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As another year comes to an end, we want to take a moment to reach out and send our best wishes to you and yours! We thank you for the opportu nity to serve you. 

We look forward with excitement for the new year. All indications are that 2018 will be a great year for travel and tourism with a world full of fascinating destinations, new cruise ships being launched and innovative options, choosing the perfect vacation can present a challenge. We pledge to continue working hard to find the right cruise or tour that fulfills your  vacation desires.
The team at Holiday Cruises & Tours wish you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to working with you in the years to come. 

Phil and Carol Swartz

February 27, 2018
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Phil and Carol explore Amsterdam
by Phil Swartz

Amsterdam-the city of Bikes, Birds, Brothels and Borderline "Coffee Shops". Oh... and also the start of our sixteen-day Crystal River Cruise. We left Tallahassee on the afternoon of Nov 16th and arrived in Amsterdam on the
morning of the 17th to board our ship - the Cryst al Mahler. It was a brand new river vessel built by the luxury line, Crystal Cruises, so we hoped everything lived up to  its name.

After we checked-in on the ship, I wanted to stretch my legs a bit so I headed into the city and walked for a couple of hours. As I walked, Amsterdam is just as I remember it. There are
lots of people out and about, especially young people. There is energy about this city and I think it is fueled by all the bike s zipping every direction and every street. While the bike lanes are clearly marked, it's best to be extra careful when navigating the city as it's easy to get distracted by all the sights and step in front of a local on their way home from work or out grocery shopping. In fact, there are twice as many bikes as people  in Amsterdam as it is the major means of transportation around the city. And one of the places with the highest density of bikes in the city is the Central Train Station. Lots of people have a bike they keep parked at the station as they live in another area of the city or outside of town and need a way around when they take the train into town to work. There are so many bikes that there is now a parking garage at the station just for bikes.


Hosted by Phil and Carol Swartz
Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
Including a 7 Night Danube River Cruise
aboard AmaSonasta
Hosted by Phil & Carol Swartz
12 Days departing May 21, 2020
This exclusive trip begins in Budapest, Hungary for a seven night cruise on the scenic D
anube River. As you sail, you will pass the ruins of ancient castles, lush vineyards and picturesque river towns. You will embark on fascinating journeys through cities that are both medieval and modern, The cruise portion of this trip ends in Passau, Germany, where the tour begins.

The highlight of this trip is to attend the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play. In 1633 the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. The villagers believed they had been spared and they kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634. The play is now performed repeatedly in every year ending in zero.   
  Cruises & Tours has reserved a limited block of tickets for the 2020 perf ormance. If you are interested in witnessing this unique world famous event, please contact your travel consultant as soon as possible. It will sell out quickly.     
Shown below is a catalog of our hosted cruises and tours.
Click on the headline of any to see the details.
Oasis of the Seas
Roundtrip from Port Canaveral,
Hosted by Chynell Jefferson

7 Nights -  Departing
April 22, 2018

From San Francisco to 
Las Vegas

Hosted by 
J.C. from Trail & Ski
7 Days Departs
May 4, 2018
 ms. Oosterdam
Rome - Venice  

Hosted by
Shelley Atkinson

12 Nights - Departing
June 29, 2018

Regent Seven Seas'
Regal Splendor  

Hosted by 

Phil & Carol Swartz

12 Nights - Departing
July 6, 2018

Princess Cruises:
Island Princess®

Hosted by
Karen Skilling

11 Nights - Departing
July 28, 2018 

Northern Isles Cruise
Holland American Koningsdam
Holland, Scotland,
Iceland & Norway

Hosted by HCT Staff

14 Nights - Departing
August 5, 2018

Holland America 
ms. Oosterdam

Hosted by 
Dabney Moloney

12 Nights - Departing
August 28, 2018

Cuba Adventure
On the Empress of the Seas
Includes roundtrip
transportation to/from Tampa  

Hosted by Chynell Jefferson

6 Nights - Departing
September 11, 2018

Hosted by Ruth Rennick

12 Nights - Departing
September 16, 2018

Italy, Croatia, 
Montenegro & Greece

Hosted by Paulette McLin

10 Nights - Departing
September 28, 2018

9-Day Roundtrip San Jose
With J.C. from Trail & Ski
9 Days Departs
October 4, 2018


Highlights of the Frozen Continent
With Astronaut Dr. Norm Thagard
13 Days - Departing
November 17, 2018

Hosted by Lenny Kopple
7 Nights Departing
October 15, 2018

Aboard Uniworld
SS Maria Theresa
Hosted by Anna Johnson
7 Night Departing
December 9, 2018

aboard the Crystal Symphony

Hosted by Lenny Kopple

7 Nights Departing
December 15, 2018
  Roundtrip New Orleans


Motorcoach Trip

3 Days - Departing
April 10, 2018

Hosted by Chynell Jefferson

Roundtrip from Tallahassee

June 11 - 16, 2018

Motorcoach Trip

9 Days -  Departing 
September 15, 2018

Motorcoach Trip

5 Days - Departing
 November 12, 2018


Orlando, Florida
February 14 - 15, 2018
 A comedy mystery show where you become the detective and solve the crime! Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows are about
21/2 hour long offering experiences that will keep you talking for years to come!

 Much Ado About  Nothing 
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater Trip
February 24 -25, 2018
"Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, men were deceivers ever..." The delightfully antagonistic relationship of Beatrice and Benedick is at the heart of this Shakespearean comedy.
The Miracle Worker
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater Trip
March 10 - 11, 2018

This classic is based on the true story of Anne Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller, who grew up in  
Tuscumbia, Alabama.  

Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that's
known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of moun tains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of ChichénItzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanis h colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.


We love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a con
cept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. It is a philosophy that drives our attention to detail, constant innovation and culture of always making our guests our top priority. It is the reason our guests all have a story about why it was the best cruise they've ever taken.

When you sail with AmaWaterways, you will experience the luxury of more - more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A new addition to idyllic Mayakoba, the Andaz Mayakoba Resort in Riviera Maya introduces guests to a hidden paradise - a place where style meets nature in an innovative hospitality experience. The resort's breathtaking design reflects the Mayan culture and features 214 guestrooms, including 41 luxury suites. Stimulating upscale experiences entertain guests, whether immersing in a lushly preserved mangrove environment, sunbathing in one of three outdoor pools, relaxing in the 9,000 sq ft Naum Wellness & Spa.



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