Iceland & Northern Europe

Amsterdam, Netherlands

20 reviews
Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2022
Group size: 1 - 40
Iceland & Northern Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands

20 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. 


• 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 


The disclosed principal is Holland America Line. 

Click here for a Print-Friendly Flier PDF. And 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 covering cancellation charges; other terms at 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.


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


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


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*


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. 


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.


Contact either 217 840-9913 or 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
  • 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
8 left

No window. Ranges from 141-225 square feet.

Deposit: $1,600
Ocean-View Stateroom
4 left

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

Deposit: $1,600
4 left

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.

Deposit: $1,600
Vista Suite
4 left

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.

Deposit: $1,600
Neptune Suite
Available until February 22, 2021only 1 left
Deposit: $1,600
Oceanview Single
4 left

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

Deposit: $1,600

Available options

Economy Extra Legroom w/insurance
Single Supplement: Inside = total $8336
Single Supp.: Vista Ste = total $13,549
Business Class Upgrade & Insurance
Sold Out

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

Business Class, RT (insur. cost only)
4 left
Single Supp.: Veranda = total $10,938
Single Supp: Neptune Ste = total $23,494
Additional fare


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

Stevie Jay Travel LLC
20 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 48 years and lives in an olive grove. Mary Beth Kuraskek joined us in spring 2018. She has been a tour director for over 17 years. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Mary Beth 217 840-8724; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at


The trip was amazing, as were our hosts, Larry and Alaina Kanfer, and the Katcheturians. Behind the scenes work by Bill Owens was invaluable. From beginning to end, it was obvious that these folks had our well-being and enjoyment uppermost in their minds. Larry and Stevie Jay (and Bill) handled a day one snafu at O'Hare (airline problems caused several delays getting started on our trip) with patience and efficiency. Details of the trip were carefully planned, and all activities were cheerfully carried out. Visits to vineyards, local restaurants, small villages, lovely piazzas, and historical sites... all came together to create a beautiful experience. To top it all off, we had a very congenial group of co-travelers. This was our first experience traveling as part of a tour group, and it was wonderful. Thank you to everyone involved! So glad we decided to participate in this trip!
By Sharon J for Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer on 12 May, 2022
Our Tuscany adventure was very fun with lots of delicious food and wine. The group included nice people and the tour leaders were especially attentive. The hotel in Montecatini was charming and comfortable. A wonderful, memorable trip.
By Linda R for Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer on 11 May, 2022
It was a wonderful trip, very well organized, and when there were glitches in travel (due to airline issues, weather, etc. ) we had immediate help and that made it so much more simple and stress-free. Loved the cities and restaurants that were chosen and the hotels were very nice. The bus travel was deluxe, driver did an amazing job in very difficult driving situations, and I really enjoyed the tour guides who were incredibly knowledgeable, spoke English well, and were very friendly. Such a fun and stress free trip! That’s what I want! Most definitely looking forward to another trip with Stevie Jay Travel!
By Vicki T for Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer on 06 May, 2022
It was a great trip overall. Met many great people. The food was awesome! Liked the concept of the hop-on-hop-off busses. The River Chats were fun and informative. Enjoyed the shows The dining room and theatre were a little too cool at times. Thought the available television channels could have been more varied. Joan Miller
By Roger M for American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise on 07 Sep, 2021
We had a great time. It was a great time meeting people. The staff and crew were just the best. The 3 meals each day was great, but to much for me. I\ we would travel with Stevie Joy again and are looking forward to do just that. The view from the boat of the Mighty Mississippi and the land along it was beautiful. Especially in Wisconsin an Minnesota.
By David C J for American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise on 01 Sep, 2021
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