HAL Puts Big Focus On Canada/New England From Spring Through Fall 2019
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Your clients looking to explore Canada and New England’s charming and historic ports will have 34 Holland America Line cruises to choose from between April and October of next year. Offering more cruises in the region than any other major cruise line, HAL guests can select from among nine itineraries ranging from seven to 12 days aboard Veendam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam.
“Canada and New England used to be known as a fall cruise destination for the foliage, but has become popular in warmer weather as well given all the spectacular features the region has to offer,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
“By providing cruises that span different seasons, our guests have the flexibility to explore Canada and New England at the time of year that allows them to check off everything they want to see and do. And it’s very attractive for summer family cruising.”
Beginning in April, Zaandam, Zuiderdam and Veendam sail a diverse collection of seven-, 10-, 11- and 12-day cruises departing from Boston, Massachusetts; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; New York City, New York; and Montréal and Québec City, Québec, in Canada. The cruises will feature calls at some of the region’s most iconic destinations, including, Canada’s Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax, as well as Bar Harbor, Maine.
Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings the region’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. Through EXC Encounters, guests can participate in activities such as musical performances by local Cape Breton Celtic fiddlers and the Halifax Citadel Highlanders Pipe Band.
EXC Talks cover discussions on history, culture and attractions. The EXC Team will provide further customized guidance as well as online EXC Port Guides. For guests who enjoy exploring on their own, printed EXC Port Maps present a simple view of the best each port has to offer.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.