Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 38
Starting this summer, Holland America wants passengers to add a little art appreciation to their onboard
agendas. A new partnership with curation service ArtLink is bringing gallery spaces to nearly the entire ﬂeet by the year's
end. Works on rotating display are by emerging artists from the destinations the line visits, and each piece is available
for purchase. An ArtLink curator will join every sailing - including a seven-day Boston-to-Montréal cruise on the
1,350-passenger Veendam - to share stories and educate cruisers. Ambitious plans for the new program include soon-tolaunch workshops with visiting artists, plus art-themed shore excursions and gallery visits.
Boston-to-Montréal departures: Multiple dates, July 7 through September 29; from $749.
Coming soon to Holland America's onboard galleries: Photography and 3-D art by
(from left) Oleg Oprisco, Kevin Best, Kate Blacklock, and Lisandro Suriel.
SHIPS, SHIPS, SHIPS: See the Mediterranean in style on an eight-day Rome-to-Barcelona sailing on the Viking Orion, which made
its inaugural voyage in June. The 930-passenger ship is the fifth new vessel in three years for Viking Ocean Cruises, with 11 more
planned for the next decade. Departure: July 22; from $2,999.
Three's not a crowd for Azamara Club Cruises:
The 690-passenger Azamara Pursuit becomes the
third ship in the line's ﬂeet in August. The new addition - a completely overhauled vessel - will visit 15
new-to-Azamara ports in its ﬁrst year, including the
Chilean fjords and Pisco, Peru, on a 22-day Lima-toBuenos Aires voyage. Azamara's cruises are known
for their overnights in port and in-depth shore
excursions, so it's no surprise that the Pursuit's roster of new experiences bypasses traditional coach
tours for more immersive action. In Pisco, sign up
for an open-air yoga class in Paracas National
Reserve, and, in Antofagasta, Chile, disembark
for a three-day adventure in the Atacama Desert
(with a stay at the 32-room Tierra Atacama Hotel &
Spa) before rejoining the ship in
La Serena, Chile. Departure:
December 1; from $10,159.
Atacama Desert excursion
from $5,999, including air
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A fine setting for sun salutations
in Paracas National Reserve.