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Join the Nieuw Amsterdam for 24 exciting nights aboard the Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise through the waters of Europe - Mediterranean. Your ship starts out from Venice, the cruise will take you to 17 ports in 6 countries before returning to Barcelona. This 4 star voyage from Holland America Line has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Wed 18 Jul 2012 Venice, Italy overnight
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Located at the head of the Adriatic Sea between the mouths of the Piave and Po Rivers, an intricate web of 118 tiny islands and canals make up the enchanting city of Venice in Italy. Considered to be an extremely beautiful and romantic destination, it is not surprising that Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music. One must take a gondola ride along some of the over 150 canals, including the Grand Canal. Be amazed at the numerous bridges – such as the Rialto bridge – and absorb the glorious renaissance architecture with its panorama of superbly detailed facades. A new cruise ship approach to the city is being developed, so large ships will not enter the Grand Canal.

Venice highlights would, perhaps firstly, include St.Mark's Square. Enjoy walking around and absorbing the atmosphere, but be aware that sitting at an outdoor table while the piano is playing, you will pay top price. Visit the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica, which blends the architecture of the East and the West. To avoid the crowds, take a tour of the Doge's Palace, the most impressive building in Venice, and the Galleria del'Accademia, one of Italy's best museums. Thanks to the Vaporetto dell’Arte, you can discover Venice and its magnificent treasures along the Grand Canal. It stops at the most charming attractions and has a multilingual audio video system.

Venice, the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. The city's small winding cobblestone streets along the canals make for great walking. Be sure to visit the island of Murano that is renowned for its Venetian glass. Also be on the lookout in your walks for the beautiful marbled paper, quality lace, and carnival masks that provide great mementos of your visit. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance, and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Italians' veins.

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2 Thu 19 Jul 2012 Venice, Italy 2.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Located at the head of the Adriatic Sea between the mouths of the Piave and Po Rivers, an intricate web of 118 tiny islands and canals make up the enchanting city of Venice in Italy. Considered to be an extremely beautiful and romantic destination, it is not surprising that Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music. One must take a gondola ride along some of the over 150 canals, including the Grand Canal. Be amazed at the numerous bridges – such as the Rialto bridge – and absorb the glorious renaissance architecture with its panorama of superbly detailed facades. A new cruise ship approach to the city is being developed, so large ships will not enter the Grand Canal.

Venice highlights would, perhaps firstly, include St.Mark's Square. Enjoy walking around and absorbing the atmosphere, but be aware that sitting at an outdoor table while the piano is playing, you will pay top price. Visit the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica, which blends the architecture of the East and the West. To avoid the crowds, take a tour of the Doge's Palace, the most impressive building in Venice, and the Galleria del'Accademia, one of Italy's best museums. Thanks to the Vaporetto dell’Arte, you can discover Venice and its magnificent treasures along the Grand Canal. It stops at the most charming attractions and has a multilingual audio video system.

Venice, the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. The city's small winding cobblestone streets along the canals make for great walking. Be sure to visit the island of Murano that is renowned for its Venetian glass. Also be on the lookout in your walks for the beautiful marbled paper, quality lace, and carnival masks that provide great mementos of your visit. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance, and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Italians' veins.

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3 Fri 20 Jul 2012 Kotor, Montenegro 11.00am 5.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays is picturesque Kotor. The bay is the deepest natural inlet in the Adriatic Sea, and the scenery around it is spectacular. Its well-preserved Old Town - surrounded by an impressive city wall - nestles at the head of southern Europe’s deepest sunken river valley. It is typical of the middle Age cities built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed World Natural and Historical Heritage Site. Indeed the amazing Kotor City Walls seem to beckon visitors.

Old Town, lying under the lee of a mountain, is a labyrinth of cobbled laneways linking small squares containing ancient churches, such as the gleaming white St Tryphon Cathedral, and former aristocratic mansions. Museums, such as the Maritime Museum, are packed with valuable, ancient artefacts that reflect the city’s stormy history. Architecture around Kotor provides evidence of a dozen cultures spanning a dozen centuries, and even the modern shopping centre Kamelija Kotor combines traditional and modern features. Cars cannot enter old town, but there are some golfcarts that are used as taxis. Bicycles are also available, but most see the city on foot.

