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Holland America Line

For over 150 years Holland America Line has been sailing the world and offering both new and experienced cruisers a diverse selection of itineraries and destinations to explore. The ships of Holland America sail to the world’s seven continents with over 600 cruise itineraries ranging from 1 to 112 days. The ms Amsterdam's 2012 World Cruise offers an incredible itinerary taking the avid traveler to each of the world's seven continents and is also offered in segments ranging from 18 to 50 days. Holland America's Enrichment Programs provide many unique opportunities to enhance the cruise experience.

Worldwide Destinations: Holland America itineraries include the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Canada and New England, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Transatlantic cruises and full world cruises. So, whether you’re setting off on your first cruise or are looking for a new destination to explore, Holland America Line will have an itinerary to satisfy your travel urge.

Exotic Ports: Holland America's destinations include many of the tried and true ports such as the Bahamas, Rome, Barcelona and Athens to more exotic ports such as Easter Island, Dubai, Mumbai and the Cook Islands. All of the itineraries are designed to provide an enriching vacation and enhance one's overall world experience. Many ports offer overnight stays to provide a complete cultural and historical understanding of the destination.

Pre and Post Cruise Tours: To further enhance the cruise experience Holland America offers a variety of unique pre and post cruise opportunities. Visit the mystical land of Machu Picchu and learn about Peru's lost Inca civilization. See the Xi'an's life size Terra Cotta Warriors standing ready for battle. Explore the astonishing Great Barrier Reef and immerse yourself in the brilliant coral and exotic tropical fish. Travel to the heart of the Amazon. Pre and Post Tours allow the traveler immerse themselves and gain new insights into the places that they visit.

The world is vast and full of unique and exotic destinations awaiting those seeking adventure. Holland America Line offers the discerning traveler wonderful way to visit new places in comfort and style.

Mediterranean Cruises

Mediterranean Cruises visit ports from Barcelona to Rome and beyond and generally last anywhere from 7 to 14 days. For many, it's the cruise of a lifetime. The sights, the sounds, the atmosphere and cuisine are all among the best in the world. Some of these cruises set sail for the Western Mediterranean, some head to the Eastern Mediterranean and many of the longer Mediterranean cruises visit both areas. So, let's take a look at the destinations, attractions and dining options that make the Mediterranean such an amazing cruise destination.

Destinations: Europe may be small in size but the history of this area is a long and storied tale. A Cruise on the Mediterranean Sea from Cyprus in the east to the Strait of Gibraltar in the west and all points in between offers a fantastic array of visuals. As you pass one of the 13 countries that border this large body of water, you'll be thrust into the cultures and experiences of which you've been dreaming. Both large and smaller cruise ships visit ports in Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Livorno/Pisa, Monte Carlo, the Greek Isles, Venice, Sicily and other areas along this gorgeous route. Popular shore excursions often involve visits to famed cities like Naples, Alexandria, Malta and Port Said. Interested in seeing, first-hand, the pyramids in Egypt? Want to tour the Catacombs of Rome? On a Mediterranean cruise, the options are endless.

Attractions: Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, Spain, is one of the most popular attractions for those interested in a Mediterranean experience. Visit La Sagrada Familia (Home of the Poor) the famed church designed by Antonio Gaudi, wander the narrow streets in the Bario Gotico (Gothic Quarter) or take a walk along the Calle Reina Christina, following in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso. In Athens, you can visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a stone theater built in 161 AD. A tour through the Ottoman buildings in Istanbul and a peek at the skyline dominated by Imperial Mosques will remind you that Turkey’s architecture is among the finest in the world. While in Pisa, after visiting the famous leaning tower, visit Knights' Square, one of the most important landmarks in Italy. Other favorites include the Salle Garnier opera house in Monte Carlo, the waterways of Venice and the Valle de Temple in Sicily, Italy.

Dining Options: Mediterranean cuisines are as varied as the cultures along the Mediterranean Sea. In Spain, tapas plates feature small, yet mouthwatering versions of both new and traditional Spanish dishes. But in Italy, the cuisine is markedly different, with pasta and other regional specialties taking top billing. Fans of Greek food will love the gyro, pork and oven-baked lamb dishes that dominate the dining landscape in Greece. One bite of an adana kebap on flat bread will win over any doubters in the deliciousness of Turkish cuisine. With all of these options, it may be hard to choose the perfect dinner spot while at port but be sure to experiment a bit and enjoy the variety of different tastes and spices of the Mediterranean.

As you can tell, there are plenty of things to see, do and eat during a Mediterranean cruise vacation. Regardless of your choices, you’re bound to have an incredible time as you cruise through some of the most historic ports in the world.

Get your best Mediterranean cruise deal by booking online or by contacting one of our cruise experts at 866-257-1489.

Bon voyage!

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