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The Caribbean - Best Tours & Trips 2019

103 trips to The Caribbean tours from 54 tour companies. 255 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.

The Caribbean conjures up images of tropical breezes, lush islands, turquoise waters, sandy beaches, steel drum bands, and rum cocktails.  They’re all there, to be sure – but there’s much more to this highly diverse region of multiple nations, languages, cultures, and landscapes. Whether you’re looking to snorkel with manta ray ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Sailing the Caribbean

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 1,049 / day
$ 8,390
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Sail the sparkling Caribbean Sea
  • Aboard the historic square-rigger Sea Cloud.
  • Snorkel in pristine coral reefs
  • Swim in tropical lagoons
  • Explore secluded cays and beaches.
  • Go on historian-led walks in colonial towns infused with an intriguing mix of cultures.
  • Experience an array of natural wonders including volcanoes and rain forests teeming with birds and wildlife.
Visits:
Caribbean, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia
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Whale Encounters - Dominican Republic

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 537 / day
$ 4,295
From : $ 5,798
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights

Explore Silver Bank: The region of the Silver Bank was one of the shipping routes that were the lifelines of the Spanish Empire. In September 1641, the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de la Pura y Limpia Concepcion set sail from Havana, Cuba, laden with treasure. A week later, she was nearly destroyed by a hurricane and began a month-long trek to Puerto Rico for repairs. But just short of the goal, the Concepcion struck a shallow reef and began to sink, losing 300 passengers and crew and a fortune in silver that inspired the reef’s name.

Enjoy watching the Wildlife: Humpback Whales: Humpback whales are extravagant creatures, ranging from 40-50 feet in length and weighing in at 35-40 tons. They derive their name from the distinctive high humping of their back when they dive and also from the pronounced hump at the leading edge of their dorsal fin. Watch in awe as the whales put on a show, slapping their wing-like pectoral fins on the surface of the sea, lobtailing, breaching, spyhopping and peduncle throws.

Visits:
Dominica
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Dominican Republic: Endemics of Hispaniola

8 days
$ 359 / day
$ 2,875
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Views of the scarce West Indian Whistling Duck, retiring Mangrove Cuckoo, ornate Red-legged Thrush
  • Explore Sierra de Bahoruco Mountains
  • Have stunning views of Hispaniola’s southern coastline
  • Visit Neotropical migrant warblers
  • Views of Eastern Chat-Tanager
  • See Ridgway’s Hawk
Visits:
Dominica
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Cuba: Celebration of Arts & Culture

Discover Corps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 412 / day
$ 3,295
From : $ 4,053
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Uncover Cuba’s vibrant art scene
  • Visit to a Havana neighborhood transformed by street art
  • Visit renowned Cuban artists and take in a private performance from a Cuban guitar ensemble
  • Experience a memorizing display of talent from the Habana Compas
  • Dance troupe, explore Havana’s famous Museum of Fine Arts and take a step into the past walking through Old Havana
  • Explore old Havana UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Every interaction is guaranteed to be engaging and insightful
Visits:
Havana, Trinidad, Cuba
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Cuba Unbound: Signature Tour

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 374 / day
$ 2,990
From : $ 6,580
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cuba’s fascinating colonial history
  • Visit Trinidad, the Bay of Pigs, Habana Vieja, and more 
  • Explore Cuba’s rivers and lakes as well as its striking coast while also having meaningful interactions with locals
  • Enjoy hiking
  • Discover Cuba's wilderness
  • Wander through Old Havana's plaza
  • Enjoy kayaking and snorkeling at Cayo Blanco
Visits:
Miami, Cuba
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Cuba Today: People and Society: Cienfuegos to Havana

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 444 / day
$ 3,999
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Meet with members of a local musical group in Cienfuegos and learn about their careers as musicians.
  • Enjoy lively interactions at a local Senior Center.
  • Learn about conservation and enjoy lunch at a beachfront private enterprise.
Visits:
Havana, Miami, Cuba
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Trinidad & Tobago - Tropical Island Birding 2020

