Holland America Line features new itineraries for 2013 European cruise season
Seven Holland America Line ships will be sailing more than 53 unique itineraries on 107 departures in Europe in summer 2013, and also featuring seven new ports of call.
The cruises on ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Prinsendam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam and ms Veendam will span the northern tip of Norway to the Black Sea and across the Mediterranean.
“While the popularity of European cruising continues to grow, the region is opening new ports, which enables us to offer more maiden calls and exciting new itineraries,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president.
“Whether it’s a shorter cruise or a longer Collectors’ Voyage, Holland America Line offers comprehensive experiences around the world, and these new European itineraries are sure to entice any cruise enthusiast.”
Ryndam will be sailing a new Turkish Explorer itinerary in summer 2013
Ranging from seven to 64 days, these cruises allow travellers the opportunity to explore a variety of destinations, from iconic ports of call as well as smaller, less-traveled and equally fascinating port cities.
Maiden port calls include Alanya, Turkey; Alcudia (Mallorca), Spain; Galway and Killybegs, Ireland; Hydra and Igoumenitsa, Greece; and Sassnitz, Germany.
A total of 20 overnight stays at some of Europe’s popular ports provide guests with more time to explore several of the world’s most interesting destinations. Overnight calls include Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Bordeaux, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dublin, Ireland; Venice, Italy; Hamburg, Germany; St Petersburg, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey and more.
Notable New Itineraries
Popular Itineraries Return
Other ships calling in Europe in 2013 include the line’s newest vessel, Nieuw Amsterdam, and Veendam and Rotterdam.
The 2,106-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam will sail a series of seven- to 12-day cruises throughout the Mediterranean, visiting some of the region’s most popular ports, from Marseille (Provence), France, to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Rotterdam sails a series of seven- to 18-day voyages throughout Europe. Itineraries allow guests to explore the gems of the Baltic, experience the beauty of Norway’s fjord-scalloped coastline and discover the Canary Islands.
In July, Veendam sails a 35-day Voyage of the Vikings roundtrip from Boston, tracing the path of past explorers across the Atlantic to ports in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Longer Voyages Offer Exceptional Value
For true explorers seeking an in-depth experience at an exceptional value, extended Collectors’ Voyages ranging from 14 to 33 days offer the ultimate European cruise experience. These artfully crafted, longer cruises combine back-to-back itineraries, enabling guests to visit more ports and spend extra time exploring centuries of art, history and culture.
A highlight of the Mediterranean season comes spring 2013 when ms Prinsendam, the line’s smallest and most intimate ship with just 835 guests, departs Fort Lauderdale on March 14, on its roundtrip 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage.
Visiting 32 ports in 14 countries, the itinerary includes overnights in seven world-class ports including Funchal, Madeira; Istanbul, Turkey; Piraeus, Greece; Venice and Sorrento, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain. Seven shorter segments are also available ranging from 14-to 46-days.
Engaging Unique Experiences
Additional Holland America Line Europe itineraries enable guests to cross the Arctic Circle, transit Germany’s Kiel Canal, cruise the Gironde Estuary into Bordeaux, France, or explore the world’s third largest volcano with an overnight stay at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
Other itineraries include visiting the ancient pyramids in Egypt, along with the holy lands in Jerusalem and Nazareth. Those interested in taking a dip in the famous “Blue Lagoon,” Iceland’s unique geothermal seawater, can choose the Icelandic Adventure aboard Prinsendam, which includes an overnight stay at Reykjavik.
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