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Sun, Aug 23, 2020 LONDON (SOUTHAMPTON), UK -- 6:00 pmMon, Aug 24, 2020 PLYMOUTH, UK 7:00 am 4:00 pmTue, Aug 25, 2020 DUBLIN, IRELAND 11:00 am 10:00 pmWed, Aug 26, 2020 BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Aug 27, 2020 CRUISING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN -- --Fri, Aug 28, 2020 CRUISING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN -- --Sat, Aug 29, 2020 CRUISING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN -- --Sun, Aug 30, 2020 PAAMIUT (FREDERIKSHAB), GREENLAND 9:00 am 7:00 pmMon, Aug 31, 2020 NUUK, GREENLAND 7:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Sep 01, 2020 QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND 1:00 pm 9:00 pmWed, Sep 02, 2020 CRUISING PRINCE CHRISTIAN SOUND -- --Thu, Sep 03, 2020 CRUISING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN -- --Fri, Sep 04, 2020 REYKJAVIK, ICELAND 7:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Sep 05, 2020 ISAFJORDUR, ICELAND 8:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Sep 06, 2020 AKUREYRI, ICELAND 8:00 am 6:00 pmMon, Sep 07, 2020 CRUISING THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN -- --Tue, Sep 08, 2020 TORSHAVN (FAROE ISLANDS), DENMARK 7:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Sep 09, 2020 LERWICK (SHETLAND ISLANDS), SCOTLAND 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Sep 10, 2020 HAUGESUND, NORWAY 8:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Sep 11, 2020 KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY 7:00 am 4:00 pmSat, Sep 12, 2020 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Sep 13, 2020 CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA -- --Mon, Sep 14, 2020 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Sep 15, 2020 HELSINKI, FINLAND 10:00 am 7:00 pmWed, Sep 16, 2020 ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA 9:00 am --Thu, Sep 17, 2020 ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA -- 6:00 pmFri, Sep 18, 2020 TALLINN, ESTONIA 8:00 am 4:00 pmSat, Sep 19, 2020 RIGA, LATVIA 10:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Sep 20, 2020 VISBY, SWEDEN 8:00 am 3:00 pmMon, Sep 21, 2020 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK 10:00 am 7:00 pmTue, Sep 22, 2020 KIEL CANAL TRANSIT -- --Wed, Sep 23, 2020 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS 10:00 am --Thu, Sep 24, 2020 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS -- 6:00 pmFri, Sep 25, 2020 BRUGES (ZEEBRUGGE), BELGIUM 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Sep 26, 2020 LONDON (TILBURY), UNITED KINGDOM 6:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Sep 27, 2020 CRUISING THE CELTIC SEA & ENGLISH CHANNEL -- --Mon, Sep 28, 2020 DUBLIN, IRELAND 5:30 am --
Arrival | Departure Tue, Aug 25, 2020
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Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio, Joe Watters and Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises is the world's largest upper premium cruise line. The Finest Cuisine at Sea, Destination Specialists and Intimate & Luxurious Ships are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises' five-star product, positioning the line as the cruise company of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.
Featuring a fleet of warm and luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for its gourmet culinary program inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin and its array of destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises' diverse voyages, which call on more than 400 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.
At Oceania Cruises, we do things the R.I.T.E. way - Respect, Integrity, Trust and Excellence are the foundation of all our actions, every day, in everything we do.
Oceania Cruises appeals to discerning, sophisticated travelers in search of world-class cuisine, unparalleled personal service, a luxurious onboard ambiance and enriching destination experiences.
Oceania Cruises will provide the highest quality cruise product for mature and discerning travelers by offering the finest culinary experience at sea, authentic destination experiences, and a warm and luxurious ambiance on every voyage. Combining a casually sophisticated onboard experience with the most alluring destinations around the world, we provide our guests with a truly extraordinary travel experience.
Our acclaimed Nautica has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers every luxury you may expect on board one of our stylish ships. She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests to pamper, our 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you will wait for nothing.
