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Back-to-Back Caribbean Cruises

 

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Holland America’s illustrious ms Nieuw Amsterdam sets sail for eight Caribbean ports of call, divided down the middle for an unbeatable 21-day adventure. Relax where swaying palm trees rustle over sun-bleached patios, stroll miles of beaches, and let the local rhythms take your stress away. In Jamaica, the streets play reggae and the jungles team with waterfalls. The Cayman’s coral sand and crystal clear water fringe upscale resorts. MexiCaribbean Cozumel is Mayan architecture and world-class snorkelling.

Next set sail to Key West, Florida’s edgy island paradise. Stroll the historic towns and fragrant gardens of the Turks & Caicos. Marvel at the geographic diversity of the Dominican where green velvet mountains dip down to historic pirate coves. At every port, in every direction, shades of teal and azure paint everything tropical.

Western Caribbean Cruise: The shimmering waters and swaying palms of Ft. Lauderdale greet you as you board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam for a 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise. Your first Port of call is Half Moon Cay, Holland Americas 2,400-acre private Bahamian island. Take a step back in time while in Falmouth, Jamaica as you explore its cobblestone streets and discover the islands best-preserved Georgian town. Warm breezes welcome you in Georgetown, Cayman Islands. Set sail to Cozumel, where Mexi-Caribbean culture is found in everything from the food to the music.

Tropical Caribbean Cruise: Set sail aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam from Ft. Lauderdale on a 7-Day Tropical Caribbean Cruise. Stroll in the Florida sun by the colourful gingerbread wooden houses of Key West. Sugar-white sands slip through your toes in Turks & Caicos, one of the world’s most photogenic spots. Tucked away on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is Amber Cove, named for the gemstone found on its shores. Perfectly blue, crystal-clear water defined by a sandspit the shape of a half-moon flags your arrival at your last port of call Holland America’s private island Half Moon Cay.

Western Caribbean Cruise

The shimmering waters and swaying palms of Ft. Lauderdale greet you as you board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam for a 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise with Holland America Line. Your first Port of call is Half Moon Cay, Holland Americas 2,400-acre private Bahamian island. Take a step back in time while in Falmouth, Jamaica as you explore its cobblestone streets and discover the islands best-preserved Georgian town. Warm breezes welcome you in Georgetown, Cayman Islands. Set sail to Cozumel, where Mexi-Caribbean culture is found in everything from the food to the music.

Ports of Call

Half Moon Cay is a private island paradise in the Bahamas. Relax where swaying palm trees rustle over the sand, stroll miles of beaches, and let the local rhythms melt your stress away.
As claims to fame go, this one is pretty cool: The world's fastest man ever, Usain Bolt, was raised just outside of the northern Jamaica town of Falmouth and went to school there. Centuries earlier, the coastal town was best known as one of the Caribbean's most prosperous towns, its wealth based on sugar, coffee and rum though all of those were surpassed by the slave trade. By the mid-19th century, however, economic decline was swift, and the once-bustling harbor fell into disuse. Today, its waterfront district with the stone St. Peter's Anglican Church is a National Heritage Site, and the outlying area is filled with historic buildings such as the Green Park Great House, once owned by the great-grandfather of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Falmouth is described as one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns, but not all is well. The humid Caribbean climate wreaks havoc on wooden homes, and many are in dire need of upkeep. Thankfully, the World Monuments Fund has helped, and the town is the perfect place to dream about picking up a fixer-upper on a heritage walking tour. Falmouth is also a great starting point for visiting any of the towns along the north coast, from Montego Bay to the west and Ocho Rios to the east.
The Cayman Islands have everything you would want from a Caribbean destination—warm breezes, clear seas and a laid-back attitude—but the archipelago also has something you might not expect: an exciting culinary scene. Between the celebrity chefs who’ve set up shop on Grand Cayman and the 135 or so resident nationalities that have helped season the island’s giant melting pot, this is, hands down, one of the best places to eat in the Caribbean. In and around George Town, the Cayman Islands' capital, you’ll find such an amazing array of culinary offerings, you’ll fear for the future of any buttons, snaps or hooks on your waistband. And that’s where the island’s other chief pleasures come in: There’s enough walking (whether along the fabled Seven Mile Beach, around historic sites or through lush gardens) as well as stunning swimming, snorkeling and diving to be done to counter the effects of . . . So. Much. Good. Food. Or at least you can begin to. Oh, and one warning: Should you wind up at Rum Point—Grand Cayman’s castaway beach imago—there’s a good chance your ship is, by your own design, sailing without you.
Cozumel, an island in the Caribbean off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, draws scuba divers, snorkelers and seekers of sand and sun who are attracted by the reliably sunny and tropical climate. The island and its environs also offer all other manner of on- and around-the-water attractions, many of which are quite unique, such as underwater sculpture gardens, a submarine excursion to see a shipwreck and a sailboat-racing experience that's second only to the America's Cup. For visitors who are intrigued by Mexico's Maya culture, there are several archaeological sites in and around Cozumel, including the UNESCO-inscribed Chichén Itzá and, on Cozumel itself, San Gervasio, once a site where women made offerings to the goddess of fertility and childbirth. When you're done sightseeing, there's shopping for traditional Mexican crafts, jewelry and leather goods, including custom-made sandals, and excellent food (the seafood, of course, is stellar).      

