The Ambiance of Venice

Holland America has selected Venice as an embarkation port for a very good reason.  You will long for more time to explore its ambiance.  Schedule at least one pre-cruise hotel night or better yet, two! Venice is set on islands connected by bridges, with the Grand Canal as its main waterway street. You will marvel just watching the water traffic by boats that range from the police and fire boats to working barges to speedy island hopping water taxis. Classic wooden cabin cruisers take tourists to luxury hotels, and skilled gondoliers navigate their sleek black vessels under bridges and around bends. For a price you can add musicians and singers. The absence of automobile noise means you can hear the voices of Venice. Listen and you will be transformed!

Once oriented to the waterways, you can set out on foot. Pick up a map, but expect to get lost—it's an inevitable part of the experience. Streets meander across canals, through campi (squares) and around buildings—often changing names as well as direction. You will find signs with arrows to major sights, especially the Rialto Bridge.  Local shop owners will point you in the right direction, too.

You'll want to spend most of a day visiting the sites close to the Piazza San Marco. The Doge's Palace offers a fascinating look at how the city's leaders lived and managed the republic, and the colorful religious mosaics at the Basilica di San Marco are some of the most stunning in the world.

Across the Grand Canal from San Marco, via the timber Accademia Bridge, is the Dorsoduro neighborhood, where you'll find two very different museums. The Gallerie dell'Accademia is the city's signature art repository with its collection from the 14th-18th centuries of the prolific Italian Renaissance painters. A short walk away is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a canal-front palazzo that was fashioned into a modern and avant-garde art gallery. If museums are your focus, consider the Museum Pass and the MUVE Friend Card, which offer entrance to multiple museums for one discounted price. Museum Passes can be purchased at all participating museums or online.

Dining with the Local Venetians

Seafood is king of the table in traditional Venetian cuisine. Avoid big restaurants and look instead for small pubs called a bacaro or osteria. The delicious cicheti (little appetizers often made of fish or meat) paired with ombre (glasses of wine) are a perfect way to end your day in this floating city.

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  • Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, many with private verandahs
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  • Lighted magnifying mirrors; massage showerheads; salon-quality hair dryers
  • Luxurious terry cloth bathrobes
  • Elemis Aromapure "Time to Spa" bath amenities
  • Televisions with DVD players
  • Generous storage
  • Safes for your valuables
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary ice service

12-Day Mediterranean Romance Cruise

Venice to Barcelona on ms Nieuw Amstserdam
October 15, 2014 (Other dates available at varying prices)

Interior

$1899

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$2299

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$2299

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  • $50 Beverage Card per person
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  • Pinnacle Grill lunch and Canaletto dinner
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Itinerary includes: Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Kerkira/Corfu, Greece; Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseille (Provence), France; Barcelona, Spain

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7-Day Alaska Cruise

Roundtrip from Vancouver on ms Zuiderdam
July 12, 2014 (Other dates available at varying prices)

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12-Day Mediterranean Empires Cruise

Roundtrip from Venice on ms Nieuw Amsterdam
October 3, 2014 (Other dates available at varying prices)

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$1999

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$2399

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$2399

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Itinerary includes: Venice, Italy; Katakolon, Greece; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Cruising The Dardanelles; Istanbul, Turkey; Lesbos, Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Thira (Santorini), Greece; Argostoli, Greece; Venice, Italy



*Fares are based on Promo RH/FL/RM. Featured fares are per person based on double occupancy, cruise or Land+Sea Journeys only. Fares are in U.S. dollars. $499 fare based on the following departure(s): ms Statendam, 7-day 5/25/14 sailing. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional and range from $89.57 to $727.01. Subject to availability. Upgrade offers are valid on select sailings and in select categories only. Summer on Sale Free $50 Beverage Card is based on promo ZR, applies to 1st and 2nd guests sharing a stateroom and excludes 3rd/4th guests. Beverage card applies to select Europe, Canada & New England, and Alaska cruises and Land +Sea Journeys, and applies to new bookings only. Beverage card may be used only on the cruise portion of Land+Sea Journeys. The Beverage Card may be used to purchase beverages or other eligible items at payment terminals aboard the ship. No balance may be carried on the Beverage Card after the end of the cruise. Unused portion of card will not be refunded at the end of the cruise. This card cannot be redeemed for cash and is not replaceable if lost or stolen. Third/fourth offer is based on sharing a stateroom with 1st and 2nd guests, valid on select sailings, and are based on Promo Z3/ZT. Third/fourth child offer is applicable to ages 17 and under. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses apply to all 3rd/4th offers. Offers are capacity controlled, and may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply. Ships' Registry: The Netherlands.