The Grand Dining Room
The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe's marquee 5-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, designer tapestry fabrics and oversized armchairs, the expansive dining area exudes classic splendor. Tables are beautifully set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens. Remarkably, as sumptuous as The Grand Dining Room's decor is, guests always feel completely at ease within its grandeur. Much of that is a direct reflection of the formally attired and classically trained wait staff, graciously serving course after course of European-inspired cuisine or delectable alternatives such as light and healthy Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine and gourmet vegan options. And on board Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena signature specials from Jacques and Red Ginger are featured nightly in The Grand Dining Room. As variety is essential, menus change daily with a brilliant choice of at least ten appetizers, soups and salads and twelve entrees at dinner.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.
Inspired by the family recipes of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pepin, The Bistro invites you to enjoy quintessential French dishes as well as lunchtime favorites and regional specialties during lunch in The Grand Dining Room. The menu features some of Jacques' favorite bistro-style dishes like the crisp salade niçoise and a warm croque-monsieur as well as a rich range of global flavors with Taste of the World selections from Cuba, Mexico, Scandinavia, Italy, Thailand, Morocco and beyond. Daily specials offer even more choices and opportunities to savor a new and different dish or a time-honored classic you crave. Bon appetit!
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.
Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honored favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes such as Grilled Swordfish and Whole Maine Lobster Gratinee are also classics in their own right. The Classic Caesar Salad, too, is prepared according to tradition, tableside and with gusto.
Open for dinner only. Reservations required.
In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy's culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with an appetizer of Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette or the Artichoke and Parmesan Cheese Timbale with Black Truffle Sauce. Classic dishes from other regions of Northern Italy are featured as well, such as the Minestrone alla Genovese, Lasagne al Forno alla Bolognese and Osso Buco alla Milanese.
Open for dinner only. Reservations required.
Informal and carefree, the Terrace Cafe is wonderfully inviting any time of day--feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. First thing in the morning, enjoy sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international-inspired dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria's oven. Feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. Evenings, the impeccably clad wait staff shines, and the cuisine takes on a more sophisticated flair. Lobster tails and lamb chops are prepared to order, and freshly made hand-cut sushi and sashimi await your selection. Tomorrow, an entirely different series of menus awaits the opportunity to delight you.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.
Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining on all-American favorites, a style laid-back Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouthwatering luncheon menu as well as raw, cold-pressed juices, vegan smoothies and healthy energy bowls during breakfast at the new Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar. During lunch, the chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.
Open for lunch and afternoon dining only. No reservations required.
Few tea times are as anticipated and inspired as ours, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o'clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts.
Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.
This delightful coffee bar offers java lovers complimentary illy espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by our master baristas, as well as the delicious pastries, finger sandwiches and homemade biscotti that draw so many to Baristas throughout the day.
Open daily until early evening. No reservations required.
After a day of enriching shore excursions ashore or various activities onboard, you may dine in the privacy of your suite or stateroom. An extensive Room Service menu is available around the clock. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on your private veranda, as you take in spectacular seascapes.
Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day.
Casinos At Sea Rewards Program
Welcome to our Casinos At Sea rewards program. Elevate your game and your card status will follow with exclusive perks and privileges. Casinos At Sea reward points can be earned for many benefits, from free play, to complimentary drinks and exciting promotional offers. The more you play, the more you are rewarded.
Earn Casino Points
Getting started is easy. Stop by the casino cage and pick up your Oceania Cruises casino player card and start earning points today, by inserting your player card while playing your favorite slot machines and table games. The more you play, the more you earn!
- REEL & VIDEO SLOTS - For every $5 coin-in, receive 1 point.
- VIDEO POKER - For every $10 coin-in, receive 1 point.
- TABLE GAMES - Points are based on average bet, session play or hands played and game type.
Redeem Casino Points
You've played. You've earned. Now you're ready to redeem. Downloading points for play is quick and easy. Redeem your casino points for play right at your machine by following the on-screen prompts or stop by the casino cage - the choice is yours.
Casino Cash & Credit
Front Money deposits are accepted for gaming in the form of cash, traveler's checks, cashier's checks and wire transfers delivered to us prior to embarkation. All cashier's checks require prior verification.
