Iceland & Northern Europe

      Amsterdam, Netherlands

      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
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      66 reviews
      Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2022
      Group size: 1 - 40
      Iceland & Northern Europe
      Amsterdam, Netherlands

      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      • Email address verified
      66 reviews

      Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2022
      Group size: 1 - 40

      About this trip

      Depart Amsterdam and head north to some of the best of Northern Europe. Visit Norway, Iceland, the Shetland Islands and Scotland for visits to Inverness and Edinburgh. Some of best ports are even more enjoyable with occasional days at sea for relaxation and fun aboard your brand new ship, Ryndam. This will be her inaugural season having made her first cruise May 2021. 

      Highlights

      • Amsterdam, Netherlands • Norway: Haugesund & Alesund • Iceland: Akureyri, Eyjafjordur, Isafjordur, Isafjardurdjur & Reykjavik (overnight) • Shetland Islands: Lerwick • Scotland: Inverness & Edinburgh • All must-have expenses included: local departure, taxes, crew tips, travel insurance and extra fun with Stevie Jay, Janet and the kids

      Accommodations (15 nights)

      Amsterdam (1) Movenpick

      Cruising (14) Rotterdam 

      Details

      The disclosed principal is Holland America Line. Click here for Deck Plans of our ship. All prices are per person, based on occupancy. • Document required for US Citizens is Passport valid through 2/14/23; no visa or shots at this time. Other citizens should consult their consulate. • Insurance coverage included Deluxe Group Plan from Travel Guard and for coverage details see steviejaytravel.com/insurance covering cancellation charges; other terms at steviejaytravel.com/terms which are incorporated by reference. • Price and details are subject to change. • Flight upgrade options cost (round trip, per person): A) Economy Extra Legroom $390 (includes insurance), or, B) $4000 for business class & insurance  (which will tend to increase in price as time goes on)—when booking, you pay the travel insurance upgrade cost only of $270 then once we have verified the fare is the same (or acceptable to you if increased) then the full ticket cost must be paid then. Acct#200731s 1APR21 14:52


      More included features than most

      • More time seeing the sights and relaxing since you board the ship and unpack once and yet visit many places.

      • Local departure from Central Illinois cities on a private motorcoach.

      • Travel insurance* covers a variety of occurrences like being unable to go due to illness or accident (also including your roommate or a family member).

      • Also included all tips …yes, drivers, baggage handling, and cruise staff.

      • Better to pay a rate that’s a good value now than having to keep digging into your wallet along the way. You could end up paying more “DIY” and not have as carefree of an experience.

      • Sometimes better promotions come along and we are watching for those so we get those for travelers already booked.


      *Want to go but you “don’t buy green bananas”?

      We understand it may seem like far in the future. Can’t plan how you’re going to feel then. However, consider these things:

      This exceptionally desirable itinerary is likely to sell out very early. 

      Travel insurance will reimburse you if you, a traveling companion, or a family member gets ill or has an accident. The coverage is the same today through the day of travel…

      And even during the trip through Trip Interruption coverage.

      That’s why we include AIG/Travel Guard Travel Insurance when you book. It even waives the pre-existing conditions exclusion. As long as you are medically able to travel when you book, you are covered. Note that Medicare does not cover you overseas! But our plan does! See plan details for more information and other coverage features of the included travel insurance.

      Best Overall Cruise Value—25 Years

      Best Overall Cruise Value—25 Consecutive Years—Awarded by the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society

      Welcome to Holland America Line, the cruise line dedicated to explorers, foodies and music lovers who want to pursue these passions on all seven seas and continents, on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships filled with one-of-a-kind experiences.

      DESTINATION EXPERTISE & IMMERSION

      Nearly 150 years of experience sailing the world’s oceans

      Exclusive Explorations Central™ destination programming that gives guests a deeper understanding of the places they visit

      UNRIVALED CULINARY EXPERIENCES

      Culinary Council® of world-renowned chefs—plus experts in wine and spirits—who design our onboard dining experiences

      A variety of dining options*, including specialty restaurants, pop-up dining and the exceptional Dining Room

      Live onboard cooking demonstrations

      Culinary shore excursions in partnership with FOOD & WINE® magazine

      THE BEST IN LIVE MUSIC

      A great cruise deserves a great soundtrack with memorable performances from world-class musicians

      Live music for every taste at Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club,

      Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room and more*

      PERFECTLY SIZED SHIPS; RENOWNED SERVICE

      Ships designed with the philosophy that bigger isn’t better, better is better

      Sleek nautical lines, spacious public areas, wraparound decks and sophisticated style

      In every detail, every day, guests experience the best service at sea, with a gracious, friendly staff that’s never in the way but always close at hand

      Deposit: $1600 per person

      Balance is due 3/16/2021. Credit cards, "e-check" or paper checks welcomed.

      Additional deposit is required if upgrading to either extra legroom economy ($330/person, round trip) or Business Class ($3300, per person, round trip subject to change). These amounts include the extra insurance to cover the upgrade. If either of these upgrades have increased in price when you book, you will have the option to decline them without penalty if the new price is unacceptable. For business class, we will call to discuss it after you book and it must purchased at that time. 

      Discounts

      Package prices reflect current Holland America Line discounts. Following are discounts for part(s) of our package that you do not want:

      • If you do not want the included insurance, then when booking apply the following discount code NO-INSURANCE and your price will be reduced by $363 per person.

      • If you do not want the included local departure from Central Illinois, airfare from Chicago, nor transfers from airport-hotel/ship-airport), then when booking apply the following discount code NO-AIR and your price will be reduced by $1050 per person.

