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All Star Irish Caribbean Charter Cruise

Gertrude Byrne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE:  Due to the weather conditions in the northeast,                                              the ship will remain in port, in Ft. Lauderdale, on Sunday                                           until 11:00 PM (EST).  This is to accommodate any guests                                          who may experience flight delays. 

 

If you believe you will be delayed later than 10:00 PM (EST)                                         on Sunday please contact Holland America on their                                             emergency contact number 1-206-286-3294.

   

 

 

 

 

THE 2013 CRUISE IS SOLD OUT!!!  PLEASE CALL FOR CANCELLATIONS!!!

 

 

  Dear Friends:

Over Twenty-five years ago, I promoted my first Irish theme cruise. We sailed out of New York Harbor joined by 80 passengers and some of New York’s finest musicians. While I had been promoting other Irish events, I had absolutely no idea of the organizational skills required for successful cruising. We were all novices on this incredible voyage, as this was also a first cruise for my guests. The ship was small, our staterooms quite plain, but the entertainment was first rate and the dining experience truly indulgent.

We were assigned a small lounge on the ship to host our Irish entertainment. Let me tell you that we had so much fun, we were the envy of every other passenger onboard. We danced the nights away, enjoying the Siege of Ennis, Jiving, Polkas and Old Time Waltzes. We ended each night on a high with our beloved anthems. I recall returning home with hundreds of names given to me by other passengers who wanted to be notified of my next Irish cruise.

This is how it all started so many years ago, with 80 passengers and the business grew steadily to a level that required the chartering of entire ships. Over the years, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge on how to improve the cruising experience. However, I remain steadfast to my own vision “simply envision the type of quality and service that I would expect and don’t offer anything less to my customers”. My philosophy is to offer my guests the 5-star experience from the moment they step on the pier for embarkation.

On entering the terminal for check-in, your first experience will be the lilt of Irish music. Each guest is personally greeted, followed by a champagne reception. You already having so much fun and this is just at check-in. It is heartwarming to watch the smiling faces and the joyous anticipation exhibited as each guest is ready to embark. Once onboard ship, a fabulous lunch is offered, followed by the sail-away party. As it nears time for us to leave port, Irish and American flags are flying high in the air. Tommy Flynn gives the best rendition of Ireland’s 32 you have ever heard. To capture the magic the Captain blows the ships horn three times. The mood is electric and we are on our way for the cruise of a lifetime!

I now charter Holland America’s vista class ships annually, catering up to 2000 passengers. Most of my business comes from “word of mouth” and passengers hail from all over the world. I am truly blessed and would like to again express my thanks to all of my guests who sailed with me through the years. Should you choose to join us on this holiday cruise, you are sure to meet up with some old friends that you have met along the way on a Gertrude Byrne All Star Irish Cruise! 

 


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Pricing

 

Stateroom Category

Discount

Gratuities not included
 

ALL RATES IN US DOLLARS, BOOK NOW AND PAY CRUISE IN 4 PAYMENTS INTEREST FREE (by booking early your payments are smaller and spread further apart)