Charge gaming to your onboard account directly from your game of choice or at the casino cashier, using your stateroom key card. Convenience fees, daily limits and cruise limits apply. Euros may be exchanged at the casino cashier, exchange rates apply. All gaming is in US Dollars.
Casino Credit is available to all players with an existing reservation. The minimum application amount is $10,000.00 and a personal check is required onboard to activate the credit line. Applications are processed 1 month prior to sailing. The application process is easy and there is no fee to apply.
If you're an arts aficionado, you'll find our entertainment lively and engaging. Evenings aboard can be anything you desire. Marvel at the continuously changing talented guest entertainers as you delight in themed music sets and colorful folkloric shows inspired by your locale. Relax to the classical melodies of the string quartet. Chat with newfound friends over cocktails in Martinis as you enjoy the live piano music. Attend a spectacular production show in the Lounge, dance the night away in Horizons to the sounds of a marvelous musical group or show your talent at karaoke. Bold and crowd-thrilling, nostalgic and upbeat, or intimate and sophisticated - whatever you choose, the night is yours.
Nautica's versatile and talented cast performs the following diverse production shows:
4 on the Floor
A musical tribute to legendary groups of four, 4 on the Floor brings you the rhythms of The Four Seasons, ABBA, the Mamas and the Papas, The Beatles and many others.
Tuxedo presents a fresh take on the music of the Rat Pack, the Great American Songbook and the music of legends such as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and many more.
From the soulful sounds of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to the hot Motown recording era of Frankie Valli and Smokey Robinson, Good Lovin' is an infectious tribute to the irresistible beat, soulful pop and Motown classics of the 1960s.
Get on the Floor and Dance
Get on the Floor and Dance is a tribute to the music of dance and features iconic, hit music from artists like Gloria Estefan, Michael Buble, Christina Aguilera and Brian Setzer.
Oceania @ Sea Computer Center
Stay connected with family and friends or monitor business developments in our 24-hour Internet center, Oceania@Sea. For personalized service, Oceania@Sea is fully-staffed on both sea days (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and port days (8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.).
Internet and Phone
Oceania Cruises also offers wireless Internet access throughout the ship, allowing you to connect through your laptop or mobile device. Guests in Concierge Levels and above are provided with a laptop. And as an added convenience, guests in all Owner's, Vista and Oceania Suites will have the use of an iPad throughout the voyage. Beginning in Winter of 2015, guests in Concierge Verandas and Penthouse Suites will enjoy a FREE Internet Package, and guests in Oceania, Vista and Owner's Suites will enjoy FREE Unlimited Internet.
Letters and postcards with the appropriate postage can be mailed at the Reception Desk. Postage for mail may be purchased at the Reception Desk for a nominal fee. Mail will be collected one hour prior to sailing from each port of call.
Incoming mail or faxes received by the ship on your behalf will be delivered directly to your stateroom.Wireless Communications Service
Oceania Cruises offers Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) for all GSM mobile phones and GPRS devices such as Blackberry when the ship is at sea.
You can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and use other data services when the ship is at sea. You will be billed by your mobile phone provider and calls or messages will appear as roaming charges on your bill. While using the WMS service, international maritime roaming rates will apply. Please consult your wireless service provider for detailed rates and service zones.
More Than a Spa
Healthy living and spiritual awareness are at the very heart of the Canyon Ranch philosophy. Pushing the boundaries of spa services well beyond the traditional, its award-winning health resorts have been transforming lives since 1979, when the first one was created in Arizona's spectacular Sonoran Desert. Oceania Cruises and Canyon Ranch have recreated that unique, inspiring environment on board our ships. Through well-being explorations ashore, complimentary fitness classes, light and healthy Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine and a multitude of healing therapies, you can discover ways to unleash your untapped potential and make positive changes in your life. Of course, the star element of any Canyon Ranch experience is a spa treatment that will leave you wondering how anything could feel quite so perfect.
*For reservations, please contact Canyon Ranch at 877-329-1924*.
