Cherbourg (Normandy), France

Embark on the voyage of a lifetime

Imagine sailing across the Atlantic in the frothy wake of legendary explorers, experiencing the familiar charms of the Old World and the delights of the New. On a Holland America Line Transatlantic cruise, you can embark on the adventure of a lifetime with people who’ve been sailing between Europe and North America for more than 140 years.

Transatlantic cruises offer some of the best values at sea, as well as some of the most unique cruise itineraries and EXC Tours™. Take a northerly route and you can explore a Shetland Island archaeological site where Neolithic, Iron and Bronze Age remains were first revealed by a winter storm in the 19th century. Tour the still-active Hengill Volcano which helps provide Reykjavik with clean hydro- and geo-thermal power. Retrace the Viking history of Tórshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands.

Take a southerly route and you’ll visit the Azores where you can tour a tea plantation and sample the best local blends, or embark on a whale watching expedition. In Funchal (Madeira), hop on a cable car and savor breathtaking views en route to the terraced Botanic Garden of Madeira, followed by a tasting of the wines for which the island is famous. During your stop in the Canary Islands’ Santa Cruz de Tenerife, take a leisurely paseo (promenade) along Calle Castillo a charming 17th-century street, lined with shops and cafes. There are so many different ways to put together a Transatlantic voyage and craft a vacation that suits your tastes, preferences and bucket list.

Whether you’re relaxing on your suite’s private verandah, savoring the view of Newfoundland’s rugged coast from the Panorama deck, exploring an ancient Viking encampment in Greenland, savoring a fine Madeira in the land of its birth or snorkeling off the coast of Half Moon Cay, our award-winning private island, a Holland America Line Transatlantic cruise is the most relaxing and authentic way to enjoy a epic and utterly unique adventure.


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Cherbourg (Normandy), France

Cherbourg (Normandy), France

Cruise to Cherbourg

Explore Cherbourg: 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.

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.

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 a 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.

Notice to New York Residents: The Holland America Cancel For Any Reason Waiver under the Platinum Plan may be purchased separately from the Travel Insurance Program. Contact 1-877-538-3815 for details.

TRAVEL INSURANCE PROGRAM - Underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Columbus, OH*

  • 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 could 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 could be reimbursed up to $1,000. If your bags are delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for more than 24 hours, you could 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 could 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 could 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.

This plan provides insurance coverage that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

*For departures as of 12/1/17, the Travel Insurance Program is underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Columbus, Ohio. For guests departing prior to 12/1/17, travel insurance 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.

WORLDWIDE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE - Services 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

To obtain your state-specific Certificate of Insurance providing the terms, conditions and exclusions of the certificate, visit

For guests departing prior to 12/1/17, please view the plan description at

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.

Note that CPP Platinum is not available to residents of Quebec or Puerto Rico.


updated October 2017