Paragliding from the top of the high surrounding cliffs makes for an amazing experience with a stunning view. If time permits, visit Perast, a small nearby city with beautiful buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries, a church built on an artificial island, as well as numerous sacred monuments. Then there is Risan, the oldest city of the Bay of Kotor, originating from the 3rd century BC with Roman palaces built with the best Greek marble and decorated with magnificent sculptures and mosaics. Truly all these cities reveal the taste of the true spirit of Montenegro’s stunningly beautiful coast.

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4 Sat 21 Jul 2012 At Sea
5 Sun 22 Jul 2012 Athens, Greece 8.00am 5.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, is also one of the world's oldest cities with an unparalleled history that spans around 3,400 years. Experiencing long periods of sunshine throughout the year, and known as "the cradle of Western civilisation", it is a 'must-see' destination for world travellers. The city contains a fascinating variety of different architectural styles, ranging from Greco-Roman through Neo-Classical, to Modern. They are usually all found together in the same areas, as a walk through the old neighbourhoods of the famous historic triangle will reveal. All this together with fancy restaurants and traditional taverns ensure a delightful visit. Watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building!

The Acropolis hill, or the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is one of the most recognisable monuments of the world. It includes the glorious marble structures of the Parthenon built in honour of Athena, the patron goddess of the city, the monumental entrances to the sacred area called the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike dedicated to the winged maidens who attended to her, and the Erechtheion "Porch of the Maiden". The Byzantine, Archaeological and Historical Museums, the Municipal Gallery, and the Athens Concert Hall are among many other sites worth viewing. Numerous tours are available, or you could hire a car.

Next to big institutions such as the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum, a large number of small private galleries, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists, are spread. For shoppers, the many well-known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folklore shops as well as innumerable chic boutiques and specialty shops provide for every taste and budget. Many families visit one of the fun parks and enjoy the many activities they offer. Wild life lovers shouldn’t fail to pay a visit to the Athens Zoo, which hosts amongst others one of the biggest varieties of birds.

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6 Mon 23 Jul 2012 Dardanelles, Turkey
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise The Dardanelles is a narrow strait in NW Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Like the Bosphorus, it separates Europe and the mainland of Asia. Of great strategic importance, it was crossed by Alexander the Great in 334 BC, was part of the Byzantine Empire until the 14th century, and was the scene of an Allied campaign in WWI.

Along its sixty kilometre length lie many major ports, including Canakkale, as well as many famous historical castles. The strait is also rich with legend, such as the legend of the mythical princess Helle who gave the straits the ancient name of Hellespont.

A visit to Troy to see the famed wooden horse and the nearby ruins is of great interest to many, as is a visit the Gallipoli Peninsula, a battleground of profound significance that evokes so many individual emotions, particularly on reading the wording of the memorial monuments in these now beautiful parks. The Dardanelles surely hold a wealth of information.

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6 Mon 23 Jul 2012 Istanbul, Turkey 4.00pm overnight
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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7 Tue 24 Jul 2012 Istanbul, Turkey 5.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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8 Wed 25 Jul 2012 Mykonos, Greece 1.00pm 11.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Mykonos is the principal town of the island of the same name, which is part of the Cyclades, and could well be described as the most sophisticated of the Greek Islands. Visited by innumerable international celebrities - you may even see some enjoying a coffee on the sidewalk - it is not surprising that it is considered by many to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is also an island with beautiful landscapes, scores of churches, some fascinating monuments, and windmills. Best known for its beautiful sandy golden beaches lapped by transparent waters, there are so many from which to choose.

While most beaches offer water sports facilities, you may wish to rent a car or a motorbike and search for the one that you consider ideal. There certainly is a huge range from which to choose. Another option is to discover the archaeological island of Delos, one of the most sacred centres of Ancient Greece. A boat tour will uncover many secrets of the past, while you can see for yourself the fantastic display of a life from the third millennium BC onwards. You will never forget this site, which is included in the World's Cultural Heritage, protected by UNESCO.

