TRANSPORT AND
ESSENTIAL INFO
TESTIMONIALS CONTACT US


Transportation to Cruise Ship
and Essential Information

"Midnight Sun" Cruise with Molly McCord
Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

THIS PAGE IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Read this page carefully after it is completed.

LINKS to sections on this page

Flight, Hotel, and Transfer to the Cruise Port
TBA

Travel Insurance
TBA

Independent Travelers
TBA

Get Travel Documents in Advance
TBA

Arrival at Cruise Port
TBA

ID's and Incidentals
TBA

What to Do When You Get Onboard
TBA

Preparation and Packing
TBA

Travel Restrictions
TBA


GETTING TO THE PORT


LOCATION OF CRUISE TERMINAL:

Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal
Sundahöfn harbour

Harbour Building
Tryggvagata 17
Reykjavik 101

Reykjavik serves as the gateway not only to the city itself but also to the rugged natural wonders of Iceland, from the Blue Lagoon and the Gullfoss waterfall to the Strokkur geyser. Before your cruise, you can explore the Icelandic capital, or depart on shore excursions for the Westfjords and beyond.


FLIGHTS

AIR TRAVEL
from Home to Cruise: Airport:

Our travel partner Diane at Luxury Travel Destinations would love to assist you in a seamless journey from home to Iceland and from Copenhagen back home. Please contact Diane here: 336-749-1219 or here:
diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com. State your closest airport city closest to home, and she will reply with a quote.

TRANSFERS ONLY, without the Flight:

For transfers on June 8, 2024, flights must arrive before 12:00 pm and you must send all your flight details to diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com in order to book transfers. Flight details must include the entire itinerary of every flight from home to Reykjavik and back home again from Copenhagen.



MAKE YOUR CHOICE FOR TRANSFERS:

TRANSFER OPTION 1
June 8, 2024: Transfer to Ship from Keflavik Airport: $39 per person. Flights must arrive before 12:00 pm and you must send all your flight details to diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com in order to book this transfer.

TRANSFER OPTION 2
June 15, 2024: Transfer to Copenhagen Airport from Ship: $39 per person, flights must depart after 12:00 pm and you must send your flight details to diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com.



CHOOSE HOTEL PACKAGES

We strongly recommend that you stay overnight in Reykjavik on June 7, 2024 or earlier, to assure that you get to the ship on time. You might also want to stay in Copenhagen after the cruise to do some sightseeing. We would be happy to make reservations for you. Hotels are subject to availability, and rates are subject to change until reservations are locked in.

If you have booked your own flights, but want help with hotel or transfers, please provide all flight details to Diane Michael here: diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com. All flights from home to Reykjavik and Copenhagen back home: airline, flight numbers and times.



FLIGHTS BY HOLLAND AMERICA FLIGHTEASE®

TBA


TRAVEL INSURANCE


SECURE YOUR VOYAGE WITH TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is not included in your Midnight Sun Cruise and Seminar-at-Sea. You are recommended to purchase travel insurance, in case of possible unforeseen injury, illness, cancellation, or other unforeseen circumstances. For policy details and information about what is covered/not covered in Travel Insurance, please contact our travel partner Diane Michael here: 336-749-1219.

Please note: Travel insurance is nonrefundable. We offer travel insurance for USA citizens or USA residents only. If you are from another country, please get travel insurance from a local carrier. If you are a USA citizen or USA resident, please add non-refundable travel insurance - pricing based on the chart below.

Total Trip Cost (Be sure to include all transportation, flights from home, and possible delays, including missing the ship on the day of departure, in your total): No, I decline insurance, and I understand the risks, should I incur cancellation, medical emergency, or loss either before departure or during travel.

TBA


INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS


TBA

 


GET TRAVEL DOCUMENTS IN ADVANCE


TBA


LUGGAGE TAGS

TBA


CHECK IN AND GET INFO WITH YOUR SMART PHONE

TBA



ARRIVAL AT CRUISE PORT


WHEN TO ARRIVE AT PORT

TBA

HAND-CARRY ONE BAG

Make sure you keep one bag that you hand-carry onto the ship. Upon arrival at the dock, your larger luggage will be transfered onto the ship by porters and delivered to your stateroom, and you will not see it again for several hours. You might not see that luggage until late that night. Therefore, pack a carry-on that you can wheel onto the ship with all you need for the day, including your travel documents, change of clothing, swim suit, workout clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, medicines, book to read, and/or anything else you might want.

