Europe Calling

Holland America adds more European itineraries

By: By Marilyn Green


In 2009, Holland America Line is offering its most diverse and extensive European program ever with six ships, including the soon-to-be-launched Eurodam, cruising to 166 ports of call on 70 itineraries from March through November. Cruises range from 10 to 50 days, and enable guests to combine non-repeating itineraries to form a Collectors’ Voyage with special pricing.

Noordam will sail two alternating 10-day Mediterranean itineraries roundtrip Civitavecchia (Rome). Roman Empires visits the eastern Mediterranean and Mediterranean Enchantment sails the western Mediterranean and includes North Africa.

Oosterdam returns to Europe for a series of three 12-day Mediterranean sailings with two overnight stays in Venice and either Barcelona or Istanbul. Mediterranean Empires sails round-trip Venice, Mediterranean Romance sails Venice to Barcelona and Mediterranean Tapestry sails a reverse itinerary from Barcelona to Venice.

Eurodam and Rotterdam are cruising in Scandinavia, Russia and the Norwegian fjords on 10- and 12-day sailings. Eurodam will sail 10-day round-trip Copenhagen itineraries, which include scenic cruising in either Sweden or Norway, while Rotterdam will feature 12-day sailings between Rotterdam and Copenhagen with a two-day stay in St. Petersburg. Rotterdam also will sail a one-time, 12-day voyage between Rotterdam and Copenhagen, called Northern Strongholds that offers unique opportunities to visit many castles and features an overnight in Stockholm.

Maasdam offers a 35-day Voyage of the Vikings with calls in Iceland, Greenland and the Baltic, roundtrip Boston, also available one way to or from Rotterdam. After a trans-Atlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia, Prinsendam will explore Portugal, Spain and Italy offering northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries ranging from 14 to 30 days, ending with a 24-day “European Farewell” trans-Atlantic crossing from Athens to Fort Lauderdale.

Cruise fares for the 2009 European sailings start at $1,699 per person, double occupancy.