Following its inaugural Europe season in 2016, Holland America Line’s new Koningsdam will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The ship will sail a series of Caribbean voyages and one cruise to the Bahamas from November 2016 through March 2017. Koningsdam’s Caribbean itineraries will be available for booking in late spring.
The seven-day cruises will visit popular ports in the region, while the longer nine-, 10- and 11-day itineraries will provide more time for exploring. A four-day cruise to the Bahamas will kick off the Caribbean season. All voyages will be roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
Four-day Bahamas Cruise
Koningsdam will begin its inaugural season in the Caribbean with a four-day cruise to the Bahamas departing November 9, 2016. Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale, the ship will call at Nassau followed by Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island.
Seven-day Caribbean Cruises and Holiday Sailing
The ship will offer two different seven-day itineraries in the winter. The first itinerary sails January 8 and 29 and February 12, 2017, calling at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay. The second itinerary departs January 15 and February 5, 2017, and visits Half Moon Cay; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, FL. The two itineraries can be combined to create a nonrepeating 14-day Caribbean Collectors’ Voyage.
For the holidays, the December 23, 2016, departure falls over Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The seven-day cruise will visit Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.
Nine-day Caribbean Cruises Include a New Year’s Option
Guests looking for a slightly longer Caribbean vacation can embark December 14, 2016, for a nine-day voyage that showcases six popular ports. The ship will call at Half Moon Cay; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; San Juan; and Grand Turk.
Another nine-day voyage departing December 30 will ring in the New Year. The ship will call at Falmouth, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel and Key West.
10-day Caribbean Cruises Feature Southern Caribbean
Departing November 13 and December 4, 2016, and February 19 and March 12, 2017, Koningsdam's 10-day itineraries will call at Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstand, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.
11-day Caribbean Cruises
The eastern Caribbean takes center stage on the 11-day voyages that depart November 23, 2016, and March 1 and 22, 2017. Koningsdam will visit the ports of Philipsburg; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay. Guests aboard also will enjoy scenic cruising in Soufrière Bay and past the famed Mount Pelée volcano.
The inaugural Caribbean season of Koningsdam will be open for booking in April 2015.