Explore In-Depth With Holland America Line


If your definition of cruising is discovering the grandest of our world and to understand the fascinating cultural differences that make our planet so beautiful then Holland America Line’s got you covered. Rather than an opportunity to escape your daily routine onboard a floating small city that features things like ice rinks, rock climbing walls, Ferrari-branded go-cart racetracks, we want you to Experience Our World, its people, its landscapes, its history and maybe even learn a bit about yourself in the process. Explorations Central or EXC, is Holland America Line’s new discovery area filled with resources and experts that will help you learn about your upcoming destinations. It is also a range of experiences that enable you to delve deeper into each new destination you explore making it more meaningful and memorable.

“What do I get on an Explorations Central sailing?” you’ll ask. You will get the “real scoop” on local tales and folklore and the opportunity to learn the insider history of your destination. Your special guide will pass along useful tips such as local manners and may even teach you a few simple but handy phrases to help you connect with the locals. The genuine experience of practicing Tai Chi with a Chinese master or sharing a gig with Trinidadian musicians is just around the corner. These unique encounters make great anecdotes to share with your loved ones back home.

Hop on one of Holland America’s fleet of Zodiac inflatable boats and get to the core of your destination. Be in awe at the colourful kaleidoscope of costumes that many tribal groups in North Borneo wear as they perform traditional dances with handmade musical instruments. Enter the majestic Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Puerto Princesa in the pristine island of Palawan, Philippines and celebrate the local Mass as the vibrant voices of the choral resonates within the white and blue holy site. See thousands of coral and fish species in the pure waters of Papua New Guinea and have a taste of their delicious cuisine that will thrill your taste buds. You can live all of these experiences and encounters onboard the ms Maasdam sailing March 3 – 31, 2019. Let your breathtaking floating home take you to the delightful Spice Islands, home to the world’s most unspoiled natural areas and create those unforgettable memories. The destination is not only what makes this special voyage so unique; its meaning is just as important. Craig Travel has chosen this culturally rich itinerary to celebrate a milestone. Inviting new and veteran travellers alike, they will all together celebrate 50 grand years of Experiencing Our World and you are invited to join the celebration!

Onboard the ms Maasdam and the ms Nieuw Statendam, the two ships on which this type of exploration are exclusively offered, you will experience the same elegance, gracious intuitive service, attention to detail, award-winning dining that Holland America Line is loved for. Your in-depth experience will be emphasized on these voyages by evening entertainment reflecting the local cultures and your palate will be pampered with fine recipes made of locally sources ingredients carefully selected by local chefs.

Photography, Nature and Science, History, Art and Culture, whatever your passions and interests can be, Holland America’s Explorations Central is sure to make your cruise experience to some of the world’s most intriguing places, one that is meaningful and truly unforgettable!

Many Explorations Central itineraries are also offering the Explore4 benefits of a beverage package, dining experience, free 3rd/4th guest* and reduced deposit. Contact Craig Travel 1-800-387-8890 and Experience Our World.


*Taxes, fees and port charges are additional. Restrictions apply. Contact Craig Travel for full details.

Author: Craig Travel