Brooks Aehron Music at Sea”

18-night Viking Passage Cruise from Copenhagen to New York City

via Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

August 23 to September 10, 2017

On Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam

Description: Eiffel Tower

Akureyri water fall.jpgJoin us for this 18-night scenery spectacular.  The cruise starts in Copenhagen, Denmark and visits beautiful Bergen with Mt. Floyen and Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg’s home. Next will be three beautiful ports in Iceland like Akureyri with the Godhafoss Waterfall (pictured on the left), plus Isafjordur and Reykjavik.

 We’ll also stop in two ports in Greenland to see scenery like Tasermint Fjord (see below), plus Newfoundland, and beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia.  All this gorgeous scenery plus our very own incomparable Brooks Aehron will be performing four private concerts just for us.

 

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Join us for an exclusive 18-night Music at Sea package on the classic beauty of Holland America’s mid-sized ms Zuiderdam.

 

Our Package includes: 

·        amadagio18-night cruise on the mid-sized 1964 passenger 82,000 ton oceanliner ms Zuiderdam.   You’ll enjoy the musically themed décor of the Zuiderdam and her size is almost exactly the same size as Celebrity’s Millenium class ships.

·        Four private concerts from Brooks on sea days. Brooks will not be performing for all guests on the ship – only for Music at Sea group guests.

·        Dining with Brooks once during the cruise plus coffee get-togethers with Brooks

 

 

 

Our 18-night package price per person double occupancy in US$  

             

                                                                                       Price

  Inside – 151 SF                                                     from $3,933             SF*=Square Feet includes

  Oceanview – 174 S F                                     from $4,413                       balcony and can vary

  Verandah (private balcony)- 212SF*               from $5,023 

  Signature Suite (private balcony)–372SF*    from $7,193

  Neptune Suite (private balcony)–-500SF*     from $8,693 

           

Notes: 

·        A $600 deposit per person is required to reserve a cabin with no cancellation penalty until 75 days prior to departure.  Best cabins go quickly so reserve your space soon.

·        Does not include airfare, transfers or gratuities.  Call for single occupancy rates.   

 

 

DAILY ITINERARY

 

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August 23, 2017

Copenhagen is one of the easiest European capitals to fall in love with. The sights of old buildings, cobbled streets and the tower- and turret-dotted skyline lend fairy-tale charm—this was, after all, the home of author Hans Christian Andersen. But make no mistake: This is a thoroughly modern city with international clout. Restaurants around the world draw inspiration from the New Nordic cuisine pioneered by Noma and other Copenhagen restaurants, while Danish design from this century and the last is universally admired and coveted. Urban planners flock here to try to work out just how the city remains so livable and yet so functional, and despite its wealth of old buildings, Copenhagen’s not locked in the past; there are also thrilling examples of modern architecture. Copenhagen is a city that’s easy to find things to do and explore on foot or by excellent public transport, where everyone speaks perfect English, the food is fresh and innovative, and there’s plenty of outstanding locally brewed beer—which, of course, is best enjoyed sitting by the water on a sunny day.

On your cruise to Copenhagen with Holland America Line, you can step into Amager Square and be in the heart of Copenhagen's venerable gabled facades.  Built on a series of islands, Copenhagen balances tradition and kinetic energy, while all the while the Little Mermaid statue keeps a thoughtful watch on the harbor.

 

 

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Bergen, Norway

August 25, 2017

 

Beautiful Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city, is one of the most popular ports of call on a cruise up the fjords. Step off the ship into the medieval Bryggen wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, where small boats line the harbor and wooden gabled buildings stand proud along the waterfront. Bergen’s rich maritime tradition goes back nearly 1,000 years, including the years the town played an important part in the Hanseatic League, the trading empire that dominated maritime commerce in the region between the 14th and 18th centuries. The city is one of Europe’s oldest settlements, and its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways lead to emerald-green parks, medieval cathedrals and stone fortresses that kept enemies at bay centuries ago. It's also eminently walkable, with historic buildings and excellent markets selling everything from fish and produce to trinkets and souvenirs. Surrounded by mountains and thick forest, and sitting halfway between Geiranger to the north and Stavanger to the south, We recommend that you enjoy a trip up the funicular to Mt. Floyen (pictured above) and a visit to Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, in its gorgeous setting overlooking a fjord.  We will try to put together a group visit to Troldhaugen – more on that later.

