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Monday, August 12, 2019

Three Holland America Line Ships Set Sail for the Charming Coastal Towns of Canada and New England in 2020

 In 2020 Holland America Line's Amsterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam will transport guests to the stunning coastlines and historic cities of Canada and New England on more than 40 cruises. Sailing one of the most robust seasons in the industry between April and October, guests can select from among 10 itineraries ranging from six to 14 days.

During the summer months, cruisers will have even more sailings to choose from when Amsterdam joins Zaandam to offer additional Canada & New England Discovery cruises between Boston, Massachusetts, and Montréal, Québec — giving guests more opportunities to explore Maine’s spectacular Acadia National Park or Cape Breton’s incredible Bird Islands.

“Canada and New England is a spectacular destination for cruising and more travelers are discovering its abundance of charm, deep maritime history, art, architecture and culinary diversity,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “For many, it’s a close-to-home destination waiting to be explored, while others come from around the world to experience its uniqueness and culturally rich ports. The growing popularity of the region and attractiveness to all ages is why we’re offering three ships on an extended summer and fall sailing season.”

Beginning in April, Amsterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam sail a diverse collection of six-, seven-, eight-, 10-, 11- and 14-day cruises departing from Boston; 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.

Amsterdam & Zaandam Bring More Summer Sailings
On April 21, 2020, Zaandam kicks off the Canada and New England spring season with an 11-day Atlantic Coast cruise. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, the ship will call at Newport; Boston; Bar Harbor; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Québec City, before concluding at Montréal. The Amsterdam will sail a similar itinerary departing May 26, with a port of call in Portland, Maine, and scenic cruising along the Saint Lawrence River.

From May through September 2020, both Amsterdam and Zaandam offer a series of seven-day Canada and New England Discovery cruises between Montréal and Boston, featuring calls at Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Québec City, as well as cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Special six and eight-day itineraries are featured departing Oct. 3 and Oct. 9, respectively.

Zaandam offers a new seven-day Historic Coasts cruise in 2020, as well as a 14-day Atlantic Coast cruise. The Historic Coasts cruise departs Aug. 22 sailing roundtrip from Boston and includes calls at Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax; Sydney; and Bar Harbor. The 14-day Atlantic Coast cruise departs Montréal Oct. 17 and calls at Québec City and Baie-Comeau, Québec; Charlottetown; Sydney; Halifax; Bar Harbor; Boston; New York; and Charleston, South Carolina, before ending at Fort Lauderdale.

Nature’s Dazzling Colors Come to Life on Fall Foliage Cruises

In September, Zuiderdam launches the fall season with three 10-day Colors of Canada & New England cruises between New York and Québec City. On Sept. 7 and 27, Zuiderdam will depart New York and call at Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Québec City, where guests will enjoy an overnight stay before disembarking. A similar itinerary is available Sept. 17 departing Québec City, where guests will enjoy an overnight stay on board prior to the cruise departure.

These cruises feature cruising through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay Fjord, where the jewel-toned hues of the fall foliage present a dazzling display of color.

Zuiderdam sails an 11-day Atlantic Coast cruise departing Québec City Oct. 7, calling at Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport and New York, before concluding at Fort Lauderdale.

Cruise fares for the seven-day Canada & New England Discovery cruises begin at $799; fares for the 10-day Colors of Canada & New England cruises begin at $1,399; fares for the 11-day Atlantic Coast cruises begin at $999; and fares for the 14-day Atlantic Coast cruise begin at $1,799; all per person, double occupancy.

FOOD & WINE Magazine Culinary Shore Excursions
The long-time partnership between Holland America Line and FOOD & WINE magazine has delivered immersive culinary experiences for Holland America Line guests for more than a dozen years. Now this partnership has evolved into an exciting, engaging and ever-expanding selection of culinary-themed shore excursions that explore food, wine and culture in some of the world's most renowned gastronomic hot spots.

Discover the charm and character of Quèbec City and delight in authentic poutine and maple syrup-infused treats. Or enjoy an old-fashioned, trap-to-plate lobster bake in Bar Harbor. On FOOD & WINE tours, you'll experience Canada and New England though all of your senses.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Mandarin Oriental, Boston "Summer Family Fun" Package

Mandarin Oriental, Boston is offering a Summer Family Fun package that's perfect for families looking for more adventurous city excursions.

Take part in the quintessential tour of Boston in a private Boston Duck Boat— a WWII style amphibious landing vehicle, with convenient pick-up and drop off at the hotel entrance.

The Boston Duck Tour provides a narrated sightseeing journey through city streets, highlighting unique neighbourhoods and historical landmarks, and ending with a “splash down” into the Charles River.

Looking for more family time on the water?  Beat the heat and enjoy views of the Boston skyline with a private harbor tour on a luxury motor yacht. During the three-hour tour, relax and enjoy a summer picnic, and let the Captain do all the work.

The Summer Family Fun package is priced starting at USD 6,805 plus taxes and gratuities and includes:
  • One-night stay in two adjoining guestrooms
  • Summer welcome amenity
  • 80-minute private Boston Duck Boat tour for four people
  • Three-hour Harbor Cruise on luxury boat with picnic for four people
  • Participation in Mini Mate Kids Adventure Program
This package is available until September 30, 2019, is based on double occupancy per guestroom and is subject to availability. It must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival and additional nights can be booked at the best available rate.

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