MS ARENA - DELIGHTFUL HOLLAND AND THE FLORIADE

Cruise

6 nights in Holland
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Full Board

What You Can Expect

4* Ship

This four-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise

Floriade Expo

Experience the once-in-a-decade Floriade Expo

Het Loo Palace

There is the opportunity to visit to Het Loo Palace and De Kruidhof Botanical Garden and more

About the Trip:

Join us for this celebration of colour as we experience one of the Netherlands most famed floral events. On this seven-day river cruise, we will see the best of Dutch springtime as we view the vibrant displays from Amsterdam to Kampen. The focal point of the cruise will be the fabulous Floriade Expo. Held in Almere, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the theme will be the important one of ‘growing green cities’, and here you will be treated to a cornucopia of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers and flower bulbs. There is also the opportunity to visit to Het Loo Palace and De Kruidhof Botanical Garden and more – making this the ultimate spring escape!

What's Included

  • Cabin for Sole use
  • Full Board including Welcome drink, Captain’s Gala Dinner, morning and afternoon tea/coffee and a late evening snack
  • Floriade Excursion
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam – Hoorn
  • Den Helder
  • Harlingen – Kampen
  • Kampen – Lelystad
  • Floriade
  • Arrive in to Amsterdam

What’s Extra

  • Flights & Transfers
  • Please note flights and transfers are not included, you can contact us for more information and assistance.
  • Premium package price: £102 (Premium Package includes drinks with meals, 10% excursion package discount, complimentary fruit basket on arrival with upgraded toiletries selection and daily water in cabin along with free use of the Health Suite.
  • Excursions (excursion package from as little as £110)
    Insurance see here

 

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrival Day

Once you have arrived in Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, you can join our ship and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard.

  • Dinner included
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DAY 2

Amsterdam – Hoorn

This morning, there’s the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Van Loon Museum in Amsterdam. In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies the Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was the painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendour of the 17th century. In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company and since 1973, the family has opened their home and garden to the public so you can get a glimpse of the life of the family in one of the finest canal house in the city.

In the rooms, you’ll see a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from different centuries on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house. This original unity of canal house, garden and coach house is nowhere else to be seen. If you want a glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world-famous canals, a visit to Museum Van Loon is a must! We return to ship for lunch onboard and this afternoon cruise onwards to Hoorn.

We arrive into the atmospheric city of Hoorn later this afternoon and have free time to explore this wonderful little city full of history and interesting architecture.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
DAY 3

Den Helder

We arrive in the unique town of Den Helder this morning which is situated at the northernmost tip of the province of North Holland. After lunch, why not join an optional excursion to the Medemblik Bakery, a quaint two-story museum where you’ll see how traditional Dutch specialities are made, including ‘gevulde koek’, which is an almond paste cookie and ‘speculaas’ which are delicious gingerbread cookies. We return to the ship in Den Helder for a relaxing evening on board as we cruise towards Harlingen.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
DAY 4

Harlingen – Kampen

This morning you can join an optional excursion to De Kruidhof Botanical Garden which is the largest botanical garden in the Netherlands. It features seventeen themed gardens each with their own plant collections. Themed gardens that can be visited include: medicinal herbs, cloister garden, butterfly garden, rose garden, woodland garden, fruit garden, ferns, paint and dye plants, garden with plants mentioned in the Bible, wildflowers and a garden for meditation. The Ice Age Museum is also housed in the gardens which illustrates the prehistory of the Frisian Woodlands.

We return to the ship at lunchtime and sail onwards to Kampen arriving later this evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
DAY 5

Kampen – Lelystad

This morning there is an optional excursion to Het Loo Palace.  Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn is a Dutch Baroque palace built for William, Prince of Orange and later King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Members of the House of Oranje-Nassau lived and worked at Het Loo Palace for more than 300 years. What began as a hunting lodge for a stadtholder became a palace for a king, as William ascended to the English throne as William III. There were refurbishments and modernisations, art was being collected and a garden designed. The gardens were used for strolls and to enjoy exotic flowers and plants; royal dinners took place, with food served on beautiful china. This rich and generous past is still to admire here. We return to the ship at lunchtime and sail onwards to Lelystad where there’s time to explore this lively little port as we are berthed here overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
DAY 6

Floriade

After breakfast, we are taken by coach to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo in the town of Almere where you will have plenty of time to enjoy this horticultural delight.  Floriade Expo 2022 will be an extraordinary expo. For six months the attention to the theme ‘Growing Green Cities’ will be focused on the cities of the future. Visitors will have a unique and meaningful experience: while visiting the expo they will be invited to ‘explore, touch and change’.This expo will also be the start of a new city district close to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Almost everything that will be built for the exhibition will become part of the legacy of Almere and the structures will remain and become part of the community.  The expo site will be developed as a Green City Arboretum, serving as a model for green structure development in cities. This arboretum will consist of a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers, hydrophytes and flower bulbs, all of which contribute to a green, healthy and sustainable city. Around 3000 species have been selected that contribute to the green city in terms of biodiversity, air purification, food production and city climate management.   We return to the ship in Lelystad and enjoy our last night on board as we sail onwards to Amsterdam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
DAY 7

Amsterdam

We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast. .

  • Breakfast included
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Accommodation

4* MS Arena

This new four-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise; comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail is everything.  Whether you’re cruising the Dutch Waterways, the rivers Rhine, Moselle or Danube,  this elegant, four-star ship promises everything you’d wish for – and more – making for an unforgettable river cruising experience.

From the moment you step aboard you’ll enjoy the sense of space, stylish décor and unfaltering attention to detail that runs throughout the ship. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows on the main and upper decks ensure you don’t miss a moment of the magical landscape, whether you are treating yourself to a drink in the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar, dining on delicious cuisine served in the panorama restaurant, or relaxing in the comfort of your spacious cabin.

Facilities Include

Ship Facilities:

Restaurant
Bright, spacious and with panoramic windows along three sides of the room, the Panorama Restaurant on the main deck provides the perfect setting to enjoy delicious cuisine whilst watching the world drift by. Our excellent chefs are proud of their menus, which feature a superb range of freshly-prepared dishes from traditional local delicacies to international favourites. The ambience and first-class service from our attentive crew ensure you enjoy a dining experience like no other.

Lounge/Bar/Library
Holidays are all about relaxation and there’s no better place to do that on board than in the comfort of the stylish Ambassador’s Lounge Bar. The inviting ambience, comfy chairs and floor to ceiling panoramic windows all make it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, perhaps reading a good novel from the ship’s library. The Ambassador’s lounge bar is the perfect spot to end the day too. Sip on a cocktail as you take in the moonlit views along the twinkling river bank, reflecting on an unforgettable day in the company of new-found friends.

Sun Deck
360-degrees of uninterrupted vistas, the sun deck promises the best views on the ship! Pull up a chair and relax over a drink with friends, or simply pick the lounger of your choice and soak up the sun and sights at leisure. You’ll be treated to some breath-taking scenery as you cruise and the sun deck offers the ultimate vantage point to see it all.

Room Includes

Cabin facilities:

Whether you choose accommodation on the upper deck or the main deck, all of the 98 cabins on MS Arena feature floor to ceiling panoramic windows and a French balcony, so you can relax in comfort and take in the wonderful scenery. Spacious and with contemporary furnishings, each cabin has an en suite bathroom with shower, toilet and complimentary toiletries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
June 19 °C 11 °C

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