At sea August 26 and August 27, 2017 - includes Concert #2

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Akureyri.jpgAkureyri, Iceland

August 28, 2017

 

Often described as the capital of north Iceland, the country's second-largest city is both vibrant and pretty, and serves as an ideal hub for exploring the incredible landscape that surrounds it. Located at the head of a 60-kilometer fjord—the country’s longest—and surrounded by snow-streaked mountains, Akureyri was originally settled in the 9th century and was first officially mentioned as a city in the 16th century. Today it boasts a population of around 17,000, a scenic harbor and an array of interesting shops, cafés and upscale restaurants. Its main sights include the Akureyri Church, a wonderful botanical garden (founded in 1912) and the fascinating Akureyri Museum. From here it’s possible to explore some of the country’s most memorable landscapes, starting with Akureyri’s own fjord, Eyjafjörður, where you'll find several museums (including the Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum), fishing villages like Grenivík and plenty of dramatic mountain scenery. Farther afield are the island of Grímsey, the volcanic wonderland of Lake Mývatn and a whole host of waterfalls (like Godhafoss shown on page 1), gorges, churches and saga sites.

 

Scenic cruising of Eyjafjordur PM August 28, 2017

 

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Isafjordur, Iceland

August 29, 2017

 

Bordered on three sides by dramatic mountains that form a natural harbor, the idyllic town of Ísafjörður—population 2,600—serves as a charming exploration hub for the surrounding Westfjords peninsula. Settled since the 16th century, and traditionally dependent on fishing as its main source of income, its streets are today lined with old wooden houses interspersed with occasional shops, restaurants and cafés.Despite its low-key atmosphere, Ísafjörður offers plenty to do, from visiting local museums and enjoying a game of golf, to hiking, biking and kayaking around the town and harbor. The town also hosts several notable events, such as Iceland's oldest cross-country ski race, the mud-football European Championships and a classical music festival, Við Djúpið. The rugged and remote Westfjords offer many more attractions. A daily summer ferry transports visitors to the scenic Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and to Vigur, an island that's home to many protected bird populations. Follow the region’s striking coastline and you’ll find snow-streaked mountains, waterfalls and beaches.

 

Scenic cruising of Isafjordur PM August 29, 2017

 

 

Reykjavik.jpgReykjavik, Iceland

August 30 and 31, 2017

Laid-back and effortlessly cool, the world's most northerly capital is like nowhere else on earth. With geothermal water pumping through its veins and a staggering backdrop of lava fields, majestic glaciers and rainbow-colored houses, Reykjavík is famous for its natural wonders and dramatic scenery. But what is less well known is that this small Icelandic city has cultural offerings to rival many destinations twice its size. Explore the world-class museums and art galleries during the day, then while away the evening hours in cozy cafés and bars. A thriving food scene showcases traditional Nordic cuisine, as well as modern and international trends, and the city’s creative output is in high gear with internationally acclaimed designers, musicians and artists. Self-confident but not cocky, this city is truly one-of-a-kind.

Iceland is being slowly torn in two. The country sits atop the mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are pulling away from each other. The end result is that Iceland hisses, fizzes, and bursts with volcanic energy that powers the island nation and makes for a fantasia of attractions for cruise visitors. Reykjavik is noted for its abundant parks, brightly colored houses, and steaming thermal pools. It also has an incredibly vibrant music scene, and Icelandic bands have had an outsize effect on the world music scene.

 

At sea September 1, 2017 – includes Concert #3   

 

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At sea September 2, 2017 – includes Cruising Prince Christian Sound

 

Qaqortoq.jpgQaqortoq, Greenland

September 3, 2017

Located near Cape Thorvaldsen, the town of Qaqortoq is the most populous town in southern Greenland. The area has a rich history, as it has been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times. You can still see traces of Thule and Norse cultures throughout the region, starting with the ruins of the 14th-century Hvalsey Church at the nearby Hvalsey Fjord. The town of Qaqortoq is home to the oldest fountain in Greenland; completed in 1932, it depicts whales spouting water out of their blowholes. Most of the city’s main attractions, including restaurants and the Qaqortoq Museum, are located on or close to the main square. Nearby sites of interest include Uunartoq Hot Springs—the only heated outdoor spa in Greenland—as well as Lake Tasersuaq and the permanent art installation Stone and Man, a series of 40 stone carvings by contemporary Nordic artists that is embedded into the landscape around Qaqortoq.