8 days
$ 469 / day
$ 3,675
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Trinidad Piping Guan
  • Trinidad Euphonia
  • Trinidad Motmot
  • Scarlet Ibis
  • Red-billed Tropicbird
  • White Hawk
  • Ornate Hawk-Eagle
  • Oilbird
  • Green-throated Mango
  • Tufted Coquette
  • White-tailed Sabrewing
  • Long-billed Starthroat
  • Ruby Topaz
  • Bearded Bellbird
  • Guianan Trogon
  • American Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Chestnut Woodpecker
  • Lilac-tailed Parrotlet
  • Red-bellied Macaw
  • Black-faced Anthrush
  • White-bellied Antbird
  • Blue-backed
  • White-bearded & Golden-headed Manakins
  • Speckled & Turquoise Tanagers
  • Red-breasted Meadowlark
  • Yellow-hooded Blackbird
  • Epaulet Oriole.
Visits:
Trinidad & Tobago
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London to the Mediterranean on a Shoestring

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
22 days
$ 149 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 4,591
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Picnic under the eiffel tower
  • Explore moorish palaces and great iberian cities
  • Sample some of europe's best cuisines
  • Chill out on the algarve coast
  • Mingle with the locals on the french riviera
  • Walk by ancient history in rome
Visits:
Algarve, Barcelona, Eiffel Tower, Granada, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Seville, Milan, Alps, Cinque Terre, Leaning Tower of Pisa, France, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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Discover Moorish Spain

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 207 / day
$ 1,949
From : $ 2,038
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the unesco world heritage site of toledo
  • Explore the alhambra (one of the greatest achievements in moorish architecture)
  • Enjoy a private flamenco lesson
Visits:
Córdoba, Granada, Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Spain
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Authentic Andalucia

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 144 / day
$ 1,799
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover the fascinating Moorish history of white villages
  • Experience the rich culture in Seville and Granada
  • Visit the famous Alhambra
  • Explore authentic rural countryside around our converted farmhouse
Visits:
Granada, Seville, Spain
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Sierra Nevada & Granada

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 181 / day
$ 1,399
From : $ 1,956
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Beautiful walks through Spain's highest sierra
  • Moorish white-washed settlements and the highest village in Spain, Trevelez
  • Family-run hotel offering stunning views and warm hospitality
  • A night in Granada with a free day to explore this beautiful city
  • Alhambra Palace and its grounds (optional)
Visits:
Granada, Spain
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Rome to Lisbon on a Shoestring

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 120 / day
$ 2,499
From : $ 2,687
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Relax on the beaches of nice
  • Enjoy the nightlife of barcelona
  • Listen to traditional fado music in lisbon
  • Dine on delicious tapas in madrid
Visits:
Algarve, Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, Madrid, Pisa, Rome, Seville, Cinque Terre, Leaning Tower of Pisa, France, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Spain
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Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 150 / day
$ 3,849
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cycle through three different countries in two weeks
  • Relax on Pacific beaches and the idyllic Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro
  • Discover the dramatic Ometepe Island, with its twin volcanic peaks
  • Ride along the Panama Canal, see the colossal Miraflores Locks in action
  • Look out for wildlife in Costa Rica’s multiple eco-systems
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Caribbean, Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Panama City, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama
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Spain & Portugal on a Shoestring

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 112 / day
$ 1,349
From : $ 1,567
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore moorish palaces and great iberian cities
  • Sample some of europe's best cuisines
  • Chill out on the algarve coast
  • Indulge in tapas and wine
Visits:
Algarve, Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, Madrid, Seville, Portugal, Spain
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Cuba: Havana Weekend Getaway

Discover Corps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 499 / day
$ 1,995
From : $ 2,693
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Jetting off to Havana for a weekend uncovering the city’s main sites
  • Learning salsa dancing with an Afro-Cuban dance company
  • Walking along the cobblestone streets of quaint Old Havana
  • Uncovering Cuba’s artistic heritage at the Museum of Fine Arts and private art galleries
  • Watching vintage cars drive along Havana’s seaside boardwalk – the Malecon
  • Touring the home of one of Cuba’s most famous residents, Ernest Hemingway
  • Visiting a factory transformed into a hub for Cuban art & music
Visits:
Havana, Cuba
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Top The Caribbean Experiences and Attractions