Tropical Caribbean Cruise

Set sail aboard Holland America Line's ms Nieuw Amsterdam from Ft. Lauderdale on a 7-Day Tropical Caribbean Cruise. Stroll in the Florida sun by the colourful gingerbread wooden houses of Key West. Sugar-white sands slip through your toes in Turks & Caicos, one of the world’s most photogenic spots. Tucked away on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is Amber Cove, named for the gemstone found on its shores. Perfectly blue, crystal-clear water defined by a sandspit the shape of a half-moon flags your arrival at your last port of call Holland America’s private island Half Moon Cay.

Ports of Call

The southernmost point in the United States is famous for its beaches, historic sites, pastel conch-style homes. One of the first things you’ll notice about Key West, after the colorful gingerbread wooden houses and the amazing sunsets, is the constant crowing of roosters. Hundreds of the noisy birds—along with their quieter-clucking mates—roam the streets at all hours, and are nearly as synonymous with Key West as its six-toed cats, the famous furry residents of Ernest Hemingway’s mansion in the Old Town district. They’re all part of the quirky charm of the United States' southernmost point, whose compact 11 square kilometers (4.2 square miles) pack in everything from gorgeous historic architecture to spectacular fishing and sailing. While the island is known for its laid-back approach to life—“Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett developed his signature musical style in bars around town—it also has a flourishing creative scene, with many galleries and artists' studios as well as live theater. But back to those brilliant sunsets: There is no shortage of places in Key West to soak in the fiery spectacle, from sunset cruises to rowdy waterfront bars to peaceful beachside parks.
Located on the Dominican Republic's north coast, the port of Amber Cove, near Puerto Plata, is a new phenomenon. Built in 2015, the area was fashioned as an homage to the country’s colonial architecture and features restaurants, bars and shops, as well as an activity center, a pool and cabanas. But it’s the neighboring region, known as the Amber Coast for its plethora of the semiprecious stone, that’s this port’s true draw. Along with golden-sand beaches and dramatic cliffs, there's the city of Puerto Plata, one of the Caribbean’s oldest, founded in the early 1500s. Another nearby option is Santiago de los Caballeros, known locally as simply Santiago, about an hour's drive from the port. The second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, it is home to excellent museums, historic buildings and cigar and rum makers.
Sugar-white sand, brilliant blue waters, kaleidoscopic sea life—all this is plentiful in the Caribbean archipelago nation of Turks & Caicos. Without hyperbole, this is one of the world’s most photogenic spots. T&C, as it is sometimes called, is the ultimate fantasy-island destination—the screen saver in all its glorious reality. Grand Turk, a jewel of an isle that measures just 18 square kilometers (seven square miles), is awesomely rich in natural wonders. Ringed by translucent warm waters teeming with coral and fish, it’s a bonanza for divers, snorkelers and anglers. Of course, you can always simply kick back and just enjoy the view from under a palm tree or beach umbrella. Or explore the fascinating history of Turks & Caicos in its capital, Cockburn Town, which is lined with Bermudan-style buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Caribbean is full of tropical wonders and natural beauty. But there’s nothing like Half Moon Cay, our pristine private island paradise in the Bahamas. The most stunning, highest-rated private-island experience in the region, Half Moon Cay has won Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award 17 consecutive years, and was also named the best in Travel Weekly's Readers' Choice Awards. As soon as your toes touch that powdery white sand and your eyes settle on the perfect blue-crystal clear water, you’ll understand why.
Titanic Museum, Branson

Tour the Titanic Museum

As the whole world remembers the world’s most famous luxury liner, Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tn. will continue to open the door to the past in it’s one-of-a-kind way – letting “passengers” experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers.  As visitors touch a real iceberg, walk the Grand Staircase and third class hallways, reach their hands into 28-degree water, and try to stand on the sloping decks, they learn what it was like on the RMS Titanic by experiencing it first-hand.

