Transatlantic Cruises

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Cruise to Barcelona

Explore Barcelona: Our Destination Guides, in partnership with AFAR, offer guests the most distinctive and insightful guides to our ports of call, along with personalization tools to help you plan your perfect journey.

Barcelona effuses the ancient, the modernist, and the Gaudi. Legend has it the city was founded by Hercules 400 years before the founding of Rome. Whatever the truth, the city today is a global capital of commerce, fashion, culture, and sunshine (the city gets about 300 days of it a year). Cruise visitors should start with a walk down Las Ramblas, the glorious tree-shaded thoroughfare at the heart of the city. Claim a patch of sand on one of the city beaches. But, most of all, see what visionary architect Antoni Gaudi wrought. Seven of his creations have been honored as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including La Sagrada Familia, the Park Guell, and Casa Mila.

Cherbourg (Normandy), France

Cherbourg (Normandy), France

Cruise to Cherbourg

The town is pastille-bright in the resonant 1964 musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," which marked the major-film debut of Catherine Deneuve. The real-life town of Cherbourg is no less a delight. Visit Place General de Gaulle, where cruise travelers can find great cafes (try an assiette de fruits de mer) and good people-watching. Shop the boutiques on rue Tour-Carree and rue de la Paix. Hike up to Fort du Roule to explore the grounds and catch the view toward England. Then stop by the Musee de la Liberation for a bit of local history.

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

Cruise to Funchal (Madeira)

Tropical colors pop bright and beautiful and sunshine prevails in the Madeira Islands, where it stays pleasant and comfortable all year. Plus, the plants that grow here show their appreciation for the sunshine and caretakers by offering up a worldwide attraction in floral variety. Think rich emerald greens, azure seas, perfect little beaches, and well protected natural habitats. While in the Bay, note the reds of rooftops and blooming hibiscus flowers. Take advantage of the variety of attractions on shore, from street markets to cable car rides up to fantastic vistas.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Cruise to Lisbon

Lisbon was for many years Europe's main portal of debarkation for the rest of the planet. Ships captained by Portuguese explorers like Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan skittered across the globe, hauling treasure home and making Lisbon a global capital. So it's appropriate to arrive by ship. Cruise to Lisbon, situated on a wide bay where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, and the white facades of its ancient neighborhoods lead uphill to the iconic Castelo de São Jorge. Other landmarks include the World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both built in Lisbon's native Manueline architectural style.

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Cruise to Malaga

Every city is a palimpsest, but Malaga takes it to an extreme. The walls of its Phoenician ur-city are visible in the basement of the Picasso Museum. The best-preserved Moorish citadel in Spain is located next to the Roman theater, which was rediscovered in 1951. The nearby caverns of Nerja provided refuge to humans 30,000 years ago and modern tourists alight along the Costa Del Sol during the eight-month-long summer season. Cruise guests can visit the old castles, the museums, and the beaches. Or chew some scenery with a Malaga sweet wine and a plate of tapas.

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Cruise to Ponta Delgada

Give a volcano enough time and it will subside into middle-aged gentility. So it is on the Azores island of Sao Miguel, where the mountains have furred over with forests and grasslands, and their calderas transformed into pristine lakes. The climate is Mediterranean and Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, is kissed with highs in the 70s most of the year. Founded by the Portuguese in the mid-1400s, Ponta Delgada offers cruise guests a feast of Baroque architecture. See the Portas de Cidade, the city hall, and the Baixia area. Outside of town, be sure to see the hot springs in Furnas and the rolling volcanic landscapes around Lagoa do Fogo, Lagoa Verde, and Lagoa Azul.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Cruise to Reykjavik

Explore Reykjavik: Our Destination Guides, in partnership with AFAR, offer guests the most distinctive and insightful guides to our ports of call, along with personalization tools to help you plan your perfect journey.

Iceland is being slowly torn in two. The country sits atop the mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are pulling away from each other. The end result is that Iceland hisses, fizzes, and bursts with volcanic energy that powers the island nation and makes for a fantasia of attractions for cruise visitors. Reykjavik, the capital city, is noted for its abundant parks, brightly colored houses, and steaming thermal pools. And music. The city has an incredibly vibrant music scene, and Icelandic bands have had an outsize effect on the world music scene.

Transatlantic crossings and the glorious capitals of Europe

Transatlantic crossings still entice and inspire our guests as they have since our beginnings 140 years ago. Our spacious, elegant ships tempt you to rediscover the romance of classic travel by combining innovative Mediterranean and Northern Europe journeys with our gracious, award-winning service. The refined, sophisticated five-star dining—meets the untamed as blue whales breech near the Azores, or in Andalucia where newborn foals frolic in the shadow of a bullring. Longer stays in Copenhagen, Lisbon, St. Petersburg and Venice provide the perfect way to experience Europe with only one (or in some cases no) international flight.