 

Norther Lights.jpgNanortalik, Greenland

September 4, 2017

Nanortalik, which means "the place with polar bears," is the southernmost town in Greenland, located on an island of the same name. Founded in 1797 as a trading depot at the mouth of Tasermiut Fjord (shown on page 1of this flyer), the town is currently home to approximately 1,000 people. Although the island is named for polar bears, the chance of seeing these giants is fairly slim. What you will find, however, is a place of majestic beauty and friendly, welcoming residents. From the nearby Tasermiut Fjord, where rocky summits rise above a narrow glacial inlet, to the Qinngua Valley - the only forest in all of Greenland - Nanortalik is surrounded by natural wonders. Culturally there is just as much to experience. For history buffs, the Nanortalik Museum explores native, Old Norse and European colonial history as it shaped Greenland, with nine historic buildings and the world’s oldest umiak (sealskin boat). To appreciate the richness of Greenland’s traditions, be sure to attend a local choral concert where you’ll hear a unique blend of musical disciplines unlike any you’ve heard before.   You may even get lucky and get to see the spectacular Northern Lights that are famous this far north (pictured above).

 

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St. John's, Newfoundland

September 6, 2017

Closer to London than it is to Canada’s west coast, the capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, has long looked east and across the Atlantic. It is the easternmost city in North America, excluding Greenland, and has its own time zone, a half-hour ahead of the rest of eastern Canada. Long before there was a permanent town, established around 1630, British fishermen would set up camp here in the summer. To this day the harbor remains the center of the city, with its oldest buildings and streets (including Water Street, the oldest street in North America) nearby. And although it was primarily fishing and whaling that drove the economy of St. John’s for centuries, today the oil and natural gas found beneath the ocean floor is increasingly important. The rest of St. John’s sits on hills around the harbor, which has led to frequent comparisons to San Francisco. The tallest, Signal Hill, is one of St. John’s most famous sights with its panoramic views. While the city shines at a distance, it is also in the details that it charms visitors, with its houses painted in jelly-bean hues and cozy restaurants and pubs that provide relief from Atlantic breezes.

At sea September 7, 2017

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 8, 2017

 

Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax—Nova Scotia’s provincial capital—is defined by its maritime geography. It's a spirited mix of world-class history and nautical-themed museums alongside bunkers and fortresses that guarded the harbor, plus striking public art and sights, funky shops and excellent pubs serving up folk music (and good pints). Explore the Halifax waterfront where steamships once anchored to drop off arriving immigrants at Pier 21. Savor the low-key but classy culinary scene for fresh seafood and Nova Scotia specialties—the city has both street vendors and casual joints catering to university students and upscale eateries with elegant settings. Along Nova Scotia's southern shores, the city is surrounded by lush greenery and charming villages that are worth the trip from downtown proper. Snap photos of attractions in the charming fishing village, Peggy's Cove, with its picturesque lighthouse on a rocky outcropping. Or wander the streets of Lunenburg, whose colorful Old Town is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also soak in the charms and sights of Mahone Bay, home to artists' studios and a trio of steepled churches.

 

 

At sea September 9, 2017 – Concert #4

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New York City

September 10, 2017

 

You will arrive in New York and can either head home or consider staying over in New York City.

 

 

 

 

       Cabin Selections on ms Zuiderdam

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                Oceanview                       Verandah 

                                      174 to 180 SF                                  with Private Balcony – 212 SF*          

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     Signature Suite              Neptune Suite           Penthouse Suite

with Private Balcony – 374 SF*    with Private Balc-500SF*           with Private Balc- 1318SF*

·        SF* means square feet including the balcony and size can vary

·        Inside cabins available from 151 square feet

·        The Neptune and Penthouse Suites share exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge on deck 7.  The lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The lounge provides worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge.

 

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