Top The Caribbean Experiences

  • Touring the Caribbean’s three most historic cities: Havana, Cuba; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Taking a windjammer cruise that docks in a French island one day, a Dutch island the next, and a British island on the third
  • Enjoying the tropical flavor of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast
  • Soaking in hot springs on the beautiful lush island of Dominica
  • Watching uniformed school kids dance to the infectious beat of steel drum bands on St. Lucia or Trinidad
  • Sailing on a five-masted tall ship through the gorgeous British Virgin Islands
  • Exploring indigenous villages  in the rainforests of northern Panama
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The Caribbean Trip Reviews

255 The Caribbean Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 181
Great 54
Average 10
Disappointing 4
Terrible 6
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

Tour Reviews Write a Review

Luggage Handling and follow up

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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Operator Holland America Line

3 Star Cruiser Won't Travel On Holland American Anymore.

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

3 Star cruiser will never travel Holland American again. They have really slipped. We were this time on the Maasdam and this ship should be retired as it's old and not kept up. Many cracked and broken windows. One boarded up with plywood. Teak decks needing repair and rust all over the ship. The sliding enclosure over the pool when it opened and closed sounded like the ship was going to come apart. They nickel and dime you now for everything. No connection with ships officers anymore as the Captain is just a bus driver. Rooms small, beds uncomfortable. They've cut back servers which was especially noticeable in the Lido where one person handled 3 stations at certain times meaning long waits. We so loved Holland America in the past but since Carnival bought them they have definitely slipped. Too bad!

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Operator Holland America Line

GUEST SERVICES SUCK!

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0

Similar to one of the other reviewers here - I had an obstructed view outside room. The obstruction on the Oosterdam was a lifeboat. Every morning two men came and climbed all over the lifeboat working on it somehow. While I understand the safety of the passengers may depend on the lifeboats being in repair, but for a single woman to have two men climbing around her window caused me to close the drapes every day. I might as well have had an indoor room. Guest services said they would check into it and let me know. They did not. Second visit to Guest Services resulted in again - no action and no response. The third time, I raised my voice in the lobby and requested a manager. They all acted stupid - and perhaps they actually were, but only after all this did I finally demand another room and magically they found one and for the last four days of a 17 day cruise I was happy. I wrote Holland America when I returned and after a week I received a namby pamby response - with not so much as an offer of a discount on the next cruise or a free drink!!! I already have another cruise booked, this one with friends, which is the only reason I'm not cancelling it, but it will be my last with them!

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Operator Holland America Line

miserable Organisation

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0

Habe mit der Westerham eine Kreuzfahrt vom 20.12.2018 ab Hongkong bis 2.1.2019 an Singapur unternommen. Die Crew super. Das Essen super. Das Schiff sehr sauber.
Die Organisation der Reise miserabel. Bei der hier genannten Reise, die von einem anderen Unternehmen mit 10 Tagen angeboten wird (beim exakt gleichem Ablauf) hat holland america lines 3 Tage mehr benötigt . Dazu wurden mehrmals nachts Stops über mehrere Stunden auf dem Meer durchgeführt. Mit einer 3 Tage längeren Reise kann der Reisepreis erheblich höher ausgelegt werden. Nun müsste man denken, dass der Reisemittler dreamlines. de seine Kunden darüber vorher aufklärt. Mitnichten. Die Provision ist wichtiger. In Kambotscha wird jedem Fahrtteilnehmer eine Zwangsvisagebühr von 63 € berechnet ,obwohl man das Schiff nicht verlässt. Durch diese Methode werden die Fahrgäste ( indirekt animiert ) doch noch das teure Landprogramm zu buchen. Ich blieb an Bord und musste Zahlen. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass bei fachmännischer Vertragsgestaltung mit Kambotscha für Kunden die an Bord bleiben ,die Visagebühr anfallen muß. Schlechtes Management. Weiterhin ist es nicht möglich in seiner Kabine die Klimaanlage abzustellen. Für ein derartig großes Unternehmen sind diese aufgeführten Unzulänglichkeiten unakzeptabel. Für mich trotz der tollen Crew nie wieder eine Kreuzfahrt mit diesem Unternehmen

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Operator Holland America Line

One of the best cruise line ,looking…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

One of the best cruise line ,looking forward for the next one

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Operator Holland America Line

When it sounds to good to be true, it bites you in the butt.