USD Rate pp USD Rate after
  1st July 2012
SA, SB, SC Deluxe Verandah Suites: 1 king-size bed convertible to 2 lower beds, bathroom with dual vanity, full size whirlpool bath, shower and an additional shower stall. Large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 additional persons, floor to ceiling windows
approx 500-700 sq.ft. Suite Amenities: complimentary laundry and dry cleaning, premium bedding, oversize bath towels and soft cotton bath robe and slippers. Georgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night. Hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening up exclusive daily breakfast service for suite guests only. High tea service in suite on request, special suite event luncheon for suite guests only.
Access to Neptune lounge offering personalized service of a concierge. On request: Cocktail party with ship officers, The fleet-wide lounges
provide worktables, large screen television. Library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. Priority
boarding and special disembarkation service.
$2.899 $3.099
SS, SY, SZ Superior Suites: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for one person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 389 sq. ft.
Special amenities variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, no host mini-bar for easy entertaining, personalized cruise stationery, oversized
bath towels, hair-dryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Fresh flowers daily and complimentary Flat screen TV and DVD library. Twenty-four
hour room service upon request.
$2.199 $2.399
VA  DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.975 $2.175
VB  DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.950 $2.150
VC DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.925 $2.125
VD DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.900 $2.100
VE DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.875 $2.075
VF DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.850 $2.050
VH DeLuxe Private Verandah Ocean View: 1 queen-size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 254 sq. ft. Plush Sealy® Posturepedic Euro Top Matress and finely woven linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium message showerhead, six magnifying lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat screen TV.Complimentary fruit and 24-hour room service upon request. $1.825 $2.025
C Large Ocean View Stateroom: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities.
Flat-panel TV.
$1.725 $1.925
D Large Ocean View Stateroom: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy®
Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities.
Flat-panel TV.
$1.700 $1.900
DD Large Ocean View Stateroom: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy®
Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities.
Flat-panel TV.
$1.675 $1.875
E Large Ocean View Stateroom: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy®
Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities.
Flat-panel TV.
$1.650 $1.850
F Large Ocean View Stateroom: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy®
Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities.
Flat-panel TV.
$1.625 $1.825
G Large Ocean View Stateroom: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy®
Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities.
Flat-panel TV.
$1.600 $1.800
GG Large Outside Stateroom: (Fully obstructed view) One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds
featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and
bath amenities. Flat-panel TV.
$1.575 $1.775
H Large Outside Stateroom: (Fully obstructed view) One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds
featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and
bath amenities. Flat-panel TV.
$1.550 $1.750
HH Large Outside Stateroom: (Fully obstructed view) One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, bathtub and shower. Luxurious beds
featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and
bath amenities. Flat-panel TV.
$1.525 $1.725
I Large Inside Staterooms: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, shower only. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat-panel TV. $1.425 $1.625
J Large Inside Staterooms: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, shower only. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat-panel TV. $1.400 $1.600
K Large Inside Staterooms: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, shower only. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat-panel TV. $1.375 $1.575
L Standard Inside Staterooms: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, shower only. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat-panel TV. $1.325 $1.525
M Standard Inside Staterooms: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, shower only. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat-panel TV. $1.250 $1.450
N Standard Inside Staterooms: One queen size bed, convertible to 2 twin beds, shower only. Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, premium message showerheads, hairdryer, shampoo and bath amenities. Flat-panel TV. $1.199 $1.399

* Please note the cruise is charged per person in US Dollars. 

Please register your first & last name as it appears on your passport. 
A valid passport is required. A $198 per person fee will be added for port charges and taxes.
Cruise maybe subject to fuel surcharge - currently this fee has been suspended by all cruise lines.

To book the All Star Irish Cruise following informations needed:

  • Name (as it appears on passport),
  • Address, City, State, Zip,
  • Telephone, E-Mail,
  • Category 1st and 2nd Choice.

Payable by credit card or
check to Gertrude Byrne. 

BOOK NOW!

 


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Booking Details

What’s included?

The price of your trip includes accommodation on the ship, all meals, 24 hour room service, basic beverages (coffee, tea and iced tea), and access to all entertainment. Travel Insurance: Please protect your investment with travel insurance.  Due to this being a private charter there are no refunds for cancellations.


ID Requirements

All passengers require a valid passport at the time of departure.  It is your responsibility to determine immigration requirements and obtain appropriate documentation, including, visa and passports.


Special Needs

If you have any medical or mobility needs, specific dietary requirements, or other requests, please advise us of this information as soon as possible.


Travel Documents

Your travel documents, which will include cruise tickets, packing lists and other specific information pertaining to your trip, will be sent to you approximately one month prior to departure.

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Entertainment

Ireland's greatest entertainers.
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Itinerary

The tropical islands of the Eastern Caribbean are some of the most beautiful in the world. From the charm of Holland America’s own paradise island Half Moon Cay, Bahamas to the delightful islands of St. Croix, in the US Virgin islands to Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Traveler’s sailing into the these tropical Islands whether by silvered yachts or gilded cruise ships, pause and gaze in astonishment at the turquoise waters and magnificent scenery.

