SEATTLE, June 25 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line is ushering in the 2010
Europe cruise season with its newest ship, the Signature-class ms Nieuw
Amsterdam. It, along with five other mid-sized ships -- ms Eurodam, ms
Maasdam, ms Prinsendam, ms Noordam and ms Westerdam -- will sail 54 cruises
and call at 142 ports from Norway to Turkey.
Beginning April 3, the ships will sail to some of Europe's most treasured
sights as well as some lesser-known ports, including 11 maiden calls. With
the addition of new itineraries, more roundtrip departures and more overnight
stays on both long and short sailings, guests will be better able to capture
the spirit of Europe and its multi-faceted cities.
"2010 is an exciting year for us with Nieuw Amsterdam joining our fleet
and adding to our breadth of European offerings," said Richard D. Meadows,
CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland
America Line. "With six premium ships sailing throughout Europe and an
extensive selection of itineraries, guests can select their dream cruise,
whether it's seven or 35 days."
Midway through the 2010 season Holland America Line's newest ship, Nieuw
Amsterdam, will make its debut, departing July 4 on a 10-day inaugural
Collectors' Voyage. Nieuw Amsterdam will then sail the popular 12-day
Mediterranean Romance, Mediterranean Tapestry and Mediterranean Empires
itineraries round-trip Venice, Italy, or between Barcelona, Spain, and Venice,
that visit ports throughout Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Italy.
Guests seeking the convenience of a roundtrip itinerary can take
advantage of new departures from Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Dover
(London), featuring the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords and Northern Europe. Other
roundtrip European homeports include: Civitavecchia, (Rome) and Venice, Italy;
Barcelona, Spain; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Copenhagen, Denmark; Greenwich
(London), England; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Eurodam will begin her Europe season with four 10-day Mediterranean
itineraries beginning April 19 followed by seven eight- to 12-day Baltic
cruises -- including a Scottish Highlands cruise roundtrip from Dover
departing June 21. Also sailing Northern Europe is Westerdam with a roundtrip
Rotterdam seven-day Fjord Explorer cruise followed by three 12-day Baltic
cruises, also roundtrip Rotterdam.
Guests who have less time to travel but are still eager to experience
Europe can now enjoy seven- and eight-day cruises. In addition to Nieuw
Amsterdam's inaugural Mediterranean cruise and Westerdam's Fjord Explorer
sailing, guests can take Noordam's 7-day Mediterranean Glamour voyage
roundtrip from Barcelona July 26, followed by a 7-day Riviera Romance cruise
roundtrip from Rome August 12.
New itineraries offer unique experiences
Guests who are looking for a more regionalized itinerary will be pleased
with the new additions to Holland America Line's repertoire. Departing August
2, Westerdam sails a 12-day Celtic Legends cruise that features an overnight
in South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland. On August 14, Westerdam takes
guests on a 12-day Scottish Serenade and spends three days in South
Queensferry (Edinburgh). Both cruises offer guests the opportunity to attend
the famous Military Tattoo. Noordam's 10-day Mediterranean Allure cruise
departing August 2 features an overnight in Valetta, Malta. And the 12-day
Norwegian Fjords & North Cape itinerary on Westerdam showcases spectacular
scenic cruising of Geirangerfjord, a crossing of the Arctic Circle and
cruising by the North Cape. The Norwegian Fjords & North Cape roundtrip
Rotterdam itinerary departs July 26.
Prinsendam returns to Europe with itineraries ranging from 14 to 22 days.
Known as the Elegant Explorer, the 793-guest vessel will visit some of the
world's most intriguing sights including a daylight transit through the Kiel
Canal. Prinsendam's visits include overnights in Copenhagen, Denmark;
Greenwich (London), England; St. Petersburg, Russia; Bordeaux and Le Havre
(Paris), France; Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; and Kusadasi (Ephesus),
For those who wish a blend of North American and European ports without a
single international flight, the Maasdam will take guests on a 35-day Voyage
of the Vikings sea odyssey departing July 17, roundtrip Boston. The
1,258-guest ship will visit a variety of captivating ports from the north
eastern provinces in Canada to Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, England
and the Netherlands, with overnight stays in Amsterdam and Reykjavik.
Throughout the season the six Holland America Line ships will call at 11
maiden ports in Europe, including Bodrum, Turkey; Calvi, Corsica, France;
Famagusta, Cyprus; Fort William, Scotland; Heimaey, Iceland; Kotor,
Montenegro; Molde, Norway; Monemvassia, Greece; Peel, Isle of Man, United
Kingdom; San Antonio and Ibiza, Spain, and Vlissingen (Flushing), the
Guests on board Holland America Line ships are in for a delight in 2010
with overnight stays in 14 most popular European ports: Barcelona, Spain;
Bergen, Norway; Bordeaux, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Greenwich (London),
England; Istanbul, Turkey; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Le Havre (Paris),
France; Lisbon, Portugal; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. Petersburg, Russia; South
Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland; Valletta, Malta, and Venice, Italy.
Guests wishing to capitalize on their time abroad may opt to expand their
vacation by booking a Collectors' Voyage. These back-to-back sailings offer
two distinct itineraries in which guests can visit up to 17 countries on a
20-day journey. Pre- and post-cruise packages are also available for guests
who desire to extend their stays of one, two or three nights on any Europe
Seven-day Europe cruises begin at $1,399; 10-day cruises begin at $1,949
and 12-day cruises begin at $2,199. For further information on Holland America
Line's sailings or to request a cruise brochure, consult a professional travel
agent, call 1-800-877-724-5425 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to
108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship is scheduled to join
the fleet in July 2010.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
World's Leading Cruise Lines
The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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