Holland America Explores the Baltic

Ana Figueroa Holland America Line will offer three Baltic itineraries in the summer of 2005 on the 1,848-passenger ms Westerdam and the 1,316-passenger flagship, ms Rotterdam. Passengers can chose from 10-day "Gems of the Baltic," 12-day "Treasures of Scandinavia and Russia," or 12-day "Vikings & Czar

By: Ana Figueroa

Holland America Line will offer three Baltic itineraries in the summer of 2005 on the 1,848-passenger ms Westerdam and the 1,316-passenger flagship, ms Rotterdam. Passengers can chose from 10-day "Gems of the Baltic," 12-day "Treasures of Scandinavia and Russia," or 12-day "Vikings & Czars” cruises.

The "Gems of the Baltic" cruise on the Westerdam is a roundtrip from Copenhagen. It calls in Estonia, and overnights in St. Petersburg, where guests can enjoy stunning historical highlights, such as the Hermitage Museum, a visit to the spectacular fountains designed by Peter the Great for his Summer Palace at Peterhof, and a special performance of the St. Petersburg opera at Yusupov Palace. The itinerary also calls in Helsinki, Finland, Stockholm and Visby in Sweden, and Warnemünde, Germany. The “Gems of the Baltic” cruises depart on July 30, August 9, 19, 29 or September 9, 2005.

The 12-day "Treasures of Scandinavia & Russia" itineraries on the Rotterdam visit the beautiful Oslofjord in Norway, and include an overnight in St. Petersburg. The Rotterdam sails from Copenhagen to Rotterdam on July 2 and 26, 2005. A reverse 12-day itinerary, the "Vikings & Czars" cruise, sails from Rotterdam to Copenhagen July 14 and August 7, 2005.

Both the Rotterdam and Westerdam feature the full compliment of Signature of Excellence product enhancements. Amenities include a Greenhouse Spa and fitness center, plush terry robes, fresh flowers in deluxe staterooms, wi-fi hotspots and onboard cooking demonstrations in a high-tech Culinary Arts Center.

Baltic cruise fares start at $1,799 per person, double occupancy for a 10-day cruise.

877-724-5425

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