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Savour an Edinburgh three-night hotel stay and the thrilling Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, followed by an enchanting voyage through the British Isles to Copenhagen.

Begin with a three-night hotel stay in the stunning Scottish capital, Edinburgh, so steeped in history and culture, its entire city centre is a designated World Heritage Site. The highlight of your exciting visit is attending the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, set against the fairy-tale backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. You’ll thrill to the evening’s spectacular music and dance performances and precision displays, including intricate marching formations and Highland dancers.  

Next, transfer to South Queensferry to embark the strikingly beautiful ms Nieuw Statendam cruise ship for your unforgettable 12-night voyage.

Your first port of call is Kirkwall, on Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands, beguiling with its wind-lashed beauty and neolithic sites, followed by Invergordon, gateway to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands and such legendary sites as Loch Ness. You’ll then arrive in the rugged Outer Hebrides and the largest town Stornoway, where you’ll be charmed by the rich Gaelic culture and warm Hebridean hospitality.

Admire Scotland’s stunning east coast as you cruise through the Firth of Clyde for Greenock, gateway to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most cosmopolitan city and renowned for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture and thriving cultural scene. You’ll sail the Irish Sea to arrive at the Isle of Man, which fascinates with its Celtic and Viking heritage, medieval castles and Victorian-era railways.  

Continue on to the northwest England and maritime city Liverpool, brimming with iconic experiences from riding the ferry across the Mersey to catch the heritage-listed waterfront and Beatles tours, stopping at such legendary sites as The Cavern Club. Arriving in the Republic of Ireland, you’ll first stop at the charming capital, Dublin, a Viking-founded city that bursts with momentous history, culture and striking architecture and then, on the southwest shores, Cobh, a seaport town forever linked with the RMS Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage of 1912.  

Your last port of call is St. Peter Port, the picturesque capital of Guernsey, whose delightful, cobbled laneways you can explore by foot, before finally sailing into the lovely Danish capital, Copenhagen, where this magical voyage concludes.

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The MS Nieuw Statendam Experience

The flagship of the elegant Vista-class vessels operated by Holland America Line (HAL), the Zuiderdam is a fantastic cruising choice for both seasoned cruise passengers and first timers, who relish premium facilities, impeccable service levels and supreme fine-dining. Expect a marvellously relaxing cruise attended by friendly staff who are eager for you to enjoy your holiday just the way you want it. The striking décor in the sumptuous lounges and stylish bars makes this a beautiful ship on which to sail to some of the world’s hottest – and coolest – destinations. An onboard highlight is the exceptional artwork on display, featuring a magnificent Waterford Crystal Seahorse sculpture, exclusive creations by Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright and an extensive collection of centuries-old paintings.

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Dining

From the ships mouth-watering dining options, savour global flavours at the casual-style Lido Market, sublime dishes at the flagship Dining Room, created by the Culinary Council,® an elite team of world-class chefs and the ultimate steakhouse at sea at the fine-dining Pinnacle Grill. Alternatively, explore the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan and more.

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Activities

Each day, you’ll find so much to see and do on board. Be enriched with an engaging lecture, live cooking demonstration or wine tasting, get fit with indoor cycling or Pilates classes, play volleyball on the breezy deck, shop for the finest diamonds or simply relax and unwind at the heavenly spa.

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Entertainment

Savour nights filled with an abundance of world-class entertainment options and exclusive experiences, focused on music. From the soulful sounds of Memphis and rock’s biggest anthems to intimate chamber music, you’ll find something that sings to your heart, night after perfect night.

Your 15 Night Holiday Includes

Days 1 - 2

8 - 9 August 2023

Fly to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Heritage-listed capital for a three-night hotel stay and enjoy the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Fly to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh for an exciting three-night hotel stay. A highlight of your visit comes on your second day, with an evening’s attendance at the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the fairy-tale backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this is one of the most iconic events in Edinburgh's calendar and a sell-out every year. You’ll enjoy spectacular music and dance performances and precision displays, celebrating the skills and talents of military bands and display teams from across the globe. Get into the spirit and stamp and cheer to the sounds of the military pipes and drums, clap to the Highland Dancers and watch in awe at the intricate marching formations and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper.

