Tasting local wines in the Croatian countryside; touring ancient temples and UNESCO World Heritage site&; seeing the spires of Gaud is Sagrada Familia backlit at sunset; sipping ouzo under an olive tree on a tiny Greek island; sailing into Oslo to experience ancient Viking culture; marvelling at Renaissance art in the Vatican City: these are the cultural highs of many a Europe an holiday But imagine being able to experience most of them on just one memorable journey. Enter Holland America Line. Indeed, simply travelling on one of Holland America Line’s elegant ships is enough to satiate the cultural senses.
Against the backdrop of a world-class hotel, you can enjoy cooking demonstrations and classes in the Culinary Arts Centre; ground-breaking BBG Earth* programmes designed to take guests closer to the natural world in which they’re travellings breathtaking Blue Planet and Frozen Planet footage screened to
live orchestral music; and the World Stage’s* two-storey 270-degree screen that immerses audiences in an ever-changing backdrop of sight and sound.
One evening you might enjoy vodka tasting in Russia^ on another frittata cooking classes in Italy — and from Spring 2017, Amsterdam’s iconic Rijksmuseum comes aboard the MS Westerdam with reproductions of its most famous art, plus cultural activities led by Rijksmuseum personnel.
And as you plan your next port of call* you are guaranteed to be inspired by the unique Destination Guides, offering immersive knowledge of more than 400 locations and personalised recommendations for each destinations most authentic attractions. And when you’re done with five-star culture, you can retreat to the ultimate in five-star comfort in your private suite: relax with a movie soak up the views through floor-to-ceiling glass; use the one-touch telephone concierge service to arrange a treatment at the tranquil Greenhouse Spa & Salon — or make a dinner reservation at one of the fabulous restaurants.
With six international celebrity chefs bringing their passion and creativity to the Holland America Line Culinary Council, and every Executive Chef being a member of the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaîne des Rotisseurs international food and wine society dining — from sterling-silver beef and premium seafood at The Pinnacle Grill to informal Italian at Canaletto or pan-Asian at Tamarind* — is a cultural experience in itself First-class comfort, customised culture and divine cuisine, all on one glorious journey: it can only be a Holland America Line cruise.