Five ships scheduled to cross he pond

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel DivaHolland America extends cruise pause

If all goes well,  beginning 2021, Holland America will be sending five ships to  explore Europe—from Greenland to Greece and Iceland  Israel.

Leading the way is Rotterdam which debuts during the height of the summer Europe season. Joining her are Statendam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam. This puts two Pinnacle Class ships in the region.  Then in July Zaandam sails  to Europe on the popular “Voyage of the Vikings” itinerary.

April to November itineraries

From April through November, the hand full of  ships will offer itineraries of seven to 35 days. There’s also as longer Collectors’ Voyages up to 29 days.

Departure options

Passengers have a variety of embarkation choices.  They can opt to sail from Amsterdam, Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Barcelona, Spain; and Civitavecchia (Rome) or Venice, Italy. The “Voyage of the Vikings” cruise sails roundtrip from Boston, Massachusetts, with a segment departure from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 A few overnights, too

Cruisers who enjoy spending more time in ports will like the itineraries that include overnight stops in Istanbul, Reykjavik, Iceland; Piraeus, Rhodes,  Rotterdam,  St. Petersburg, Valletta, and Venice. You can also combine Many of the cruises with Collectors’ Voyages ranging from 14 to 29 days. These artfully crafted longer journeys do nonrepeating, back-to-back itineraries.

Rotterdam spends maiden season in Northern Europe

On August 1, 2021 Rotterdam sails a seven-day Premiere Voyage from Venice to Rome. She then moves into a season of Northern Europe cruises roundtrip from Amsterdam. Through October, the ship does 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 her inaugural Europe season with a 14-day voyage from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale.

Nieuw Statendam cruises to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean

 Nieuw Statendam expects to do seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Amsterdam through August, along with a 14-day Voyage of the Midnight Sun cruise. This places 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.

‘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 Netherlands, Northern 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 2021

Holland America Line is placing two ships in the Mediterranean full-time for the season. Anchoring the  2021 program  are Westerdam and Zuiderdam.  Both will sail 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, Croatia.

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 offer.

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.

 Perks and discounts

HAL is offering a variety of amenties such as gratuities and free WiFi for suites. You’ll also get a discount if you prebook shore excursions by Sept. 23, 2020. Pavlus Travel agents are ready to get you these perks while booking you on any of these cruises on which

 For more information, contact a Pavlus travel advisor at 800-528-9300.


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