Restore and Revitalize
Lose yourself in deep relaxation with a signature Canyon Stone Massage or perhaps complete your wellness experience ashore with a Thai Massage, which originated in Buddhist monasteries. Ease into the soothing waters of the private, open-air whirlpool spa. All Concierge Level and Suite guests enjoy FREE unlimited access to the beautifully appointed Canyon Ranch SpaClub private Spa Terrace. More opportunities await you in the state-of-the-art fitness center, where you may exercise on the latest fitness equipment or join a free class in yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, aerobics or one of the many other options. We also encourage you to attend complimentary presentations on how to enhance nutritional balance and spiritual wellness.
Beauty & Wellness
- Canyon Ranch SpaClub signature treatments
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, aerobics, private and group fitness classes and personal training
- Private Spa Terrace featuring thalassotherapy pool or whirlpool tubs
- Steam room, fitness track and beauty salon
- Canyon Ranch cuisine served in the Grand Dining Room and Terrace Cafe
- Nutrition and lifestyle consultations; wellness presentations
Martinis serves numerous incarnations of this famous cocktail in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a private gentleman's club, featuring live piano music.
Before enjoying a gourmet meal, sample a rare vintage or imbibe your favorite libation as you enjoy spirited conversation with new found friends amid the opulence of the convivial Grand Bar.
From headline acts to comedians and magicians to lively jazz ensembles, the Lounge is the center of nightly entertainment aboard Oceania Cruises.
An elegant observation lounge with dramatic floor to ceiling windows and a country club casual ambiance, Horizons features our beloved teatime by day and transforms into a sophisticated evening venue by night. Dance the night away to the sounds of a lively musical group and enjoy cocktails with friends at the convivial bar.
Located in shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Bar offers a wide variety of libations to enhance your poolside experience. A perfect afternoon on the deck with your favorite cocktail or a glass of wine or beer can be further enhanced with a decadent dessert such as a creamy homemade gelato, a made-to-order hot fudge sundae or a thick, hand-dipped milkshake. Nearby, at Waves Grill, chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with the side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.
Experience the warm and convivial atmosphere unique to Oceania Cruises: elegance without pretense. Feel wonderfully at home as you meet fellow shipmates, explore the ship and prepare for the fascinating ports of call you will soon discover. Meet friends for cocktails at Martinis and share adventures you enjoyed ashore. Join an afternoon bridge game, or perhaps simply relax by yourself in one of the many private retreats reserved just for you.
The stimulating variety of entertainment options on board our ships continually ensures your interests are piqued. Enjoy an engaging guest lecture by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador eager to share insider knowledge. Relax at a musical performance, perhaps featuring a live pianist, a classical string quartet, a dynamic vocalist or a spectacular headliner. Later, try your luck at the elegant Monte Carlo-style casino or go dancing at Horizons.
Tea Takes Center Stage
A ritual that dates back to 19th century England, afternoon tea is still a cherished tradition the world over. But few tea times are as anticipated and inspired as ours, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o'clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts. Of course, a tempting selection of traditional and herbal teas is the essential centerpiece of this splendid afternoon pastime.
Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.
For budding artists, there is the Artist Loft enrichment center, where talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction. Under their watchful eye, you may paint with oils or watercolors, sketch or create collages. The courses change continually and are designed with every level in mind, so everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals will find the classes engaging and enriching. With the masters' guidance, your talents will quickly blossom.
Available on board Insignia world cruises.
Our three stylish boutiques feature a bounty of items ranging from sundries to designer casual wear. Feel free to browse through our array of duty-free merchandise including fine jewelry, fragrances and Oceania Cruises logo wear.
Enrich your mind in the tranquility of our English-style Library with over 2,000 books and periodicals ranging from destination-specific guide books to best-selling mysteries to classic literature.
Pool & Sports Deck
On the sparkling Pool Deck, take a refreshing dip in the large heated pool or relax in one of the two whirlpool spas. Plenty of comfortable chaises and luxurious day beds invite you to lounge poolside while you sip your favorite cocktail. For more active pursuits, head to the Sports Deck high atop the ship. As you take in the fantastic views, enjoy some friendly competition on the shuffleboard court or play nine holes of golf on the putting greens.
