyed every minute.t

We travel to the Panama Canal from San Diego ending in Fort Lauderdale 15 days later. We had 6 days at sea which was too much as very little to do on board and very repetitive. The show in the evening were average.one big plus was the very good food on board as well as great service.

went on the Far East Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong. we had a great time but there were some gripes that most of the passengers had. 1. Wifi on board is very expensive $55 for 100mins, and very slow reminded me of dial up. took 6 mins to send 1 email. Dont bother and wait till your in port and use the free wifi in coffee shops. theirs is blazingly fast 50-100meg. 2. Drinks are expensive $6.50 for a tin of tiger beer ( cheapest ), small glass of cheap wine $8 plus they add 15% service charge to everything purchased, even a bottle of water $3.25 plus 15%. In Vietnam we bought 4 tins of tiger beer for $1.60 in a shop. 3. Trips were very good and well organised but you paid a premium for them. some were $180 per person for a 4 hour trip spent mostly on a coach. 4. On gala nights we were told to wear shirt, tie and a jacket as a minimum, but quite a few wore jeans and a T shirt and nothing was said. we thought why bother packing posh clothes if they cant be bothered to adhere to it. 5. Entertainment was good but only lasted 40 mins, if a guest came on they done their act and that was it. they could have used the ships resident entertainers to add to the show. gala nights we felt dressed up and nowhere to go. 6. when you arrive in port there are no announcements of where to disembark the ship. it uses 1 of 3 exits which are miles apart and everyone wanders up and down the corriders trying to find the correct exit. 7. on other cruises when you arrive in port they give out maps so you can locate where the town and sights are. we asked reception have they any maps and they said no you have to work it out for yourselfs. Theres few more but my fingers are giving up ,,, other than these gripes we had a good time made up by the friendly crew and the great locations we visited..

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All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Cabin and Flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. Any Onboard Spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.

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