Two Pinnacle Class ships and Zaandam's 'Voyage of the
Vikings' highlight the season
SEATTLE, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- From Greenland to Greece and Iceland to Israel, five Holland America Line ships are
set to explore the cultural kaleidoscope of Europe in 2021. The brand's collection of
vessels 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 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.
"Our guests miss cruising as much as we do, and as we move
closer to getting back to doing what we do best, we want everyone
to feel confident in planning their European travel with us for
next summer," said Gus Antorcha,
Holland America Line's president. "At Holland America Line, we are
a community of passionate globetrotters. For anyone looking to go
to Europe next summer and really
connect with a variety of cultures, Holland America Line has put
together the most diverse collection of itineraries that embraces
the entire region."
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.
spends maiden season in Northern
Rotterdam sails a seven-day Premiere
Voyage from Venice to Rome on Aug. 1,
2021, and then moves into a season of Northern Europe cruises roundtrip from
Amsterdam. Through October, the
ship will offer three seven-day itineraries to Norway, one 14-day Baltic cruise and one 14-day Norway, Iceland and British Isles sojourn. A
transatlantic crossing completes the ship's inaugural Europe season with a 14-day voyage from
Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale.
Nieuw Statendam cruises to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean
In addition to Rotterdam, Nieuw
Statendam heads to Northern
Europe in 2021. The ship will feature seven-day itineraries
roundtrip from Amsterdam through
August, along with a 14-day Voyage of the Midnight Sun cruise
— placing two Pinnacle-Class ships in Northern Europe at the same time. In addition
to Norway, Nieuw Statendam
will sail to the Baltic and
Northern Isles including Ireland,
the U.K. and Iceland on 14-day
Following its time in Northern
Europe, Nieuw Statendam will move to the
Mediterranean and cruise roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on 10-day itineraries to the western
part of the region. The ship also offers singular seven-, nine- and
12-day cruises in the Med.
'Voyage of the Vikings' sets sail on Zaandam
The popular "Voyage of the Vikings" that traces the route of
ancient explorers returns in 2021. The 35-day journey, departing
July 17, cruises roundtrip from
Boston on Zaandam. The epic
itinerary calls at ports in the U.S., Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the
Ireland and Ireland, making
it easy to visit Europe without
international air travel. Two shorter segments from Boston to Rotterdam (16 days) or from Rotterdam to Boston (19 days) are available.
Two ships offer full Mediterranean seasons in
Holland America Line is placing two ships in the
Mediterranean full-time for the season. The 2021 program will be
anchored by Westerdam and Zuiderdam sailing a
combination of longer 11- and 12-day cruises from Civitavecchia,
Venice, Barcelona and Athens. The ships will visit popular ports
like Istanbul; Mykonos,
Greece; and Monte Carlo, Monaco; along with bucket-list
jewels like Koper, Slovenia;
Limassol, Cyprus; and Rijeka,
Many of the itineraries have an overnight in Venice or Athens at the beginning or end of the cruise
so guests have more time to experience all those cities have to
From April through October, Westerdam offers an extensive
season of 12-day Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and Athens or Barcelona. Two seven-day itineraries with
Saturday departures in July offer weeklong Greece and Turkey adventures, while a 12-day "Holy Land
and Ancient Kingdoms" itinerary roundtrip from Venice in May charts a course for Haifa (Tel
Aviv) and Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel.
Zuiderdam's full Mediterranean season also includes
cruises roundtrip from Venice or
between Venice and Athens or Barcelona. The ship explores the Adriatic Sea,
eastern and western Med, and Greek Isles on 12-day itineraries.
EXC programming brings European cultures on
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.
Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All sale
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.
Prebook shore excursions and save 20%
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.
For more information, contact a travel advisor, call
1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival
Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
America Line has been exploring the
world since 1873 and was the first cruise line to offer adventures
to Alaska and the Yukon more than 70 years ago. Its fleet of
premium ships visits more than 470 ports in 98 countries around the
world, offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience. A third
Pinnacle-class ship, Rotterdam, is under construction and will
join the fleet in July 2021.
The leader in premium cruising, Holland America Line's ships
feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching
experiences focused on destination exploration and personalized
travel. The best live music at sea fills each evening at Music
Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from Holland
America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous
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