The first Holland America Vista-class cruise ship, MS Oosterdam combines excellent modern design and graceful interiors. Setting sail with a maximum of 1964 guests, it is a spacious ship with 11 decks 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. Expect to discover comfortable suites, exquisite cuisine, relaxing lounges, and high-class entertainment on board.
The Pinnacle Grill serves a range of dishes inspired by America's Pacific coast, while the Dive-In offers burgers and hotdogs. Enjoy Italian cuisine at Canaletto, while Sel de Mer offers a la carte seafood options, and the Vista 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.
An extensive drinks menu is available from the Gallery Bar which boasts panoramic views. Sit back and enjoy a beverage in the Queen's Lounge, Pinnacle Bar or 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 Ousterdam can be as low-key or as exciting as you wish. Relax in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon and indulge in a range of luxury spa treatments. Improve your technique in a yoga or pilates class, or up the tempo in the fitness centre. Get competitive on the basketball courts, or swim lengths in one of the two outdoor pools. Lounge by the pool and relax while your little ones are looked after at Club HAL® which provides entertainment for children and teens. Listen to the band at BB King's Blues Club, watch performing arts at Lincoln Center Stage, and discover chart-topping artists at the Billboard. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy watching fascinating BBC Earth Experience screenings or take part in Digital Workshops powered by Windows®.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Barcelona and take a coach transfer to the port. Board ms Oosterdam and set sail for Marseille.
Day 2: Marseille (Provence), France
Marseilles sits on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France. Meander around the Vieux-Port and watch the fishermen land their day's catch, before heading uphill to explore the local artisan boutiques and art galleries in Le Panier old quarter. Pay a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathedrale de la Major de Marseille. Step back in time at Musee des Civilisation de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee (MuCEM) and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Spend some time enjoying the grand park, 19th-century water features, and museums at Palais Longchamp. Take a short ferry ride to admire the 16th-century Chateau d'If fortress.
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), Italy
Livorno — Tuscany's second-largest city — is home to one of Italy's largest cruise ports. The city's main Terrazza Mascagni square with its grand pavement and seafront promenade is a common meeting place for locals looking to relax. The 16th-century Old Fortress faces the harbour and sits at the entrance to the canal-lined Venezia district. Enjoy gourmet dishes and sample local seafood, which is said to be the best on the Tyrrhenian Coast. Head to Central Piazza Cavour or the car-free Via Ricasoli for shopping, try Via Magenta and pick up some quirky souvenirs, or stop by Via dei Pensieri's street market for a great selection of food, clothing, accessories, and homewares.
Day 5: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Spend the day exploring the charming port of Civitavecchia and Rome — an ancient city filled with famous landmarks, distinct architecture and influential art. Visit Civitavecchia's main public square — Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II — and see the Baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Francis, before taking a seat in a pavement cafe for a taste of the local seafood. In Rome, enjoy a gladiator experience at the grand Colosseum, view the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and throw three coins in the Trevi Fountain. Pay a visit to the Vatican City — the home of the Catholic Church — and see St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling.
Day 6: Naples, Italy
Naples on Italy's Amalfi Coast is your next port of call. Visit Piazza del Plebiscito to admire the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto and San Carlo Theatre. Step inside the Duomo to view the Cappella di San Gennaro, the baptistery, and colourful frescoes and mosaics. Enjoy family-time at Acquario Della Stazione Zoological Di Napoli. Join a tour to the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and picturesque Sorrento and Positano. Or take a scenic boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri.
Day 7: Strait of Messina & Taormina, Sicily
The Messina Strait is a narrow 3km wide water passage that runs between the island of Sicily and mainland Italy, joining together the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west and the Ionian Sea in the east. Due to its shallow depth, the Messina Strait has long been a challenge for even the most experienced of sailors! Step ashore in Messina and explore the astronomical clock, Fontana di Orione at Piazza del Duomo and the extensive art collection at Museo Regionale. Messina is also a great base from which to discover Mount Etna. The best mountain views can be enjoyed from one of the carriages of the Circumetnea Railway.
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: Kerkira (Corfu), Greece
The capital of Corfu Island, Kerkira has a strong colonial influence. Admire the unique architecture as you wander the streets and catch a glimpse of old influential Venetian forts. Explore the maze of alleys and squares and discover the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through Spianada Square and see the high bell tower at St Spyridon Cathedral, or discover the vast views over the huge walls at the New and Old Forts.
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
Your cruise comes to an end in Venice where you disembark. Take a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.