Each guest entering the ship will receive a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. Feel their spirit presence in the galleries where over 400 personal and private artifacts are on display. Many are on display for the first time in the world. This collection is valued at over four and a half million dollars.

Discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall.

The heart of the ship is the Grand Staircase, constructed from the original Harland & Wolff plans with its oak carvings and cherub statue. Here, a magnificent glass dome reflects light off oak wall paneling and elaborate railings and iron scrollwork. Wide, sweeping steps and landings provide a spectacular area where the original guests of the RMS Titanic made their appearances. You’ll be surprised to learn what the floor was made of – something considered most expensive for 1912.

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner & Show

Become part of the longest running feud in history and help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singin’ and dancin’, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. The chaos doesn’t stop with fightin’ cousins! You’ll watch divin’ Hillbillies and divin’ dogs, – in our brand new swimmin’ hole! And the country cookin’ — whooee it’s good! Granny’s cookin’ up a heap of fried chicken and country pulled pork barbecue! Add smashed taters, creamy cole slaw, buttery corn on the cob, homemade rolls, creamy vegetable soup and Granny’s special dessert and you’ll need to loosen up your belt! Best dinner in town – Granny guarantees it! 

Transportation as indicated below, accommodation, cruise on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam (cabin category based on availability), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Cruise A & B: Motorcoach transportation, two 7-day cruises, 20 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 20 dinners

 

  • Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (2 nights)
  • Marietta, GA: Wyndham Garden Marietta (1 night)
  • Titusville, FL: Holiday Inn (1 night)
  • Cruise: ms Nieuw Amsterdam (14 nights)
  • Savannah, GA: Hotel Indigo (1 night)
  • Pigeon Forge, TN: Music Road Hotel (1 night)

Day1

Lindsay, ON to Lima, OH
Departure day! Day one gets us from Lindsay to Lima, Ohio. We’ll leave at 7 am and arrive at Cracker Barrel in Ohio for dinner.
Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Lima, Ohio to Marietta, Georgia
We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and hit the road. After a day of driving, enjoy a classic American dinner at the Public House Chattanooga Public, serving fresh food and spirits from local farms, distilleries, and vineyards. We’ll arrive at our hotel in Georgia around 8 pm. Things are warming up!
Stay: Wyndham Garden Marietta, Marietta
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day3

Marietta GA to Titusville, FL
Before we leave Georgia, we’ll stop for lunch at Lane Southern Orchards. Pick up harvested pecans, peach wine, and preserves! Then feast on good ol’ southern cookin’! Anyone up for fried pecan-crusted sweet water catfish? Dessert is on DeNure Tours! Crossing the Florida/Georgia line, we’ll stop at the Florida Welcome Centre for fresh Florida orange juice. Dinner at the hotel in Titusville, Florida.
Stay: Holiday Inn – Titusville, Titusville
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day4

Fort Lauderdale, Board Ship
Our last day on the road. We’ll arrive at the Fort Lauderdale Cruise Terminal midday and feel that warm ocean breeze sweeping in to rustle the palms and lift our spirits. Board the second largest ship in Holland America’s fleet, the Nieuw Amsterdam for 14 nights. Ship sails at 5:00pm.
Stay:Holland America – Nieuw Amsterdam 
Nights: 7 or 14
Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Today we’ll feel like castaways on Little San Salvador Island. Also known as Half Moon Cay, this little private island is owned by Holland America Line and smothered in sunshine. Most of the island is a preserved wildlife sanctuary—only 2% of the island is developed! Go horseback riding, parasailing, or snorkelling with stingrays. If the sunshine gets too hot, rest in the shade of brightly painted cabanas and beach villas, go for a walk down trails teaming with birds through sea grape trees to small historic ruins, test your willpower at the Straw Market, or find a waterfront thatch-roofed bar to appreciate Half Moon Cay’s turquoise views and impossibly white postcard-perfect beaches. Half Moon Cay was named the 2019 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destination by Cruiser’s Choice Cruisecritic. 
Meals: B, L, D

Day6

At Sea

While at sea, enjoy everything the Nieuw Amsterdam has to offer, like its beautiful interior design and art collection valued at more than $3 million. Hone your video-editing skills at a Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. Participate in hands-on workshops. Dine in your choice of specialty restaurants, and pamper yourself at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.