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
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After a very enjoyable cruise on HAL, I decided I would book another cruise with the cruise line - 3 weeks southern and western Caribbean. I travel solo, so am aware that I am paying an extra 100% for my cruise, and this includes the food for that imaginary second person. So I had checked out the prices for this 3 week cruise, and for the cruise it would be just around $3600 for an inside cabin (this includes the 100% markup). So I went to visit my travel agent, and she talked to Holland America and as I was sitting there, the HAL agent said to her that there was a "one day flash sale" on that particular day, and that a room with a window would cost $2245 for the 3 weeks, for me, a solo traveler. I questioned this at that very time, and the HAL agent verified this again, even stating that it would be my birthday on the last week of the cruise. He even arranged a transfer to the airport from the ship on the last day of the cruise (Feb. 3/19). My travel agent then also booked my flights (homebound flight on Feb 3/19), and the pre flight hotel. Imagine my surprise when I checked my Navigator account that same evening and found that HAL agent had booked my cruise from Jan. 13 to Jan. 27, for the price of $2245, and had booked the transfer to the airport on January 27. I was more than shocked, immediately emailed the travel agent about the error on the part of Holland America. Here I was in a quandry with non refundable flight back to my home airport on February 3, and my cruise booked until January 27. Of course HAL had already charged my cruise the same day, and there was no way out of this, except to book the final week at a cost of $1470. This was somewhat frustrating because now I was paying more than I had budgeted. Many people do save for their vacations and to be told that your planned vacation has now cost you almost $1500, than was quoted by the HAL agent was a little upsetting. HAL then "generously" waived the "fees" (what fees?) that were normally charged for something that was never explained to me. They also "generously" gave me a $200 shipboard credit. (Really....they just overcharged me on a quoted price, so they are still $1270 ahead). First I just wanted to forget about this and just take it, but within several days decided to email HAL and talk to them about every aspect of the booking of this trip. I explained to them that they had verified twice the cost of this cruise would be $2245, (plus port charges), and that the transfer back to the airport would be on February 3. I explained to them that their agent had made the error, as I was there every step of the way as this cruise was being booked. At first they would not answer the email....until I forwarded and forwarded it again and again, and finally got a message back that they were reviewing it. The final conclusion that Holland America made was this was all my fault because I was "using an outside travel agent" , and not booking directly with their company. My travel agent was talking to an HAL agent, but because it was not me....they have taken no responsibility for their mistake. After several emails which directly blamed me, and which of course was upsetting to me, I could no longer even deal with them. So now I am spending over $4000 for a cruise, which was quoted to me at the cost of $2245. I had no choice because if I had changed my flight, I would have forfeited the cost of the flight home on February 3, plus pay for another transfer to the airport. There is no recourse for me at all. I am trying to move forward as positively as possible, but I am not going to book any tours on this cruise with HAL, and will have my automatic gratuity removed. I am sorry that this will affect some of the employees who toil in the background, but this has been a difficult and expensive lesson for me. On the other hand, had I spoken to the HAL agent, they would also book me an overpriced hotel, and flights. I feel rather disillusioned by this experience...once again....I booked this in good faith, with the information I was given and due to an error or a lie, on the part of the HAL agent, I am the one who has to pay. No, $200 shipboard credit is not enough to make me feel better. So when it sounds too good to be true, remember my experience, that the small person will always get burned because the company does not care. Already paying double because I am traveling solo, and then scammed by this company.
Unfortunately this seems to be "my year" for issues with traveling and being overcharged. After booking all my own flights, vacations, Air B & B, hotel rooms, and at least one cruise, for at least 15 years, and never once having an issue, the 2 times an outside company was involved, it has cost me hundred of dollars more. Lesson has been learned....again.

