Roman Empire
- 11 nights on the ms Westerdam -
Roundtrip from Rome

September 24 - October 5, 2007
***No Longer Available***

Day 1: Departure from USA

Day 2:  Civitavecchia (Rome)
From the Roman Forum, it's a short walk to the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hill. Across the Tiber River, the Sovereign State of the Vatican holds the key to the Sistine Chapel and Bernini's remarkable colonnade. We begin our adventure this evening from the Eternal City of Rome.

Day 3:  At Sea
Spend the day getting to know your ship. The ms Westerdam is the third in Holland America Line's series of Vista-class ships. Defining the future of cruising, the ms Westerdam offers guests more of everything they desire on a cruise ship: more staterooms with private verandahs, more dining choices from formal dinners to casual poolside dining, more exotic destinations, and the very best in cruise activities and cruise entertainment. As with all Vista-class ships, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as such as her use of a full-scale diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability.

Day 4:  Dubrovnik, Croatia
We arrive in the medieval walled city at 8 a.m. The magnificent remarkably persevered walls were built between the 13th and the 16th centuries and encircle the city. At the end of the Stradun, you will find one of the local meeting places, the Orlando Column, with the nearby Sponza Place and the baroque church of St. Blaise. You will also find the Rector's Palace here, built in 1441, which is now a city museum packed with valuable and historic exhibits. One of the many pleasures for visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by.  We depart this evening around 6 p.m.

Day 5:  Corfu, Greece
Around 8 a.m. this morning we will dock in the most luscious of all the Greek islands, Corfu. Amazing beaches, superb Venetian architecture, and picturesque villages will greet you. Corfu Town was built between two fortresses and is full of superb Italian and French buildings, Byzantine churches and flowered squares. You may wish to take an optional excursion to Achillion Palace, built by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Departure this evening is around 6 p.m.

Day 6:  Katakolon, Greece
Arrive on the gateway to Olympus this morning around 7 a.m. Pause in the original Olympic stadium, where the torch was first lit and the winners were crowned with a laurel wreath. View the ruined archives of Greek mythology at the Temple of Zeus—one of the few remaining Wonders of the Ancient World. We re-board the ship this evening around 5 p.m. and depart for Santorini.

Day 7:  Santorini, Greece
Enter the harbor created by a volcano in 1500 B.C. at 8 a.m. View stunning 1,000 foot-high red, brown or greenish cliffs that rise from sea level.  Marvel at the string of villages and dazzling white houses which cling to the cliffs above volcanic black pebble beaches. Intriguing history, breathtaking sunsets and the deep blue sea are just some of the reasons Santorini is the most popular holiday destination in Greece! Stay out and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere, departure is around 11 p.m. this evening.

Day 8:  Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey    
This morning we will arrive around 7a.m. in Kusadasi, a trendy tourist destination due to its abundant beaches. In nearby Ephesus you can view one of the best-preserved archeological sites of the classic world. Explore its grand colonnaded marble streets, the ancient Agoura and the Baths, and the Celsus Library. We depart this evening at 8 p.m.

Day 9:  Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Begin your journey to the wonders of Athens this morning at 8 a.m. Opt to tour such sites as the Acropolis, Constitution Square, Hadrian’s Arch, the Olympic Stadium and more. Athens, the capital city of Greece, is an ancient city, steeped in many centuries of history. Some of the top Athens attractions include the Agora - an impressive, ruined Roman building that was funded by Roman emperors, the Temple of Zeus - built around 1,500 years ago for the worship of the Greek God Zeus, Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with original town of Athens and the spectacular Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre where countless plays have been performed over the years. Please plan to re-board the shop for departure at 6 p.m.

Day 10:  At Sea
Enjoy your floating palace. The two-tier Vista Dining Room features impeccable service and an extensive wine list, and offers five-course menus, from continental cuisine to vegetarian and low-carb options. The intimate reservations-only Pinnacle Grill offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience and features premium hand-selected cuts of Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens. The Lido Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties. The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon features thermal suites, a hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy pool, heated ceramic lounges and more. The Vista Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts. The Crow's Nest, where sweeping views make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxing during the day, and in the evening transforms into a hip, fashionable nightclub features top-notch DJs and live bands. Club HAL®, dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 to 12. The Loft, designed exclusively for teens to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.

Day 11:  Messina, Sicily
Arrive at the Gateway to Taormina this morning at 7 a.m.  Enjoy outstanding views of snowcapped Mt. Etna or search a small museum here to find works by Caraviggio. Messina is famous for its unique character with a lavish mixed heritage: Greek, Arab, Roman, Norman. This wide range of influences can be detected in the island's architecture, landscape and culture, and has mingled to make Sicily a thoroughly unique destination. Sicily's pastries and desserts (dolci) are famous for their richness, and stuffed with ingredients like marzipan and ricotta. Among the treats are cannoli (thin tubes stuffed with ricotta, chocolate or candied fruit). Departure today is at 2 p.m.

Day 12:  Civitavecchia (Rome)
We wrap up our journey at 7 a.m. this morning in spectacular Rome. If you have time or wish to purchase a post package, many treasures can be found in Rome and the Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and much more.

Price Per Person:
Category Price
Inside   K
Oceanview (Obstructed)   D OV
Balcony   VD
Single Supplement: $TBD

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Price Includes:
Cruise, Government taxes, port fees.

Not included:
Airfare, tips, tours, optional travel insurance, transfers ($168.00), and items of a personal nature.

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All taxes, fees, port order and arrival/departure times are subject to change. Other room categories and triple/quad rates available upon request. Passports are required for most sailings.

Deposit - $600.00 per person. Final Payment is due 80 days prior to departure.



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