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Shore Excursions Introduce A World of European Wines

Shore Excursions Introduce A World of European Wines

“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” -Benjamin Franklin Wine is among the oldest human indulgences – dating back to ancient Mesopotamia. Bottles of wine were buried in the Pharaoh’s tombs so they could entertain guests in the afterlife, the…   read more of “Shore Excursions…”

Touring the Great Capitals of Europe

Touring the Great Capitals of Europe

Holland America Line ships call at dozens of ports throughout Europe. From the smallest of Greek isles to the remotest of Norwegian towns, each itinerary is carefully crafted to feature lesser-visited calls, as well as visits to some of the most well-known and popular ports in the region. The names of certain cities go hand-in-hand…   read more of “Touring the Great…”

Postcards from the Eastern Mediterranean

Postcards from the Eastern Mediterranean

Calvi, Corsica: Napoleon lived here and Christopher Columbus was born here. Mind you, there were a few centuries between these two events but I was impressed. Corsica is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean and now belongs to France. Calvi is a very picturesque town on the coast and provided a lovely day…   read more of “Postcards from the…”

On Location: Opa! Welcome to Greece

On Location: Opa! Welcome to Greece

With the introduction of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program, onboard classes and demonstrations by local artists and professionals allow guests to familiarize themselves with the cultures they’ll be visiting around the world. “On Location” means that Holland America Line guests can learn to tango on the way to Argentina, take a cooking class taught…   read more of “On Location: Opa!…”

A Family Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

A Family Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Thanks to HAL guest Wil Leemans for sending in these great family photos that were taken while cruising with Nieuw Amsterdam last year.

Video: Exploring the Adriatic Aboard Noordam

Thanks to guest Noel Bell for sharing with us the video he made after his recent 15-day Adriatic Explorer Collectors Cruise on Noordam. I just finished this video. Hope you enjoy my trip’s highlights. I sailed on Noordam from Rome to Athens (15 Days) visiting Livorno, Florence, Venice, Naples and the Amalfi Coast in Italy;…   read more of “Video: Exploring…”

Lesbos Offers History, Stunning Views

Lesbos Offers History, Stunning Views

Lesbos, Greece, is a new port for me and Holland America. It is famous for the female poet, Sappho. The town is quite small with an attractive harbor front. I had a limited amount of time so chose to climb up to the castle and check out the history and views.

On Location: Belly Dancing on Noordam

On Location: Belly Dancing on Noordam

Lorna Gow just returned from a 12-day cruise on Noordam as a belly dancer with our On Location program. Read about her experience below. To see more of her cruise click here. What a beautiful Island! I flew into Rhodes in the afternoon. I was collected at the airport and taken to the hotel that…   read more of “On Location: Belly…”