On a Holland America Line cruise, explore Turkey, a country that for millennia has straddled East and West, Christianity and Islam, independence and invasion. Experience Istanbul’s magnificent Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Visit (Kusadasi) Ephesus, where one of the earliest Christian churches took root. Spend a day cruising the Dardanelles between the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean, one of the world’s most strategically important waterways. Relax on a sunny beach in Marmaris, once a safe haven for Alexander the Great.
Cruising The Dardanelles
Evening cruising Stromboli Volcano
One of eight Lipari Islands off the north coast of Sicily, tiny Stromboli is the most active—in that it is home to the second-most-active volcano on Earth, one that's been erupting continuously for more than 2,000 years. Most visitors who cruise around the island have a singular focus: the volcano. It perfectly matches one’s image of the legendary geographical feature—cone-shaped, topped by a fiery crater that spews fountains of glowing red lava, and best seen at night. Despite being an active-volcanic island, Stromboli has two settlements: Stromboli Town in the island’s northeastern corner and smaller Ginostra on its west coast.