Mediterranean Romance

15 October - 27 October 2018

Duration

12 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

10 Ports

15 October

Setting sail from Venice

Venice is a city like no other, a marble maze of turquoise canals criss-crossed by beautiful bridges, overflowing with palaces, churches and charming little piazzas. No matter how many times you've seen it in photographs, that first glimpse of the Grand Canal will simply take your breath away; it hardly seems credible that such a eye-popping scene could exist outside of a Canaletto painting. Of course Venice is a city that draws big crowds, especially in summer, but don't let this put you off; even the busiest areas are never more than a few steps from a quiet courtyard or a secluded square.

Our tip

The long, long queues for St Marks might put you off, but just book online in advance for timed entrance and bypass the exhausted tourists.

16 October

At sea

17 October

Croatia: Dubrovnik

18 October

Albania: Sarandë

19 October

Greece: Katakolon (Olympia)

20 October

At sea

21 October

Italy: Naples

22 October

Italy: Rome (Civitavecchia)

23 October

Italy: Florence / Pisa (Livorno)

24 October

Monaco: Monte Carlo

25 October

France: Toulon

26-27 October

Arriving in Barcelona

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, is one of our favourite ports of call. From the warren-like medieval streets of the Barri Gòtic to the fantastical modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí, from the dizzy heights of Mount Tibidabo to the golden sands of Barceloneta, there's never a dull moment in this most beguiling of cities. Take a stroll along the Ramblas, soak up the wonderful art of Picasso and Miró, or watch Lionel Messi work his mesmerising magic at the Camp Nou. Barcelona is truly a city with something for everyone.

Don't miss

Gaudí’s crowning masterpiece, the church of La Sagrada Familia, is an utterly unique building, a soaring structure that’s rich in bizarre little details. It’s also still not finished; despite the fact that construction began in 1882, the current completion date is scheduled for 2026!

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Westerdam in Venice
Holland America Line cruises - MS Westerdam Superior Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Oosterdam Vista Dining Room

Sister ships Oosterdam and Westerdam, each carrying just under 2,000 guests as part of Holland America’s Vista class series, are a combination of traditional comfort with modern technology, ensuring a smooth ride and a warm welcome.

What we love

We love the distinctive gallery style décor on board the Holland America ships, ranging from classic oils to contemporary photography. The eclectic mix of fascinating art works and sculptures can be toured and enjoyed, or simply appreciated as the backdrop to your leisurely cruise.

Capacity 1,916 Guests
Crew 817 International Staff
Style

An appealing combination of contemporary relaxation and classic traditions mean that you can choose the venue on board to suit your mood, from formal dining to lots of more casual options, and a wide choice of entertainments and activities.

Year Built 2003 (Oosterdam) / 2004 (Westerdam)
LAST REFURBISHED 2016 (Oosterdam) / 2010 (Westerdam)
Tonnage 82,305 grt (Oosterdam) / 82,348 grt (Westerdam)
Length 936 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 24 knots
More about MS Oosterdam

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Hotel Metropole, Venice

Our favourite hotel in Venice

The Metropole is an old favourite for its quieter location and lovely lagoon views.

See more of the Veneto

If you’ve time, take the train to Padova and visit the Scrovegni Chapel.

Hotel Arts, Barcelona

Where to stay in Barcelona

The lovely Hotel Arts on the sea front is perfectly located for a pre- or post-cruise stay, and has great restaurants too.

Girona, Spain

Explore Catalonia

Take a day trip to the attractive city of Girona, with its fascinating mix of Gothic, Moorish and Modernist architecture, as well as an exceptionally well preserved Jewish Quarter.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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