Jewels of Baltic
Holland America Cruise Line on the Ms. Koningsdam
September 2 - 16, 2018
15 Days / 14 Nights
(Roundtrip from Amsterdam)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands ~ Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany ~ Helsinki, Finland ~ St. Petersburg, Russia ~ Tallinn, Estonia ~ Stockholm, Sweden ~ Cruising Stockholm Archipelago ~ Kiel (Hamburg), Germany ~ Arhus, Denmark ~ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gilded palaces, sweeping scenery and modern capitals mark your journey through the Baltic. Explore the lands where Vikings roamed and czars reigned and where an imperial air still lingers today.
Jewels of Baltic
Holland America Cruise Line
on the Ms. Koningsdam
September 2 - 16, 2018
15 Days / 14 Nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands ~ Depart 5:00 PM
Amsterdam is famous for its canals, and it's possible to book a leisurely tour among the city's waterways as well. While many travelers celebrate Venice and its romantic canals, the truth of the matter is that Amsterdam actually has more waterways in terms of mileage.
Nights aboard Holland America Line are filled with an abundance of world-class entertainment options and exclusive experiences curated for each cruise — as many as 12 performance options nightly. Entertainment and movie venues are available on select ships and vary by ship.
Copenhagen, Denmark ~ 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Copenhagen was founded during the 12th century. The city owes much of its charm to the buildings erected by Denmark's monarchs, and boasts a treasure trove of late-Renaissance and Rococo architecture.
Copenhagen deserves its accolade as the Venice of the North. Founded on a series of islands and islets, the city today is laced with graceful canals and boasts some of the most delightful architecture in Northern Europe. See the fabled statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, a symbol of the city. Stroll along the old harbor of Nyhavn, lined with cafés, restaurants and 500-year-old gabled houses. Browse the superb shops on the world-famous Stroget or view the Rococo palaces lining Amalienborg Square. Best of all, savor the taste of local delicacies while wandering the paths of Tivoli Gardens, one of Europe's most celebrated pleasure gardens.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany ~ 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Berlin is a worthy rival to London or Paris in terms of history, art and culture. The city's highlights include the restored Reichstag Building with its magnificent glass dome, the Brandenburg Gate and the stunning Museum Island. Explore the old Cold War hot spots and view the Brandenburg Gate, restored to its original magnificence. Or, stroll along the Kurfurstendamm and take coffee in a local café.
Warnemünde is a seaside resort near the harbor entrance to Rostock, one of the city-states that formed the medieval Hanseatic League. Originally a fishing village before it became a spa and resort in the 19th century. Warnemünde is also your gateway to Mecklenburg and the German countryside.
Explore a range of delicious onboard dining options — everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the Pan-Asian flavors of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.
Helsinki, Finland ~ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Perhaps their country's harsh climate encouraged the Finns' love and respect for design and the arts. Whatever the cause, there's no denying that Helsinki is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Scandinavia. Hailed as the "Daughter of the Baltic," Finland's capital is a city of graceful neoclassical buildings, striking modern architecture and spacious boulevards dotted with squares and parks. In the past century, Finland has nurtured some of the major creative talents of Western culture, from the composer Sibelius to architects Eliel & Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto.
The center of Finnish commerce and culture, Helsinki is home to some 616.000 people. Much of the city's neoclassical architecture dates from the period of Tsarist rule, which began in 1809 after political control of Finland passed from Sweden to Russia, Finland gained its independence in 1917.
St. Petersburg, Russia ~ Arrive 7:00 AM
St. Petersburg has provided a historic stage since the day Peter the Great ordained its construction on the banks of the Neva. In its relatively short history - the city is younger than New York - St. Petersburg has witnessed the rise and fall of Imperial Russia, three shattering revolutions, and civil war. The city survived a long and tragic siege during World War II - indeed St. Petersburg became a symbol of Russian resistance to Nazi invasion.
St. Petersburg, Russia ~ Depart 6:00 PM
Russia's "Window on the West," St. Petersburg remains one of the world's most beautiful metropolises. Perched on the banks of the Neva, the city is crisscrossed by canals. Two great architects helped bring Peter the Great's vision of St. Petersburg to life: Rastrelli and Carlo Rossi. The rich architecture that resulted features a mixture of styles from ornate Russian Baroque churches to neo-classical palaces. St. Petersburg has also been the cultural soul of Russia, a repository of priceless art and a home to poets, musicians and composers ranging from Pushkin to Shostakovich.
Tallinn, Estonia ~ 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Like Latvia and Lithuania, the Baltic republic of Estonia has survived a turbulent history. The small nation was conquered and ruled by the likes of Teutonic Knights, Polish princes and Russian Tsars. For 51 years, Estonia remained a pawn in the Soviet empire, until the burgeoning freedom movement led to independence for the Baltic Republics in 1991. Like its sister republics, Estonia maintained its ties to the Western tradition, retaining the Latin alphabet and Catholic and Protestant faiths. Once a member of the historic Hanseatic League, Tallinn is the political, commercial and cultural center of Estonia.
Stockholm, Sweden ~ 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The small rocky harbor of Nynashamn is your gateway port to Stockholm, the "Capital of Scandinavia." The city began life over seven centuries ago as a Viking stronghold built on the island of Gamla Stan. Today, Stockholm covers 14 separate islands and is interwoven with bays, channels and inlets. The city skyline is a sea of copper roofs grown green with patina, towers, spires and graceful cupolas stand sentinel over the historic Old Town (Gamla Stan). A city of nearly a million people, Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful, clean, and orderly metropolises. With a history stretching over seven centuries, Stockholm is not just a beautiful city but also Sweden's center of art and culture.
Cruising Stockholm Archipelago
The Stockholm archipelago is the largest archipelago in Sweden, and the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea.
There’s so much to see and do onboard. Hone your video-editing skills, rejuvenate at our Greenhouse Spa, attend an engaging lecture, take a cooking class from a master chef, go to a wine tasting or simply relax and unwind.
Kiel (Hamburg), Germany ~ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kiel, capital of Germany's rich agricultural Schleswig-Holstein region, has also been a bastion of German naval power since the 19th century. This Baltic port hosts a large regatta each year, attracting yachtsmen throughout Europe and beyond. The famous Kiel Canal begins here, where it stretches some 60 scenic miles from the Baltic to the North Sea. The North Sea-Baltic Canal, as it is formally named, took approximately 9,000 workers 8 years to build, and was officially opened in 1895. Today, over 40,000 vessels pass through each year, and its set of locks are sometimes referred to as the "Busiest Locks in Europe."
Arhus, Denmark ~ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Aarhus is a city in Denmark on the Jutland peninsula’s east coast. Den Gamle By is its old town open-air museum, with centuries-old timbered houses. Nearby are the greenhouses of the Aarhus Botanical Garden. In the center, the multistory ARoS art museum shows global contemporary works. The underground Viking Museum explores early local history. Nearby, Aarhus Cathedral has restored 14th- to 16th-century frescoes.
Complimentary films and popcorn are waiting for you in your ship's movie theatre. Movies can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your own stateroom or suite. On ms Koningsdam, step out on the Lido Deck to enjoy a movie on the giant LED screen.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands ~ Arrive ~ 6:00 AM