Holland America Debuts Explorations Book Club

Explorations Book Club Debuts on Holland America Line
Courtesy of Holland America Line

An enriching new book club program will debut on Holland America Line’s sailings of 14 days or more starting in May 2009. As part of the cruise line’s ongoing Signature of Excellence initiative, the Explorations Book Club will launch with the popular novel “Like Water for Chocolate” on the Panama Canal ms Veendam sailing. Book club gatherings will be implemented on select sailings of 14 days or more starting in the fall, with a different novel selected for each itinerary.

Lively book discussions will be hosted by the on-board librarian in the Explorations Café powered by the New York Times. Guests interested in joining the discussion will have time to read the selected book as the chosen title will be posted online prior to each sailing.

The on-board librarian will plan and facilitate two to three discussions for each book. Books chosen will relate to the sailing destination whether by author or topic. For example, books under consideration are “In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson for Australia itineraries or “Saving Fish from Drowning: A Novel by Amy Tan” for Asia cruises.

On Veendam this May, guests traveling through the Panama Canal and along the Mexican coast can enrich their travels with the fiction novel “Like Water for Chocolate” by Mexican Novelist Laura Esquivel. Originally published in Spanish as “Como agua para chocolate,” the book has been translated into thirty languages with more than three million copies in print worldwide.


1 Jeffery { 04.16.09 at 5:47 pm }

This is super.
I love HAL as I’ve sailed many times on it’s ships, twice to Alaska which is fabulous.


2 Charlene Sutherland { 04.17.09 at 8:53 am }

Holland America needs to expand onboard activities even more. Because of their lack of a large variety of activities on our last cruise, we decided not to cruise again for awhile, wondering if we were just cruised out. Then we remembered our past cruises. The best ever was on the Norway. We went snorkeling with a marine biologist, participated in a photography class, went to High tea, were kept busy constantly with a lot of fun things to do. Our Holland America cruise was a real snoozer compared to that and other cruises we have taken throughout the years.

3 Cheryl Harewood { 04.20.09 at 3:56 pm }

I would like you to send any information available on all your cruises for 2010 – 2011.

4 The Cruise Web Team { 04.20.09 at 4:26 pm }

Thank you for contacting us, Ms. Harewood. Your personal cruise consultant will contact you shortly with more information in regards to 2010-2011 itineraries.

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