For an exceptional value, choose a Transatlantic Collectors’ Voyage and expand your exploration of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Click on Collectors’ Voyages to learn more about Transatlantic cruise vacations that begin and/or end in unforgettable cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome), Fort Lauderdale, New York, Venice and more.

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Longer, more in-depth itineraries

Holland America Collectors' Cruises

Holland America Line's Transatlantic Collectors' Voyages are perfect for true explorers who seek an in-depth experience at an exceptional value. Transatlantic crossings are combined with Mediterranean and/or Northern Europe cruises to create port-rich itineraries that deftly blend fascinating days of discovery ashore with relaxing time at sea. Take the long way home, exploring the best sights that line the Mediterranean rim en route. Trace Viking paths through Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland and Newfoundland on an epic adventure from Amsterdam to New York. Or indulge in our extensive Azores & Portugal, Collectors’ Voyage and see it all. Look for our Collectors' Voyage icon.

With Collectors' Voyages, experience Europe as few can:

  • Reap the greatest cruise vacation value: Collectors' Voyages are combined itineraries priced as one cruise, giving you the best per-day value and often providing additional discounts.
  • With combined itineraries, enjoy more days at sea indulging in onboard luxuries and activities like our Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, Digital Workshop powered by Windows®, dance classes or just relaxing on your private verandah and enjoying 24-hour, complimentary room service. We take care to provide unique onboard activities throughout your cruise vacation.
  • Experience, learn and simply do more ashore with additional days to participate in our wide variety of shore excursions.
  • On select itineraries, enjoy overnight stays in more favorite ports of call. Spend one day exploring museums and famous sites and your second day hanging out with locals in the pubs, galleries, and shops of Europe's great cities.

Time to enjoy life's pleasures

Time is life's greatest luxury and the beauty of a Holland America Line Transatlantic cruise is the time you have to savor unique experiences both on shore and on board. Not only will you delight in port-rich itineraries with calls to off-the-beaten-path European ports, but we you will also have time to indulge in the award-winning service, activities and amenities that are integral to Holland America Line cruise vacations. One day you might opt to be pampered in our Greenhouse Spa and Salon, another day elect to attend our Explorations Speaker Series for an in depth understanding of upcoming destinations. Between naps by the pool, learn about great wines and fabulous food preparation at our wine bar and Culinary Arts Center or enjoy a latte, read The New York Times and check your email in our Explorations Café. Attend our new Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows®, and impress family and friends back home with your new digital photo and video skills and online blogging and social networking prowess. Or simply relax with friends or a favorite book in one of our inviting public areas, rich with polished wood and soft leather furniture. Of course with complimentary 24-hour room service and spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, many with private verandahs, you may opt to simply "stay in" and enjoy the view.

All of our Transatlantic cruise vacations include port-rich itineraries to unique and iconic European ports, and full at sea days spent cruising between destinations. We invite you to indulge in the luxury of time and enjoy it all.


Do You Offer A Cancellation Protection Plan?

Holland America Line's Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) is designed to help protect your vacation investment from loss. CPP is available for purchase on Holland America Line Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, and is offered as a Standard Plan or a Platinum Plan. Be it illness, family matters, unforeseen work events - anything, CPP is a product that enables you to cancel your vacation plans before you leave, for any reason and receive a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Four reasons to choose the Holland America Line Cancellation Protection Plan:

  1. YOU CAN CANCEL BEFORE DEPARTURE FOR ANY REASON. Even if it's up to 24 hours before departure under our Standard Plan or right up to departure with our Platinum Plan. Your reservation may be easily cancelled for any reason whatsoever - no claim forms to submit or fine print to review.

  2. YOU GET MONEY BACK. Holland America Line refunds 80-90% of eligible amounts paid, regardless of your reason for canceling, as long as you cancel more than 24 hours prior to departure (right up to departure with the Platinum Plan).

  3. SAME PRICE FOR ALL AGES. We offer the same excellent protection for everyone, at the same cost.

  4. NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. Our Standard and Platinum Plans do not contain pre-existing condition exclusions.

Our Standard and Platinum plans at a glance

Unforeseen events do happen. When you book your next cruise, be sure to ask about our Cancellation Protection Plans to protect your cruise investment.

CPP Standard Plan – Provided by Holland America Line

Our Standard Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP Standard Plan) will allow you, for any reason, to provide written cancellation up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line and receive a refund equal to 80% of the eligible amounts paid. CPP Standard is available to all guests, regardless of residency.

