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SEATTLE — It’s all systems go for Holland America Line, which is set to sail Europe in 2021 with five of its ships.
From April through November, the Rotterdam – scheduled to debut next summer – as well as Nieuw Statendam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam and Zaandam 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 also visit the Baltic, British Isles, French and Spanish Rivieras, Iberian Peninsula, the 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.”
Here’s an overview of where each ship will be sailing to:
The Rotterdam will sail a seven-day Premiere Voyage from Venice to Rome on Aug. 1, 2021 before moving into a season of Northern Europe cruises roundtrip from Amsterdam. Through October, the ship will offer three 7-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 will also be heading to Northern Europe in 2021 with seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Amsterdam through August. Along with a 14-day Voyage of the Midnight Sun cruise. This will place 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 itineraries.
Following its time in Northern Europe, the ship will then move to the Mediterranean and cruise roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on 10-day itineraries to the western part of the region. It will also offer singular seven-, nine-, and 12-day cruises in the Med.
Returning in 2021 is the popular ‘Voyage of the Vikings’, a 35-day journey that departs July 17 roundtrip from Boston. This epic journey will call at ports in the U.S., Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Two shorter segments from Boston to Rotterdam (16 days) or from Rotterdam to Boston (19 days) will also be available.
WESTERDAM & ZUIDERDAM
These two ships will be placed in the Mediterranean full-time for the 2021 season, 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 and Monte Carlo, along with bucket-list jewels like Koper (Slovenia), Limassol (Cyprus), and Rijeka (Croatia).
Many of the itineraries will feature an overnight in Venice or Athens at the beginning or end of the cruise.
From April through October, Westerdam will offer 12-day Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and Athens or Barcelona. Two 7-day itineraries with Saturday departures in July will offer week-long Greece and Turkey adventures, while a 12-day ‘Holy Land and Ancient Kingdoms’ itinerary roundtrip from Venice in May will chart a course for Haifa (Tel Aviv) and Ashdod (Jerusalem).
Zuiderdam’s full Mediterranean season will also include cruises roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and Athens or Barcelona. The ship will explore the Adriatic Sea, eastern and western Med, and the Greek Isles on 12-day itineraries.
SAVINGS & PROMOTIONS
For a limited time, guests who book 2021 Europe cruises by Sept. 30, 2020 can receive up to US$2,300 in amenities, including a free Signature Beverage Package, free gratuities, free Signature Dining Package and 50% reduced deposits, plus free Wi-Fi for suites.
Guests who make their 2021 Europe cruise reservations now can also take advantage of 20% off on shore excursions when pre-booked by Sept. 23, 2020.
For more information call 1-877-724-5425 or visit hollandamerica.com.