Give your checked bags to one of the porters upon your arrival at the dock. Make sure your luggage tags are securely attached to your luggage so they will arrive in your stateroom. (Print out those luggage tags in advance from the Holland America website when you complete your online check-in.) Gratuities for porters are not included in your cruise fees. A suggested tip is $3 per bag.

CHECKING IN AT TERMINAL

TBA

 



ID'S AND INCIDENTALS


WHAT IS THE SHIPBOARD ACCOUNT?

TBA

 


WELCOME ABOARD


WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU BOARD THE SHIP

Make sure you keep one bag that you hand-carry onto the ship. Upon arrival at the dock, your luggage will be carried onto the ship by porters and delivered to your stateroom, and you will not see it again for several hours. You might not see that luggage until late that night. Therefore, pack a carry-on that you can wheel onto the ship with all you need for the day, including your travel documents, change of clothing, swim suit, workout clothes, cosmetics, medicines, book to read, and/or anything else you might want.

As soon as you get onboard, go straight to your stateroom and get settled, if your room is ready. There you will find the "Daily Program" Newsletter with schedules for all the onboard activities.

If your room isn't ready yet, then head for one of the dining rooms onboard for lunch. If the spa or fitness classes are your thing, make your appointments on the first day, as the most popular treatments and times fill up fast.


SHIP SAFETY DRILL

TBA


Lunch Is Served

TBA


SEMINAR-AT-SEA CHECK-IN AND FIRST MEETING

MANDATORY Check-In
For "Midnight Sun" Seminar-at-Sea:

ALL attendees of the "Midnight Sun" Seminar-at-Sea are required to check-in, right after you board the ship, for the Seminar-at-Sea on Deck 1 Midship in The Hudson Room, between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. During your check-in, you will receive your cruise and seminar guide and your unique seminar entrance identifier so you can get into our seminars. Security on the seminar will be strict, and you will not be allowed into any events without your unique identification. Also, if you are attending any of our special Seminar-at-Sea shore excursions, you will receive your shore excursion tickets at this mandatory check-in.

MANDATORY First Meeting
Welcome-Aboard Sail-Away Orientation and Logistics:

The first meeting of our Seminar-at-Sea will take place in the Hudson Room, Deck 1 Midship, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. See the entire TENTATIVE schedule at TBA

Group Photo
At 5:00 pm, right after our first meeting, we will meet for a Group Photo in the Hudson Room, Deck 1 Midship.

Group Dinner:

TBA


PREPARATION FOR YOUR CRUISE


LUGGAGE AND WHAT TO BRING

TBA

Packing for Your Vacation

Many domestic airline carriers now impose excess baggage fees for one or more bags and bags weighing over 50 lbs., so check with your carrier regarding weight restrictions.

All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling. On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.

Holland America recommends that your travel protection insurance should be adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage that may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Holland America or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.

Holland America will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your possessions at all times. Holland America is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control. We strongly recommend you hand-carry all valuables and breakables, including jewelry, electronics and cameras, essential medications, travel documents, valuables, and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times. Please read the Passage Contract for limitations and responsibilities for lost items and baggage.

Suggested Packing List:

TBA

If you're planning to visit our onboard fitness center, be sure to bring extra shorts, t-shirts and socks that you won't mind working out in - plus a pair of tennis or running shoes/sneakers.

Save space:
Be sure to leave some room in your luggage for all those souvenirs and mementos. Some space-saving ideas include:
- Bring shirts and pants/skirts that mix and match, turning three outfits into five or six.
- Wear your heaviest shoes during embarkation and disembarkation so you don't have to pack them.
- Pack small items inside larger ones for efficiency.
- Bring an additional empty collabsible bag for those acquired extras.

Onshore attire:

TBA

Luggage Allowance:
Each guest is permitted to carry a reasonable amount of personal property (including luggage) aboard the vessel; however, for your comfort and convenience, it is recommended that you limit the number of pieces you take. Keep in mind that airlines may charge for excess or oversize luggage. Charges incurred for excess or oversize baggage are the sole responsibility of the passenger. Each airline has a different limit on the amount of luggage they allow. Check with your air carrier for specific restrictions, such as allowance of pounds and any additional charges.

