- Accommodations for 7 nights in a river-view cabin category of your choice
- 20 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Free wine/beer/soda/water/coffee/tea daily, with lunch and dinner
- Captain’s Welcome cocktail and Farewell dinner
- Total of 6 included sightseeing excursions
- Live music each evening in the lounge
- Early-riser breakfast, 24/7 coffee, afternoon cake and late night snacks
- Professional English-speaking Cruise manager and local guides throughout
- International airfare (may be purchased separately)
- Arrival/departure transfers
- Optional sightseeing as outlined, meals other than specified, etc.
- Personal expenses including telephone, liquor, souvenirs, and similar
- Tips to crew and ground personnel – suggested amounts will be advised
- Travel Insurance – strongly recommended
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, Holland Embark after 3 pm overnight (D)
Welcome to the Netherlands! Once on board, check in to your cabin and explore your ship prior to dinner, which will be followed by an information briefing.
Day 2 AMSTERDAM Set sail: 23:00 (B, L, D)
With its characteristic canals surrounded by narrow, low and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city, which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Your morning city walking tour will introduce you to all the major highlights including Anne Frank’s House, the marketplace and the many canals that crisscross the city. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is free to explore the city further on your own or partake in the optional Zaanse Schans Windmill tour where you will have a chance to view Dutch clog making and enjoy a taste of famous Dutch cheeses (estimated price €60 per person). A welcome cocktail and crew introduction will precede dinner.
Day 3 ROTTERDAM, Holland 07:00 – 22:00 (B, L, D)
This morning explore one the world’s largest harbors and commercial ports in the world! Your walking tour will include the harbor front, the docks and shipyards filled with thousands of containers and the steamship “Rotterdam” once the flagship of Holland America Line. The afternoon is free with an optional tour to Den Haag (The Hague), home to the Dutch Parliament and the International Court of Justice and Delft, home to the royal house of Orange, the Blue Ceramic factory and Johannes Vermeer (Estimated price €62 EU pp).
Day 4 GHENT, Belgium 09:30– 21:00 (B, L, D)
Today delight in exploring Ghent, Europe’s hidden secret! Exuding a unique mix of ancient cultures and traditions combined with a lively modern student scene, bustling shops and gastronomic restaurants Ghent is will impress you with its winding canals, the famous 3 tower row featuring the Belfry, St. Bravo’s Cathedral and St Nicholas Church, its art and architecture! The balance of the day is free to explore on your own or take the optional excursion to the fairytale city of Brugge (Estimated €66 pp)
Day 5 BRUSSELS, Belgium 09:00-23:00 (B, L , D)
Your guided city bus and walking tour of Belgium’s capital will highlight all the major attractions including St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Chinese Pavilion, Japanese Tower, King’s Square, Royal Palace and of course, the Imposing offices of the European Parliament building. You will end the tour with a walk through the beautiful Grote market. The balance of the day is free. Pirate’s dinner is on tonight!
Day 6 ANTWERP Belgium 05:00 – 19:00 (B, L, D)
This morning enjoy a tour of Belgium’s second largest city, home to famous painter Peter Paul Rubens. The tour will include the cities medieval heart with café filled cobblestone lanes, a riverside fortress and the impressive Cathedral of our Lady. Tonight enjoy our lively Crew Show!
Day 7 DORDRECHT, Holland 01:00-13:30 Arrive Amsterdam 21:00 (B, L, D)
Depart on your morning tour of Dordrecht. Located on an island surrounded by wide rivers, Dordrecht was the county’s earliest trading post. Your guided walking tour will include views of beautiful inner city harbors, quaint canals, wooden bridges and typical Dutch houses. Back on board enjoy a farewell cocktail followed by the Captain’s Farwell dinner!
Day 8 AMSTERDAM- HOME Disembarkation 09:00 (B)
As all good things must come to an end, after breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark with a suitcase full of memories!
Amsterdam Pre/Post Hotel Stays
$96 to $149 per person/per night in a twin room, depending on season. Enhance your cruise experience with 1 or more nights in amazing Amsterdam! Prices based on first class hotels (Novotel or similar) and vary depending on time of year. Please inquire when booking your cruise.
M/S 5* Bellejour
Built in 2004 and renovated in 2013 the lovely “Bellejour” features 90 outside facing cabins spread over 3 decks.The low deck C category cabins have portholes that cannot open while the Middle B and Upper A category cabins have full floor to ceiling French balconies allowing for magnificent views of the passing vistas! All cabins are approximately 160 sq feet with all modern amenities including beds that can be separated, satellite TV, safety deposit box, phone, hairdryer, mini bar, individual heating and cooling system, and separate bathroom with individual shower and toilet. Public areas include a Lobby/Reception, 1 seat Restaurant, Boutique, Library, Lounge, Bar and Café, Gym with Sauna and whirlpool and an oversized covered Sun Deck with lounge chairs. A maximum of 180 passengers are looked after by a young and vivacious crew of 42 plus English speaking Cruise/Hotel and Restaurant Managers! Welcome aboard!
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