Ports of Call/ Excursions

Embark/Disembark Port Everglades/ Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Embarking in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale, enjoy a Champagne reception and the sounds of great Irish music upon check-in. As you go onboard you will be greeted with a lineup of cabin stewards to escort you to your cabin which is only a hint about the service you will experience throughout the voyage.

Excursions: For more information please visit hollandamerica.com
 

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

In February 2006 the Carnival Cruise Centre opened its doors in Grand Turk. This village type setting has now been completed to include the new Margaritaville. The concept reflected by Margaritaville Grand Turk is indicative of the kind of lyrics that Jimmy Buffett sings about. The island itself, Grand Turk, is the capitol of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is significantly derived from historical connections with Bermuda. The newest addition to the Jimmy Buffett family, and the first Caribbean project outside Jamaica has been built in Grand Turk. Just minutes from the port in Grand Turk you come upon the newly built village. The colorful centre offers direct beach access, boasting crystal clear blue waters and mini spa services, with duty free shopping. Take in the beautiful view of the magnificent swimming pools and ocean. But there's still a place for those who want to slow the pace of life. Come see for yourself. We know your experience on this beautiful island will be nothing short of grand.

Excursions: For more information please visit hollandamerica.com
 

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas & Virgin Islands

States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Charlotte Amalie (named for a Danish Queen) is where the ships dock and the white and pastel houses are heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills. Colorful sloops dock along the waterfront, and a few steps back, down alleyways lined with old Danish warehouse buildings. St. Thomas is one of the world’s top cruise ports. Its lofty popularity is earned because St. Thomas offers something for just about everyone. Its duty-free shopping scene is relatively unparalleled – and because St. Thomas is an American port, U.S. travelers get an extra duty-free allowance from customs. Other on-the-beaten-track sites include the world-famous Megan’s Bay and a scenic tram ride to a mountaintop. But it’s also amazingly easy to find some respite from the inevitable crowds by exploring St. Thomas’ quieter, more undiscovered side – a lovely historic district, trips to Water Island, north shore beaches, fabulous restaurants in Frenchtown and an easy jaunt, via 20-minute ferry, to tranquil St. John. While in St. Thomas take time out to visit the island of St. John.— it’s a lovely and enchanting island that is noted for its unmatched natural beauty, its tranquil peacefulness and its outstanding homes and villas.

 

Phillipsburg, St. Maarten & Netherlands Antilles

St. Maarten/St. Martin – a vacation paradise of Dutch, French and Caribbean flavors. The island of St. Maarten is the smallest territory in the world shared by two sovereign states. Its only 37 square miles, but is shared by the Dutch and the French. The Dutch side is known as St. Maarten, the French side St. Martin – offer a little European culture along with a lot of laid-back Caribbean ambience. Water sports abound – diving, snorkeling, scuba, sailing, windsurfing, and more. With soft trade winds cooling the subtropical climate, it’s easy to while away the day on one of the 37 beaches or try your luck at one of the 13 casinos. The island is well known for its shopping, gambling and beautiful beaches.

 

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Truly one of the most beautiful settings in the entire Caribbean. This privately owned 9.2 acre tropical island has over one mile of ocean front, white sand beaches, and crystal clear turquoise water. A secure and secluded hideaway undiscovered by the masses. Located on the second largest barrier reef in the world, with snorkeling and scuba diving off the beach, as well as wonderful fishing. Lush tropical foliage with nearly a mile of paths meandering through palm trees and exotic plants. Stop by the Market Square where an Irish party is in full swing. Dance to the great sounds of our Irish bands performing live under the gazebo. What a glorious setting, sunny skies, turquoise waters, palm trees with your cruise ship serving as a backdrop and you having the time of your life. Whether you want to parasail, snorkel, stroll barefoot on the beach, lie in a hammock beneath a palm tree or gain insight into Bahamian history and culture, you’ll find it at Half Moon Cay.

