Honeymooning on HAL

Honeymooning on HAL
For honeymooners - and anyone else who loves to travel - a tranquil voyage at sea offers the perfect romantic escape. While there are many cruise lines to choose from, there are few that compare to Holland America's Noordam when it comes to an all around perfect fit for anyone who enjoys plying the high seas.

One of the newest of their mid-size ships, the Noordam boasts class and comfort throughout with spacious cabins - many with verandahs - soothing décor and museum quality art around almost every corner. And, if you want to find a cozy corner to escape to, you'll find several.

Dining options range from the ever popular casual Lido Restaurant, the elegant Pinnacle Grill, the intimate Canaletto for Italian fare or the Vista Dining Room - all offering exceptional service with plentiful and tasty, menu selections. There is no shortage of delectable options as you can literally find something open around the clock.

For some down time, Explorations Café beckons with a coffee house-cum-library environment where you can surf the internet or simply kick back and read the morning paper over a variety of coffees.

Entertainment abounds with a finely tuned collection of musicians and Las Vegas-style shows. The intimate Crow's Nest is where you can slip away and listen to soft guitar ballads. If you're lucky, you'll find crooner Gary Lithgow onboard, or - for a more rousing sing-a-long experience - look for the talented "piano man," Stryker in the popular Piano Bar. When the sun goes down, you can dance the night away or flirt with games of chance in the small casino.

The recently launched B.B. King Blues Club Band is a big hit with an eight-piece band with two vocalists creating a lot of energy, a suitable backdrop for the exclusive specialty cocktails served in their land-based clubs. For a new twist, try the tasty rum-based Lucille and Rock Me Baby concoctions mixed with different fruit liqueurs and juices.

The options for activities while you're at sea are endless. A novel concept on a cruise ship are the free Digital Workshops powered by Windows®. They're led by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" who will teach you the ins and outs of creating digital memories of your cruise, in addition to email and social networking.

For R&R and exercise, a full fitness center, hydropool, swimming pools and spa - complete with thermal suite - will definitely fill the bill.

Holland America's ships sail all over the world, affording travelers the opportunity to get up close and personal with renowned tourist sites around the globe - without the hassle of packing up each time you want to visit a new place. When you’re in port, touring is made easy thanks to pre-arranged shore excursions arranged (for a fee) by the cruise staff. If you prefer, you can wander off the ship on your own and explore new destinations.

The Noordam rotates between the Caribbean in the winter and Europe in the summer. No matter when you sail with them, you won't be sorry.

For more information and upcoming itineraries, visit: www.hollandamerica.com

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