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  • Nieuw Amsterdam, Alaska Cruise ex Vancouver Return | House of Travel
    the Lido pool Other additions are an Explorer s Lounge Bar a premium wine tasting lounge an elegant luxury jewelry boutique new atrium bar area enhanced and reconfigured The Showroom at Sea and a new photographic and imaging center The new ship continues several much admired Holland America Line features including outside view glass elevators at midship the Explorations Café a cyber coffee house powered by The New York Times the Pinnacle Grill and Pinnacle Bar the innovative Culinary Arts Center presented by Food Wine Magazine where culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and intimate classes in a state of the art onboard show kitchens an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro pool the largest gymnasium ever built for Holland America Line and a youth facility that includes the teens only Loft In addition the ship will feature the family style Canaletto Italian restaurant Highlights of this cruise Vancouver If you could watch the history of Vancouver as a time lapse movie you d see the creation of a sawmill and a community that grew up around it which then became the townsite of Granville Then comes the railroad and development of the great natural harbor Then a sudden linkage to the Orient Eastern Canada and Europe Immigrants come business blooms and the skyscrapers rise up along Burrard Inlet always with the mountains visible in the spaces between the buildings Go for the galleries boutiques public markets and restaurants of every flavor Visit vibrant Chinatown and Stanley Park with its 1 000 acres of forests gardens lakes and lawns in the heart of the city Tracy Arm Nestled between 3 000 foot high granite walls the narrow twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains on either side and are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice The glaciers also are home to black and brown bears wolves deer and moose and seals and whales make their home in the fjord s icy waters Juneau No roads lead to Juneau which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability You need to come by air or water but when you arrive the place will delight you with its bounty of water forests and mountains Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door The vast Tongass National Forest stretches away to the northeast You can shop downtown or get out and kayak dogsled raft hike whale watch flightsee or fish The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight Skagway Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the

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  • Diamond, Korea Getaway ex Yokohama to Kobe | House of Travel
    with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience With the Meiji Restoration of 1868 Edo was renamed Tokyo the Eastern Capital to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto the Western Capital Busan The second largest city in South Korea Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new Modern high rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples The city s bustling business district offers a stark contrast to the serene grounds of Yongdusan Park In short Busan is a microcosm of South Korea a nation whose startling economic success often obscures one of Asia s most sophisticated and venerable cultures Busan was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War The United Nations Memorial Cemetery marks the final resting place for the troops from 16 nations who gave their lives during the conflict Kobe Kobe is the fifth largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshu Its name comes from kanbe an archaic title for supporters of the city s Ikuta Shrine With a population of about 1 5 million the city is part of the Keihanshin Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto The earliest written records regarding the region come from the Nihon Shoki which describes the founding of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jing in AD 201 For most of its history the area was never a single political entity even during the Tokugawa Period when the port was controlled directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate Kobe did not exist in its current form until its founding in 1889 Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following

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  • Royal Clipper, Balearic Islands & Corsica ex Malaga to Rome | House of Travel
    Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea going experience balancing the grandeur adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style A full 19 000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow Or climb the mast with safety harness provided to one of the passenger lookout crows nests thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee where you ll have the grandest view of all Royal Clipper s interior spaces are just as dazzling They include a three deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed three level dining room featuring open seating dining deliciously prepared cuisine and a no tie dress code A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience the one of a kind Captain Nemo Lounge is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes Highlights of this cruise Malaga Malaga s fortress palace of the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro are splendid examples of Moorish architecture But it is in Granada that you can see the most romantic and magnificent expression of the Arabesque style in the glorious Alhambra Palace Mahon Gracious Georgian buildings that climb the steep hills backing the Moll Ponent Mahon s heritage also includes the invention of mayonnaise and the first distillation of gin from juniper berries Bonifacio Bonifacio s almost land locked harbour is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbours It is a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants and a modern marina The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable

