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Get away on the Nieuw Amsterdam for 24 unforgettable nights on the Magic of Mediterranean Collector's Voyage Cruise exploring Europe - Mediterranean. Your ship starts out from Venice, the cruise will take you to 13 ports in 4 countries before returning to Venice. 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 Mon 30 Jul 2012 Venice, Italy
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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 Tue 31 Jul 2012 Venice, Italy 1.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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 Wed 1 Aug 2012 Dubrovnik, Croatia 10.00am 6.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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4 Thu 2 Aug 2012 Corfu, Greece 10.00am 8.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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5 Fri 3 Aug 2012 Argostoli, Greece 7.00am 4.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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6 Sat 4 Aug 2012 Santorini, Greece 11.00am 6.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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7 Sun 5 Aug 2012 At Sea
8 Mon 6 Aug 2012 Catania, Italy 8.00am 5.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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9 Tue 7 Aug 2012 Naples, Italy 8.00am 6.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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10 Wed 8 Aug 2012 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7.00am 8.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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11 Thu 9 Aug 2012 Livorno, Italy 7.00am 8.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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12 Fri 10 Aug 2012 At Sea
13 Sat 11 Aug 2012 Barcelona, Spain 7.00am 5.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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14 Sun 12 Aug 2012 At Sea
15 Mon 13 Aug 2012 Livorno, Italy 7.00am 8.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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16 Tue 14 Aug 2012 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7.00am 8.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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17 Wed 15 Aug 2012 Naples, Italy 8.00am 5.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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18 Thu 16 Aug 2012 Messina, Italy 8.00am 5.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's Voyage Cruise Messina is a harbour on the eastern coast of Sicily, a short ferry crossing to mainland Italy lying to the east. Due to the several earthquakes that have struck the area on several occasions, the city is almost completely modern. Mostly viewed as the starting point for tours and trips to Taormina and Mount Etna, both of which are truly unforgettable, it also has much to offer in the way of history and beauty.

The Regional Museum, one of the top sights, is noteworthy for its Renaissance master works. Try to be at the Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock at noon if possible. Appreciate the architecture of the churches and sanctuaries, especially the Cathedral, while the Cappuccini Monastery and Savoca are interesting historical sites. There are also some delightful fountains, the Botanical Garden at the local university, as well as the all important specialty shops to be enjoyed.

For nature lovers, Messina also provides destinations of considerable interest. From the city you can easily reach the Peloritani Mounts, surrounded with green woods and dotted with old farmhouses and small villages (Basicò, Tripi, Mazzarà, San Andrea and others). This is an area offering tourists the chance to spend time in a unique environment, and to enjoy home cooked meals and excellent local wines.

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19 Fri 17 Aug 2012 At Sea
20 Sat 18 Aug 2012 Nafplion, Greece 8.00am 4.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's Voyage Cruise Nafplion, the first capital of Greece, is situated on the Peloponnese Peninsula just a two and a half hour drive from Athens. Its picturesque harbour, with two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town, and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbour, comprises a scene that will ever be remembered.

Most visitors take tours to visit the two famous and amazing World Heritage archaeological sites that are located nearby, namely Epidaurus, with its third century theatre renowned for its amazing acoustics, and Mycenae with its citadel ruins, the Lion Gate, and the Circle of tombs. The sites are awe-inspiring. You could chose to visit some alternate sites such as the walls of Tiryns that are impressive due to their massive size, or even the fishing town of Nea Kios to try some great seafood, or visit the beautiful Church of the Koimisis, with its ancient stones, columns and carvings that have been incorporated into its walls.

Nafplio itself provides an interesting alternative. You could climb the 999 steps to the top of the Palamidi Fortress, quite an accomplishment - or you could take a taxi - and enjoy the delightful view, enjoy shopping at the great selection of stores, enjoy the food at one of its many restaurants, appreciate its beautiful old buildings, or take a ten minute walk to the beach.

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21 Sun 19 Aug 2012 Katakolon, Greece 8.00am 5.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's Voyage Cruise The scenic seaside Greek town of Katakolon, with a population around 3,000, is your typical small-town cruise port with delightful cafes along the waterfront, shops that sell T-shirts, hats and jewellery, and a small beach that draws swimmers and sandcastle-builders. But that's not why ships make the town a destination. They arrive because Katakolon serves as the cruise gateway to ancient Olympia, just 40 km away, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. More than 3 million people annually visit the site and its companion facility, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, a treasure trove of pieced-together sculptures and statues that once adorned the ancient structures.

