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European River Explorer

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 13 nights
  • Departs 28 Aug 2022
  • Sails from Rotterdam
  • Ship Volendam
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1769613‍
  • Voyage code ‍V247‍
  • Countries visited France, Portugal, Spain, Italy

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Cruises around Europe

Rotterdam Sun 28 Aug 2022

Cruises around Europe

Often called the gateway to Europe, the port city of Rotterdam is full of old-world charm. The harbor offers amazing views and a maze of wharves and canals, along with towering spires make for a beautiful sight. Take a stroll and duck into one of the pubs or eateries along the way. Only three pre World War II buildings in the city centre have survived and are worth a look - city hall, St. Laurence church and the White House. Explore the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, which houses a unique collection dating from the 14th century, or the Museum Voor Volkenkunde - home to ethnological exhibits. Exquisite architecture can be seen in many areas of Rotterdam, most notably in the Delfshaven quarter of the city - where 18th century houses are on display. For a laugh, check out Kijk-Kubus, an upside-down house.

At Sea Mon 29 Aug 2022

Cruises to France

Brest Tue 30 Aug 2022

Cruises to France

Sitting by a natural harbor at the mouth of the Penfeld River in western Brittany, the city of Brest has a rich maritime history that stretches from the Middle Ages to today, as it is home to the main French naval base in the Atlantic. Brest’s strategic importance was first established in the 1600s, when Cardinal Richelieu created a naval base and arsenal here. Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, warships were produced in its dockyards. During World War I, Americans maintained a naval air station in Brest, then Germany took control of the city during World War II and stationed U-boat submarines in its harbor. Though much of the city was destroyed in 1944 after an Allied invasion, one of Brest’s most important sites escaped the bombing: the Château de Brest, a 13th-century castle that’s the oldest structure in town. Just across the Penfeld River stands the 14th-century tower Tour Tanguy; inside is a museum that showcases the history of the city prior to World War II, with dioramas, photographs, postcards and other objects.

Cruises to La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle Wed 31 Aug 2022

Cruises to La Rochelle, France

Brandy and bordeaux wines come from the region surrounding La Rochelle. Taste these products of locals vineyards; learn about the brandy distillation process, where the top and bottom layers are discarded; discover the secret of barrel toasting that affects the palate of an aged red wine. If you don't already know what VSOP and XO stand for, you will soon.

Cruising Gironde Estuary Thu 01 Sep 2022

Place de la Bourse Bordeaux

Bordeaux Thu 01 Sep 2022

Place de la Bourse Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it offers everything from breathtaking views and picturesque locations, to incredible museums and churches. Its current shape and form with the classical and neoclassical buildings was heavily influenced by the Age of Enlightenment during the 18th century.

At Sea Fri 02 Sep 2022

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

Leixoes (Oporto) Sat 03 Sep 2022

Aerial panoramic view of orange rooftops and historical buildings of the old city of Porto, Portugal

The Douro river snakes its way throughout the sloping green terraced hillsides of Portugal’s Douro Valley, renowned for its vineyards.

Cruises to Lisbon

Lisbon Sun 04 Sep 2022

Cruises to Lisbon

Follow in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers as you wind your way through Lisbon’s cobblestone streets. Take in the tree-lined squares, ancient castles and colourful cityscape of Portugal’s capital city.

Scenic Cruising Tagus River Sun 04 Sep 2022

Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Mon 05 Sep 2022

Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

A British Overseas Territory since 1713, Gibraltar is a pleasant blend of familiar and unique. While the currency and language are the same as back home, this destination has its own character...

Granada (Motril), Spain

Motril Tue 06 Sep 2022

Granada (Motril), Spain

Motril is the second highest town in the province after Granada. You'll enjoy its sunny beaches, exquisite tropical products and the heritage of its long history in the shape of churches, hermitages, civil buildings and the Museum of Sugar. You can also catch ferries from here to Morocco.

Cartagena, Spain Wed 07 Sep 2022

There are more than two millennia of history to embrace in this port city in Spain's southeastern Murcia region. While Cartagena is famously home to the second-largest Roman amphitheater on the Iberian Peninsula, the city is much more than just spectacular ancient ruins. In addition to Cartagena’s architecture—along with that amphitheater, there are striking Art Nouveau buildings, neoclassical churches and ultramodern edifices throughout the city—you’ll find many opportunities to shop for local and regional artisan wares. In the city, investigate the restored medieval fortress looking out on the bay from the city’s highest point. Or take a short trip by car or bus to the historic Agrupa Vicenta Mines, the remarkable palm forest at Elche and the holy city of Caravaca. And the food of sunny Murcia! Friendly tapas bars with breezy terraces invite lingering over drinks, coffee or snacks. The local restaurants offer more than typical Spanish tapas on the menu—michirones (a spicy Murcian bean stew) and local spins on paella are widely available and worth a try. Grilled octopus, fried calamari, mussels and the freshest fish are some of the tasty benefits of the city’s perch beside the sea.

Mallorca coastline

Palma de Mallorca Thu 08 Sep 2022

Mallorca coastline

An expansive marina, a city full of history and golden beaches with cerulean waters characterise the welcoming capital of the Balearic Islands archipelago.

