An invitation from your Hosts, Joe & Katherine Satrom:
You are cordially invited to join us on this remarkable cruise to the very best destination of northern Europe. The "Grande Dame" of Holland America Lines, the MS Rotterdam, will take us to many of the countries, capitals and historic and scenic attractions of the Baltic region.
Sailing from Rotterdam in the Netherlands on the North Sea, we will visit Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. It's a region of rich history steeped in cultural traditions, diverse personalities and incrediblet things to see and do.
Among many highlights, we will spend two days in St. Petersburg, "the Venice of the North," and two days in Stockholm, the city of Islands; unique history, and unforgettable natural beauty.
A Passport is Required for this Cruise.
Joe Satrom has been involved in the travel industry in some capacity for nearly four decades. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University. He served as North Dakota Tourism Director in the 1970s and was on the National Board of Travel Industry of America and the Old West Regional Commission. He was awarded the state’s highest tourism honor, the Greater North Dakota Association’s Tourism Award. He served as the Friendship Force Chairperson for North Dakota and organized the first exchange visit between Bismarck and Hamburg, Germany. He has served on committees for the National Tour Association. He was the first Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. He served as TRMF Chairman a second time and for many years on the Board. Joe was a delegate to a White House Conference on Tourism. He has traveled extensively in the United States and around the world. He was co-owner of Satrom Travel & Tour for 38 years, before the sale of the company to Direct Travel, for which he continues to host group tours and cruises.
Photo was taken in Norway.
Katherine has been in the field of travel for nearly four decades. A graduate of North Dakota State University, she holds a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. In addition to travel, her past experience includes administrative positions with the University of Mary and North Dakota state government, involving communications, marketing and advertising, administration, and coordination of human resources. She has served on the Old West Regional Commission Advisory Committee on Tourism, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce board and Aviation Committee, and the state board of the Greater North Dakota Chamber. She was a delegate to a White House Conference on Small Business, and has served on the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation board. For 14 years, she had a travel segment on Prairie Public Radio. She has traveled extensively in the United States and around the world. She was co-owner of Satrom Travel & Tour for 38 years, before the sale of the company to Direct Travel, for which she continues to host group tours and cruises.
Photo was taken in Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam
Depart the US on your overnight flight to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Arrive in the Netherlands and transfer to Holland America's beautiful MS Rotterdam. Ship sails at 5:00 p.m. ms Rotterdam ensures you the ultimate onboard experience with her graceful combination of classic cruise ship features and state-of-the-art amenities. Guests aboard Rotterdam enjoy a spectacular multi-million dollar art and antique collection, wide teak decks, elegant dining rooms and spacious staterooms.
While on board, choose from an array of onboard activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen (available on ms Rotterdam late September 2017). Learn how to edit, display and share your vacation videos and photographs through our Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. Our 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 The Retreat, a private resort-style pool experience offering sophisticated poolside amenities and service.
Built on a series of islands, Copenhagen balances tradition and modern energy, while the Little Mermaid statue keeps a thoughtful watch on the harbor. The sights of old buildings, cobbled stone streets and the tower and turret dotted skyline lend a fairy tale charm.
In 1990, Berlin resumed its role as the capital of a unified Germany. For the visitor today it's an intriguing, vibrant city; its museums are filled with cultural treasures. Delightful and varied dining and shopping experiences await you.
Starting as a link between Russia and Scandinavia, the city today has been ranked as one of the top 10 digital cities in the world. Visit old town, Toompea with its turrets, spires and onion domes, and All-linn, the well-preserved lower town.
The City is a treasure of glittering domes, baroque palaces and eleborate churches. Visit the Hermitage, one of the world's great museums which houses works by Titian, Dutch and Flemish masters, Matisse and Michelangelo or Catherine the Great's Winter Palace.
The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored by foot to admire its design, architecture, culture, and natural beauty. Summer in particular is magical as days last for up to 19 hours; the city sparkles from the sun reflecting off the water.
The city is spread across 14 islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Malaren, by the archipelago and the Baltic Sea. As a European Green Capital, Stockholm, has become a global leader in sustainable urban living.
Diverse, modern and fun, Aarhus is known as the European Capital of Culture 2017. Visit Aarhus' art galleries, cozy Latin Quarter or the Old Town.
Return to Rotterdam, the Netherlands and transfer to airport.
Cruise Price Per Person (includes transfers)
Prices based on double occupancy. Single, triple & quad rates available upon request.
|Verandah Suite||Category SB||$5,277|
|Verandah Stateroom||Category A||$4,477|
|Verandah Stateroom||Category AA||$4,327|
|Verandah Stateroom||Category BB||$3,877|
|Outside Stateroom||Category D||$2,857|
|Outside Stateroom||Category DA||$2,827|
|Outside Stateroom||Category E||$2,767|
Airfare and Insurance: Rates available at time of booking
Port andGovernment Taxes Add: $355 per person
Deposit: $650 per person at time of booking ($600 to Holland America, $50 to Direct Travel/Satrom Tours)
Final Payment Due: March 23, 2018
Cancellation Fee: A Direct Travel/Satrom Tours cancellation fee of $50 will apply after deposit. See cruise brochure for cruise company cancellation penalties.
Direct Travel/Satrom Tours highly recommends travel insurance for this cruise.