Holland America Line

7-night Canada & New England Discovery

Zaandam

Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandahs.

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Boston, Massachusetts United States of America
Halifax Canada
Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada
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The itinerary

There’s history and culture around every bend in Boston—skyscrapers nestle next to historic hotels while modern marketplaces line the antique cobblestone streets. But to Bostonians, living in a city that blends yesterday and today is just another day in beloved Beantown.

A resort town since the 19th century, Bar Harbor is the artistic, culinary, and social center of Mount Desert Island. It also serves visitors to Acadia National Park with inns, motels, and restaurants. Around the turn of the last century the island was known as the summer haven of the very rich because of its cool breezes. The wealthy built lavish mansions throughout the island, many of which were destroyed in a huge fire that devastated the island in 1947, but many of those that survived have been converted into businesses. Shops are clustered along Main, Mount Desert, and Cottage streets. Take a stroll down West Street, a National Historic District, where you can see some fine old houses.The island and the surrounding Gulf of Maine are home to a great variety of wildlife: whales, seals, eagles, falcons, ospreys, and puffins (though not right offshore here), and forest dwellers such as deer, foxes, coyotes, and beavers.

Surrounded by natural treasures and glorious seascapes, Halifax is an attractive and vibrant hub with noteworthy historic and modern architecture, great dining and shopping, and a lively nightlife and festival scene. The old city manages to feel both hip and historic. Previous generations had the foresight to preserve the cultural and architectural integrity of the city, yet students from five local universities keep it lively and current. It's a perfect starting point to any tour of the Atlantic provinces, but even if you don't venture beyond its boundaries, you will get a real taste of the region.It was Halifax’s natural harbor—the second largest in the world after Sydney, Australia’s—that first drew the British here in 1749, and today most major sites are conveniently located either along it or on the Citadel-crowned hill overlooking it. That’s good news for visitors because this city actually covers quite a bit of ground.Since amalgamating with Dartmouth (directly across the harbor) and several suburbs in 1996, Halifax has been absorbed into the Halifax Regional Municipality, and the HRM, as it is known, has around 415,000 residents. That may not sound like a lot by U.S. standards, but it makes Nova Scotia’s capital the most significant Canadian urban center east of Montréal.There's easy access to the water, and despite being the focal point of a busy commercial port, Halifax Harbour doubles as a playground, with one of the world's longest downtown boardwalks. It's a place where container ships, commuter ferries, cruise ships, and tour boats compete for space, and where workaday tugs and fishing vessels tie up beside glitzy yachts. Like Halifax as a whole, the harbor represents a blend of the traditional and the contemporary.

Cape Breton Island is packed full of breathtaking vistas, scenic coastal roads and highland scenery – and was recently named the best island in the Americas by Condé Nast Traveler. Sydney is the island's major urban area and where cruise ships dock, right on the waterfront. It's the perfect jumping off point to explore key sights like the Fortress at Louisbourg, the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake and the Miner's Museum in nearby Glace Bay. A visit to Cape Breton wouldn't be complete without experiencing the Cabot Trail, a spectacular coastal route highlighting the natural beauty of the highlands. It's one of the world's most scenic destinations, and shouldn't be missed!

Charlotte Amalie is on the island of St Thomas and is the capital of the US Virgin Islands. It's home to one of the most beuaitful harbours in the world and boasts countless picture perfect white sand beaches, in particular Magen's Bay was named one of the world's most beautiful beaches by National Geographic, making it a must-visit. The island is littered with colonial-era buildings and don't miss the chance to visit Blackbeard's Castle, built in 1679, to see the world's largest collection of life-sized pirate statues! Head into the mountains inland to witness a jaw-dropping panoramic of the island on a cable car rising almost 500 metres above sea level. After a busy day of sightseeing, you'll be spoilt for choice for local cuisine –  conch fritters, johnnycakes and coconut patties are all local delicacies, perfectly washed down with some a pint of Blackbeard Ale.

