Oosterdam brings high style to the high seas. Credit: Holland America Line

Sun-drenched islands & historical intrigue – Greece is the word with Holland America Line

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The gorgeous sun-drenched islands of Greece – and beyond – are waiting for you this summer onboard Holland America Line’s Oosterdam.

Holland America Line has gone all out to provide a luxurious itinerary for those seeking to cruise through Greece during summer 2023.

The voyages will explore the gorgeous sun-drenched islands of Greece...and way beyond.

On the 12-Day Greek Odyssey cruise (departing 26 July, 2023, from Civitavecchia) aboard the stylish ship Oosterdam, you will sail into the Bay of Kotor.

Prepare to be wowed by the spot's dramatic beauty - here dreamy seafront villages are set to a backdrop of mountains plummeting into the Adriatic Sea, while the stone labyrinth of the Old Town is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments, as well as the narrowest street in the world.

Then, you sail on to pretty Corfu. With an elegant old town to explore, beautiful beaches and iconic Mouse Island, it is easy to see how the island has inspired generations of writers, from Shakespeare, through Edward Lear, to Gerald Durrell. You might even discover your own inner wordsmith!

Next, it’s time to sail into the volcanic caldera of Santorini where Oosterdam will stay at anchor while you are taken ashore to ride the cable car to the beautiful town of Thira or explore the archaeological wonders of Akrotiri, said to be the lost city of Atlantis.

Finally, enjoy the twisting cobblestone streets, white-painted bougainvillaea-adorned houses, and windmills of Mykonos, before returning to Piraeus.

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Experience the ancient world

On its 14-Day Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms cruise itinerary, Nieuw Statendam will call into Haifa, Israel for the fascinating city of Tel Aviv.

Here there are opportunities to tour the Holy Land for visits to Jerusalem and Nazareth.

In historic Rhodes, visitors can follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St John and learn about the city’s history and architecture.

Alternatively, tour into the island's interior filled with lushly forested hills.

To the south, there's Lindos, one of the most stunning villages in all of Greece (and that’s saying something). It's watched over by a picture-perfect ancient ruin on the hill above.

Then, the pretty island of Mykonos with its harbour and winding streets filled with typical tavernas and boutiques comes into view, before you cruise to Nafplion in the Peloponnese, gateway to the incredible classical sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus. This is your chance to experience history in all its glory.

Holland America Line: Lindos is one of the most stunning villages in all of Greece. Credit: HAL

Why you should sail on the sophisticated and elegant Oosterdam

The perfectly-sized Oosterdam is a five-star hotel at sea, offering spacious public areas and wrap-around decks.

The ship recently received a number of exciting updates, enabling guests to experience the full Music Walk experience – exclusive to HAL.

This includes Lincoln Center Stage (with outstanding programmes of classical and contemporary chamber music), B.B. King’s Blues Club (the best of Memphis R&B) and Billboard Onboard (where Holland America Line's pianist plays the hits you know and love).

Foodies can also indulge. The Dining Room offers the ship's flagship dining experience in a sophisticated and welcoming setting.

Then there's the Lido Market, a casual modern marketplace offering everything from breakfast to late-night snacks.

Meanwhile, Tamarind serves up Southern Asian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine and Canaletto provides Italian fare - and there are plenty more dining options to savour too…

What's more, holidaymakers who like to get more involved can enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table programming.

You can discover the voyages destined for Oosterdam here.

Oosterdam brings high style to the high seas. Credit: Holland America Line

Extra perks with Holland America Line

With Holland America Line’s premium package ‘Have it All' you will enjoy some incredible inclusive extra value.

For one simple fare, you’ll receive a drinks package, speciality dining, Wi-Fi and one or more shore excursion.

This package is great value – you’ll save 50 percent or more on those extras versus buying them separately!

Prices for Oosterdam's Greece and Beyond cruises include all this plus free air from London and select regional airports as well as transfers between airport and ship and late arrival protection.

Holland America Line: Guests can experience the full Music Walk experience – exclusive to HAL. Credit: HAL
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About Gary Peters

Gary is an experienced cruise journalist and editor who has been at the helm of Cruise Trade News since 2019. In that time, the brand has focused on investigative journalism and long-form feature content. Gary has also overseen the launch of new digital publications. Prior to joining Cruise Trade News – initially as deputy editor in 2018 – Gary worked in music and sport journalism, and as a senior editor for B2B magazines in the transport and environment sectors.