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Holland America Line adds capacity to Mexico season, gains approval for Cuba sailings

Holland America Line adds capacity to Mexico season, gains approval for Cuba sailings

Holland America Line has announced that its ms Oosterdam is joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego for the 2017-18 Mexico cruise season. The cruise line has also received approval to begin sailing to Cuba from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, starting with the Dec. 22, 2017, 12-day holiday cruise aboard ms Veendam.

“Holland America Line’s last season in Mexico was very popular, so we are adding capacity for the next season so that more of our guests can enjoy these itineraries that truly showcase the allure of the destination,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line.

“Our Mexico cruises offer convenience and ease, especially for a multigenerational family looking for a unique vacation. By calling at three ports, we’re able to fully immerse our guests in the culture, history, entertainment, recreation and cuisine of the country.”

During the Mexican Riviera cruises, both ships will call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. To kick off the season, Oosterdam departs on Sept. 30 with two back-to-back seven-day sailings; Westerdam departs Nov. 24, 2017, on the first of two seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises. The ship’s other cruise departs Dec. 1. Oosterdam follows up with two similar holiday sailings on Dec. 20 and 27, and then departs on the same Mexican Riviera itinerary on Jan. 3 and 10 and Feb. 4, 11 and 25.

Cuban sailings

Meanwhile, Holland America Line has become Carnival Corporation’s third cruise line to be approved to sail to Cuba following the company’s inaugural sailings to the island last year.

The addition of Veendam itineraries will help the company meet the growing demand for premium cruise experiences to Cuba; nine seven-day itineraries will feature the capital city Havana, and three of those will add another Cuba call at Cienfuegos. The 12-day holiday cruise showcases both Cuban parts.

The series of Cuban cruises will debut with the Dec. 22, 2017, 12-day holiday sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the seven-day cruises, an 11-day spring cruise sails March 17, 2018, and also features the Cuban ports of Havana and Cienfuegos, as well as Key West, Cozumel, Montego Bay and Georgetown. The final seven-day Cuba sailing departs on April 18, 2018.

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