At Sea Fri 09 Sep 2022

Cruises to Rome, Italy

Civitavecchia (Rome) Sat 10 Sep 2022

Cruises to Rome, Italy

When you embark on a cruise to Rome with Holland America Line you experience its bustling modernism along with its rich history. You can walk in the footsteps of emperors, have coffee in Renaissance piazzas and see contemporary art all in one afternoon. Your sightseeing time in Rome begins at the nearby port of Civitavecchia, a seaside town with roots that stretch back to the Etruscan era. Take note of the Forte Michelangelo (both Bramante and Michelangelo had a hand in its design), and the lungomare, a lively stretch along the sea with beach clubs, bars and restaurants. Once in the Eternal City you can fill your day with museums, churches, archaeological sites, traditional trattorias, artisan shops and, of course, gelato. The Colosseum and the Vatican Museums are Rome's superstar attractions, but there are plenty of quieter gems to explore. For food lovers there are the markets in Campo de' Fiori or the slightly farther flung Testaccio. The hip neighborhood of Monti, next to the Colosseum, has a vibrant piazza scene and boutique shopping, while the Villa Borghese offers a green oasis with a view towards Saint Peter’s Basilica and the masterpiece-filled Galleria Borghese. Although Rome might not have been built in one day, you'll certainly be able to see its highlights on our Rome cruises along with the top things to do there in 24 hours.

What's included *

  • Incredible Savings
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Package for first and second guests
  • FREE Shore Excursion Credit up to $200pp
  • Complimentary Signature Beverage Package for ALL guests
  • Two night Speciality Dining Included for ALL guests
  • Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, many with private verandas
  • All meals throughout your cruise - five course fine dining, informal buffets and late-night snacks throughout the day and early evening
  • All evening entertainment, including Broadway-style shows and live music in many of the lounges
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of gym equipment
  • A choice of daily on board activities
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Luxurious Mariner's Dream™ beds and premium linens
  • Luxurious bathrobes and Elemis skincare and spa therapy products
  • 24 hour in-room dining
  • BOOK today with Just a Deposit and Pay Later*
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 13th May 2021 and receive an M&S Gift Card worth up to £50

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Standard Interior Stateroom

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2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower. All L-, N- & NN-category staterooms also have 1 sofa bed & pullman upper. Stateroom amenities include: Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens. Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage. 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Premium massage showerheads. 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure. Complimentary fresh fruit on request. Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages. Flat-panel TV and DVD player. Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. Note - Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities. Room measurements are approximate. Please confirm before booking.

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Large Interior Stateroom

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Approximately 151–233 sq. ft. Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Ocean view Stateroom (Partial Sea View)

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Approximately 140-319 sq. ft. These staterooms feature a partial sea view and include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus premium massage shower heads and a variety of amenities. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Ocean view Stateroom (Fully Obstructed View)

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Approximately 140-319 sq. ft. These large staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities. The view is fully obstructed. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Ocean view Stateroom (Porthole View)

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Approximately 140-319 sq. ft. These spacious staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, an array of modern amenities and a porthole. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown

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Large Ocean view Stateroom

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Approximately 140-319 sq. ft. These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Lanai Stateroom

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Approximately 196-240 sq. ft. Sliding glass doors (mirrored for privacy) open onto our Promenade deck from this comfortable stateroom, which includes two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and other amenities. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Neptune Suite

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2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows. Suite amenities include: Complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise. Premium duvet, oversize bath towels and soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers. Gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night. Hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request. Binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise. Cocktail party with ship officers. Priority boarding for tender ports of call. Special disembarkation service. Priority dining and seating requests. Exclusive daily breakfast service for suite guests only. High tea service in suite on request. A special Suite guest lunch event on cruises over 7 days in length. Neptune Lounge: A very special amenity exclusively for guests cruising in a Deluxe Verandah Suite or Penthouse Verandah Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed. Note - Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities. Room measurements are approximate. Please confirm before booking.

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Vista Suite

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Approximately 297-379 sq. ft. including verandah With a teak-lined verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a whirlpool bath and shower, mini-bar and refrigerator. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Pinnacle Suite

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Approximately 1,296 sq. ft. including verandah Generously proportioned and filled with light, these elegant suites include a living room, dining room, pantry with microwave and refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah. The bedroom features a king-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a separate dressing room and the bath includes an oversize whirlpool bath and shower as well as an additional shower stall. There's also a sofa bed, suitable for two people, and a guest toilet. Amenities include a private stereo system, use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge, private concierge and an array of complimentary services. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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The Ship - Volendam

  • Occupancy1,432
  • Tonnage61,214 tons
  • Length781 ft (238.05 m)
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Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her décor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of fresh floral arrangements. While on board, explore the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table programming. Relax with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. Or dine in one of our selection of fine restaurants.

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  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.8/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Holland America Line

Does Holland America Line have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Holland America Line does have a flexible cancellation policy.

Book a cruise by 30th June on sailings departing through to 31st December 2021 and you will be able to cancel for any reason 30 days prior to departure. You will receive a refund of monies paid in form of a Future Cruise Credit. Your Future Cruise Credit will be valid for one year from the date of issue and can be used on any Holland America sailing departing up until 31st December 2022.


Last updated: 04.05.21

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Holland America Line and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms and conditions apply. ALL PRICES STATED ARE CRUISE ONLY. Offer advertised applies to new bookings only. Savings are based on two adults sharing. Offers are capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply. Offers are not combinable with any other discounts and are not transferable or refundable. Subject to availability. Wi-Fi cannot be guaranteed and is for first and second guests only. One shore excursion up to $100 value or $100 off any one tour for all guests in a stateroom. Signature Beverage Package for all guests in a stateroom. Guests may enjoy a large selection of wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, soda, coffee and more. Up to 15 drinks per day allowed and bar service charges are included. One night award-winning speciality dining for all guests in a stateroom. Normal Cruise Miles terms and conditions apply. E&OE.

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