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Experience a Night of Enchantment in Italy’s “City of Canals” with a Signature Experience

Sustained by stilts built into the sea floor, Venice, Italy, hovers magically atop the ocean’s surface. The gravity-defying charm and opulent architecture of the “floating city” will have guests feeling like they are taking a trip back in time.

Starting in 2018, guests of Holland America Line can appreciate the city in all its glory with the “Venice: An Evening on the Grand Canal” Signature Experience.

Venice Canal

Guests will take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal.

The two-night tour begins with an evening on the beautifully constructed Grand Canal, the main waterway of Venice. As most ground transportation is banned within the city, tourists and citizens alike travel almost exclusively by gondola or water taxi throughout the City of Bridges. Guests will enjoy a trip through this storied canal system and end at a 16th-century palace overlooking the Grand Canal.

Venice Canal Building

The canal trip will take guests to a 16th century palace.

Once guests arrive at the palace overlooking water, they will truly spend a night in Venetian opulence as they are greeted with appetizers, drinks and authentic Venetian music.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, guests are in for a royal surprise! During the palace soirée, one member of a Venetian noble family will join guests as they enjoy the night.


Appetizers and cocktails will be served at the palace soirée

Holland America Line’s new Signature Experiences are specially curated encounters offered before select cruises. In Europe, the tours depart from five fascinating cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome and Venice. Each 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.

Book a suite on select sailings and the Signature Experience is a complimentary perk. However, space is limited and reservations are required for all participants.

  • Thomas K Blaedon

    Will the Signature Experience be offered for Rome prior to cruise embarkations in 2019? If so do you know which cruises and dates will offer this enhancement? Thank you.
    Tom Blaedon
    Mariner #003074861

  • Julie

    Hi Tom, the Signature Experiences are no longer being offered in Europe.

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