Excursions: For more information please visit hollandamerica.com
 

 

Scheduled itinerary.
February 10th to
17th, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Embarkation Noon to 4pm
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Monday, February 11, 2013
At Sea


Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Grand Turks, Turks & Caicos Islands


Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas &
Virgin Islands


Thursday, February 14, 2013
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten &
Netherlands Antilles


Friday, February 15, 2013
At Sea

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Sunday, February 16, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
 

No other 7 day cruise can offer these enchanting ports of call.
 

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Stateroom Views

Holland America’s elegant staterooms are the largest of any premium cruise line. Two-thirds of their staterooms feature spacious, private verandahs where you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour alfresco dining. You’ll sleep soundly on a Mariner’s DreamTM bed beneath finely woven cotton linens, and each morning you’ll discover the daily satellite edition of the New York Times, delivered to your stateroom. For guests staying in the Penthouse Verandah Suites and Deluxe Verandah Suites, the exclusive Neptune Lounge offers a wellstocked library, complimentary tea, coffee, and snacks, as well as personal concierge service. And all suite guests have access to convenient, one-touch telephone concierge service, 24 hours a day.

 

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DeLuxe Verandah Suites

2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 510 sq. ft. with verandah.
Category: SA, SB, SC
 

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Superior Verandah Suites

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,
1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 389 sq. ft. with verandah.
Category: SS, SY, SZ

 

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Large Ocean View Staterooms

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 249 sq. ft.
Category: VA, VB, VD,
VE, VC, VF, VH
 

Large Outside Staterooms

Large Outside Staterooms

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower.
* 185 sq. ft.
Category: C, D, DD,
E, F, G, GG,H, HH
All G-category staterooms have a partial sea view.
All GG-category staterooms have fully obstructed views. All H- & HH-category staterooms have fully obstructed views.

 

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Inside Staterooms

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower.
* 183-207 sq. ft.
Category: I, J, K, L, M, N


* Room measurements are approximated, and some rooms in the same category may vary in size and/or have different furniture placement from that pictured.



Deck Plans

To view the deck plans  please visit hollandamerica.com

 


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Venue

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The MS Westerdam

Defining the future of cruising, the ms Westerdam is the third in the Holland America line of grand Vista-class ships. The MS Westerdam dazzles guests with more of everything they desire on a cruise ship: more staterooms with verandahs for private dining, sunning and relaxing; more dining choices from black-tie dinners to casual pool-side dining; more ways to be pampered in The Greenhouse Spa and Salon. The largest and most luxurious spa in our fleet. This spectacular cruise ship delights guests with an unforgettable onboard experience.

The Vista Dining Room

The Vista Dining Room

The Vista Dining Room is a two-tiered dining venue that provides one of the finest 5 star dining experiences at sea, offering everything from continental cuisine to vegetarian and lowcarb options. Five-course menus, created daily and seldom repeated, are enhanced by impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Don’t miss out the amazing Royal Dutch High Tea or the Chocolate Dessert Extravaganza. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in a more casual atmosphere on the Lido Restaurant, now transformed into a culinary courtyard surrounded by windows with spectacular views of the Caribbean. On top of all of that, room service is available 24 hours and your dining pleasures are included in your rate. 

The Greenhouse Spa and Salon

The Greenhouse Spa and Salon

The Greenhouse Spa and Salon is a sensuous treat for all five senses, offering massage and a wide variety of luxurious treatments, including couples’ message rooms, a dry float suite, thermal steam and aromatic room, hydrotherapy pool and relaxation area. You can work out on all the latest exercise and weight-training equipment or take a Pilates class at the Fitness Center. Or you can simply relax on a heated ceramic lounger and enjoy the glorious scenery. 

The Atrium

The Atrium

At the heart of every Vista-class ship is a specially commissioned signature sculpture suspended in a three story atrium.  

Additional Information

  • Closest Airport Ft. Lauderdale
  • Pier is located 10 minutes from airport
  • R eturn Flights no earlier than noon
  • All guests must have a valid passport
  • EU Citizens must have a bar coded Passport. Check entry requirements with local US Embassy.

Deck Plans

To view the deck plans  please visit hollandamerica.com

 


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