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Friday, June 22, 2012

How About A Stress-Free Comfortable Cruise For The Holidays

Holland America invites you to celebrate the holidays in stress‑free comfort

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Holiday cruises can create life‑long memories and strengthen family bonds – all in luxurious, stress‑free comfort. Between December 17 and the first week of January, 2013, you can choose between 22 unforgettable Holiday Cruises. While most sail the Caribbean, others venture to Mexico, the Panama Canal, South America & Antarctica, Australia & New Zealand and the Canary Islands.
“Holiday cruises can be once‑in‑a‑lifetime adventures or relaxing tropical getaways spent with family and friends,” says Rob Coleman, Vice President of Sales. “Get to know our diverse destinations and unique onboard programs, and you’ll be ready to create the perfect holiday for your family.”

Caribbean – Set Sail for Tropical Splendor
In 2012, 15 Caribbean Holiday cruises range from 7 to 14 days, and include eastern, western and southern itineraries. For those who wish to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s on board, choose from our 14‑day itineraries. Or, for the ultimate experience, combine two cruises for a Collectors Voyage ranging from 14 to 31 days.

Panama Canal: Manmade & Natural Marvels – Plus the Joys of the Season
The ms Statendam sets sail from San Diego on December 21 for a 14‑day full transit of the Panama Canal. You can enjoy an unforgettable New Year's Eve spent transiting the Panama Canal!

Mexico – Trade Winter Freeze for Ocean Breeze in the Idyllic Mexican Riviera
The musically‑themed ms Zaandam offers two departures from sunny San Diego (12/22 & 12/29) with calls to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán & Cabo San Lucas.

Exotic Voyages: ‘Tis the Season for Adventure
For an unforgettable holiday season “down under,” choose from two itineraries in Australia & New Zealand (aboard the ms Oosterdam). To experience the best Asia has to offer, choose one of our carefully crafted itineraries (aboard the ms Volendam). Or explore the wonders of Chile, Argentina and Antarctica on a 21‑Day South America & Antarctica Explorer (aboard the ms Veendam). An overnight on board in Rio de Janeiro, invites you to enjoy the stunning setting and joyous energy that make Rio a cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city)!

Europe: New for 2012
The flagship ms Rotterdam sets sail from Rotterdam on December 22, bound for the Canary Islands. This 18‑day voyage, the first Europe Holiday Cruise for the ms Rotterdam, features an overnight on board in Funchal, plus a New Years Eve celebration in the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with its colorful markets, lush gardens and open‑air cafés.

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On board: Savor the Season without the Cooking & CleaningOn board, you can revel in familiar traditions and culinary delights – including a ceremonial Yule Log parade, international choir concert, Christmas morning brunch, a visit from Santa and more. The eight days of Hanukkah are honored with festive lights and special treats, while guests who sail over the New Year may celebrate in style at a Gala Black & White Ball. A priest, minister and rabbi are in attendance on every voyage.

Be Creative  
Imagine celebrating on the beach, in a Costa Rican rainforest, or in the Lands Down Under – all in wonderful, stress‑free comfort – the greatest gift of all!

Start planning the perfect Holiday season for your family today. Call a Holland America Cruise Travel Advisor at Cruise Direct Online 1‑800‑365-1445 for ideas and assistance
 

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