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  • Star Flyer, Grand Voyage ex Malaga to Cannes | House of Travel
    Clipper and Star Flyer are both 360 feet long and each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort Life aboard is blissfully relaxed much like traveling on a private yacht You ll never feel confined on Star Clipper or Star Flyer Each ship offer spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one but two swimming pools In fact you ll find that these ships offer more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships The décor of Star Clipper and Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers proud nautical heritage Highlights of this cruise Malaga Malaga s fortress palace of the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro are splendid examples of Moorish architecture But it is in Granada that you can see the most romantic and magnificent expression of the Arabesque style in the glorious Alhambra Palace Cartagena The city s naval maritime and historical museums provide insight into the 2 000 years this city has been a major port It s now developing into a vibrant tourist attraction The deep water harbor and walled town were used by Phoenicians Romans and Moors prior to the Spanish navy Visit Torres Park and the Castle of la Concepcion for the best views in the city Ibiza Ibiza is a place where people hang out because except for the medieval walls you could almost think it was the Med s version of Key West But away from the hustle of town some lovely beaches await Barcelona The capital and cultural hub of the Catalonia region Barcelona is Spain s second largest city and one of the Mediterranean s busiest ports The medieval atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter combined with mosaic paved Ramblas make the city one of Europe s most beautiful Art lovers will delight in the Picasso Museum that features more than 3 800 works by the artist Mallorca Towering over the harbour Palma s enormous Gothic cathedral is a powerful symbol of the religious fervour which gripped all of Spain shortly after the defeat of the Moors Built by Jaumé I its vast open nave and soaring Gothic columns have been added to over the centuries Behind the Cathedral a maze of twisting streets leads to designer boutiques and open air markets Mahon Gracious Georgian buildings that climb the steep hills backing the Moll Ponent Mahon s heritage also includes the invention of mayonnaise and the first distillation of gin from juniper berries Bonifacio Bonifacio s almost land locked harbour is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbours It is a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants and a modern marina The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable cliff Calvi Napoleon once said that he could recognize his native island blindfolded because of the wonderful perfume of the maquis Approaching by sea it is

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  • Star Flyer, Spain & Balearic Islands ex Malaga to Barcelona | House of Travel
    romance of the legendary era of sailing ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both 360 feet long and each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort Life aboard is blissfully relaxed much like traveling on a private yacht You ll never feel confined on Star Clipper or Star Flyer Each ship offer spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one but two swimming pools In fact you ll find that these ships offer more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships The décor of Star Clipper and Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers proud nautical heritage Highlights of this cruise Malaga Malaga s fortress palace of the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro are splendid examples of Moorish architecture But it is in Granada that you can see the most romantic and magnificent expression of the Arabesque style in the glorious Alhambra Palace Cartagena The city s naval maritime and historical museums provide insight into the 2 000 years this city has been a major port It s now developing into a vibrant tourist attraction The deep water harbor and walled town were used by Phoenicians Romans and Moors prior to the Spanish navy Visit Torres Park and the Castle of la Concepcion for the best views in the city Ibiza Ibiza is a place where people hang out because except for the medieval walls you could almost think it was the Med s version of Key West But away from the hustle of town some lovely beaches await Barcelona The capital and cultural hub of the Catalonia region Barcelona is Spain s second largest city

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  • Star Clipper, Grand Voyage ex Athens Return | House of Travel
    of the legendary era of sailing ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both 360 feet long and each carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort Life aboard is blissfully relaxed much like traveling on a private yacht You ll never feel confined on Star Clipper or Star Flyer Each ship offer spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one but two swimming pools In fact you ll find that these ships offer more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships The décor of Star Clipper and Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers proud nautical heritage Highlights of this cruise Athens Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora you can almost hear the voices of Plato Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher Ancient Athens the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization is a city for all eternity Mykonos One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches Hora the capital spreads around a colourful harbour a popular meeting place overlooked by a variety of tavernas in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts Kos Kos was the home of Hippocrates and near the old Kastro castle of the Knights of St John there stands an ancient plane tree which is purported to be from the time of the famous physician Kos abounds with famous ruins but perhaps the best known is the Asklepian where Hippocrates taught the healing arts Known for its curative powers and featuring therapeutic treatments and a soothing environment it was the original model for today s spas Dikili Dikkili is a sleepy little beach town authentically Turkish The harbour is lined with open air restaurants and shops with local food specialties Nearby Bergama is worth a visit especially for its two main monuments the Acropolis perched at a height of 280 metres and the Asklepion Istanbul Throughout thousands of years Istanbul s geographical position has maintained its importance Today it is a huge metropolis connecting continents cultures and religions and is home to eleven million people and one of the greatest business and cultural centres of the region Skiathos The most sophisticated of the Sporades abounds with trendy shops where barely clad visitors taking time off from the nearby beaches shop for expensive wisps of clothing and jewelry Go a few blocks inland and you ll find charming flower decked houses and gardens overflowing with fruit trees Skopelos A verdant island blessed with olive almond and fruit trees As you sail into the bay surrounding Skopelos town it reminds you of a giant Greek amphitheatre 120 churches nestle beneath the ruins of the Venetian castle and two convents and a monastery cling to hills above the bay Poros It s