Meals: B, L, D

Day7

Falmouth, Jamaica
Eryting is irie (alright) in Jamaica, and there’s a lot to do! Falmouth is the capital city of Jamaica’s Trelawny Parish. It’s a busy cruise-ship port that lies between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay on the island’s north shore. The city is characterized by its Georgian architecture, concentrated in the Falmouth Historic District. Venture east, near Ocho Rios, and climb to the top of secluded Dunn’s River Falls. Ride horseback along Chukkah Beach or take part in high tea at Good Hope Estate, a 19th-century sugar plantation. Buy duty-free goods and local island crafts at The Shoppes at Rose Hall. Tube down a river or beachcomb Burwood Beach. Jamaica is where food puts great big smiles on faces: Jerk chicken, Jamaican Patties, and rum cake washed down with Red Stripe lager (brewed on the island since 1939) is a good starter. Don’t miss out on Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee either, rated among the best in the world by caffeine connoisseurs.
Meals: B, L, D

Day8

Georgetown, Cayman Islands         
If you want it up, George Town is up. If you want it down, George Town has relaxation in the bag. Designer shops treat the savvy shopper with on-the-mark retail therapy. Seven Mile Beach caters to dreamy strolls with coral sand and crystal clear water—but it also has bars and upscale resorts to spice things up. Seven Mile Beach was named one of the world’s “Ultimate Beaches” by Caribbean Travel + Life. The Caribbean Aviary is a great place to spot exotic birds up close, like the Cayman Parrot. The North Sound Club is the only 18-hole championship golf course on the Cayman Islands. Stingray City is a good place to mingle with southern stingrays. 
On the menu is shellfish served in every way: fritters, chowders—even marinated. And if Mexico is tequila, Grand Cayman is rum. Try a Cayman Mama, a cocktail that dresses up coconut rum with banana liqueur, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, and strawberry syrup. Good heavens, yes!
Meals: B, L, D

Day9

Cozumel, Mexico      
Cozumel is where Mexi-Caribbean culture soaks into beaches, food spots, and music. Tulum carves Mayan history in stone above the ocean below, where snorkelers take in the quiet colours under the waves of Chankanaab (you can also swim with dolphins). Visit San Gervasio, an ancient Maya site dating back to A.D. 300. Walk sun-baked trails through mangroves in Punta Sur National Park. When in Cozumel, you must try a cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) with a Michelada (beer with lime juice) or the nation’s signature spirit—tequila. The waterfront shopping on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar is a mile-long shop extravaganza. This is also where you can sample tequila at the Chile Tequila Factory. 
Tequila. (We thought we’d say that one more time). 
Meals: B, L, D

Day10

At Sea                                      
A day at sea to breathe in big blue skies or hit the decks! The Microsoft Studio helps you create a photo album, video blog, or travel journal. Catch performances at the Main Stage show lounge, the Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and Billboard Onboard where musicians play 50 years of chart-topping hits. 
Meals: B, L, D

Day11

Fort Lauderdale                     
Today we sail back to Fort Lauderdale to end the first leg of our back-to-back Caribbean adventure. 
Let’s start working on your bronze colour and get a cocktail umbrella floating over fruity concoctions as the ocean breeze ruffles your hair. Ship sails at 5 pm. First stop, Key West!
Meals: B, L, D

Day12

Key West, Florida                      
A Silver Man at sunset, an acrobat with hoops, a flame eater; Mallory Square never disappoints for entertainment. Key West is seven square miles of cozy contrasts, where bohemians strum ukuleles on beachside benches, bearded dudes in leather vests ride harleys down the “Duval crawl,” and vacationers relax on open-air verandas behind big sunglasses. Key West is sunny eccentricity. Pastel shutters throw shade along broad boardwalks and, when the palms rustle, you can almost hear Hemingway typing on his balcony above you (chawing on a cuban cigar). The architecture is Bahamas board house meets Spanish Colonial meets Victorian wrought iron. The properties are small but overloaded with lush gardens, cactus, and towering poincianas. The sand keeps things casual, the bands energize the street corners, and kitschy art studios hang out between bars and quaint museums. There’s no other place in the world quite like Key West.
Meals: B, L, D

