Two nights in a European hotspot plus exclusive cultural events, and all without spending an extra cent? Where do we sign up?
Holland America Line has introduced the 2018 line of Signature Experiences in five of their European cruise departure cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome and Venice. Each pre-cruise experience has been put together exclusively for the classic cruise 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 for free.
In Amsterdam, An Evening at the Rijksmuseum takes guests on an after-hours private tour of the most-visited national museum in the Netherlands. After a cocktail reception in the foyer, participants tour the Gallery of Honour, followed by a three-course dinner in the Rijksmuseum’s café.
An Evening at Casa Batlló in Barcelona includes a private tour of this architectural treasure created by Gaudí. Guests will have time to take in this masterpiece of shape, colour and light, then feast on tapas and drinks while enjoying flamenco fusion music.
A Night at Kronborg Castle Signature Experience features this memorable UNESCO World Heritage Site, immortalised by Shakespeare in Hamlet. At the castle, a history of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is played out by actors, and is followed by appetisers and drinks.
During A Night Out in Ancient Rome, guests will spend the evening at the Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi on a terrace overlooking the Roman Forum. After appetisers and prosecco, guests will be privy to a private, after-hours tour of Rome’s incredible Colosseum by one of the monument’s most elite guides.
An Evening on the Grand Canal Signature Experience sees guests on a motor-launch cruise to a charming, privately owned, 16th-century palace. Guests will enjoy appetisers, drinks and Venetian music, all in the company of a countess or member of her noble family.
The 2018 Signature Experiences are now open for booking, but space is limited and they must be booked through an agent or by calling 1300 987 322. Non-suite guests can also book a Signature Experience, with prices ranging from $880 to $1260, double occupancy (not including taxes and fees).
For more information, visit hollandamerica.com