Despite the island’s rapid growth and development, it’s traditional Cycladic architectural style and character has remained firmly intact, thanks to the island’s strict building regulations. Expect to find shops by Channel, Burberry, Louis Vitton and other well known, high-end brands. Visit Ano Mera, a small village on the middle of the island about 7 km east of Mykonos Town, which is regarded as one of the island’s main communities. It is based around a large central square, which is lined on three sides by a series of Greek tavernas. The monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542, is Ano Mera's most significant highlight.

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9 Thu 26 Jul 2012 Kusadasi, Turkey 7.00am 7.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the centre of the seaside district of the same name. While best known as a starting point for visiting Ephesus, once one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a history dating from 3000 BC, there’s also a delightful range of activities in town. Places of interest include: the City Walls, of which one gate remains to-day; the peninsula at the end of the bay with its castle and swimming beaches; several aqua parks with wave-pools and white-water slides; Ladies Beach, once segregated but now open to all; and Dilek Peninsula National Park. See all this in a pleasant walk.

If visiting in summer take time out for a swim. Scuba diving is a popular activity and a visit to the local markets will provide some interesting bargains. You could visit the Greek island of Samos, just an hour and a quarter away by ferry. It is an island with green mountains, breath taking beaches and rich archaeological sites. There are abundant opportunities for walking, mountain biking and windsurfing. For those who would rather soak up some history there are lots of old fishing villages such as Pythagorean and Ireon, picturesque towns, ancient sites and museums around the island.

Take a coach to ancient Ephesus, one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey. It was a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele, and then Artemis. It was the birthplace of the philosopher Heraclitus. Amazons, Greeks, Lydians, Romans and many other civilizations lived and left traces here. The apostle Paul spent some years in this city. e sure to tour this excellent ancient city with the Basilica of St John, and the restored Temple of Artemis, that is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Further along the road is Miletus, with its massive amphitheatre and ruins, again visited by the apostle Paul.

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10 Fri 27 Jul 2012 Santorini, Greece 8.00am 5.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Aegean Sea, about 200 km from Greece's mainland. It is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion some 3500 years ago, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and which resulted in the creation of the current geological caldera. Take the cable car to view the beautiful panorama of Santorini. The most exotic spot on Santorini is Red Beach. It is a difficult walk, but you can take a water taxi from Kamari or Perissa, and absorb the dramatic colour of the rocks 'spilling' onto the beach.

There are tours on offer to visit the beautiful beaches, while many tourists hire cars, scooters, or quad bikes and dune buggies to get off the beaten track. You could even enjoy the amazing experience of mule riding. Hot springs at Palia Kameni, with water at a temperature of about 33 C and that contains sulfur which is good for the skin, has become a popular destination, although it involves swimming from boats into a muddy-looking bay. A swim and a mud bath can be quite refreshing after a hot walk to the volcano. The volcano is frequently explored, and if climbed, will provide a view of ancient lava streams.

You can visit the well-preserved Minoan village of Akrotiri, believed to be part of the legendary lost Atlantis, or travel to the delightful village of nearby Oia. You will find shops selling intricate hand-made goods at the capital Fira, and even a winery nearby. Also worth visiting are the museums, such as the Museum of Pre-historic Thira, Imerovigili that provides the best views of the caldera, and the traditional village of Megalochiri. On the other side of the city you can visit Rodíni Park, a true paradise with many peacocks, streams and paths amidst oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees.

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11 Sat 28 Jul 2012 At Sea
12 Sun 29 Jul 2012 Split, Croatia 8.00am 4.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Split, in Croatia, is a busy port on the shores of the Mediterranean and has numerous ferries operating to and from nearby islands. It is also a popular tourist resort with beaches and pleasant promenades. Venetian, Gothic and Renaissance houses and several medieval churches add architectural interest. Split is also one of the oldest cities in the area, and is traditionally considered to be 1,700 years old. Not surprisingly In UNESCO has included the city in the register of World Cultural Heritage. Split is one of the Adriatic's most vibrant cities, an exuberant and hectic place full of shouting stall-owners and travellers on the move.

A must-see is Diocletians Palace, around which Split is built. The Palace, one of the most famous and complete architectural and cultural features on the Croatian Adriatic coast, is the world's most complete remains of a Roman palace. The ground plan of the palace is an irregular rectangle with towers projecting from the western, northern, and eastern facades. It combines qualities of a luxurious villa with those of a military camp, with its huge gates and watchtowers. The palace is enclosed by walls, and of special interest is the basement of the palace with its amazing barrel vaulted stonework.