What Not To Bring:
For the safety of our guests and crew there are certain items that are not allowed onboard. If these are found they will be confiscated. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, flammable liquids, explosives, and dangerous chemicals will not be returned.

Weapons, illegal drugs, and other items that could interfere with the safe operation of the ship or the safe and secure environment of our guests and crew are prohibited. Do not pack fragile or expensive items (such as jewelry) in checked luggage.

- Illegal Drugs & Substances. If you sneak Marijuana or other illegal drugs onboard, you will be arrested.
- Firearms & Ammunition, including realistic replicas
- Alcoholic Beverages (Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports-of-call or from shops onboard will be stored by the ship and delivered to you on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.)- Sharp Objects, including knives and scissors (Personal grooming items such as safety razors are allowed. Scissors with blade length less than 4 inches are allowed.)
- Candles & Incense
- Coffee Makers, Clothes Irons, Electrical Extension Cords, & Hot Plates
- Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, Cricket Bats, Bows and Arrows
- Skateboards & Surfboards
- Martial Arts Gear
- Self-Defense Gear, including handcuffs, pepper spray and night sticks
- Flammable Liquids and Explosives, including lighter fluid and fireworks
- HAM Radios
- Dangerous Chemicals, including bleach and paint


CRUISE TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

TBA

IMPORTANT: Visa and documentation requirements vary by destination and change from time to time without prior notice. Passengers should check with the consulate of each country they will visit (Iceland, Scotland, and Denmark), or a visa service to verify current regulations. It is the passenger's responsibility to have proper travel documentation. They should reconfirm visa requirements with the consulate 14-30 days prior to the cruise.

Passport validity:
Many countries require passports be valid for six months after the completion of your travel. Check your passport to verify it will be valid for this period of time. Please ensure the name on the passport matches the name on the booking. Additionally, make certain that your passport contains blank pages for entry and exit endorsements and any visas that may be required. If necessary, allow sufficient time to renew your passport and/or obtain additional pages.

Passport holders should ensure passports are valid through the completion of travel. There may be occasions where Holland America will retain your passport at check-in. This is to ensure that you are not inconvenienced by immigration clearance during your cruise and where face to face inspection is not required. We recommend you bring a second government issued photo ID if you wish to have one with you while in port.

Passport Services for US Nationals
There are over 7,000 Application Acceptance locations in the US. Callers may locate the one closest to them by going to the US Department of State website at http://iafdb.travel.state.gov. The United States Postal Service also provides passport services. To obtain this information, go to usps.com to find a Post Office location, fees, and to download a passport application at http://www.usps.com/passport. For information regarding Passport applications, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html or call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 (M-F, 5am to 5pm Pacific Time).

*This information is provided as general guidance. Because governmental travel requirements change periodically, you must check with your travel agent or the government authorities for all countries you will visit to determine or verify the actual requirements at the time of sailing. Holland America assumes no responsibility for advising passengers of such requirements.

Vaccinations*
Information regarding required vaccinations for your cruise is listed on your Travel Summary (if applicable). We recommend seasonal influenza vaccinations for all passengers. Furthermore, you are strongly urged to seek advice from your primary care physician or an approved public health advisory service to identify any specific vaccination or health precautions required for each port of call. Vaccination requirements vary by destination and change from time to time. Passengers should check with the World Health Organization (WHO) (http://who.int/ith) or contact the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/travel to verify current regulations.

Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the developed world. The health and well-being of our passengers and crew is our highest priority. There are several measures which have been placed to prevent and contain illnesses on our ships that meet or exceed standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The simplest way for you to stay healthy is to frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet. You'll also find hand sanitizers located throughout the ship for your use after washing your hands. If you feel ill during your voyage, please immediately report to the medical center.

Health and Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend you review your health insurance coverage before cruising. Many policies, including Medicare, will not pay for services or hospitalization outside of the country or for emergency evacuation. Holland America ships are foreign-flagged and are considered "out of country." Please contact Diane at Luxury Trael Destinations: 336-749-1219, to arrange for insurance.


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS


HOLLAND AMERICA SMOKING POLICY

TBA


PREGNANT WOMEN

TBA


PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES

TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

FOR QUESTIONS AND PHONE REGISTRATION:
Diane at Luxury Travel Destinations: 336-749-1219
Email Diane at:
diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com

TRANSPORT AND
ESSENTIAL INFO
TESTIMONIALS CONTACT US