SEATTLE — Books have opened for Holland America Line’s 2022 Europe season featuring dozens of itineraries and a new combination of ships, including two Pinnacle Class vessels.
From April through October, itineraries ranging from seven to 21 days will be offered aboard the Rotterdam, Neiuw Statendam, Westerdam and Volendam. The ships will explore the Baltic, British Isles, French and Spanish Rivieras, Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean and Northern Europe including Iceland, Greenland, Norway and the North Cape.
For a limited time, guests who book 2022 Europe cruises by Feb. 28, 2021 can receive up to US$2,300 in amenities, including a free Signature Beverage Package, pre-paid gratuities, free Signature Dining Package and 50% reduced deposits, plus free Wi-Fi for suites. Europe cruise pricing starts at $1,499 per person, double occupancy, for a seven-day sailing (taxes, fees and port expenses are additional).
Here are some highlights of the 2022 Europe season:
150th ANNIVERSARY TRANSATLANTIC: On Oct. 15, 1872, Rotterdam 1 – the first Holland America Line ship – embarked on its maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. Exactly 150 years later on Oct. 15, 2022, Rotterdam VII will depart Rotterdam once again to recreate the historic crossing on its 150th anniversary with calls at Plymouth, England and an overnight in New York City before continuing to Fort Lauderdale.
8 DEPARTURE CITIES: Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Boston, Massachusetts; Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Piraeus (Athens), Greece
14 OVERNIGHT PORTS: Dublin, Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; Le Havre (Paris), France; New York, New York; Reykjavik, Iceland; Rouen (Paris), France; South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Valletta, Malta; and Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Venice.
18 EVENING DEPARTURE CITIES (between 10 p.m.-midnight): Bordeaux and La Rochelle, France; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Dublin; Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia; Haifa, Israel; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Lisbon, Portugal; Livorno (Pisa/Florence) and Ravenna, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Mykonos and Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Ponta Delgada, Azores; Portland and Gibraltar, United Kingdom; and Warnemünde, Germany.
- Westerdam will sail the entire 2022 Europe season in the Mediterranean on cruises roundtrip from Venice, as well as between Barcelona, Venice, Civitavecchia and Piraeus. The seven- and 12-day itineraries cover the eastern and western Med, including Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia, France and Spain.
- The Pinnacle Class Nieuw Statendam sails seven-day cruises between Barcelona, Venice, Civitavecchia and Piraeus. The ship spans the eastern and western Med, including Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Sicily. In May, the ship sails from Barcelona to Copenhagen on a 12-day voyage along the Iberian Peninsula.
- Volendam offers the Europe Voyages of Distinction program, which are specially curated for guests looking to go off the beaten path. The ship will offer 14-day cruises roundtrip from Venice and between Civitavecchia and Venice that include ports like Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt, Ashdod and Haifa in Israel, and Kuadasi (Ephesus), Turkey.
- The Pinnacle Class Rotterdam returns to Northern Europe for a second season in 2022. The ship will sail seven-day Norwegian Fjord cruises roundtrip from Amsterdam as well as 13- and 14-day itineraries roundtrip from Amsterdam and between Amsterdam and Rotterdam to the Baltic and North Cap, up across the Arctic Circle.
- Volendam sails 13- to 21-day cruises roundtrip from Rotterdam, along with one ‘European River Explorer’ itinerary from Rotterdam to Civitavecchia. The cruises visit the Baltic, Norway and North Cape, British Isles and a ‘Northern Capitals’ itinerary that visits Dublin, Dover (London), Rouen (Paris) and Zeebrugge (Brussels).
- Nieuw Statendam offers three Northern Europe cruises to the Baltic and Northern Isles ranging from 10-14 days, all roundtrip from Copenhagen.
- Departing July 16, Nieuw Statendam will sail a ‘Viking Passage’ itinerary from Copenhagen to Boston, calling at Iceland, Greenland and Canada over 18 days.
- In April, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Volendam and Westerdam will cross the Atlantic Ocean, departing Fort Lauderdale for Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Civitavecchia, respectively. The crossings range from 13 to 15 days.
- Come November, Volendam and Westerdam will make their way back to Fort Lauderdale via Civitavecchia and Barcelona.
Many of the cruises can be extended into Collectors’ Voyages, which range from 14-35 days. These longer journeys combine non-repeating, back-to-back itineraries, enabling guests to visit more ports and spend extra time in destination.