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Day 3

10 August 2023

Enjoy a day at leisure in Edinburgh, revelling in the capital’s wealth of splendid history, heritage and culture in a magnificent setting

Enjoy a day at leisure in this truly magical capital that combines a naturally beautiful setting with grand architecture and rich history – the entire city centre forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak-up the ambiance as you walk along bustling Princes Street and through the wide, elegant streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Along the Royal Mile, return to the Edinburgh Castle, an imposing landmark that dominates the city skyline and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Scone. Since you’re staying in the former City of Culture (2017), visit some of many excellent galleries and museums, especially the prestigious Scottish National Gallery. Hike to craggy hills that offer beautiful views across the city and be sure to sample hearty Scottish fare, such as haggis and shortbread, in the capital’s wonderful restaurants and cafés.

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Days 4 - 5

11 - 12 August 2023

From Edinburgh, transfer to South Queensferry port and embark the Nieuw Statendam for your memorable voyage ahead

Early today, you’ll leave Edinburgh and transfer to South Queensferry port to embark the ms Nieuw Statendam for your memorable 12-night cruise. Each day on board the ms Nieuw Statendam, relish mouth-watering global cuisine and stately fine dining created by an elite Culinary Council® and acclaimed wine curators, besides the finest in cruise ship entertainment and enriching activities. You’ll be indulged with endless choices of things to do, from shopping for the finest diamonds, and gaining further insight about your wondrous destinations with HAL’s exclusive destination programme, Explorations Central™ to dancing the night away at BB King’s Blues Club and watching music shows at the stunning World Stage.

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Day 6

13 August 2023

Embrace the rugged natural beauty and neolithic sites on Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands

Your first port of call is Kirkwall, on the Orkney Islands. This stunning archipelago may lie just a few kilometres off the northernmost tip of the Scottish mainland, but the wild rugged beauty of the Orkney Islands will make you feel like you’ve escaped to another world. Buffeted by westerly winds, the Orkneys have virtually no trees making its green tops and towering sandstone cliffs stand out even more dramatically against the surrounding seas. Here you can discover prehistoric villages, ancient standing stones and Viking traditions that have shaped these island’s unique heritage and culture for centuries. You may even spot seal colonies.

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Day 7

14 August 2023

Sail into Invergordon, gateway to the wildly beautiful Scottish Highlands and legendary attractions that include Loch Ness

You’ll next arrive in the Highlands of Scotland, the wildest and least trammelled region in the entire UK. Here, discover a treasure trove of Scottish and Celtic history and myths as well as natural beauty amid unspoiled glens, mountains, lochs and rivers. The port of Invergordon is just a short drive from charming villages such as Fortrose with its ancient cathedral ruins. From Invergordon, you could also visit Cawdor Castle, steeped in history and intrigue, or world-famous Loch Ness, where you can take a boat trip out to spot that elusive resident creature, or sample a ‘wee dram’ at the Glenmorangie Distillery, where they’ve been producing malt whiskey for over 150 years.

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Day 8

15 August 2023

Visit the rugged Outer Hebrides and Stornoway, a bustling harbour town that welcomes with a warm Hebridean hospitality

The largest town on the Scottish Outer Hebrides archipelago and main town on the Isle of Lewis, charming Stornoway makes a perfect gateway to explore the outlying islands, but also offers enthralling contributions of its own. Discover rich Gaelic culture and uncover the historical heritage of this bustling harbour town, where you’ll receive warm Hebridean hospitality. Explore the artisan craft shops and tempting eateries around the sheltered harbour, the very reason for Stornoway’s existence. You’ll be delighted with a number of shops selling Harris Tweed; at the Harris Tweed Story Room, learn about traditional weaving methods and how this iconic cloth is processed. You can also admire the captivating Castle Grounds and dramatic island landscape of rugged coastlines and sandy beaches.

