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Dutch Delight – Cruise from Amsterdam

With Uniworld

July 29 – August 6, 2022

Starting at $2199 per person, double occupancy

 

 

 

 

Dive into Dutch history, culture and cuisine on a river cruise through the Netherlands.

Windmills, delicious cheeses, colorful flowers, a rich art history and more bikes than you can possibly imagine—the Netherlands is like nowhere else on earth. See the full spectrum of Dutch life, landscapes and customs on visits to bustling cities and small rural villages.

With an entire third of the country below sea level, it takes a complicated system of inland waterways and flood barriers to keep the Netherlands afloat, including the Delta Works architectural marvel that was named the 8th wonder of the world. It’s no wonder, then, that Dutch culture is so deeply tied to the water. Experience the many ways this plays out as you sail your own boat in a lakeside resort town, visit charming port towns, taste pickled herring and, of course, stroll through endless canal-lined streets.

On select 2022 sailings only, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Netherlands’ World Horticultural Exhibition, Floriade. Happening once every 10 years, Floriade is an opportunity for Dutch cities to share their ideas for greener, healthier ways of life. Floriade 2022 is set to take place in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam, and construction is already underway! They’re building a demo “Green City of the Future” on the grounds that will eventually become a fully functional, entirely “green” new city. Stroll the expansive arboretum, sample healthful foods and learn about developments in sustainable architecture and energy.

Who will like this cruise?

This cruise is perfect for history buffs, sustainability-minded nature lovers, sailing enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a relaxing trip through a charmingly unique country.

Day 1 — Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.

Day 2 — Amsterdam, Lemmer, Harlingen

We’ll leave Amsterdam in the morning and head to the Province of Friesland in the northern corner of the Netherlands. Today we visit Lemmer, a resort town popular with Europe’s yacht-owners and water sport enthusiasts.

Choice of Giethoorn, the “Little Venice” of the Netherlands or Lemmer walking tour

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3 — Harlingen

The only seaport left in Friesland, Harlingen is a bustling fishing center and the launch point for ferries to local islands. A quaint town, its canals are filled with sailboats and lined by traditional Dutch houses and historic buildings. Harlingen’s beaches are an excellent place to relax and breathe in the salted air of the Wadden Sea.

Choice of Harlingen “Village Day” or “Let’s Go” biking the island

Day 4 — Nijmegen

Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, having begun as an old Roman military camp over 2,000 years ago. Very close to the German border, its situation between the Meuse and Waal rivers renders its countryside particularly lush. In town, you’ll find hints of its Roman roots and Medieval castles. Notwithstanding its long history, Nijmegen is known for its upbeat and trendy atmosphere.

Featured Excursion: Nijmegen “Village Day”

 Day 5 — Veere

Once a wealthy city known for its role in Dutch-Scottish wool trade, the Zeeland town of Veere is full of rich, Gothic-style buildings and is known to be particularly pretty.

Featured Excursion: Stroll into the artists’ village of Veere

Choice of Delta Works Museum or “Let’s Go” biking the beach

Day 6 — Rotterdam, Schoonhoven

Despite having been destroyed during World War II, Rotterdam is now the largest seaport in Europe. When plans began to rebuild the city, Rotterdam decided to look towards the future. Known for its contemporary style, this city is unique in the Netherlands for being full of skyscrapers and whimsical architecture.

Choice of The Hague with Mauritshuis visit or Delft walking tour with factory visit.

Day 7 — Schoonhoven, Zaandam, Amsterdam

We’ll start our journey for the day in Zaandam, where the Netherlands of yesteryear can be found in authentic wooden houses, windmills and craft shops. Then we return to Amsterdam, whose creative and unique local culture makes it one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe.

Featured Excursion: Amsterdam canal cruise at night

Choice of Zaanse Schans windmills or Floriade visit

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8 — Amsterdam (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for your flight home

 

PRICES These discount prices are based on DOUBLE occupancy & includes $200 pp Port Charges

$2199 Classic                         Retail—$3199
$2899 Deluxe                         Retail—$3899
$3499 French Balcony             Retail—$4499
$5499 Suite                             Retail—$6499

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 7 night cruise on the RIVER EMPRESS
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities onboard
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and
    bottled water.  Some premium liquors are additional.
  • All meals onboard, impeccably prepared by Uniworld chefs, using the finest and freshest ingredients from local markets
  • Shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with “Choice Is Yours, Gentle Walking, and “Go Active” options
  • Complimentary portable audio headset system used on all shore excursions
  • A variety of complimentary culinary experiences and onboard dining options
  • All entertainment and Signature Lectures onboard
  • Complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
  • Complimentary in-stateroom Infotainment Center
  • Complimentary well-equipped fitness center and exercise classes
  • Complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment
  • The finest river view staterooms afloat—many with French balconies—offering deluxe signature touches including handcrafted beds from Savoir® of England and a wide variety of pillow options for the most soothing night’s sleep
  • Award-winning service from professionally trained, English-speaking staff on ships with an average capacity of just 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry.

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
AIRFARE and items of a personal nature and alcoholic beverages other than specified.

We will obtain airfare pricing as soon as it becomes available which is approximately 330 days in advance of return  date.

River Empress

The cosmopolitan style of River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere, is certain to captivate you. Whether you’re dining in the ship’s sleek restaurant—reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club—or relaxing over a cup of tea on the Sun Deck as you gaze out at the 360-degree view, there is no better or more relaxing way to travel through the scenic heartland of Europe.

Staterooms

CLASSIC

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft – 14 sq m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

DELUXE

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft – 14 sq m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

FRENCH BALCONY

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft – 14 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers

SUITE

  • Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft – 20 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers
  • Additional special amenities and services

A valid passport is required for this trip. As of this writing a COVID test is required prior to departure and there is a possibility clients will need to be fully vaccinated.

Your passport cannot expire for at least 6 months after your return.  If you are not an American Citizen, you are responsible for having proper documentation to enter any of the ports of call.  Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding.


PAYMENTS:   A 10% deposit of total price is due with booking.  Final payment is due March 15, 2022. You may use a credit card for deposit (without fee). We accept AX, Visa, & MC. Zelle and Venmo now accepted – call 1-800-648-4856 for instructions.  Final payment may be made by check or by credit card (with 5% fee).

CANCELLATIONS:   If cancelled before March 15, 2022, a $700 per person fee is assessed. If cancelled on or after March 15, 2022, package is non refundable.  Name changes are allowed up to 100 days prior to departure at $200 per name change. Within 100 days, no changes are allowed for any reason.

FULL LEGAL NAMES: must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please send us a copy of your passport.

IMPORTANT  INFORMATION:  YOUR REQUIRED PASSPORT MUST BE VALID 6 MONTHS AFTER THE RETURN OF YOUR CRUISE.  “PASSPORT CARDS” ARE NOT VALID FOR OVERSEAS TRAVEL.  If you reside outside of the US or Canada, please check with your consulate to see if you need a visa.  If you do not have proper paperwork, you could be denied boarding.

Insurance: Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.  Insurance information will be provided to you.  If for some reason you have not been given an insurance application, please call our office immediately.  Please read the information brochure carefully before sending payment to the insurance carrier. If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance must be purchased before final payment is made.  If you wish to purchase “cancel anytime” insurance, it must be done when deposit is received.  Insurance does not cover a pandemic.

SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.
Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline.  Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement.  Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

RESPONSIBILITY:  SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such service and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, war, insurrection, vendor bankruptcy, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, strikes, pandemic or any act of god occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not responsible for ski conditions.  The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are responsible for providing the travel services purchased.   SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also, SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be liable regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.  If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.

 

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