Mediterranean Tapestry

23 July - 4 August 2018

Duration

12 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

11 Ports

23 July

Setting sail from 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.

Our tip

For the ultimate boozy lunch head to Can Paixano, also known as La Xampanyeria, where local residents, office workers and the odd adventurous tourist crowd around the bar and tuck into sandwiches washed down with Cava.

24 July

France: Marseille

25 July

Monaco: Monte Carlo

26 July

Italy: Florence / Pisa (Livorno)

27 July

Italy: Rome (Civitavecchia)

28 July

Italy: Naples

29 July

Italy: Taormina

30 July

At sea

31 July

Greece: Corfu

1 August

Croatia: Dubrovnik

2 August

Montenegro: Kotor

3-4 August

Arriving in 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.

Don't miss

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection houses an eclectic assortment of works from the likes of Picasso, Magritte and Jackson Pollock. There is also a lovely garden facing on to the Grand Canal, with a rather rude sculpture of a rider on horseback.

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 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.

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.

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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