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Setting sail from Rotterdam
One of the great ports of Europe, Rotterdam's impressive skyline can be seen from far and wide. With great architecture both ancient and modern, fantastic exhibition and concert halls, theatres, pretty galleries and numerous museums, there is so much to do when you stay here. Excellent restaurants reflect global influences, and in this metropolitan city there is also a great night life. During the day, the shopping is excellent, and countless small harbours are situated along the banks of Rotterdam's river, the Maas, each with its own unique character.
The Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube), part of an innovative new development designed by Piet Blom, is a furnished exhibition house, demonstrating a way of living unlike any other.
Wonderful Copenhagen is the perfect city to explore on foot, by bicycle or by water. Visit the bustling wharf at Nyhavn, enjoy the palaces, galleries and museums, wander through the amazing Tivoli Gardens, and if you have time, make the most of Copenhagen’s gastronomic revolution.
Germany: Warnemünde (Rostock)
The old Hanseatic port of Rostock was heavily damaged in the Second World War, though attractive enclaves of historic architecture remain. The little village of Warnemünde, a suburb of Rostock, is home to one of the most appealing beaches on the Baltic coast.
The historic harbour city of Tallinn in Estonia is really quite captivating. Just the perfect size to explore on foot, its medieval (and UNESCO listed) town centre, with its cobblestone streets and a busy Town Hall Square, is the perfect introduction to Estonia’s rich history.
Russia: St Petersburg
Lovely St Petersburg, the jewel in the crown of Baltic cities, features so much to see and do, with its high art, lavish architecture, dramatic history and rich cultural traditions. An extraordinary wealth of treasures sit alongside historical tales which will captivate and intrigue you.
Finland’s lovely capital Helsinki is a maritime city, with the sea on three sides and almost 100 kilometres of shoreline, as well as around 300 islands. Its contemporary architecture and focus on modern design sit surprisingly well alongside its four hundred year history.
The buzzing city of Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Many sights will delight; the busy waterfront, the cobbled streets in the Old Town, and the museums, palaces, gardens and galleries. And of course, just 20 minutes away, its archipelago of 30,000 islands offers a totally different experience.
Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, but it’s also a compact and likeable place with a burgeoning cultural scene and a large student population. The combination of superb restaurants, attractive cobbled streets and excellent museums make Aarhus an unexpected highlight of any cruise around the Baltic.
One of the great ports of Europe, Rotterdam’s impressive skyline can be seen from far and wide. With great architecture both ancient and modern, fantastic exhibition and concert halls, theatres, pretty galleries and numerous museums, there is so much to do when you stay here.
Beautiful Bergen, Norway’s former capital, is a perfect city to explore on foot. Bryggen – the old Hanseatic wharf, and a UNESCO World Heritage site – still has the old harbour timber buildings, whilst other attractions include the funicular up Mount Floyen and the busy fish market.
United Kingdom: Lerwick
Lerwick is the only town of any size in the Shetland islands, and originally grew up around the herring trade. Highlights include the charming 18th century architecture along the waterfront and the informative Shetland Museum, which provides an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the islands.
Akureyri is Iceland’s second city, though with just 18,000 inhabitants it’s really more of a small town. Situated on the north coast at the head of Iceland’s largest fjord, it’s a cute and quirky place that also serves as a base from which to explore the bubbling mud pools and lunar landscapes around Lake Mývatn.
Ísafjörður is the largest town in Iceland’s wild Westfjords, dramatically located on a spit of sand hemmed in by mountains on three sides. The town itself is fairly low key, and the main attraction is exploring the surrounding landscapes, such as the spectacular Hornstrandir Peninsula.
Capital of Iceland and gateway to this extraordinary volcanic island, modern Reykjavík is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance. Visit the impressive Hallgrímskirkja church, relax in a thermal pool, potter around the old harbour, and enjoy 24 hour daylight in the summer months.
Qaqortoq is southern Greenland’s largest town, though with just 3,000 inhabitants it’s hardly crowded. A trip to the nearby hot springs at Uunartoq is recommended; relaxing in the 38°C water and watching icebergs drift across the bay is quite something.
Nanortalik is the southernmost city in Greenland, and sits on a small island at the mouth of the Tasermiut fjord. The name means ‘the place of polar bears’, since bears come to hunt on the sea ice in summer, and the town is also known for its unique choir singing culture.
Canada: St John's (Newfoundland)
Newfoundland’s capital is a laid back city with an arty vibe, situated on a dramatic harbour. The hilly streets lined with colourful row houses make for a great photo opportunity, and the downtown area is full of history, as well as some excellent pubs and a thriving folk music scene.
The natural harbour at Halifax is the second largest in the world after Sydney, and this charming city has a proud maritime heritage. Take a stroll along the historic waterfront, delve into the vibrant arts scene or explore the beautiful coastal scenery of Nova Scotia.
Arriving in Boston
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA, and in amongst the skyscrapers are plenty of red-brick buildings, a Georgian architecture that lends the city a distinctly European feel. The Freedom Trail is a 2 ½ mile walking route around the city that gives an excellent introduction to American history, and Boston is home to a wealth of cultural riches, including the superb Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the world famous Harvard University. Bostonians are also big sports fans, and one of the country's biggest baseball teams, the Red Sox, play their home matches at Fenway Park.
The food’s the thing (particularly New England lobster) so head for Faneuil Hall marketplace, and go in the Quincy Market Colonnade, the largest food hall in New England.
Your home from home
With just over 1,400 guests, this inviting mid-size ship is the perfect combination: small enough to maintain a friendly atmosphere and high levels of service, and large enough to offer plenty of choice and variety in dining and activity.
What we love
A Holland America ship is very distinctive, with an outstanding collection of art and sculpture on board that takes you back to the heritage of the company's maritime roots, and forward to its contemporary and innovative style.
|Crew||600 International Staff|
A relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere makes Rotterdam an excellent choice for stylish travellers enjoying space and elegance as they explore.
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Where to stay in Rotterdam
The Euromast observation tower has two exclusive, modern hotel suites, Heaven and Stars, over 100 metres above the ground.
See more of the Netherlands
Take a day trip to Kinderdijk, an authentic polder landscape with nineteen windmills – beautiful, and strangely fascinating too.
Our recommended hotel in Boston
We like the family owned Lenox – great location and very cosy.
Private tours in Boston
If you’re here at the right time of the year, don’t be cynical about a Fall Foliage tour – it’s breathtaking!