Day13

At Sea                                     
Don’t miss BBC Earth Experiences, or Casino Action, with games for all levels. So much to do! And yet, the best part for many is sitting in a lounge chair, smelling the ocean air, and taking in miles of deep sea blue.
Meals: B, L, D

Day14

Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos                
Stroll the historic towns of the Turks & Caicos where fragrant gardens drape over white stone walls and shipwrecks slumber offshore. Small and lovely, the narrow streets prove fine enough for wild donkeys and horses going from somewhere to somewhere else. Not rushing to move forward, the past lives happily here, and the calm blue water is perfect for a quiet dip.
Meals: B, L, D

Day15

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic    
Marvel at the geographic diversity of the Dominican where green velvet mountains dip down to historic pirate coves. The gingerbread homes of Puerto Plata recall days of the past, when buccaneers and mutineers hid in turquoise bays and conquistadors marched the cobbled streets. This is a place where celebrations fill the streets and merengue is danced all night in colmados (corner store bars). Nestled in the Dominican Republic’s Bay of Maimon, Amber Cove is a jumping off point for adventure. Zip line, mega-truck or ATV, ride a horse along a beach, canyoneer, snorkel, swim with dolphins, or hike to waterfalls. Tour a rum factory or explore an historic fortress. Get off the beaten path, or sunbathe on it. But whatever you do, make sure you eat. The local flavours are an absolute treat for your taste buds. Try authentic Domincan Sancocho (7-Meat Stew), Pollo Guisado (Braised Chicken) served with Tostones (twice-fried plantains), and Habichuelas Guisadas (stewed beans) served with Arroz Blanco (rice). Finish the main dishes off with Bizcocho Dominicano (pineapple cake) and Morir Soñando, a milk and orange drink that translates to “to die dreaming,” a uniquely Dominican refreshment.
Meals: B, L, D

Day16

At Sea                                     
At sea again. What haven’t you done on board? Time to cross the remaining luxury items off your list. Have you dove into all of the delectable dining venues? Eat at Canaletto (Italian), Tamarind (Asian), the Lido Market (for fresh casual dining), the Dining Room (when you’re looking for sophisticated dining), or Explorations Café when you’re searching for a coffeehouse vibe.  
Meals: B, L, D

Day17

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas               
Today we’ll feel like castaways on Little San Salvador Island. Also known as Half Moon Cay, this little private island is owned by Holland America Line and smothered in sunshine. Most of the island is a preserved wildlife sanctuary—only 2% of the island is developed! Go horseback riding, parasailing, or snorkelling with stingrays. If the sunshine gets too hot, rest in the shade of brightly painted cabanas and beach villas, go for a walk down trails teaming with birds through sea grape trees to small historic ruins, test your willpower at the Straw Market, or find a waterfront thatch-roofed bar to appreciate Half Moon Cay’s turquoise views and impossibly white postcard-perfect beaches. Half Moon Cay was named the 2019 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destination by Cruiser’s Choice Cruisecritic. 
From all of us at DeNure Tours, we hope you enjoyed this showstopper on the last day at sea.
Meals: B, L, D

Day18

Fort Lauderdale to Savannah                              
Breakfast on board before embarkation. Back on land and home-bound, stop for lunch in Daytona. It feels like a luxury motor coach day, so sit back and relax as we journey from sunny Fort Lauderdale to Sunny Savannah. Things still feel southern!
Stay: TBA
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day19

Savannah to Pigeon Forge, TN                
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch in Spartanburg, and we’ll roll into Pigeon Forge in time to rest for a few hours before we tour the Titanic Museum followed by the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show!
Stay: Music Road Hotel
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day20

Pigeon Forge  to Lima, OH             
Breakfast at the hotel and lunch in Lexington. We’ll arrive in Lima at 6:00 pm for dinner. 
Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day21

Lima to home
Our last day! Breakfast at the hotel and then a regular travel day home.
Meals: B

 

Travellers will occasionally have to walk on uneven surfaces or get on and off boats or trains. Tours on the itinerary may include periods of up to an hour of walking at a gentle pace. There may also be a few one-night stays, but often the majority of your trip is spent in just a handful of hotels. Most of our North American sightseeing tours fall into this category.

  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Half Moon Cay Bahamas
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Beach
  • Grand Turk
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
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