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Mar 2014

Fans Cruise Europe from North to South

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
Santorini, Greece, by submitted by guest James. B.
Santorini, Greece, by submitted by guest James. B.

From the fjords of Norway to Greece’s golden beaches, Holland America Line’s Europe cruises span the entire region. North, south, east and west, Holland America Line carefully crafts each itinerary to showcase the most exciting, interesting, popular, unique and memorable ports of call.

Here are some fan favorites from north to south — well, east, actually!

NORWAY offers some of the most stunning and breath-taking scenery in the world. Cruising along the glorious fjords is an exhilarating experience, with the imposing cliffs and glorious waterfalls making a picture-perfect postcard.

ms Rotterdam at Eidfjord, Norway. Photo courtesy of Pinar O.

ms Rotterdam at Eidfjord, Norway. Photo courtesy of guest Jaco O.

Kjosfossen Waterfall at Flam, Norway. Photo courtesy of guest Miriam M.

Kjosfossen Waterfall at Flam, Norway. Photo courtesy of guest Miriam M.

Monte Carlo, MONACO, is glamorous, captivating and ultra chic. Walk in the footsteps of Princess Grace or test your luck at the famed Casino, visit the Rock of Monaco or fill your need for speed on a drive along the Grand Prix circuit. The yacht-filled harbor and surrounding scenery is a photographer’s dream.

The view from the hills of Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo courtesy of guest Irene L.

The view from the hills of Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo courtesy of guest Irene L.

Monte Carlo from guest Carol W.

Monte Carlo from guest Carol W.

CALVI is a small and stunningly beautiful beach resort town on the Island of Corsica. Known as the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte, the mountainous scenery and Genoese architecture make Calvi a favorite destination among cruise guests.

At the market in Calvi, Italy. Photo Courtesy of Facebook fan Cheryl C.

At the market in Calvi, Corsica. Photo Courtesy of Facebook fan Cheryl C.

Valletta, MALTA, is the European City of Culture 2018, and it’s easy to see why on a visit to this beautiful island. Famous for its quaint harbor full of colorful luzzu fishing boats and bird sanctuary that forms part of the breathtaking panorama, Valletta is home to Mdina, a living medieval city, and fourth-largest unsupported dome in the world.

ms Rotterdam at Malta, Italy. Photo courtesy of guest Reinier S.

ms Rotterdam at Malta. Photo courtesy of guest Reinier S.

ITALY is one of the most architecturally rich and scenic countries in the world. Rome’s bustling streets boasts the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon; while the canals of Venice are romance at its finest. Holland America Line ships call at ports throughout the country, including Naples, Portifino and Cinque Terre.

Postcard of Portofino, Italy. Photo courtesy of guest Mandy S.

Postcard of Portofino, Italy. Photo courtesy of guest Mandy S.

Looking up at Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo courtesy of guest Talina T.

Looking up at Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo courtesy of guest Talina T.

A colorful view of Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo by guest Nancy L.

A colorful view of Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo by guest Nancy L.

Walk in the footsteps of gods and goddesses in GREECE. All of the Greek isles are lined with golden beaches and sun-kissed skies, each with its own unique personality. Santorini lies on a volcanic caldera, while Mykonos’ famed windmills are among the most recognizable Greek icons. No city is more powerful and impressive than Athens on the Attic Peninsula. The Acropolis is a must-visit architectural marvel.

A Windmill in Mykonos, Greece. Photo courtesy of Cheryl C.

A Windmill in Mykonos, Greece. Photo courtesy of guest Cheryl C.

Eurodam as seen from the top of Santorini, Greece. Photo by guest Carol. W.

Eurodam as seen from the top of Santorini, Greece. Photo by guest Carol. W.

TURKEY is a unique country that falls on two continents: Asia and Europe. Visitors can see the influence of both among the grand bazaars and towering spires found throughout the country. The beach-side resorts live in harmony with the historic monuments that line the skyline.

An expansive view of Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy of guest Julie N.

An expansive view of Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy of guest Julie N.

Ephesus, visited from the port of Kusadasi, Turkey. Photo by guest Jame.s B.

Ephesus, visited from the port of Kusadasi, Turkey. Photo by guest Jame.s B.

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