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HAL European Itineraries

August 22, 2001
If you feel like you've already covered Europe as far as cruising is concerned, think again. Holland America, which is operating three ships -- Noordam, Amsterdam and the newly revamped Prisendam (previously Seabourn Sun) -- is mixing in some pretty unusual big-ship ports on their new itineraries. Like? Nuuk, Greenland; Esbjerg, Denmark; Plymouth, England; Italy’s island of Elba; Karlskrona, Sweden; and Riga, Latvia. To name just a handful.

Rotterdam offers the funkiest itineraries that touch-on Europe. What’s unusual is that they both are transatlantic voyages scheduled for August. What's so odd? These are not repositioning cruises -- you know, when a ship crosses the Atlantic in fall or spring to head to new continents. Rotterdam's first 16-day crossing goes from Boston to London and takes in ports like Qaqortoq, Greenland; Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland; and Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. The ship immediately heads back to the U.S. with a 17-day cruise from London to New York. Ports of call on that itinerary include France, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Hebrides, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland.

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