For people who love cruising and yet don’t like or are unable to fly out to ports to embark on-board cruises ships will be able to leave the Port of Dover as Holland America Cruise Lines begin their no-fly itineraries next year with three of their ships.
Based in Dover from May to August 2010 the 2,104 passenger Eurodam is scheduled to sail five 12 night cruises, one to the Norwegian fjords and the other four to the Baltic.
The Baltic cruise itineraries include ports of call at Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm and the Norwegian Fjord cruise visits Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Invergordon, South Queensferry and Newcastle.
The Ryndam, with capacity for 1,400 passengers, will also be at Dover to begin a 20-night round trip to the Mediterranean, calling at Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. A further three 7-night cruises to the Baltic and Norwegian fjords will be available in July and August which is hoped will attract novice cruisers to indulge and experience what Holland America Cruise Lines, HAL, have to offer, with tasters of enjoying unique, yet unpretentious cruise deals.
The third ship is the smaller 793 passenger Prinsendan which will be sailing two 14-night round Britain cruises leaving from Tilbury on July 11th and August 29th.
Although prices have yet to be confirmed by HAL they are expected to offer exceptional value for money, the actual costs will be given when the Ryndam cruises go on sale next Monday, 25th January in the UK as HAL are launching a mini brochure ahead of their main 2011 brouchure.
Lynn Narraway, managing director of HAL has said ‘We will start to talk to agents next week about the cruises to secure early bookings.’
HAL no-fly cruises began in 2009 with a 4-night mini break departing from Dover on the Eurodam. They will also have three full length cruises on the Eorudam also departing from Dover this year.
HAL will have a total of 7 ships sailing in Europe in 2011, including their latest ship Nieuw Amsterdam which is scheduled for launch this July.