Northern Capitals Explorer

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What's included

Outside from: $5934*
Suite from: $8619*
Inside from: $5488*
*Indicative pricing only.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Rotterdam Often called the gateway to Europe, the port city of Rotterdam is full of old-world charm. The harbor offers amazing views and a maze of wharves and canals, along with towering spires make for a beautiful sight. Take a stroll and duck into one of the pubs or eateries along the way. Only three pre World War II buildings in the city centre have survived and are worth a look - city hall, St. Laurence church and the White House. Explore the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, which houses a unique collection dating from the 14th century, or the Museum Voor Volkenkunde - home to ethnological exhibits. Exquisite architecture can be seen in many areas of Rotterdam, most notably in the Delfshaven quarter of the city - where 18th century houses are on display. For a laugh, check out Kijk-Kubus, an upside-down house.
  • Day 2 - Dover Dover, in the county of Kent in southeast England, has understandably been one of the most important ports of entry to the country for centuries, given its location on the English Channel across from France. The famous White Cliffs of Dover greet you as you arrive, and the city has a number of historic sights, including a medieval castle. For many travelers, however, it is primarily a gateway to London. Few places can compete with England’s capital for sheer energy, atmosphere and variety. London’s vibrancy—in art, in music, in architecture—is formidable. It’s a city with not only multiple attractions, grand structures and great cultural institutions (though there are plenty of those) but also scenic parks, walkable villages and striking modern additions.Culinary pioneers are reviving traditional techniques and introducing menus that are at the forefront of the world’s premier restaurant experiences. Leg-powered sightseeing (by bike or on foot) around London maximizes opportunities for stumbling across secret alleys, courtyards housing quirky art galleries and tiny old pubs serving fresh British ales. Shoppers will want to check out the items at some of the retail emporiums known the world over as well as diminutive boutiques stocking unique souvenirs.
  • Day 3 - At Sea
  • Day 4 - Bristol (Bath) Recently dubbed Britain’s coolest city, Bristol has a bubbling and diverse music scene and excellent nightlife, as well as a wealth of creative industries (from old-fashioned typographers to hip travel magazines) that have sprung up around its docks and colorful city neighborhoods. Wapping Wharf has become a new foodie destination, and its Cargo district is made up of converted shipping containers that house stores, bars and galleries. Bristol’s energetic atmosphere is helped by the students at the world-class university who help fuel its youthful vibe and countercultural outlook. By contrast, Bath is the more genteel cousin, an alluring visual combination of Georgian and Roman history, full of elegant and photogenic architecture. A stroll up the main thoroughfare of Stall Street leads past historic bathing houses to popular fashion shops, delicatessens and independent boutiques, all sitting cheek by jowl in a quaint combination of ancient and modern. Between them, the two cities have some of the best food and shopping in the West Country and, as a double act, provide an enticingly varied metropolitan experience.
  • Day 5 - Dublin Dublin works its magic on you slowly. Founded by the Vikings on the banks of the River Liffey in the 9th century, the city occupies one of the loveliest natural settings of any European capital. Its architecture is a jumble of different periods, including the medieval cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, the elegant terraces and leafy squares of the Georgian period and the modern architecture of the revitalized Docklands district. Dublin’s compact heart is divided by the languorous flow of the Liffey before it enters the wide expanse of Dublin Bay. Both gritty and gracious, the city streets inspired some of the most celebrated writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, acknowledged by its status as a UNESCO World City of Literature. But while its heritage is undeniably a major draw for visitors, these days Dublin is vibrant with thriving technology firms and a young population eager to make their mark. It might arrive via an impromptu chat with a local or a quiet pint of Guinness in a historic pub, but by the time you leave, Dublin will have charmed you.
  • Day 6 - Dublin Dublin works its magic on you slowly. Founded by the Vikings on the banks of the River Liffey in the 9th century, the city occupies one of the loveliest natural settings of any European capital. Its architecture is a jumble of different periods, including the medieval cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, the elegant terraces and leafy squares of the Georgian period and the modern architecture of the revitalized Docklands district. Dublin’s compact heart is divided by the languorous flow of the Liffey before it enters the wide expanse of Dublin Bay. Both gritty and gracious, the city streets inspired some of the most celebrated writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, acknowledged by its status as a UNESCO World City of Literature. But while its heritage is undeniably a major draw for visitors, these days Dublin is vibrant with thriving technology firms and a young population eager to make their mark. It might arrive via an impromptu chat with a local or a quiet pint of Guinness in a historic pub, but by the time you leave, Dublin will have charmed you.
  • Day 7 - At Sea
  • Day 8 - Bordeaux Situated on the Garonne River in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is above all famous for one thing: wine. Its full-bodied reds (and to a lesser degree its whites, rosés and sparkling wines) have made this a flourishing port since ancient times when it was the capital of the Roman province of Aquitania. But there's much more to see than wine cellars and vineyards. Explore the quays of the Port de la Lune and the crescent-shaped area along the Garonne’s Rive Gauche, resplendent with neoclassical buildings, elegant fountains and grand squares. As you wander the streets here, step into the landscaped green spaces or fine art institutions that give Paris a run for its money. The restaurants here are among the country's best (naturally, to pair with the region’s wines, from the three-euro refreshers to the premier grand crus), and include old-school brasseries and sleek on-the-cutting-edge newcomers. Outside the city of Bordeaux, there are plenty of easy day trips: Medieval villages, prehistoric caves and sprawling vineyards, whose restaurants and alfresco tasting rooms are top destinations for culture seekers and wine lovers alike.
  • Day 9 - Cruising Gironde Estuary
  • Day 10 - La Rochelle Brandy and bordeaux wines come from the region surrounding La Rochelle. Taste these products of locals vineyards; learn about the brandy distillation process, where the top and bottom layers are discarded; discover the secret of barrel toasting that affects the palate of an aged red wine. If you don't already know what VSOP and XO stand for, you will soon.
  • Day 11 - At Sea
  • Day 12 - Rouen (Paris), France When you arrive in Rouen, opportunities to see some of France’s key historic sights await as soon as you leave your ship. The city is home to one of the country’s most famous Gothic cathedrals, beautifully captured on canvas in a series of paintings by Claude Monet, as well as the remains of the castle where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Beyond the city limits, Giverny, where Monet’s house and gardens have been lovingly preserved, is an hour away. Paris, which needs no introduction, is roughly two hours by car or train. Closer to Rouen, Honfleur’s Old Port is lined with restaurants, shops and 300-year-old houses. If you want to make the journey to Paris, the TGV leaves early in the morning and takes you from Rouen to the Gare du Nord, in the heart of the City of Light. From there, you can stroll along the Champs-Élysées, have lunch in a restaurant in Montmartre with a view of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur and then explore the world-famous Louvre museum, with enough time to see several of its highlights. At the end of a full day in Paris you can catch a late-evening train back to Rouen.
  • Day 13 - Rouen (Paris), France When you arrive in Rouen, opportunities to see some of France’s key historic sights await as soon as you leave your ship. The city is home to one of the country’s most famous Gothic cathedrals, beautifully captured on canvas in a series of paintings by Claude Monet, as well as the remains of the castle where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Beyond the city limits, Giverny, where Monet’s house and gardens have been lovingly preserved, is an hour away. Paris, which needs no introduction, is roughly two hours by car or train. Closer to Rouen, Honfleur’s Old Port is lined with restaurants, shops and 300-year-old houses. If you want to make the journey to Paris, the TGV leaves early in the morning and takes you from Rouen to the Gare du Nord, in the heart of the City of Light. From there, you can stroll along the Champs-Élysées, have lunch in a restaurant in Montmartre with a view of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur and then explore the world-famous Louvre museum, with enough time to see several of its highlights. At the end of a full day in Paris you can catch a late-evening train back to Rouen.
  • Day 13 - Scenic Cruising Schelde River
  • Day 14 - Zeebrugge (Brussels) From this busy port city tour to canal-laced Brugge; Brussels, home of the European Union; and Ghent, mecca for chocolate lovers. Sample shore excursion: Antwerp, City of Diamonds.
  • Day 15 - Rotterdam Often called the gateway to Europe, the port city of Rotterdam is full of old-world charm. The harbor offers amazing views and a maze of wharves and canals, along with towering spires make for a beautiful sight. Take a stroll and duck into one of the pubs or eateries along the way. Only three pre World War II buildings in the city centre have survived and are worth a look - city hall, St. Laurence church and the White House. Explore the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, which houses a unique collection dating from the 14th century, or the Museum Voor Volkenkunde - home to ethnological exhibits. Exquisite architecture can be seen in many areas of Rotterdam, most notably in the Delfshaven quarter of the city - where 18th century houses are on display. For a laugh, check out Kijk-Kubus, an upside-down house.
** Itinerary may vary by sailing date.