Also worthy of note are the city’s museums such as the Archaeological Museum - the oldest museum in Croatia, the Split City Museum that is also home to a gallery dedicated to the city’s most important 20th century painter, the historical Croatian Maritime Museum, and the Split Science museum and Zoo, to name but a few. There are also several painting galleries such as the Gallery of Fine Arts with works from the 14th century to the present day that are of great interest to many visitors.

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13 Mon 30 Jul 2012 Venice, Italy 7.00am overnight
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Located at the head of the Adriatic Sea between the mouths of the Piave and Po Rivers, an intricate web of 118 tiny islands and canals make up the enchanting city of Venice in Italy. Considered to be an extremely beautiful and romantic destination, it is not surprising that Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music. One must take a gondola ride along some of the over 150 canals, including the Grand Canal. Be amazed at the numerous bridges – such as the Rialto bridge – and absorb the glorious renaissance architecture with its panorama of superbly detailed facades. A new cruise ship approach to the city is being developed, so large ships will not enter the Grand Canal.

Venice highlights would, perhaps firstly, include St.Mark's Square. Enjoy walking around and absorbing the atmosphere, but be aware that sitting at an outdoor table while the piano is playing, you will pay top price. Visit the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica, which blends the architecture of the East and the West. To avoid the crowds, take a tour of the Doge's Palace, the most impressive building in Venice, and the Galleria del'Accademia, one of Italy's best museums. Thanks to the Vaporetto dell’Arte, you can discover Venice and its magnificent treasures along the Grand Canal. It stops at the most charming attractions and has a multilingual audio video system.

Venice, the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. The city's small winding cobblestone streets along the canals make for great walking. Be sure to visit the island of Murano that is renowned for its Venetian glass. Also be on the lookout in your walks for the beautiful marbled paper, quality lace, and carnival masks that provide great mementos of your visit. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance, and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Italians' veins.

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14 Tue 31 Jul 2012 Venice, Italy 1.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Located at the head of the Adriatic Sea between the mouths of the Piave and Po Rivers, an intricate web of 118 tiny islands and canals make up the enchanting city of Venice in Italy. Considered to be an extremely beautiful and romantic destination, it is not surprising that Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music. One must take a gondola ride along some of the over 150 canals, including the Grand Canal. Be amazed at the numerous bridges – such as the Rialto bridge – and absorb the glorious renaissance architecture with its panorama of superbly detailed facades. A new cruise ship approach to the city is being developed, so large ships will not enter the Grand Canal.

Venice highlights would, perhaps firstly, include St.Mark's Square. Enjoy walking around and absorbing the atmosphere, but be aware that sitting at an outdoor table while the piano is playing, you will pay top price. Visit the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica, which blends the architecture of the East and the West. To avoid the crowds, take a tour of the Doge's Palace, the most impressive building in Venice, and the Galleria del'Accademia, one of Italy's best museums. Thanks to the Vaporetto dell’Arte, you can discover Venice and its magnificent treasures along the Grand Canal. It stops at the most charming attractions and has a multilingual audio video system.

Venice, the world's only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. The city's small winding cobblestone streets along the canals make for great walking. Be sure to visit the island of Murano that is renowned for its Venetian glass. Also be on the lookout in your walks for the beautiful marbled paper, quality lace, and carnival masks that provide great mementos of your visit. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance, and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Italians' veins.

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15 Wed 1 Aug 2012 Dubrovnik, Croatia 10.00am 6.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Dubrovnik, a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast, is a prominent tourist destination. The city joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. An outstanding feature of the Old Town of Dubrovnik is its intact city walls that run uninterrupted for 1,940m encircling the city. This complex structure, one of the most beautiful and strongest fort systems in the Mediterranean, consists of a series of forts, bastions, towers and detached forts, originally used to protect the vulnerable city. Few of Dubrovnik's Renaissance buildings survived the earthquake of 1667, but fortunately enough remain to preserve the legacy of a glorious past.

