Today is International Artists Day, and Holland America Line has a lot to celebrate surrounding this day. From our incredible partnership with Rijksmuseum and our museum-focused EXC Tours to our new partnership with ArtLink and the thought-provoking art adorning our ships, art is at the heart of the Holland America Line experience
By Copenhagen-based photographer Nikolaj Lund.
Guests can now enjoy an exclusive art experience with an ever-changing selection of photographs, sculptures, crafts, paintings – plus participate in a number of interactive art events and take home a genuine memento of their experience. The new program offered through our partnership with ArtLink is centered in an onboard gallery space exhibiting works by emerging artists curated from the destinations Holland America Line visits. So when a ship is in the Caribbean, the gallery will showcase works of Caribbean art made by a local artist. Likewise for ships in Alaska, South America, Asia, Europe … no matter where you might sail, the Artlink Gallery will allow you to take home a piece of art that is genuine, representative of the culture and authentic.
Holland America Line’s partnership with Rijksmuseum — the Museum of the Netherlands in Amsterdam — celebrates the company’s Dutch heritage. With Rijksmuseum at Sea on Westerdam, reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous masterpieces are showcased at a dedicated space located on Deck One of the Atrium. Guests also can view videos about the museum and its collections on the in-stateroom television.
The addition of Rijksmuseum contributed to Westerdam’s win.
In addition to Rijksmuseum at Sea, guests can have an exclusive visit to the museum in the Netherlands on Holland America Line’s pre-cruise Signature Experience in Amsterdam: “Amsterdam: An Evening at the Rijksmuseum.” Each Signature Experience is a Holland America Line exclusive and includes immersive cultural tours, entertainment, luxurious two-night hotel accommodations and complimentary transfers from the airport to the hotel and to the ship.
Imagine skipping the crowds entirely and relishing one of the world’s most renowned art museums with a small, exclusive group of art lovers! After a cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres, guests are taken on an after-hours tour of the Rijksmuseum Honor Gallery, followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner.
Home to enchanting landscapes, remarkable architecture and rich history, a Holland America Line cruise to Europe opens the door to incredible experiences and opportunities. One of the top attractions luring tourists year-round is the art scene. From impressive statues to mesmerizing paintings, Europe is an art lover’s mecca that will leave any visitor in awe.
Statue of David & Uffizi Museum
Livorno (Florence), Italy
The Renaissance-era port city of Livorno, Italy, is the gateway to Florence, one of Italy’s most artistically significant cities and arguably the seat of the Renaissance. The Statue of David & Uffizi Museum EXC Tour is a dream come true for any self-professed art connoisseur or history buff. Explore the Historic Center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and witness the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza Della Signoria, Palazza Vecchio and the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge.
Then it’s time to venture to the renowned Accademia and Uffizi Museum & Gallery. One of the oldest and most famous museums of the western world, it’s rivaled only by the Louvre in its collection of Renaissance works. What was once the world’s first art school is now the home of one the greatest sculptures of all time — David by Michelangelo. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Annunciation, Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Rembrandt’s self-portraits are here, as well.
Panoramic Athens & The Benaki Museum
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
While the Athenian lifestyle is known for late-night dinners and dancing until dawn, the city shines brightly by day in the bustling markets, lively cafés and fascinating museums that illuminate Greece’s past and present. Get your art-fix with our Panoramic Athens & Benaki Museum EXC Tour. The Benaki Museum recently has undergone a thorough modernization and has been extended with the addition of a new wing! There are more than 30,000 items here illustrating the character of every period of Greek history — antiquity, Roman domination, medieval and Byzantine times, the fall of Constantinople, the Ottoman and Frankish occupation, the War of Independence, and the formation of the modern state!
A Private Evening Viewing At The Hermitage
St. Petersburg, Russia
Among St. Petersburg’s main tourist attractions, the Hermitage is its most famous. It is one of the world’s greatest art museums and the largest museum in the world — with almost three million objects collected in five buildings. Enjoy a special treat with our EXC Tour — A Private Evening Viewing At The Hermitage.
The Hermitage Museum will open at night for an evening viewing exclusively for you and your fellow Holland America Line guests. Located within the Winter Palace, on the banks of the Neva River, the Hermitage Museum is a work of art in itself. Explore the museum, created by Czarina Catherine the Great in 1764 and now ranking among the world’s finest museums. Her original purchase of 225 canvasses by Dutch and Flemish masters provided the nucleus of today’s collection, which consists of almost three million exhibits and represents many cultures. Today, 353 rooms are filled with masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and others.
Holland America Line’s cruises to Europe feature some of the most interesting and exciting cities in the world, particularly for the vast amount of art and culture found in nearly every port. Almost anywhere you call during a Europe cruise will feature a museum and an opportunity for you to quench your thirst for knowledge about the area. The only thing left to figure out is which one is first on your list.