Onboard experience

Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her décor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of fresh floral arrangements. While on board, explore the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy a cooking show or hands-on workshop with America’s Test Kitchen. Relax with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. Or dine in one of our selection of fine restaurants.

Facilities

Recreational: Card Room, Outdoor Pool, Club HAL, The Loft, Indoor Pool, Library, The Loft and The Oasis
Fitness: Tennis Court, Gym, Aerobics, Basketball
Other: Reception, Art Gallery, Shopping Gallery, Photo Gallery, Laundry Service, Shore Excursion Office, Boutique, Atrium, Culinary Arts Center, Future Cruise Sales
Food and Drink: Pinnacle Grill, Lido Bar, The Verandah, Queens Room, Explorations Cafe, Piano Bar, Lido Casual Restaurant, Terrace Grill, Rotterdam Dining Room, Canaletto Restaurant
Entertainment: Neptune Lounge, Frans Hals Show Lounge, Crow's Nest, Dance Floor, Photo Gallery, Explorers Lounge, Theatre
Relaxation: Sauna, Whirlpool, Beauty Salon, Massage, Spa, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Thermal Suite, Lido Pool

Deck layout

Dolphin Deck
Lido Deck
Lower Promenade Deck
Main Deck
Navigation Deck
Promenade Deck
Sky Deck
Sports Deck
Upper Promenade
Verandah Deck

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