2012 - Holland America Euro Bargains

| Thursday, 19 Apr. 2012

This is the year to grab a Holland America bargain in the Mediterranean with 12-day cruises at just $1299 pp - balcony cabin. This offer is on Holland America's newest ship, the new Nieuw Amsterdam (that is pronounced "new" Amsterdam), a beautiful, spanking new vessel with plenty of dining and entertainment options, along with roomy and comfortable staterooms.

To see all of these offers and several more - go to the "Summer on Sale" European cruises at HollandAmerica.com. And don't forget about the bonus offers: air and shipboard credits, kids sailing free and more (offers vary according to the cruise you pick).

Making the offer even better is free cruise fare for children (17 and under in the same stateroom), air credits up to $500 and shipboard credits up to $200 per suite. These are the kinds of special offers that make a cruise a really sweet deal when you add it up and examine the bottom line.

Hey, it looks like there are great bargains around, what do you think? .

One of the cruises in reference sails May 12 from beautiful Venice, Italy. The good news is that you stay on the ship overnight in Venice and sail the next day at 1:00 pm. This gives you some time get settled into the ship and still get out and see a little bit of the most beautiful city in the world - even dining in the famous Italian city. Of course, I believe Venice is worth more time than that and as long as you are flying in I recommend getting there early and staying in a nice little hotel for a few days pre-cruise.

I have found a number of very convenient hotels for under $200/night in Venice close to the Venice railroad station which sits right on the main canal and has a stop for the Vaporetto (the local "water bus" system).

From Venice you sail to historic and beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia, a walled city that juts out into the sea that was not open to Western tourists for many years as it was a part of Yugoslavia. The city was originally a powerful city-state that was only rivaled by Venice itself in the days of Marco Polo.

Next stop is the lush and tranquil isle of Corfu; followed by a day at a fine Greek beach at Argostoli. Next you arrive in beautiful Santorini, the most fascinating and beautiful Greek Isle in the world. The ship anchors on the now sea-filled caldera of an ancient volcano that when it erupted many scholars believe it created the tidal wave that plundered Atlantis.

After a day at sea you arrive in Catania, Sicily, where you can hire a 4x4 land rover and scale the mighty Mt. Etna. On the way you ride though endless olive and citrus orchards as you soak up the sunny tranquility that is historic Sicily. The next stop is Naples, Italy, a bustling modern city but you can get away for a visit to ancient Pompeii, the famous Roman Empire city that was buried in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted with almost no warning. The entire city was preserved with roads, homes, murals and even the bodies of some of the locals completely encased in the falling ash.

Then it is on to the vibrant city of Rome, where the ship stops for 13 hours giving you plenty of time to get to the heart of the city to see the Coliseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, and the Spanish Steps. The next day is a stop at Livorno, the port stop for the famous cities of Florence and Pisa. Once again you have 13 hours there - more than enough time to see all of the sites you want. After a day at sea you arrive in Barcelona, Spain - another bustling European capitol with endless walking and shopping streets featuring the amazing architecture of Gaudi.

Can you believe this cruise is only $100 per person per day in a balcony stateroom? Tell us what you think.

As I said, right now this 12-day Mediterranean cruise can be had for as little as $899 per person, or just $1299 for a balcony stateroom. And as long as you need to fly to Europe to catch this cruise, I suggest you line up a few hotels and train tickets. For example, you could easily start in Switzerland, Austria or Munich and arrive in Venice to catch the ship in a matter of hours.

To see all of these offers and several more - go to the "Summer on Sale" European cruises at HollandAmerica.com. And don't forget about the bonus offers: air and shipboard credits, kids sailing free and more (offers vary according to the cruise you pick).

Other Euro-cruise Options

As long as we are talking about staying in a hotel in Europe, if you prefer you can land in Europe and stay awhile and include a shorter cruise on Holland America at an even better rate than above. The seven-day "Mediterranean Glamour" or "Norwegian Fjord" cruises start at just $599 per person - for an inside or an oceanview stateroom!

Some of the other European cruise options starting as low as $599 per person include a seven-day cruise roundtrip Rome to Monte Carlo, Palermo and Tunis (in Algeria) to see ancient Carthage and Barcelona.

The Norwegian Fjords Cruise sails roundtrip Rotterdam to Oslo, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Flam. Along the way the ship will traverse the beautiful Norwegian fjords of Sognefjord, Lysefjord and Oslofjord. A similar cruise is available roundtrip Dover, England, so you can see Canterbury and Wales before you sail away to points north. Both of these cruises start at just $599 per person.

The 10-day Western Discovery cruise starts in Rome and calls in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Alicante (famous for the Moorish Alhambra Palace), Gibraltar (site of the strait that open onto the Mediterranean Sea), a call in Lisbon, Portugal, on to Bruges (Brussels) and ends in enticing Amsterdam (what can we possibly say about this city?). This cruise starts at just $799 per person.

The 10-day Roman Empire cruise sails roundtrip Rome to Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon (site of the original Olympic games), Athens, Kusadasi (for ancient Ephesus), Santorini and Messina in Sicily - and starts at just $799 per person.

Other cruises combine Norway with the beautiful Scottish Highlands across the North Sea from Norway. After you see Copenhagen, Oslo, Alesund, Skjolden and some of the most beautiful fjords in Norway cross over to northern Scotland to visit Lerwick, Invergordon, Edinburgh and end the cruise back in Rotterdam. This 14-day cruise starts at just $1099 per person.

To see all of these offers and several more - go to the "Summer on Sale" European cruises at HollandAmerica.com. And don't forget about the bonus offers: air and shipboard credits, kids sailing free and more (offers vary according to the cruise you pick).

I can't remember when there were so many amazing bargains on Med cruises on such high quality ships. Tell us if you agree.

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