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  • Royal Clipper, Mediterranean Cruise ex Malaga to Athens | House of Travel
    tradition of sailing with the superb service amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style A full 19 000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow Or climb the mast with safety harness provided to one of the passenger lookout crows nests thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee where you ll have the grandest view of all Royal Clipper s interior spaces are just as dazzling They include a three deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed three level dining room featuring open seating dining deliciously prepared cuisine and a no tie dress code A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience the one of a kind Captain Nemo Lounge is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes Highlights of this cruise Malaga Malaga s fortress palace of the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro are splendid examples of Moorish architecture But it is in Granada that you can see the most romantic and magnificent expression of the Arabesque style in the glorious Alhambra Palace Mahon Gracious Georgian buildings that climb the steep hills backing the Moll Ponent Mahon s heritage also includes the invention of mayonnaise and the first distillation of gin from juniper berries Bonifacio Bonifacio s almost land locked harbour is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbours It is a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants and a modern marina The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable cliff Rome St Peter s with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel newly restored to its former glory the Spanish Steps where all Rome passes by the Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death and the Pantheon considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages Sorrento Sorrento whose city walls rise straight out of the sea is located on the lovely Amalfi Coast and overlooks the Bay of Naples Optional excursions might include taking a trip back in history to Pompeii where the ashen remains of ancient Romans lie frozen in time Katakolon The beach at little Katákolon is an inviting diversion but you will surely want to go inland to Olympia for bigger game Set in a stunningly lovely valley overlooked by Kronos Hill Olympia began hosting athletic games in the 11th century BC Walk through the sacred Temples of Zeus and Hera stand on the still visible starting line in Stadium and imagine the chariots about to hurtle around the Hippodrome Monemvasia From the shore it s a big rock sticking out into the sea Then you pass over the causeway and through an iron fortress gate and suddenly the town of Monemvasia is before you a perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port once 60 000 strong now home to just

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  • Skirnir, Tulips and Windmills ex Amsterdam Return | House of Travel
    Day 3 Hoorn The Netherlands Early this morning sail across the IJsselmeer once known as the Zuiderzee to the ancient shipping village of Hoorn After breakfast enjoy a guided walk through Hoorn s cobbled streets see age old cheese warehouses on the town s main square which dates back to Holland s Golden Age Lunch is served aboard you have a free afternoon to explore Hoorn visit a local bakery and shop for souvenirs Or take an optional excursion showcasing the small towns and bucolic landscapes of the northern Holland area Depart during dinner and cruise through the night B L D Day 4 Arnhem The Netherlands After early arrival in Arnhem visit the 17th century Paleis Het Loo the Dutch royal family s summer residence for the past 300 years Take a guided tour through its sumptuously furnished rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens After an onboard lunch enjoy free time or join the optional battlefield tour that also visits the Airborne Museum Dine aboard as we set sail for Kinderdijk this evening B L D Closed Mondays battlefield visit or museum tour will be substituted Day 5 Kinderdijk The Netherlands Antwerp Belgium Arrive this morning in Kinderdijk and disembark for a tour of this ingenious 18th century community Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work to help control flooding then tour a working windmill to see its pumping mechanism and living quarters at this UNESCO World Heritage Site Enjoy an onboard lunch as we sail toward Antwerp After dining aboard relax on your ship or spend some time exploring the cafés and brew pubs of this extraordinary Flemish capital B L D Day 6 Antwerp Belgium This morning enjoy a half day tour of Antwerp featuring the Cathedral of Our Lady with its three monumental altarpieces painted by Peter Paul Rubens the Grote Markt Grand Square surrounded by the Golden Age Town Hall and guild halls and Het Steen Steen Castle Antwerp s oldest building You have afternoon free time before dining aboard your ship tonight as we sail for Ghent B L D Day 7 Ghent Bruges Belgium From Ghent travel to Bruges one of the oldest towns in Flanders Your city walk visits the Church of Our Lady with its famous Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo Also see the Beguinage a hidden courtyard inhabited by nuns and the town s scenic network of canals Stay in Bruges for lunch on your own or return to Ghent for lunch aboard and an afternoon exploring this exceptionally charming canal filled capital of East Flanders Enjoy a beautifully lit evening departure from Ghent as we cruise through the night B L D Day 8 Delta Works Rotterdam The Netherlands After breakfast travel to the region of Walcheren formerly an island of the southwest Netherlands Stop in Veere and enjoy a walking tour of this engaging time honored town From here travel to the Delta Works the ingenious system of enormous doors that can be lowered

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