Holland America offers longer cruises, more ports in Europe 2024 | Popgen Tech
Holland America Line has completely refreshed and renewed its typical European routes for the 2024 season, with longer itineraries, new departure ports and longer stays to give guests the ultimate immersive experiences. Four different ships will sail in the region, giving travelers plenty of options for their ultimate exploration of Europe.
Four ships to offer dozens of routes
Four outstanding Holland America ships will offer European cruises in 2024, including two Pinnacle-class vessels, New State Dam and the brand new Rotterdamas well as the Vista class sister ships Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.
With only four ships, however, Holland America Line offers dozens of itineraries, with options to combine non-repetitive voyages for even longer cruises for the ultimate cultural, historical and artistic immersion in the region.
“Holland America Line’s 2024 European season is the biggest refresh we’ve done in the region in a long time,” said Holland America Line Chief Commercial Officer Beth Bodensteiner. “We are excited to offer new itineraries, more trips that are 14 and 21 days, different departure cities and unique country combinations.”
Nine departure cities are available in Europe during the 2024 season: Amsterdam, Ijmuiden and Rotterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia (Rome) and Trieste (Venice), Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; and Reykjavik, Iceland.
When transatlantic cruises repositioning to Europe are included as departure cities, Boston, Massachusetts and Fort Lauderdale, Florida are added to the list, for a total of 11 unique departure points.
This gives guests great options regardless of their travel interest for pre- or post-cruise plans, and provides the opportunity for travelers to further immerse themselves in European culture to fully appreciate the experience without feeling rushed.
Overnight ports and late departures
Other options for deeper experiences in famous European destinations are the overnight port calls and late-night departures planned in Holland America Line’s 2024 itineraries.
Overnight visits are scheduled for nine outstanding cities in seven different countries: Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia and Marghera (Venice), Italy; Haifa, Israel; Istanbul, Turkey; Reykjavik, Iceland; Piraeus (Athens) and Rhodes, Greece; and Valletta, Malta.
In each of these cities, guests can experience longer excursions and exciting nightlife rarely seen on cruises with shorter and more limited port calls.
Yet overnight visits are not the only option for deeper tours and longer say. Holland America Line has arranged for late departures (between 10pm and midnight) in 33 different cities in 17 different countries.
Included in late departures are such beautiful ports as Dublin, Ireland; Marseille, France; Liverpool, England; Mykonos, Greece; Port Said (Cairo), Egypt; Tallinn, Estonia; Stornoway, Scotland; and Warnemünde (Berlin), Germany.
Together, these late stops, overnight visits and oaf-rich routes offer eager guests unparalleled opportunities to travel across Europe. “Holland America Line’s 2024 season is the most diverse we’ve ever offered, truly having an itinerary for everyone,” Bodensteiner said.
Which ship is true
Northern Europe is a major focus for Holland America Line in 2024, with three of the four ships offering northern itineraries at least part of the season.
Rotterdam will offer round-trip sailings from its namesake city of Rotterdam, including both 7- and 14-night options to destinations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, England, Iceland, Finland and the Norwegian Fjords visit.
New State Dam will sail Baltic, British Isles, Northern Isles and Norway routes from both Copenhagen and Rotterdam, with both round trips. The ship will also offer a 14-night cruise to the Canary Islands, visiting Medeira, Gibraltar and Spain along the way, and later in the season the ship will offer Mediterranean itineraries from a variety of departure ports.
Zuiderdam will offer longer itineraries, including a 14-night Northern Europe sailing as well as a 21-night “Ultimate Viking Explorer” voyage, which can be combined for a longer 35-night exploration of 10 countries and 23 ports. A few more longer cruises can also be combined aboard Zuiderdam for a total trip of 42 nights visiting 21 unique ports.
Oosterdam will spend the entire 2024 European season in the Mediterranean with both eastern and western regional explorations from various departure points including Athens, Barcelona, Trieste, Civitavecchia and Piraeus.
Each ship will also offer exciting transatlantic cruises in the spring and fall.