Holland America Line Returning to Bermuda Roundtrip Cruises from New York City to Start in 2010
Beginning in 2010, Holland America Line will once
again sail on regularly scheduled cruises between New York City and
Bermuda. Holland America is the only major cruise line that calls on
both Hamilton and St. George's, Bermuda's cultural and shopping hubs.
Additionally, guests of Holland America Line will have an opportunity
to fully experience Bermuda's British charm and its unique island
culture by day and by night with multi-day stays in each port.
When the 1,350-guest ms Veendam sails in late August 2010 on the first of 10
roundtrips to the island, it will mark Holland America Line's return to
New York City as a home port and to Bermuda as a destination.
Holland America Line worked closely with the Bermudian government to form the
partnership that takes Holland America Line back to the island that it
first visited more than 70 years ago. In 1926, Veendam II, with a guest
capacity of approximately 500, left New York on the company's first
Caribbean cruise. During the summers of 1930 and 1931, Veendam II
sailed on five-day roundtrip cruises between New York and Bermuda.
"We are thrilled to homeport a ship in New York City again and especially
to be returning to Bermuda," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs, "and it's particularly
relevant to be doing so on a ship with the same name as the one that
sailed to Bermuda so many years ago".
"Veendam is ideal for this itinerary," Meadows noted. "She is a premium mid-size ship, the perfect
size to navigate the narrow entrances to the harbors in Hamilton and
St. George's. Veendam's guests are able to step off the ship right in
the center of each town. Ships larger than Veendam must tie up at the
Dockyard facility a considerable distance from both towns.
"With overnight stays in Hamilton and St. George's, guests will truly have
the time to explore Bermuda and gain an appreciation of its culture,
its people and its history as well as the time to relax on the island's
beaches, play a full round - or two - of golf on its world-renowned
golf courses or partake of the many activities offered."
The clean and friendly historic island, with its forts to discover, horses
to ride, kayaks to paddle and oceans to explore, is an excellent
destinations for families. "Cruising to Bermuda with Holland America
Line is also an outstanding value when compared to staying in
land-based resorts," Meadows noted.
"We are looking forward to our new relationship with Holland America Line," said Bermuda's
Premier, the Hon. Dr. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP. "When Veendam's
passengers disembark in Bermuda they will be treated as warmly as they
are on board. We believe Bermudians are among the friendliest people in
the world and we can't wait to extend that hospitality to Veendam in
2010 and 2011. Holland America Line is one of the world's most
recognized and highly regarded cruise brands and we look forward to our
In addition to the ten sailings between lateAugust and October in 2010,
Holland America Line will visit the islandand its towns for a full season beginning
in May the following year, with 20 or more sailings anticipated.
Founded in 1609, the townof St. George's in the northeast area of Bermuda
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second oldest settlement in North America.
Only Jamestown in the United States is older. Narrow, twisting streets and
pastel-painted houses create a European feel. The oldest Anglican
Church in North America is in St. George's and many other historic
buildings, most made of stone, have been preserved. More than a dozen
forts dating to the 17th century are scattered in the hills surrounding
Hamilton, the major commercial hub and seat of
government, is in the geographic center of the island and is close to
south shore beaches. Veendam will dock at the town's front door just
steps from Front Street and its colorful array of shops and
restaurants. Hamilton is home to a massive 19th-century, neo-Gothic
cathedral and the Georgian-style Sessions House dating to 1815.
For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314 ports
of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South
America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage;
and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 14th ship, ms Eurodam,
will launch in July 2008. For more information, contact a travel agent
or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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