      • If you want neither insurance nor local bus/air fare/transfers, when booking apply the following discount code NO-AIR-INSUR and your price will be reduced by $1413 per person.

      Questions?

      Contact either stevie@steviejaytravel.com 217 840-9913 or bill@steviejaytravel.com 217 619-0202. Thank you. We look forward to serving you.

      The lands of the Midnight Sun

      The longest day of the year is in late June, but even in August in Iceland, it gets dark just before midnight and first light appears before 3:00 a.m.! 

      Temperatures will be a lot nicer than Illinois' in July with highs in the 70s and perhaps low 80s. With all those hours of sunlight you may feel more energized! Best to pack layers rather a heavy coat if we have a relatively cool day (compared to Illinois' muggy 90-100°).

      What’s included

      • Round trip motor coach
        transportation from Central Illinois
      • Baggage handling
      • Round trip flights
        from Chicago-Amsterdam
      • Round trip motor coach
        transportation between the airport, hotel & ship
      • Hotel service charge
        which is the Holland America term for crew gratuities
      • Travel insurance
        from AIG Travel Guard’s deluxe group program
      • 43 Meals
        15 Breakfasts 14 Lunches 14 Dinners
      • $1110 current total
        taxes & fees, subject to change
      • Hotel accommodations
      • Choice of cruise
        stateroom or suite
      • Led by Stevie Jay
        & Janet Khachaturian

      What’s not included

      • Two meals in Amsterdam
      • Bar and soft drinks
      • Spa services
      • Shore excursion options
      • Tax/fuel surcharges
        in effect, if any
      • Baggage fee, if any
        (in case airline charges for this in 2021)

      Available Packages

      Inside Stateroom

      No window. Ranges from 141-225 square feet.

      $5,394
      Deposit: $1,600
      Ocean-View Stateroom

      Has a window. Ranges from 175-282 square feet.

      $6,113
      Deposit: $1,600
      Veranda

      VF Category. Located on Deck 4 or 8 in the fore or aft parts of the ship (front or back). To stay instead amidships, in V Category, now costs $2500/person extra cost as of June 2022.


      Has a private veranda with a sitting area. Ranges from 228-405 square feet including veranda.

      $6,767
      Deposit: $1,600
      Vista Suite

      Has a private veranda with sitting area. Ranges from 260-356 square feet including veranda. When we last checked, there were only 1 or 2 Vista Suites left in category B and BC respectively.

      $8,150
      Deposit: $1,600
      Neptune Suite
      $13,295
      Deposit: $1,600
      Oceanview Single

      Has a window. Ranges from 175-282 square feet.

      $9,612
      Deposit: $1,600

      Available options

      Economy Extra Legroom w/insurance
      $390
      Business Class, RT (insur. cost only)
      $270
      4 left
      Single Supplement: Inside = total $8336
      $2,942
      Single Supp.: Veranda = total $10,938
      $3,499
      Single Supp.: Vista Ste = total $13,549
      $5,399
      Single Supp: Neptune Ste = total $23,494
      $10,199
      Business Class Upgrade & Insurance
      $3,527
      Sold Out

      Current business class upgrade after deducting $1050 economy class air fare and extra travel insurance premium.

      Additional fare
      $100


      Itinerary

      Day 1, Fri July 29, 2022
      Central Illinois-Chicago O’Hare-Flight

      Stevie Jay welcomes you aboard our private motor coach to O’Hare where we board our overnight flight to Amsterdam.

      Your Organizer


      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      66 reviews
      Stevie Jay has been leading tours and broadcasting in radio for decades now. He's crazy about his wife, Janet, and their four kids. Bill Owen has been designing custom tours for 51 years and lives in an olive grove. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.

      Reviews

      We had a great time! Travel was super easy with our bus to and from the airport, check-ins at the airport and into each hotel. It was great to have days perfectly planned with a great list of activities. We really enjoyed our travel guide in San Francisco - he was so knowledgeable and did a great job showing us around. Our LA guide was OK but I think it was hard to see much of interest as LA seems so spread out. We also wanted to provide a special 'shout out' to our bus driver (Ruben w/Via) for the week. Ruben was fantastic!! Would definitely go again!
      By Robert R for Wisconsin to World Ag Expo in California on Mar 03, 2024
      It was a delightful trip! Mary Beth does a beautiful job, as usual. Every detail went smoothly and was handled first class! 'Sorry to learn that there are no other day trips planned for the future. Janann Vance
      By Janann V for Yuletide Celebration 2023 on Dec 17, 2023
      The trip was good except for the flight which is normal and the bus back from Ohara but understand this will be corrected and gift available for future trips. But I also must mention the dinner on the last night there. Dinner was a long way from hotel and the time we it took us plus and the time we returned just did not make any since, since several in our group had to get up to catch their plane home early in the morning. It would have made much more since to have this dinner the night prior and the last dinner could have been held in the hotel or a walking distance from the hotel and much earlier. This should be looked at on any of your future trips
      By Michael M for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 06, 2023
      Overall, it was a great trip! The group guide was excellent and the local guides were also very good. I learned something new every day and have amazing photos to remember this trip for years to come!
      By Maryann H for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 03, 2023
      I enjoyed the accommodations, the tour of Provence, small towns, the guide, Gerard, the luxurious bus and wonderfully competent driver, Alessandro. The experience were exuberant, cooking class, truffle hunting and tasting, the boat ride. I enjoyed the people and camaraderie.
      By Kathryn M for Provence & Riviera, Off the Beaten Path on Oct 18, 2023
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