In addition, Holland America Line (HAL) automatically assumes an additional $500 (USD) of liability for lost, damaged or delayed baggage of guests who purchase the CPP Standard Plan still subject, however, to the limitations in our baggage policies. For example, we do not cover losses while baggage is in the custody of airlines. Please review our Baggage Policy.

Please note: The CPP Standard Plan is not insurance – this is an optional purchase offered by and administered by Holland America Line. It may be added to your reservation to provide you with trip cancellation protection for up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled travel. It provides no rights other than those explained above. For example, it does not protect double-triple-quad occupancy rates should one or more members of your party cancel, nor does it cover expenses for unused services due to trip interruption.

The CPP Standard Plan is available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of CPP Standard is non-refundable. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. To add our Cancellation Protection Standard Plan to your new or existing bookings, please call us at 1‐877‐932‐4259.

CPP Platinum

Our Platinum Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP Platinum) enables you to supplement the benefits provided under the CPP Standard Plan with higher cancellation reimbursement and extends the eligible cancellation period up until the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line. CPP Platinum also provides insurance coverage for trip delays and interruptions, medical expenses and much more. In addition, CPP Platinum includes 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services.

CPP Platinum is comprised of the following:

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver
Provided by Holland America Line

You may cancel for any reason prior to the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line and receive reimbursement equal to 90% of the eligible amounts paid to Holland America Line. Note: CPP Platinum does not protect double-triple-quad occupancy rates should one or more members of your party cancel prior to departure.

Underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company

  • Trip Interruption: Enables you to cancel or interrupt your cruise vacation for illness, injury or death to you, an immediate family member or a traveling companion, as well as certain other non-medical reasons affecting you or your traveling companion, and receive up to 150% of your cruise vacation cost.
  • Trip Delay: If you miss the departure of your cruise due to carrier-caused delays or other specified reasons, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for additional accommodations, meals and “catch-up” transportation expenses.
  • Baggage Protection: If your baggage or personal property is lost or damaged, you will be reimbursed up to $1,000. If your bags are delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for more than 24 hours, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for the purchase of necessary personal effects.
  • Medical Expense Coverage: Should you become injured or sick during your vacation, you will be reimbursed up to $10,000 for medical expenses.
  • Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: In the event that serious illness or injury requires air or ground transportation to a specialized facility or to return home, you will be provided up to $50,000 in covered medical services and supplies (coordinated by our 24-hour assistance provider) to help ensure your safe transport. Repatriation coverage provides for shipment of remains in the event of death during the cruise vacation.

The Travel Insurance Program is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OH, OR, VT, WA and WY Policy Form #'s TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS. Certain coverages are under series TAHC6000 and TAHC7000.

Provided by On Call International

Provides 24-hour assistance services including: pre-cruise health, safety and weather information; assistance with travel changes; lost luggage assistance; emergency cash transfer assistance; emergency medical and dental assistance; lost travel document assistance; and emergency medical payment assistance.

Note that the benefits and services provided in CPP Platinum are available only to guests who enroll in and pay the appropriate program cost to Holland America Line. Payment of the required cruise deposit does not automatically activate enrollment in CPP Platinum Protection. In order to activate enrollment, you must pay the appropriate program costs in addition to the required cruise deposit amount.

IMPORTANT: This is only a brief description of the program. A summary of the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you or your travel advisor. For details of the terms, conditions and exclusions of CPP Platinum, view the CPP Platinum plan description.

The CPP Platinum Plan is in effect for cancellations for any reason up to the start of your scheduled travel. Other benefits and services provided in CPP Platinum are effective once you depart on your trip.

The CPP Platinum Plan is optional and available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of the cancellation portion of CPP Platinum is non-refundable. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. To add our Cancellation Protection Platinum Plan to your new or existing bookings, please call us at 1‐877‐932‐4259.

If you have any questions regarding CPP Platinum Protection, please contact Aon Affinity at 1‐800‐453‐4047.

The Holland America Cancel For Any Reason Waiver may be purchased separately from the Travel Insurance Program. Contact 1-877-538-3815 for details.

This program was designed and is administered by Aon Affinity.
Aon Affinity is the brand name for the brokerage and program administration operations of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (TX 13695); (AR 244489); in CA & MN, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. (CA 0795465); in OK, AIS Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.; in CA, Aon Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (CA 0G94493), Aon Direct Insurance Administrators and Berkely Insurance Agency and in NY, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency. Affinity Insurance Services is acting as a Managing General Agent as that term is defined in section 626.015(14) of the Florida Insurance Code. As an MGA we are acting on behalf of our carrier partner.


updated 4/21/15