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The Caribbean Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The Caribbean conjures up images of tropical breezes, lush islands, turquoise waters, sandy beaches, steel drum bands, and rum cocktails.  They’re all there, to be sure – but there’s much more to this highly diverse region of multiple nations, languages, cultures, and landscapes. Whether you’re looking to snorkel with manta rays, explore history, climb volcanoes or anchor off isolated coves, you’ll find tours or small-ship cruises to suit every taste in the Caribbean.

While the Caribbean’s main geographic features are the Caribbean Sea and its islands, the region also includes the northern shorelines of a number of mainland countries in Central and South America. Most of the Caribbean is located southeast of the United States mainland (the easternmost point of the U.S. is situated on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The Caribbean’s 45,000,000 residents are a diverse group, with a variety of often mixed ethnicities, religions – Roman Catholic to Rastafarian -- and languages. English, Spanish, French, and Dutch are all spoken in various regions of the Caribbean, as are various Creole dialects. These often incorporate words that emanated from West Africa during the centuries of the slave trade, when Africans were brought to the Caribbean to work the blistering hot cane fields for the production of sugar and rum.

Caribbean History: First Came the Spanish

The Spanish – represented by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and his crews – were the first Europeans to arrive in the late 1400s, promptly wiping out most of the native populations via imported disease, weaponry, and slave labor. (The Amerindian Carib people, who gave their name to the region, have been reduced to about 3,000 descendants on the island of Dominica.)

Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico are all products of Spanish culture, and history and architecture buffs can enjoy the centuries-old atmospheres of Havana, Santo Domingo, and San Juan. Santo Domingo holds the record for the most “firsts” in North America – hospital, paved street, school, etc. – while Havana and San Juan battle it out for the most beautiful colonial-era cities with their Spanish-style plazas, forts, and churches.

Much – though not all -- of the Caribbean regions of Central and South America are also culturally Spanish.

The Next Waves of Europeans to the Caribbean

The British, French, Dutch, and to a lesser extent the Danes and Germans all followed in the wake of the Spanish. The British were very active in the slave and rum trades, forming a kind of devil’s triangle between West Africa, the Caribbean, and the American colonies. Rum remains important to the economies of a number of islands, and you can visit historic distilleries on Grenada, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Kitts, and other onetime British colonial islands.

The French and British fought a number of 19th century battles over St. Lucia and Dominica -- two of the most naturally beautiful Caribbean islands. The Brits eventually prevailed there, while Martinique and Guadeloupe (now integral parts of France) were settled by the French.

France also divided up the island of St. Martin with the Dutch and the island of Hispaniola with the Spanish, though, on the latter, Haiti gained its independence following an early 19fth-century slave revolt.

Pirates, Palm Trees, Beach Bars and Baseball in the Caribbean

Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico were among the Caribbean islands most affected by waves of piracy in the 18th and 19th centuries, spearheaded by Blackbeard and other notorious brigands. You can visit pirate lairs in Port Royal, Jamaica, and Norman Island in the British Virgins (one of the candidates for the model of Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”), among others. Treasure hunting is optional.

While we definitely recommend getting beyond the beach in the Caribbean to soak up some culture as well as sun, there’s nothing wrong with sampling a palm-fringed stretch of sand or a fine island rum (every island has its own style).  You can even make a compelling case for an educational tour of offbeat beach bars, where local characters hang out (“lime”) or, in some cases, run the joints themselves.

Trust us, you’ll learn a lot about the Caribbean over a cold island brew or cutthroat game of dominoes. The latter -- along with soccer, baseball, and cricket -- are the region’s four most popular sports. And yes, the way folks of all ages play dominoes in the Caribbean – with fervor – it does legitimately qualify as a sport.  

While swimming and snorkeling above coral reefs and amid manta rays and dolphins (an environmentally questionable practice) are tourist favorites, don’t pass up an opportunity to attend a baseball game in the Dominican Republic, which is now furnishing the Major Leagues with dozens of top players. It’s a truly wild experience – in some ways as fascinating as climbing a volcano in Central America, only much, much louder. If the volcano happens to be erupting, it might be a draw.

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