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About Our Destination

Currency
The local currency in the Netherlands is the Euro. The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone.
Languages
Dutch is the official language of The Netherlands but English is widely spoken. While Norwegian is the official language in Norway, English, German, Spanish, and French are widely spoken.
Climate
The temperatures in this region during the time of our cruise will range from the low 50’s – mid 60’s.
Itinerary
  • Saturday, June 9 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – departs at 5 pm
  • Sunday, June 10 – At Sea
  • Monday, June 11 – Eidfjord, Norway (Scenic Cruising Hardangerfjord) – 7 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesday, June 12 – Geiranger, Norway (Scenic Cruising Geirangerfjord) – 12 pm to 11 pm
  • Wednesday, June 13 – Alesund, Norway – 7 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday, June 14 – Bergen, Norway – 8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday, June 15 – At Sea
  • Saturday, June 16 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – arrives 7 am

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the ms Rotterdam
  • All meals, including room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Gratuities, port charges, and taxes, which are covered in NDAs
  • Expert naturalists
  • Olivia signature programming and entertainment
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Boutique, casino, spa, photos and bingo
  • Internet access, phone, fax and other incidentals
  • Medical attention
  • Optional excursions
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees, alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Other incidentals
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your country’s consulate to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements and suggestions. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Cancellation policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.

2018 MYSTICAL NORWEGIAN FJORDS CRUISE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 6/9/2018    
Cancellation Fee 180 days or more prior to trip date   12/11/2017 $250 per person
Cancellation Fee 90-179 days prior to trip date 12/12/2017 3/11/2018 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 60-89 days prior to trip date 3/12/2018 4/10/2018 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-59 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

4/11/2018   100% of trip cost

Travel insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Click here for a few reasons why it is a great idea to consider travel insurance. For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant. 
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Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia’s Mystical Norwegian Fjords Cruise on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Mystical Norwegian Fjords Cruise Official group page on Facebook.
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Travel and arrival

Where to fly into/out of
We recommend flying into and out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Airport transfers to Rotterdam will be available for purchase through Holland America approximately 30 days prior to sailing. Alternatively, you can fly into and out of Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM), however, this is a small regional airport. If you plan to arrive on embarkation day (June 9, 2018), we suggest you arrive no later than 11 am. Return flights on disembarkation day (June 16, 2018) should be booked after 12 noon.
Check-In
Embarkation and check-in begins at 11:30 am and will be available until 3:30 pm, with all aboard at 4 pm.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers to the ship
Airport transfers to Rotterdam will be available for purchase through Holland America approximately 30 days prior to sailing.
Vacation stretchers
We are planning a pre-cruise vacation stretcher in Amsterdam and a post-cruise vacation stretcher in Rotterdam. More information will be available approximately 9 months prior to the trip.

During your trip

Accommodations
The Holland America’s ms Rotterdam is an intimate 1,400-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • La Fontaine Dining Room
  • Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant*
  • Canaletto Restaurant*
  • Lido Market
  • Dive-In Grill
  • New York Pizza
  • Explorations Internet Café, powered by The New York Times
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Boutiques
  • Casino
  • Digital Workshop
  • Fitness Center
  • Showroom at Sea
  • Reception and Shore Excursion Desks
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Wine Tasting Bar
  • Movie Theater and Culinary Arts Center
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pools & jacuzzis
*nominal charge
Stateroom amenities
  • Signature Mariner’s Dream bed featuring a plush euro-top mattress and finely woven cotton linens
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels
  • Premium massage showerheads
  • 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Ice service
  • Shoeshine service
  • Nightly turndown service
  • 24-hour in room dining Cell phone service (extra charge)
Dining
If eating incredible meals is one of your favorite activities, rest assured that you will be more than satisfied. There are plenty of food and dining options available, and most are included in the cost of your cruise*.
You will be assigned a set dining time for dinner, but you have the flexibility to dine at a different table each night within your assigned dining time. Guests in 1st seating will have dinner at 5:30 pm and guests in 2nd seating dinner will have dinner at 8 pm. If you do not have a medical reason to dine early, our recommendation is to select 2nd seating where you can attend your evening show and then enjoy a relaxed dinner. Guests in 1st seating sometimes hurry their dinner to line up for the show because seating in the show lounge is limited.
24-Hour room service
If you would like to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack in the comfort of your cabin, a room service menu is available 24 hours a day.
La Fontaine Dining Room
The Fontaine dining room features five-course menus offering classic preparations, regionally inspired cuisine and vegetarian/vegan options. This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch on our At Sea Days. And is the main restaurant for dinner nightly.
The Lido Market
The Lido Restaurant is a full-service buffet featuring cuisine from around the world. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack.
The Dive-In Grill
The Dive-In Grill offers pizza, nachos, grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs.
Canaletto Restaurant* (Specialty restaurant for dinner only)
Serving classic Italian fare with tableside service. Reservations required and a nominal per-person charge will be applied to your onboard account.
The Pinnacle Grill*(Specialty restaurant for dinner only)
Spoil yourself with exquisite menus and a fine dining experience at the Pinnacle Grill. Reservations are required and a nominal per-person charge will be applied to your onboard account
An Evening at Le Cirque at The Pinnacle Grill* (Specialty restaurant for dinner only)
Experience the illustrious Le Cirque restaurant during your voyage. Master Chef Rudi Sodamin worked with Le Cirque’s Executive Chef Craig Hopson to re-create the legendary eatery’s award-winning cruise dining experience on board in the Pinnacle Grill. A nominal per-person charge will be applied to your onboard account. This special menu is offered one night during our cruise.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet.
Excursions
Exploring our ports of call will be the highlight of your cruise. Holland America takes pride in offering the best shore excursion options for our guests. Excursions may be booked up to 30 days in advance. We will notify you via email when excursions are available for online booking.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maitre'd and other-behind-the-scenes crew members.
Internet / Cell phones / Mail
There is an onboard Internet center; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an Internet wireless plan on board.
Cellular phone use is now available on board. The ship’s advanced roaming network allows you to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, access emails and surf the web while at sea using your own mobile phone and telephone number. The Wireless Maritime Service system is available for use when the ship is in international waters. We strongly recommend that you check with your cell phone provider for rates and availability. You will be billed at rates similar to international roaming, which can be much higher than your standard service.
Letters and postcards may be mailed from the ship while in ports of call. You may buy stamps in port or purchase them through your onboard account.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone. Cost is available on board.
Laundry, dry cleaning, and launderette
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service are available onboard for an extra charge. Pricing is available on board.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in.
Sisters at Sea and Friends
Olivia’s Sisters at Sea & Friends program is dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity on our trips. Meet your Sisters at Sea coordinators on board so that you can find out about the special events we have planned for you during the week. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
NEW Holland America smoking policy
For the comfort of all guests, all staterooms (cabins), showrooms and other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. No smoking of any kind will be permitted on any stateroom verandah. Smoking is permitted in the designated smoking area only which is the Lido deck aft (back) on the starboard (right) side, outside by the Sea View Bar on deck 9.
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows.
Spa services
Enjoy the luxurious Greenhouse Spa complete with massage, facials and a myriad of other spa treatments. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Special needs
If you have special medical or dietary needs, please advise us at the time of booking.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), you can purchase a transfer via the Shore Excursion office onboard.

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