MS Veendam combines excellent modern design and graceful interiors with spacious comfort and all of the latest amenities. Setting sail with a maximum of 1350 guests, the ship has a total of 14 decks so there's plenty of space to explore. The attentive staff make for an intimate experience and the facilities on board are luxurious, with home comforts thrown in to make you feel relaxed. Enjoy a multi-million dollar art and antique collection, elegant dining rooms and state of the art cabins. Expect to discover exquisite cuisine, live cooking experiences, relaxing spa treatments, and high-class entertainment on board. You can also experience fitness classes, digital workshops, on board BBC Earth film screenings, and a sophisticated resort-style pool.
The Pinnacle Grill serves a range of luxury options, while the Dive-In offers burgers and hotdogs. Enjoy Italian cuisine at Canaletto while the Dining Room provides an elegant dinner setting. The Lido Market has themed stations with a variety of options available throughout breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy on board cooking shows and panoramic views straight from your dining table. De Librije Pop Up is a Michelin-starred restaurant which offers a range of culinary delights.
The Neptune Lounge has an extensive drinks menu and is an ideal place to relax. The Bar at the Retreat offers spectacular views, while you can sit back and enjoy a beverage in the Pinnacle Bar and Explorer's Bar. Enjoy a glass of wine as you admire the passing views in the Ocean Bar, or grab a cocktail from the Lido Bar as you relax on the deck.
Entertainment on board MS Veendam can be as low-key or as exciting as you wish. Enjoy lectures and shows at the Showroom at Sea, or be entertained at the Wajang Theatre and Culinary Arts Center. Browse the artwork in the Art Gallery, or simply relax in the Retreat. Visit the Greenhouse Spa and Salon; get a new style in the beauty salon or enjoy a relaxing deep tissue massage. Take a dip in the outdoor Lido Pool, or indulge in the whirlpools. Browse the Lido Market or search for souvenirs in the Merabella Luxury Shop. Up the tempo in the fitness centre, relax in the thermal suites, take part in an aerobics class, or enjoy a friendly competition on the tennis or basketball court. Your littles ones can spend their days at Club HAL which provides a high-class range of entertainment for 3-17 year olds.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your selected UK airport to Barcelona and be transferred to the port to board MS Veendam for your twelve-night cruise.
Day 2: Marseille (Provence), France
Your stepping stone to the fields of lavender of Provence and charming villages like Cassis or Les Baux. Drop into one of the restaurants around the colourful Vieux Port (old harbour) and order Bouillabaisse, the hearty fish stew invented here.
Day 3: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is renowned across the world for glamour, gambling and the Grand Prix. Found in the principality of Monaco — the world's second-smallest country — Monte Carlo is a stylish destination where you can find mega yachts, botanical gardens and luxury hotels. During the day, relax at Larvotto Beach or see the famous Circuit de Monaco — where the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place. You also have the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco Cathedral, Napoleon Museum, and Prince's Palace of Monaco to enjoy. In the evening, truly experience the splendour of the nation with a visit to the iconic Monte Carlo Casino or Opera de Monte Carlo. See more of the stunning French Riviera with a tour along the coast to sample local wines and cheeses.
Day 4: Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy
The Italian port of Livorno gives you access to both Florence and Pisa. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and the centre of Italian Renaissance. Explore Italy's greatest artistic treasures; Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo with its world famous dome. No visit would be complete without stopping by the Uffizi Gallery and admiring the panoramic views of Florence from the 19th-century Pizzale Michelangelo. Pisa is most famous for its iconic leaning tower and is a must on any to-see list. Take a tour around the five-aisled Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the nearby Baptistery. Pay a visit to Campo Santo (Sacred Field), Museo Nazionale, and Palazzo dei Cavalieri.
Day 5: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
History is around every corner in Rome. ‘The Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations, home to the Pantheon, piazzas, and Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel. Discover cultural remnants of the Roman Empire, awe-inspiring Renaissance art, numerous historic landmarks, as well as the culinary delights of la dolce vita - the sweet life.
Day 6: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Pompeii is located near the Bay of Naples in Italy. This once Roman city and its 20,000 residents were famously buried in a thick carpet of ash after the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. The site was rediscovered with its buildings, artefacts, and skeletons virtually intact by a group of explorers in 1748. The excavation of the site has been going on for over three centuries. See the discovered artefacts on display at Antiquarium museum, before meandering through the Forum, Teatros Grande and Piccolo, Amphitheatre, the preserved Terme Stabiane baths, and House of Menander. Visit the Street of Tombs, Villa del Misteri, and House of the Vettii. At the Nuovi Savi area, at the end of Via dell'Abbondanza, view the magnificent painted frieze at Crytoporticus House and the stunning Venus fresco in Casa della Venere.
Day 7: Taormina, Sicily
Stunningly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations. Journey back in time at the horseshoe-shaped Teatro Greco which boasts breathtaking views of Mount Etna. Visit the romantic beach of Isola Bella or head to the enchanted Corso Umberto for shopping and fine dining. Take a walk to the heart of the town and admire Piazza IX Aprile with its striking black and white marble paving. Escape to the tranquil Trevelyan Gardens or venture further afield to the amazing Alcantara Gorge and Mount Etna.
Day 9: Corfu, Greece
The island of Corfu sits off the north coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by rugged mountains and lined with golden beach resorts, it's a cosmopolitan island with a strong, traditional character. Corfu has long been a hugely popular holiday destination due to its laid-back atmosphere, fun beaches, fantastic climate, and welcoming villages. Its old town is filled with Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses and French-style houses. Spend time relaxing on the sand or enjoying water sports in the sea, before sampling the island's delicious cuisine — often a tasty blend of Greek and Italian — at a beachfront restaurant. The waterfront is lined with bars and cafes, and there are plenty of craft markets for buying souvenirs.
Day 10: Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik sits on the country's southern coast on the Adriatic Sea. Explore the city centre — an UNESCO World Heritage site — with its 17th-century Cathedral of the Assumption and Rector's Palace, before walking around the ancient city walls. Admire the views as you ride the cable car to Mt Srd or visit one of the city's museums. Relax in the sunshine on Banje Beach; enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands of Lokrum and Elafiti; and view the city from the water on a kayaking trip or take a snorkelling tour.
Day 11: Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is based on the Adriatic coastline in south-west Montenegro. One of the country's prettiest and most-famous towns, Kotor is an UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a range of historic landmarks and natural beauty spots. The old town district is filled with medieval architecture and monuments — as well as one of the narrowest streets in the world! From its Venetian-style gates to its former Austrian prisons, Kotor's past is kept alive for you to explore. Wander around the range of shops, and head to a bar or restaurant at a piazza to admire views of the mountains.
Day 12: Venice, Italy
Explore beautiful Venice on Italy's north-east coast. This city built on water is a popular tourist destination due to its gondola rides, delicious cuisine and stunning Gothic architecture. A maze of winding canals, you can sail up the Grand Canal to visit the stunning Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco. See works of arts from Bellini and Titian at Gallerie dell Accademia, then head to Scuola Grande di San Rocco to see the intricate and captivating way Tintoretto depicts Old and New Testament scenes. Many canal-side bars host live music that you can enjoy as you dine on fresh seafood dishes and prosecco. Make sure to try Venetian cicheti — similar to tapas — which include dishes such as soft salami and smoked swordfish.
Day 13: Venice to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for you return flight back to the UK.