Mon, Sep 24: Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Once a trading post and a rough-and-tumble sawmilling settlement, the Vancouver of today is a bustling seaport, a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, and a thriving, ethnically diverse mecca for theater, art galleries and performance venues. Transfer from the airport to your downtown hotel and enjoy your afternoon and evening free in this fascinating city.
Tue, Sep 25: The morning is at leisure before transferring to Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam. Board the ship and have lunch before setting sail in the evening. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)
Wed, Sep 26: Today the ship docks in Astoria, Oregon, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. The day in port is yours to do as you please. Stroll through Cannon Beach, which offers uniqueness in its shops, art galleries and beautiful courtyards. Optional shore excursions include Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1805-1806 near the end of their famous expedition west. (B,L,D)
Thu, Sep 27: At sea. (B,L,D)
Fri, Sep 28: San Francisco, California has long been America’s shining city by the sea, a beacon on the West Coast at the tip of a peninsula separating San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Around every corner and from every hilltop, views of the water and the city’s bridges wait to be photographed. Explore the city on foot, or take an optional excursion to Alcatraz Island in the middle of the bay, or venture beyond the city to the soaring redwoods of Muir Woods. (B,L,D)
Sat, Sep 29: At sea. (B,L,D)
Sun, Sep 30: Los Angeles. Disembark and fly home, or choose to extend your stay in Los Angeles. (B)
Named for the Dutch capital, ms Amsterdam is the third ship to bear this name in Holland America Line’s rich history. At the heart of the ship’s three-story atrium is the Planeto Astrolabium, a commissioned signature sculpture. The stunning Astrolabe tracks constellations, the planets, world time and ship time. While on board, choose from an array of onboard activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. Guests on the ms Amsterdam will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories through the Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. And explore the wonders of our world through exclusive BBC Earth natural history content through onboard activities, concerts and films. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. The fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck, enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and volleyball courts. Club HAL provides a wide variety of youth and teen-friendly activities for kids ages 3 to 17, supervised by qualified, full-time staff.