Day 6Gulf of St. Lawrence

Day 7Saint Lawrence River Cruising

Québec City's alluring setting atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant) evokes a past of high adventure, military history, and exploration. This French-speaking capital city is the only walled city north of Mexico. Visitors come for the delicious and inventive cuisine, the remarkable historical continuity, and to share in the seasonal exuberance of the largest Francophone population outside France.The historic heart of this community is the Old City (Vieux-Québec), comprising the part of Upper Town (Haute-Ville) surrounded by walls and Lower Town (Basse-Ville), which spreads out at the base of the hill from Place Royale. Many sets of staircases and the popular funicular link the top of the hill with the bottom. Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and elaborate cathedrals here are charming in all seasons. The Old City earned recognition as an official UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, thanks largely to city planners who managed to update and preserve the 400-year-old buildings and attractions without destroying what made them worth preserving. The most familiar icon of the city, Fairmont Château Frontenac, is set on the highest point in Upper Town, where it holds court over the entire city.Sitting proudly above the confluence of the St. Lawrence and St. Charles rivers, the city's famous military fortification, La Citadelle, built in the early 19th century, remains the largest of its kind in North America. In summer, visitors should try to catch the Changing of the Guard, held every morning at 10 am; you can get much closer to the guards here than at Buckingham Palace in London.Enchanting as it is, the Old City is just a small part of the true Québec City experience. Think outside the walls and explore St-Roch, a downtown hot spot, which has artsy galleries, foodie haunts, and a bustling square. Cruise the Grande-Allée and avenue Cartier to find a livelier part of town dotted with nightclubs and fun eateries. Or while away the hours in St-Jean-Baptiste, a neighborhood with trendy shops and hipster hangouts.

The ship Zaandam

Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandahs.

Capacity
1432
Total crew
615
Length
781m

Food and drink

Holland America Line invites you to dine "As You Wish". To savour Italian cuisine one night and a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak the next. To take your place in the Dining Room at a specific seating time or be spontaneous, following your desires. Onboard, there are restaurants to suit every mood, along with the flexibility to choose the dining style you prefer.

Pinnacle Grill

Refined and luxurious, the Pinnacle Grill represents the pinnacle of exceptional dining. Creative, innovative menus featuring choice sustainability raised beef and premium... Read more

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Surf Turf

Canaletto Restaurant

Named for the famous 18th Century Venetian artist, the Canaletto Restaurant is adjacent to the Lido Restaurant dining area. “Spartire” is the... Read more

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Italian

Main Dining Room- Rotterdam Restaurant

On crisp white linen, course after course arrives. Behind the scenes, master chefs have brought flavours to perfection. For an elegant breakfast,... Read more

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Fine

Le Cirque

Holland America Line has added another famous partnership to its innovative culinary program as it enters into an exclusive agreement with the... Read more

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French

Lido Restaurant

Located in the centre of the Lido deck, the Lido Restaurant offers relaxed dining, extensive menu selections and as always, impeccable service... Read more

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Varies

Terrace Grill

Located outside on the Lido Deck, the Terrace Grill features portable buffet bars offering pizza, nachos, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with... Read more

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Cafe

Explorations Café

Explorations Café on the Upper Promenade Deck features a bar serving speciality coffees and pastries.

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Continental

King's Room

The King's Room is an annex of the Rotterdam Restaurant and is available for private dining.

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Classic

Entertainment

Every day aboard a Holland America cruise ship brings a wealth of cruise activities and indulgences, along with the freedom to partake in as many-or as few- as you please. It's an opportunity to try something new that surprises you, every day. 

Dabble, discover, daydream- do everything, or do nothing at all.

Crow's Nest

Up on Deck 9, this panoramic place is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset, and then stay as it transforms into... Read more

Lido Bar

Enjoy a refreshing beverage poolside in shaded seating around the bar or delivered to your sunny chaise lounge.

Sports & Casino Bar

Enjoy a drink and cheer with friends as you watch your favourite teams.

The Casino Bar on the Upper Promenade Deck both serves... Read more

Explorer's Lounge

Coffees, drinks and liqueurs are served to the classical sounds of the Adagio Strings.

Wajang Theatre and Culinary Arts Centre

The Wajang Theatre and Culinary Arts Centre is on the Promenade Deck of the ship, and as well as hosting cookery demonstrations,... Read more

Ocean Bar

It's cocktails and dancing nightly in the luxurious Ocean Bar on Deck 5. The dance band plays the Great America songbook, so... Read more

Dancing with the Stars: At Sea

On selected cruises, guests will have the opportunity to participate in complimentary dance classes based on dance routines from the ABC smash... Read more

Show Lounge

After dinner, take your seat in the ship's magnificent show lounge for a dazzling show. 

The lounge, located over the Promenade and Upper... Read more

Casino

Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino offers games for all levels as well... Read more

At the Movies

Watch movies with free popcorn in the ship's movie theatre, or on the giant LED screen on deck. Ship Flicks, a catalogue... Read more

Explorations Café

The Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times, offers a comfortable coffee house environment where you can browse through one of... Read more

Art Tours

Holland America Line is known for the extensive art collections onboard each of its ships. Now, fine art goes high tech. The... Read more

Art Gallery

As a guest onboard Holland America Line, you are invited to indulge your inner art connoisseur by immersing yourself in the ship’s... Read more

Photo Gallery

It all begins with a great photo taken at embarkation -- the first of many photo opportunities. Your onboard photographers, called "Image... Read more

The Signature Shops

Discover a world-class shopping experience only steps away. The Signature Shops onboard offer a great selection of fine jewellery, watches, fragrances, premium... Read more

Health and fitness

Whether you want to workout in the Fitness Centre, learn yoga, pamper yourself with a massage and spa treatment, or enjoy a game of basketball, there's a perfect onboard activity for everyone.