Here visitors can also explore the fascinating ruins of the stadium, athletics track, the actual place where the Olympic flame was lit, and indeed the structure where athletes were instructed by philosophers, poets and mathematicians, as they believed it was necessary to have a healthy mind as well as body. You will also find the fifth-century BC Temple of Zeus, an excellent museum displaying amazing marble statues from the temple, some rebuilt Dorian columns, as well as an early Christian church. In town visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical instruments.

As an alternative, you could hire a car or take a taxi and visit many places of interest. There’s the Castle of Chlemouts, a very antique construction with an amazing view of the surroundings. Observe the vegetation and rocky formations that have been witness of the history of its construction for many centuries. Also visit the thermal baths at Kylini, the beautiful Foloi Oak Forest, and the Merkouri Winery. At the Domaine Mercouri winery, about 3 km from Katakolon's dock, you can sit in the shade of centuries-old cypress trees, sipping noted red and white wines.

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22 Mon 20 Aug 2012 Corfu, Greece 8.00am 5.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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23 Tue 21 Aug 2012 Dubrovnik, Croatia 7.00am 4.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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24 Wed 22 Aug 2012 Venice, Italy 1.00pm
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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25 Thu 23 Aug 2012 Venice, Italy
Magic of Mediterranean Collector's 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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From May to October 2014 Nieuw Amsterdam uses the warm months to cruise the Mediterranean. There are two highly recommended 12-night cruises from which to choose: Barcelona to Venice, visiting the very best of the French Côte d'Azur, Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and the Adriatic Sea; or, a return trip ex Venice to the Grecian islands, Athens, Kusadasi with its nearby ancient ruins of Ephesus, and incredible Istanbul (with the sight-seer’s bonus of staying overnight at Istanbul and Venice). 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. 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. There are 29 wheelchair-accessible cabins across all categories, most near to elevators. 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 (and on some evenings Pinnacle – Le Cirque); 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. For serious food appreciation, book the Master Chef’s Room (extra).

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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Cruise summary

Cruise: Magic of Mediterranean Collector's Voyage Cruise
Duration: 24 nights
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Star rating:
Departs: Venice
Returns: Venice
Ports of call: 13
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Art collections
  • Shops duty free
  • Superior Suites
  • Penthouse Suites with Lounge & Concierge
  • DINING
  • Main Dining Room
  • Fixed seating/time, or flexible dining
  • Tamarind Asian restaurant, Silk Den drinks
  • Canaletto Italian dining
  • Pinnacle Grill (extra)
  • Pinnacle – Le Cirque (extra)
  • Master Chef’s Room (extra)
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Terrace Grill (lido snacks)
  • Explorer’s Café (Internet)
  • Neptune Lounge with concierge (suites)
  • Special diets (+90 day notice)
  • In-room dining complimentary
  • Formal dining nights
  • Late night chocolate, snacks
  • Ice cream bar
  • Wine packages
  • Special Afternoon Teas
  • Lounges and bars
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • The Showroom at Sea theatre
  • Dancing with the Stars: dance lessons
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club
  • DJ, Piano Bar, Ocean Bar, Explorers Lounge
  • Northern Lights nightclub
  • In-cabin DVD 1000 titles
  • Cinema Wayang Theatre
  • Casino
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (3)
  • Sliding deck pool roof
  • Whirlpools (5)
  • Sauna, steam rooms
  • Fitness Centre
  • Classes, walking, jogging
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Enrichment presentations
  • Digital Workshop
  • Culinary Arts Centre, cooking, wine tasting
  • Sports court, table games
  • Photo gallery
  • Golf putting greens
  • Shore excursion desk
  • Pre/post cruise tours
  • Wedding packages (value!)
  • Library
  • Religious services
  • Conference facilities
  • Single guests program, dance partners on some sailings (most)
  • UNDER 18
  • Club HAL (3-7, 8-12 y)
  • The Loft (13-17 y) activities
  • OTHER
  • Weddings (check details)
  • Medical centre
  • Elevators
  • Laundry, dry-cleaning (pay)
  • Internet hotspots, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone roaming
  • Cabin telephone to shore; fax (pay)
  • 110/220V power
  • Wheelchair access
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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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"We have returned after enjoying such a great first cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire cruise and hope to take another one at some time. We just wanted to say thank you for everything you did for us and we valued your assistance greatly."
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