The finest Renaissance highlight is the Sponza Palace that is currently used to house the National Archives. Other important monuments, such as the Rectors Palace – now a museum – with its ornate staircase, and the St Saviour Church – another remnant of the Renaissance period – are both much-visited. The nearby Franciscan Monastery with its outstanding exhibits, as well as its amazing library of 30,000 volumes and 1,500 valuable handwritten documents, is a must-see. Visit: the city’s most beloved church, St Blaise; the baroque Cathedral with its historical relics; and the city's Dominican Monastery that resembles a fortress, but also contains an art museum and a Gothic-Romanesque church.

All of the restaurants have a romantic ambience. In many you are facing the sea, dining outdoors, and eating excellent fresh seafood. You may take a trip on the Cable Car, visit some of the lovely local islands, and even take a ride at the Kojan Koral’s Riding Stables. There are several museums of great interest such as the Multimedia Museum and War Photo Limited with its educational, though disturbing, exhibits. There are also a few beaches including Copacabana Beach, a small stony beach part of the Elaphiti Islands, named after the popular beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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16 Thu 2 Aug 2012 Corfu, Greece 10.00am 8.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Corfu Island, located just off the west coast of Greece, boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the Greek Isles. With its impressive landscapes, rich vegetation, long golden beaches, the elegant capital Corfu Town, and many traditional villages, it is not surprising that this island receives many visitors each year. The capital is possibly most impressive, due to the Venetian, French and English civilisations that are remembered for the architectural elements they have left behind. Be sure to visit the Achillion Palace with its picturesque gardens overlooking Corfu Town, and at least one of the many Greek churches and monasteries.

The island has a great variety of excellent beaches, but if you want more than water sports, hire a car and visit the 1,000m high Mount Pantokrator to enjoy breathtaking views, and visit the old town of Kerkyra. Other places to visit include: the deserted village of Old Perithia; the island’s most treasured beauty spot, Paleokastrista; or if you have children, Aqualand. Be sure to eat at one of the restaurants, as Corfu is all about food and wine. Pyramid Restaurant consists of a luxury Dining room overlooking the ocean, and the Adventure Park where Mini-golf and Go-karts are available.

The British cemetery is a hidden gem just outside the Corfu town centre. As you walk around the peaceful gardens you will see a large number of military monuments ranging from the 1800s through to 1946, all of which have inscriptions with a story to tell. A great part of social history and the island’s colourful past is Kassiopi, a tiny peaceful village dating back to Roman times. Here, visitors can walk in the footsteps of ancient greats like Cicero and Emperor Nero. Last but not least, Corfu's little known golf course is one of the 19 greatest championship courses in Europe.

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17 Fri 3 Aug 2012 Argostoli, Greece 7.00am 4.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Argostoli is the capital of the island of Kefalonia, the largest of the Greek Ionian Islands. Its neo-classical buildings blend with a modern city which has a remarkable historic and cultural tradition, despite the fact that it was devastated by an earthquake in 1953.

The golden sandy beaches lapped by beautiful blue sea, fascinating caves, the rocky mountains and traditional island settlements, joined with a unique sense of liveliness, make this a great tourist destination. The island also boasts archaeological areas and impressive historical monuments.

Argostoli itself has an attractive main square, the Platia, which has plenty of bars and tavernas where you can join the locals, while you relax and watch the world go by. Other attractions in Argostoli include the bridge of Drapanos that links the town to the opposite coast, the Koutavos lagoon, the Lighthouse of Agii Theodori, the dramatic caves at Ddrogarati, the amazingly blue underground lake at Mellisani, and the pretty Assos village. There truly is a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed.

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18 Sat 4 Aug 2012 Santorini, Greece 11.00am 7.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Aegean Sea, about 200 km from Greece's mainland. It is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion some 3500 years ago, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and which resulted in the creation of the current geological caldera. Take the cable car to view the beautiful panorama of Santorini. The most exotic spot on Santorini is Red Beach. It is a difficult walk, but you can take a water taxi from Kamari or Perissa, and absorb the dramatic colour of the rocks 'spilling' onto the beach.

There are tours on offer to visit the beautiful beaches, while many tourists hire cars, scooters, or quad bikes and dune buggies to get off the beaten track. You could even enjoy the amazing experience of mule riding. Hot springs at Palia Kameni, with water at a temperature of about 33 C and that contains sulfur which is good for the skin, has become a popular destination, although it involves swimming from boats into a muddy-looking bay. A swim and a mud bath can be quite refreshing after a hot walk to the volcano. The volcano is frequently explored, and if climbed, will provide a view of ancient lava streams.

