Holland America Line’s collection of cruise ships crossing the pond includes Rotterdam, which is slated to debut at the height of the summer Europe season.
Joining the fleet’s new flagship will be Nieuw Statendam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam, putting two Pinnacle Class ships in the region. Zaandam heads to Europe on the popular “Voyage of the Vikings” itinerary in July.
From April through November, the five cruise ships will offer itineraries ranging from seven to 35 days, as well as longer Collectors’ Voyages up to 29 days. In addition to transatlantic crossings between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Europe, the ships will visit the Baltic, British Isles, French and Spanish rivieras, Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean and Northern Europe including Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the North Cape.
Departure options include Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Barcelona, Spain; and Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice, Italy. The “Voyage of the Vikings” cruise sails roundtrip from Boston, Massachusetts, with a segment departure from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
To give guests more in-depth experiences in some of Europe’s most popular cities, select cruises feature overnight calls at Istanbul, Turkey; Reykjavik, Iceland; Piraeus (Athens) and Rhodes, Greece; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; St. Petersburg, Russia; Valletta, Malta; and Venice, Italy.
Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages ranging from 14 to 29 days, offering the ultimate European exploration. These artfully crafted longer journeys combine nonrepeating, back-to-back itineraries, enabling guests to visit more ports and spend extra time discovering centuries of art, history and culture.
Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings Europe’s diverse local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life onboard. Guests who want to learn more about the countries can attend an EXC Talk or head to a Port to Table cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare. The main dining room and Lido Market will showcase the flavors of Europe with special dishes.
For a limited time, guests who book 2021 Europe cruises by Sept. 30, 2020, can receive up to $2,300 in amenities, including a free Signature Beverage Package, free gratuities, free Signature Dining Package and 50% reduced deposits, plus free WiFi for suites.
Guests who make their 2021 European cruise reservations now can take advantage of 20% off on shore excursions when prebooked by Sept. 23, 2020. With hundreds of tours to choose from, guests can find the perfect way to experience a port, whether it’s an exclusive evening at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, a visit to Reykjavik’s famous Blue Lagoon or witnessing the mysterious landscape of Giant’s Causeway in Belfast.