Greenhouse Spa & Salon

Of all the fascinating places you can visit on a Holland America cruise ship, none rejuvenates and relaxes like the Greenhouse Spa... Read more

Fitness Centre

Holland America Line makes it easy for you to stay fit and trim while on your journey with fully equipped fitness centres... Read more

Lido & Sea View Pools

The Lido pool, located on the Lido Deck, is protected from varying weather by the ship's retractable glass roof. There are also... Read more

Kids and teens

Holland America ships provide a wide variety of exciting youth and teen friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3-17. With supervised fun for younger guests, the entire family can have the cruise vacation of their dreams.

All Club HAL activities are supervised by permanent, full-time staff, and are designed to be kid friendly and age appropriate. Youth Staff hold degrees in education, childhood development, recreation, leisure studies or related fields.

Club HAL - Kids

Children, ages 3-7, can participate in such activities as pirate treasure hunts, hands-on pizza making, storytelling, "Little Artists" crafts, ice cream sundae... Read more

Club HAL - Tweens

Tweens, ages 8-12 take part in Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts, karaoke disco parties and participate in the award-winning... Read more

The Loft and The Oasis - Teens

Teens, ages 13-17 enjoy mocktail mixology classes, late night sporting competitions, teen yoga and hip hop classes, guys verses girls scavenger hunts,... Read more

Culinary Arts Centre

Workshops and lively demonstrations for kids and teens offering basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety and recipe instruction. Workshops are offered for two... Read more

Enrichment

Boasting an expansive range of enrichment facilities and opportunity, Holland America Line's ships are bound to offer something you'll want to know more about. Why not have a go at the Digital Workshop powered by Windows and learn how to enhance your holiday picture or how to easily share them.

Digital Workshop powered by Windows

Guests on Holland America Line cruises can learn how to display and share their vacation memories through the Digital Workshop powered by... Read more

On Location

From steel drum lessons in the Caribbean, to tai chi with a master in Asia, to Celtic fiddlers in the Canadian Maritimes—Holland... Read more

Culinary Arts Centre - Demonstrations & Classes

Hosted by the on-board party planner, classes take place in the Culinary Arts Centre, a first-class “show kitchen at sea,” or in... Read more

Culinary Arts Centre - Signature Cooking Classes

The Culinary Art Centre features a theatre-style venue, with two large plasma video screens and a large cooking display counter where guests... Read more

Culinary Arts Centre - Wine Tasting and Mixology

In conjunction with the Holland America Line Beverage team, the Culinary Art Centre offers a Signature Cocktail program where guests can learn... Read more

Culinary Arts Centre - Party Planner

To complete the culinary experience the Culinary Art Centre features demonstrations on the Fine Art of Flower Arranging, Ice Carving, Cake Decorating,... Read more

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Disabled Facilities

Service Animals

Holland America Line only permits service animals onboard, defined as those animals that are individually trained to provide assistance to an... Read more

Special Dietary Requirements

For guests with food intolerances or allergies that are not life-threatening, please contact the Ship Services Department. For guests with life-threatening food... Read more

Age Restrictions

Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone who is at least 21 years old;... Read more

Dress Code

The right clothing can make a big difference in the enjoyment of your cruise. First and foremost, dress for comfort. Daily life... Read more

Drinks Package

Cellar Master Package (prices starting at $224.00) — includes Wine Navigator’s Choice of 5 bottles; standard wine tasting; premium wine tasting; Pinnacle... Read more

Dining Packages

Evenings in the Pinnacle Package ($52.00 per person) — includes two evenings in the Pinnacle Grill. Booking the package reflects a $6... Read more

E-Cigarette Policy

Electronic cigarettes are permitted in staterooms but not in other public areas of the ship other than on outside decks designated as... Read more

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Book with confidence

We know these are uncertain times, but don't fret. All bookings are covered by our Financial Protection Guarantee and we only work with cruise lines that are members of ATOL and ABTA. For more information about cancellation cover, visit the Coronavirus Cancellation Policies page.

How many people will be travelling?


* Passengers should be aged under 18 at the time of embarkation to qualify as a child.
Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing (unless otherwise specfied) in GBP and subject to availability. Certain restrictions can apply. Prices are updated on a daily basis and may vary when continuing through the booking process.