You can visit the well-preserved Minoan village of Akrotiri, believed to be part of the legendary lost Atlantis, or travel to the delightful village of nearby Oia. You will find shops selling intricate hand-made goods at the capital Fira, and even a winery nearby. Also worth visiting are the museums, such as the Museum of Pre-historic Thira, Imerovigili that provides the best views of the caldera, and the traditional village of Megalochiri. On the other side of the city you can visit Rodíni Park, a true paradise with many peacocks, streams and paths amidst oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees.

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19 Sun 5 Aug 2012 At Sea
20 Mon 6 Aug 2012 Catania, Italy 8.00am 5.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, lies in the middle of the Ionian coast. It is a lively energetic place with an international outlook. At its backdrop is the famous Mt. Etna, which has certainly left its mark on the city, with its inevitable black-grey volcanic stone ever evident in pavements and buildings.

Be sure to visit the Bellini Theatre, named after the locally born opera composer, built at the end of the nineteenth century. Its exterior in the remarkable Sicilian Baroque style and its extravagant interior will long be remembered. Also worth visiting are the church of Santa Maria della Rotonda, the lava and marble Roman Amphitheatre that dates back to the second century AD, the Odeon, a smaller auditorium, and the Museo Civico.

Undoubtedly, for many, the greatest attraction is the opportunity to take a volcanic excursion. If you have the time, visit some of the small towns in the National Park, or take the Circumetnea, a small railway line which circles the base of the volcano -with rail connections to town - to appreciate an eerie volcanic landscape with solidified rivers of lava. There are also several high-altitude spots which can be reached either by public transport or by car. Do make the effort. It will be something unique for most travellers.

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21 Tue 7 Aug 2012 Naples, Italy 8.00am 6.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Naples is an historic city over 2,500 years old, sitting on the west coast of southern Italy by the Gulf of Naples. Located halfway between two volcanic areas, Mount Vesuvius and Camp Flegrei and with numerous tours and cruise excursions available at the port, one may be inclined to miss out on what Naples itself has to offer. It has some of the world's best opera houses and theatres, and is often called an open-air museum because of its many historic statues and monuments. View finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, at the famous National Archaeological Museum.

An interesting feature is the cable cars that provide great views and an effective method of getting around town. The city is known for its rich history, with art, culture and gastronomy playing an important role throughout much of its existence. The historic centre of the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit the Garden of Remembrance with its splendid views over the bay and surrounding islands, the great glass-roofed arcade of the Galleria Umberto, the Piazza della Borsa, and for an alternative view of this Italian city, visit the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo, with its collection of colourful and random monuments.

Naples hosts a wealth of historical museums, indeed some of the most important in Italy. Visits to the historic Castel Nuovo, and the Palazzo Reale are of great architectural interest. Then there’s the18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex. Handicapped accessible tours in Naples are available in a variety of options: driving tours, tours by train, and tours by ferry. All tours include professionally licensed tour guides and step-free routes. All are sure to enjoy the famous guitar and mandolin music while absorbing the culture, and don't forget to taste the famous Pizzas.

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22 Wed 8 Aug 2012 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7.00am 8.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Rome, the capital, and largest city of Italy, is full of unending possibilities. It can be reached from the port of Civitavecchia in approximately ninety minutes either by train or coach. Rome greets visitors with a multitude of faces, such as the Ancient City with ruins like: the Colosseum; the seven hills; the Roman Forum; and the Sacred Way, the path used for triumphal processions. There is Renaissance Rome, full of winding streets and sun-dappled piazzas, and the Vatican, home to the Pope. Also popular are the Sistine Chapel with Michaelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco, and his masterpiece, La Pieta, at St. Peter's Cathedral.

Art is everywhere, with masterpieces often hidden in tiny, nondescript churches. Organised tours, with strictly controlled numbers, are regarded by many as the ideal way to 'see Rome', as they generally result in more prompt access, without lengthy queues. However you can explore Rome at your own pace, perhaps with a city's Roma Pass, on an extensive hop-on hop off itinerary, including 17 stops, through the heart of Rome. You have the choice of a 24 or 48 hours ticket, in especially appointed tourist friendly buses. The 48 hours ticket also allows for an interchangeable hop-on hop-off Rome cruise.