- Year Built: 2000
- Year Refurbished: 2016
- Refurbishment date:2020
- Gross Tonnage: 30,277
- Length: 593.7 ft
- Beam: 83.5 ft
- Max. Draught: 19.5 ft
- Stabalizers: Yes
- Cruising Speed: 18 knots
- Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC
- Guest Capacity : 684 (double occupancy)
- Crew Size: 400
- Guest-to-Staff Ratio: 1.71 to 1
- Nationality of Officers: European
- Nationality of Staff: International
- Country of Registry: Marshall Islands
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
From one end of this great earth to the other, you''ll travel via the luxury of a cruise ship. Be pampered on board as your home-at-sea makes its way through international waters to far away places.
...Dublin is an extraordinary city that is best experienced on foot...The charming suburbs are glorious, and the small cafes and coffeehouses are enchanting. There are a number of elegant museums in Dublin, and a couple of outstanding galleries and concert theaters. You will never get bored in Dublin, and this is why many visitors to the area stay here longer than planned...
This pristine European island is filled with glaciers, volcanoes, and hot, mineral-rich springs to explore. Native Icelanders have a remarkably rich history and culture, and would love to share it with you - they are great storytellers. Stroll through the charming Austurvollur Square, and be sure to stop in one of the many cafes for some of the freshest seafood you''ll find anywhere. Or visit the mighty Gullfoss or "Golden Waterfall," the most dramatic cascade in Europe.
There are 100 islands comprising the Shetlands, the area known for its beautiful woolens. They were first settled by the Vikings, and only became Scottish in the 15th century. Today, ferries run to Aberdeen, and to Norway. Lerwick enjoys the tradition of raising sheep and fishing, and the riches of oil in the North Sea.
The European culture capital in 1996, Copenhagen is Scandinavia's liveliest city. The musical and artistic pageantry are rivaled only by the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family since 1794. Yet certain parts of Copenhagen maintain a village-like feel, like the winding streets around the Raadhuspladsen and enchanting Tivoli Gardens.
Distributed across fourteen immaculate islands in a sheltered Baltic bay, crisscrossed by scenic bridges, Sweden's capital is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. It is a sightseeing smorgasbord, including the medieval "city between the bridges," the vast Royal Palace, and the City Hall, which hosts the yearly Nobel Prize ceremonies.
Finland's national capital is a spacious Neoclassical city in fine white granite, whose upbeat pace and fashion sense belie the Finnish reputation for conservatism. The massive Temppeliaukio Church is carved out of solid stone, while on the Esplanadi, famous Finnish designers like Marimekko or Iitala demonstrate a lighter, more modern style.
Peter the Great styled this to be his Venice of the North. Italian architects created baroque facades, the match of any, to line the banks of the Neva River. Long, arched bridges join the city's halves. You'll want to see the spires of the Saints Peter and Paul Fortress, the blue domes of the Ouspensky Cathedral and, of course, some of the million masterworks of art contained in the Hermitage galleries of the Winter Palace.
Tallinn is the capital of the recently independent republic of Estonia. In the medieval old town, with its winding cobbled streets, there is a marvelous cathedral and Gothic town hall dating from the 14th Century.
Situated on the Swedish isle of Gotland, Hanseatic Visby was one of the most powerful cities in Europe. Today quaint homes and churches huddle together inside 13th-century walls. In former times, it was called "the city of ruins and roses," for along with its rose-covered churches, there is one somber sight - Gallows Hill, a place of execution so villains "might die looking at the loveliest spot on earth."
One of Europe's leading cities, Amsterdam's rings of canals and traditional Dutch architecture are unmistakable. Rich in art, history and culture, Amsterdam is home to the Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank's house, and the Rijksmuseum, which houses many works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.
A crossroad in the English Channel for centuries, Zeebrugge is the entry to Flanders, whose golden age heritage resides in three historic cities: Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges-a jewel of a town beribboned with picturesque canals and a truly charming medieval beauty. In this region, museums proudly display the glories of the old Flemish masters, from Van Dyck to Rubens, and summertime is delightful when window boxes boast colorful flowers and the graceful arcs of windmills can be seen.
From the port of Tilbury, it's a short trip to London proper. Even if you've seen the sights (Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament and Buckingham Palace, to name a few), there is always a good play or musical in the West End, or shopping at Harrod's to pass the time.