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Day 9

16 August 2023

Admire the beauty of Scotland’s stunning east coast, before immersing yourself in the heritage, arts and culture of dynamic Glasgow

As you cruise through the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde, you can appreciate the incredible beauty of Scotland’s east coast. You’ll then arrive in Greenock, where you’ll have the opportunity to hop on a transfer to Glasgow, a thriving port city on the River Clyde. Not only is this Scotland’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, but also regarded as one of the world’s friendliest cities, welcoming with a unique Celtic charm. Glasgow enthrals with its heady mix of arts, culture and heritage and is renowned for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th to 20th-century prosperity. This dynamic metropolis has also evolved as a national cultural hub, home to illustrious institutions such as the Scottish Opera and Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums, arts galleries and a thriving music scene.

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Day 10

17 August 2023

Explore the Isle of Man, fascinating with its ancient Celtic and Viking heritage, acclaimed local delicacies and Victorian-era railways

Captivating for its weather-hewn coastline and rural landscapes, medieval castles, unique heritage and quirky attractions, the Isle of Man is known as a gem of the Irish Sea with good reason. Nestled amid England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, this Isle is a self-governing British Crown dependency, boasting the world’s oldest continuously running parliament, established by the Vikings. In the capital, Douglas, Manx Celtic and Viking heritage delicately merges with modern-day eateries that showcase fantastic local delicacies and bars and year-round events. There’s also a rich transport heritage with Victorian-era railways and tramways still operating today. Ride to the summit of Snaefell Mountain on the century-old electric railway, admiring spectacular views and historical sites such as the world’s largest working water wheel.

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Day 11

18 August 2023

Discover the maritime heritage, iconic Mersey waterfront and legendary Beatles sites in pulsating Liverpool

A maritime city in northwest England that was a key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, larger-than-life Liverpool offers an abundance of historic legacies and modern-day attractions to discover. At Liverpool Cathedral – Britain’s largest – book a tower tour to explore the highest vaults of this breathtaking building. Take the iconic Ferry across the Mersey for the best views of Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront and its landmark mercantile buildings, ‘The Three Graces.’ Stroll around the Royal Albert Dock, one of the UK's finest heritage attractions, which brings you to world-class museums and numerous bars and restaurants; from here, Beatles fans should take the Magical Mystery Tour, visiting such nostalgic sites such as Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and legendary Cavern Club.

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Day 12

19 August 2023

Get an authentic taste of Irish history, arts, culture and heritage in its charming capital, Dublin, a UNESCO World City of Literature

Today you’ll surely be captivated by the charms of Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s capital city. Founded by the Vikings on the banks of the River Liffey in the 9th century, this cosmopolitan and friendly city brims with history, culture and strikingly diverse architecture. You can explore many interesting attractions on foot thanks to the Dublin Discovery Trails that weaves around the city. These gritty and gracious streets inspired some of the most celebrated writers of the 19th and 20th centuries – why Dublin is acknowledged as a UNESCO World City of Literature. Stroll along bustling George’s Street for a spot of shopping or the lush St Stephen’s Green and for an authentic taste of Ireland, sample some Irish whiskey at the world-famous Jameson distillery or an iconic pint of Guinness in a cosy local pub.

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Day 13

20 August 2023

Learn more about Cobh, Ireland’s former transatlantic embarkation port, forever linked with the doomed RMS Titanic maiden voyage

Set on an island in Cork city’s harbour in southern Ireland, the small seaport town of Cobh is best known as the RMS Titanic’s final port of call in April 1912, before setting sail across the Atlantic for her maiden voyage. A visit to the Titanic Experience Cobh is a must, a themed, immersive museum housed in the historic former White Star Line ticket office. More displays featuring the doomed liner are found at the informative Cobh Heritage Centre, set within a beautifully restored Victorian railway station, which also details how Cobh (formerly Queenstown) became a major transatlantic embarkation point during Ireland’s mass emigrations. There is however more to Cobh, including St. Colman’s Cathedral, one of Ireland’s tallest buildings, the picturesque colourful houses and friendly Irish pubs.