Rome has at least 40 underground burial places - catacombs - under or near the city. Though most famous for Christian burials, they include pagan and Jewish burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together. The first large-scale catacombs were excavated from the 2nd century onwards and continued until recent decades. Most visitors don’t forget to visit the Trevi Fountain, to throw in their coins and make their wishes! If you have already visited Rome, the surrounding countryside offers many fascinating choices, including the picturesque hill towns of Orvieto, Viterbo, and Bagnoreggio which are just an hour away from the port.

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23 Thu 9 Aug 2012 Livorno, Italy 7.00am 8.00pm
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Livorno is the third largest port on the west coast of Italy, and is well known for supporting cruise ship tourism to Florence, the Tower of Pisa, the hill towns of Tuscany, Cinque Terre with its enchanting villages, and the Chianti wine region, generally with time allowed for visiting some famous outlet stores of famous fashion houses. However the port of Livorno itself has a lot to offer visitors. Criss-crossed by Medicean canals that are still navigable, and with its port overlooked by towers and fortresses, this well-planned city is most appealing. In or out of town, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

Home to the first bathing establishments in Italy, many still remain along the promenade that stretches for many kilometres between impressive 19th-century buildings. There are also villas in the Liberty style, and green vegetation consisting of pine trees, tamarisks and oleanders. Local places of interest include: the Naval Academy founded in 1881; the city Aquarium; and the Museo Mascagnano with its records of famous operas. Also popular are the hands-on Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean with its 20m-long whale skeleton called Annie, and the Terrazza Mascagni that offers a wonderful view of some of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

Be sure to take a walk along Terrazza Mascagni, an elegant terrace with its stone balustrades, which sweeps gracefully along the seafront in a dramatic chessboard flurry of black-and-white checks. The Fortezza Nuova, built in the late 16th century, is in an area known as Little Venice because of its small canals. The interior is now a park and little remains of the fort except for the sturdy outer walls. The old-fashioned baths, Bagni Pancaldi, first opened in 1846, are great for those who enjoy the opportunity to swim, rent canoes, hang out in coloured canvas cabins and frolic in the sun.

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24 Fri 10 Aug 2012 At Sea
25 Sat 11 Aug 2012 Barcelona, Spain 7.00am
Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise Barcelona, located in Catalonia Spain, is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the world’s major global cities. Today, Barcelona balances itself on the cutting edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Indeed Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect. The ‘Gothic Quarter’ is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, where many of the buildings date as far back as the Roman settlement. The Art Nouveau architectural style has a great number of buildings listed as World Heritage Sites.

An outstanding example of this is the immense, remarkable, but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, with completion planned for 2026. There are far too many famous attractions for all to be listed, however a few of the most popular include: the Barcelona Aquarium, with the IMAX cinema right next door; the Spanish Village that is home to replicate styles of houses from different parts of Spain; as well as fascinating traditionally made Spanish goods; and for football fanatics, the not-to-be-missed Barcelona Football Club Museum.

Add to this the Picasso Museum with his paintings displayed in alphabetical order, the Zoo, the National Museum of Art of Catalunya, and the Magic fountain on Montjuic, and one realises that this city with its old world attraction will not disappoint. Last but not least is Barcelona's old town, the heart of the city. It's made up of many small neighbourhoods, full of old-world character, linked by narrow, winding streets. Students, foreigners and artists thrive in this area, attracted by its sense of history and cosmopolitan feel, along with its trendy bars, concert halls and good restaurants.

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Until October 2014 Nieuw Amsterdam cruises the Mediterranean. A highly recommended 12-night cruise departs Barcelona fpr Venice, visiting the very best of the French Côte d'Azur, Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and the Adriatic Sea. In mid-October 2014 Nieuw Amsterdam returns to the Caribbean. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the ship offers 7-night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Each cruise berths at four ports, one of which is HAL’s company resort at Half Moon Cay, with private beach and water sports. The other ports take you, variously, to old pirate haunts, swimming among ray fish, or a touch of Mexico. In Aril 2015 she returns to the Mediterranean, running 12- and 24-night cruises from Barcelona in the west to Istanbul in the east. Hallmarks of HAL include spacious staterooms and public areas, rich timber furnishings set with museum-quality paintings and antiques, discreet personal service, and artful itineraries that allow for overnights in key cities. Holland America Line arranges excellent onshore tours, and pre- and post-tour packages.

