Holland America Line has announced new culturally immersive Signature Experiences on select 2018 cruise itineraries departing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and five cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Denmark, Rome and Venice. Each pre-cruise experience was created exclusively for Holland America Line and includes an evening event, two-night luxury hotel stay and transfers. Guests who book a suite on the eligible cruises receive the Signature Experiences complimentary, but space is limited and reservations are required.
Taste of Montréal - Old & New
On select Canada & New England cruises that depart from Montreal, the experience visits the city's most popular sights. In addition to a city tour, the package includes a two-night hotel stay and complimentary transfers. During the Signature Experience, guests visit Place Ville Marie, the observation deck of Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, and Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal History and Archaeology Museum, for a private, after-hours visit with appetizers and an open bar in the museum.
An Evening at the Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam
This signature experience takes guests on an after-hours private tour of the most-visited national museum in the Netherlands. After a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres in the museum’s foyer, participants tour the Rijksmuseum Honor Gallery, followed by a three-course dinner in the Rijksmuseum’s café
An Evening at Casa Batlló - Barcelona
Guests have the opportunity to take a private tour of Antoni Gaudi's architectural treasure, Casa Batlló. Afterwards, they can enjoy tapas and drinks while listening to flamenco music by Son de Cajon.
Night at Kronborg Castle - Copenhagen
At Kronborg Castle, guests will be entertained by actors who provide a history of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, followed by appetizers and beverages.
A Night Out in Ancient Rome
During A Night Out in Ancient Rome, guests will spend an evening at Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) on a terrace overlooking the Roman Forum. Afterwards, guests will take a private, after-hours tour of the Colosseum.
An Evening on the Grand Canal - Venice
During An Evening on the Grand Canal Signature Experience, guests will take a motor-launch cruise to the water entrance of a 16th-century palace overlooking the Grand Canal. Guests will enjoy appetizers, drinks and Venetian music - all in the company of a countess or member of her noble family.
The 2018 Signature Experiences are complimentary for suite guests and now open for booking. Space is limited on each tour and they cannot be booked online, so guests are encouraged to contact their travel professional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425). If non-suite guests would like to purchase a Signature Experience, prices range from $699 to $999 per person, double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional. Visit www.hollandamerica.com