Amsterdam returns to the
Mediterranean, and Istanbul featured again on itineraries
Seattle, Wash., Dec. 20, 2018 —
Guests looking to explore the fjords of Norway, castles of the British Isles,
flavors of Italy and beaches of Greece can choose from six Holland America Line
ships to discover a wide range of ports and regions on cruise itineraries for
the 2020 Europe season. Anchored by the return of Nieuw Amsterdam to the Mediterranean, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Veendam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam will offer
cruises from March through early November.
In addition to transatlantic crossings to and from Europe, the ships will span
the entire region on itineraries from seven to 35 days, including the Baltic;
British Isles; French and Spanish rivieras; Iberian Peninsula; Iceland; the
Mediterranean and Northern Europe, including Norway and the North Cape.
Istanbul, Turkey, is back on the schedule with seven overnight visits, and Veendam will offer
several distinct and unique European itineraries.
"European cruises are incredibly popular because they are the most affordable
and convenient way to visit more cities and countries in one seamless
vacation," said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line's president. "With an
expanded season and six ships offering itineraries that cover the entire
region, our guests have a wide selection of cruises that showcase the best of
each country with the most enriching and immersive experiences."
Roundtrip sailing options from a variety of port cities make for a convenient
cruise vacation. Guests can embark at Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands;
Boston, Massachusetts; Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice, Italy; Barcelona,
Spain; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Cruises also sail between Barcelona, Spain, and
Venice or Civitavecchia.
To offer more in-depth experiences in some of Europe's most popular cities,
Holland America Line has scheduled overnight calls at 13 ports, including
Antwerp, Belgium; Amsterdam; Barcelona; Dublin, Ireland; Funchal, Madeira;
Istanbul; Lisbon, Portugal; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Reykjavik, Iceland; South
Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Venice; and
Nearly every cruise can be combined with the nonrepeating itinerary coming
before and after, allowing guests to see more of Europe with a Holland America
Line Collectors' Voyage. Ranging from 14 to 35 days, these artfully crafted
longer journeys offer extra time so guests can discover the art, history and
culture of different regions in Europe.
Three Ships Spend the
Summer Season in Northern Europe
Due to strong demand, three ships will offer cruises in Northern Europe from
April through September, giving travelers more ways to explore the Norwegian
fjords. Nieuw Statendam,
Holland America Line's newest ship, will return to Northern Europe on seven-
and 14-day roundtrip cruises from Amsterdam, while Rotterdam sails seven- and 14-day roundtrip
cruises from Rotterdam. Veendam's
roundtrip Amsterdam itineraries allow for a more in-depth exploration of the
region, with itineraries ranging from 14 to 21 days in length.
The ships will take guests to the most stunning fjords in Norway including
Geirangerfjord, Hardangerfjord, Olsofjord, Eidfjord, Liefdefdfjord,
Lilliehöökfjord, Trondheimsfjord and Sognefjord.
When not in Norway, Nieuw
Statendam will cruise the Baltic, the Iberian Peninsula and the
will visit the Baltic, British Isles and Iberia; and Veendam will feature
memorable cruises to the Baltic, British Isles, Iceland, Iberia and the Holy
In 2020 Zaandam
sets sail on the epic 35-day Voyage of the Vikings roundtrip Boston cruise
departing July 18. The legendary journey calls at 18 ports in the U.S., Canada,
Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland, making it easy to
visit Europe without international air. Two shorter segments from Boston to
Amsterdam (17 days) or from Amsterdam to Boston (18 days) are available.
Four Ships Offer
Mediterranean Cruises in 2020
Holland America Line's Mediterranean cruises are anchored by Nieuw Amsterdam in 2020,
which will spend a full season in the region. The ship will offer the popular
12-day Mediterranean Romance, Mediterranean Tapestry and Mediterranean Empires
cruises to Greece, Turkey and Italy roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and
Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome), as well as the 12-day Adriatic Dream and
Greek Odyssey itineraries between Venice and Civitavecchia.
will be joined by Zuiderdam
from May through June on 12-day itineraries, followed by Nieuw Statendam and Veendam in September and
October on cruises ranging from 10 to 14 days. Zuiderdam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Veendam all feature
overnight calls to Istanbul and a combined 14 overnights at Venice.
Veendam Itineraries Span Europe, Explore
the Holy Land
season spans April through October and features longer European explorations
from 14 to 21 days to a variety of regions. In addition to Norway, highlights
of the ship's summer include a European Rivers Explorer cruise to the Scheldt
River, Gironde Estuary and Tagus River; the "Holy Land" itinerary to Greece,
Croatia, Turkey and Israel; and cruises to Spitsbergen and Iceland.
Spring and Fall
Transatlantic Crossings, Viking Passage Adventure
Guests who enjoy leisurely sea days combined with enriching ports of call have
a 19-Day Viking Passage cruise in August and several transatlantic crossings
between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Northern Europe or the Mediterranean in
the spring and fall. Ranging from 13 to 17 days, the transatlantic cruises
feature six or seven consecutive days at sea, where the ships become the
Travelers looking to take in the beauty of the North Atlantic in peak summer can
Viking Passage itinerary from Copenhagen to New York, New York. The ship visits
some of the most picturesque ports in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada,
retracing the route the Vikings sailed centuries ago.
Cruise fares for Europe 2020 cruises begin from a range of $999 to $4,799 per
person, double occupancy, depending on the itinerary. Taxes, fees and port
expenses are additional.
EXC Programming Brings
European Cultures on Board
Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings the traditions, culinary tastes
and cultural experiences of Europe to life onboard. Through EXC Encounters,
guests can participate in activities such as learning to braid a Viking cord
using a lucet, a tool dating from Viking times, or reveling at a German
bierfest with a live "oompah" band.
The EXC Team will provide further customized guidance for the European calls,
and online EXC Port Guides provide exclusive handbooks for each destination.
For guests who enjoy exploring on their own, printed EXC Port Maps present a
simple view of the best each port has to offer. The in-stateroom EXC Channel
will feature a selection of curated films, documentaries and TV shows exploring
destinations on the ship's itinerary.
For more information, contact a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more
than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world.
From shorter getaways to 128-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all
seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South
America circumnavigations, EXC In-Depth Voyages, Cuba cruises and exotic
Australia & New Zealand and Asia voyages; two annual Grand Voyages; and
popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England,
Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Nieuw Statendam in December
2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.
The company's brand evolution in recent years secured its position as the
leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives
and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion
and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through exclusive
partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine and America's Test Kitchen and at
unique BBC Earth live music and on-screen experiences. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B.
King's Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. The dining
experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature
selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising
world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for guests.