Accommodation
Of the staterooms, 85% have an outside view, and of these four-fifths have a private balcony. Staterooms are spacious, and include: Interior large and standard; Ocean-view, some with panoramic windows; and three levels of suites – Verandah, Deluxe Verandah, and Penthouse Verandah. Basic features include a flat-panel TV and DVD player (book your DVDs by phone), ample storage, personal safe, excellent twin/queen bedding and bath amenities, fresh fruit on request, and nightly turndown service. The décor is very pleasing and comfortable. Complimentary meals can be ordered for in-suite dining around the clock. Triple and quad cabins are available, as well as interconnecting cabins for up to six guests. Many staterooms are modified accessible and wheelchair accessible. There are no single cabins.

Food and Dining
The ship has seven formal to casual dining areas. The two-deck main Dining Room serves open- The ship has seven formal to casual dining areas. The two-deck main Dining Room serves open-seating breakfast and lunch. For dinner chose between set-seating at first or second servings, or open seating on the upper deck. The Master Chefs’ three-course menus are excellent, and waiting staff are friendly Indonesian and Filipino stewards. Ask for a table for 2/4/6/8. Special dietary requests can be ordered pre-cruise. Two nights in seven are formal nights, perhaps preceded with pre-dinner drinks, then after your meal retire to the Show Lounge or a musical recital. There are three alternative restaurants, all best to reserve in advance: The Pinnacle Grill for steaks and seafood, the renowned Asian-themed Tamarind offers cuisine from across SE and E Asia, and the (no service charge) Italian-American-influenced Canaletto. Ask about wine packages.

Entertainment
At night the two-deck Vista Show Lounge offers (twice nightly) musical productions, cabaret, and its features include three video screens. Alternatively, attend a musical recital in one of the lounges, dance to the backing of a band ensemble, watch sport in the multi-screen sports bar, or sip drinks while your request is sung by the pianist or guitarist. View recent movies in the Screening Room, unless you’d prefer to watch your choice of DVD in your cabin. Through the evening the disco and nightclub on the top deck will take you into the early hours of the morning, very inviting if the new day is a Sea Day and you’ve ordered breakfast in your cabin. The large casino has lots of playing options.

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Join the Nieuw Amsterdam for 24 exciting nights aboard the Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise through the waters of Europe - Mediterranean. When: Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: Mediterranean Collectors' Voyage Cruise
Duration: 24 nights
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Star rating:
Departs: Venice
Returns: Barcelona
Ports of call: 17
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Staterooms
  • Atrium social centre
  • Art collections
  • Shops duty free
  • DINING
  • Dining venues (7)
  • Traditional & As You Wish
  • In-room dining 24 h
  • Formal dining nights
  • Master Chef’s Room
  • Late night chocolate, snacks
  • Ice cream bar
  • Wine packages
  • Afternoon tea, High Tea
  • Lounges and bars
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Nightclub, music, dancing
  • Casino
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (3)
  • Sliding deck pool roof
  • Whirlpools (5)
  • Sauna, steam rooms
  • Fitness Centre
  • Classes, walking, jogging
  • Spa & Salon
  • Enrichment presentations
  • Digital Workshop
  • Culinary Arts Centre
  • Sports court, table games
  • Photo gallery
  • Shore excursion desk
  • Pre/post cruise tours
  • Wedding packages (value!)
  • Library
  • Single guests program (most)
  • UNDER 18
  • Club HAL (3-7, 8-12, 13-17 y)
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre
  • Laundry dry-cleaning (pay)
  • Special dietary requests
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone roaming
  • Telephone, fax ship-shore
  • 110/220V power
  • Wheelchair access
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Flight/s and/or transfers as specified
  • All main meals on-board
  • Open/anytime or traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs) (Prinsendam 5-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge: USD 11.50 pp/night (suites USD 12). Adjust wth Guest Relations Manager if service inadequate
  • Service charge: bar and Dining Room wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges

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