Seattle, WA, Oct 16 â€” For those with less time on their hands who still want to take a cruise holiday that abounds with popular ports of call, Holland America Lineâ€™s newest ship, the Signature-class, ms Eurodam, will sail two 4-day and one 2-day itineraries between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Dover (London), England, in July 2009 that make the perfect midsummer getaway. Guests wanting to take a longer holiday can book the voyages in combination with extended cruises to form 12- and 14-day Collectorsâ€™ Voyages.
â€œWe understand that some travelers are looking for a quick and relaxing holiday, which is why we developed these shorter, exciting itineraries,â€ said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. â€œWeâ€™ve put together some fascinating ports, so whether guests book a four-day cruise or a full 14-day Collectorsâ€™ Voyage, theyâ€™re going to have an unforgettable, premium-cruise experience.â€
The first 4-day itinerary departs July 2, 2009, and sails from Copenhagen to Dover (London). Along the way, the lineâ€™s 2,104-passenger ship will call at Oslo, Norway, with a late-night departure so guests can enjoy the local nightlife and have time to become fully immersed in Scandinaviaâ€™s third-largest city. The ship also calls at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a charming city rich in culture, history and ambiance.
The second 4-day cruise departs July 6 and sails round-trip Dover. The port-intensive itinerary visits an impressive three countries during its short journey. Eurodam first calls at Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium, a city overflowing with history and known for its chocolate, beer, waffles and diamonds. Next, the vessel calls at Cherbourg, France, where it stays until midnight allowing for plenty of extra time to explore the Normandy port. St. Peter Port, Guernsey, is the final call en route to Dover, and guests will be greeted by the islandsâ€™ charming 18th-century Georgian houses, pubs, cafÃ©s and restaurants.
Eurodam sails a 2-day mini-holiday from Dover to Copenhagen, departing July 10, that is ideal for the traveler looking to experience Eurodam or simply enjoy a brief respite from the everyday demands of day-to-day life.
12 & 14-day Collectorsâ€™ Voyages
A 14-day Copenhagen to Dover (London) Collectorâ€™s Voyage sets sail June 22 with one repeated call at Copenhagen. In addition to scenic cruising through the pine-tree covered Stockholm Archipelago, ports of call include WarnemÃ¼nde (Berlin); Tallinn, Estonia; and an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia. From St. Petersburg, Eurodam continues its sailing making calls at Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Kiel, Germany; Oslo and Amsterdam.
The 12-day Collectorsâ€™ Voyage combines the two-day Eurodam sampler cruise departing July 10, and continues on its Copenhagen round-trip journey to WarnemÃ¼nde (Berlin), Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (overnight), Tallinn and Kiel.
For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Lineâ€™s Grand Voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com