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Day 14

21 August 2023

Explore on foot the historic attractions of St. Peter Port, the picturesque capital of Guernsey

You’ll next arrive in St. Peter Port, capital of Guernsey, which lies in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy. The oldest settlement in the Channel Islands, Guernsey Island previously formed part of the Duchy of Normandy; you’ll discover many street names still appear in French and there’s an overwhelmingly European ambiance. The exceedingly picturesque St. Peter Port is easily walkable. Cobbled lanes, originating at the boat-filled harbour, snake upwards through the town, while the 800 year-old Castle Cornet set in historic gardens looks down overhead. Visit the beautifully restored Victorian-era Candie Gardens and La Valette Underground Military Museum, which details Guernsey’s compelling history during wartime occupation.

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Day 15

22 August 2023

On this relaxing day at sea, savour the exceptional culinary creations from around the globe

Relish a tastebud extravaganza with the array of world-class dining choices. At the flagship Dining Room, enjoy sublime and artfully prepared dishes created by the Culinary Council,® an elite team of world-renowned chefs and talented on board executive chefs, accompanied by an extensive selection of carefully curated wines. At Pinnacle Grill, savour impeccable service and a refined menu that boasts a choice of finest-quality, 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks prepared by award-winning chefs. Alternatively, discover classic French dishes reimagined with contemporary flair at intimate brasserie, Rudi’s Sel De Mer, or freshest sushi rolls from a world-renowned sushi master at Nami Sushi.

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Day 16

23 August 2023

Disembark the Nieuw Statendam in alluring Danish capital, Copenhagen and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Today your unforgettable voyage concludes in Copenhagen, Denmark’s bewitching capital. Here, you’ll disembark the HAL Nieuw Statendam and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight home, filled with incredible memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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Hotel Stays

The InterContinental Edinburgh The George
★★★★

Superbly located on 18th century George Street in Edinburgh’s historic New Town, in the heart of the Scottish capital, this heritage hotel has been welcoming guests since 1881. Rich in history and local charm, yet delivering all the luxuries of an InterContinental life, at its core are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens. All the 240, beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites are sumptuously cosy and full of character that reveal varied views; suites are located in the original townhouses. A stalwart of bustling George Street, The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen offers a modern take on the classics with premium Scottish ingredients, a stylish cocktail bar and a refined collection of local whiskies. Burn off all those hearty breakfasts at the fitness centre.

Your Holiday Summary

Hotel Stay

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay at The InterContinental Edinburgh The George with breakfast

Tickets

  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo

Full-Board Cruise

  • 12 night full-board cruise on board HAL Nieuw Statendam
    • Many dining options* such as The Dining Room, Lido Market, Drive In, Canaletto Italian, Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind Asian, Nami Susgh, Rudi’s Sel de Mer & 24-hour inroom dinning
    • Incredible entertainment including Rolling Stone Rock Room, Lincoln Centre Stage, B.B. Kings Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and BBC Earth in Concert
    • Pools & Relaxation – Three swimming Pools and Hot tubs
    • Sports, Fitness and Wellness – Jogging track, sport court, fully equipped gym and Greenhouse Spa and Saloon*
    • Daily activities – Cooking demonstrations, computer classes and lectures, Casino, Duty Free shopping and shore excursions*

All flights, taxes & transfers

Prices

15 Nights |  Departing 8 August 2023

Departing

Auckland

Inside

$7,999pp

Ocean View

$9,499pp

Verandah

$9,999pp

Suite

$10,999pp

Departing

Wellington

Inside

$8,299pp

Ocean View

$9,799pp

Verandah

$10,299pp

Suite

$11,299pp