This Festival at Sea voyage is much more than just a great transatlantic crossing, with stops in Bermuda and the Azores. It is a full European journey, visiting London, Normandy, Belgium, and Amsterdam before arriving in Copenhagen - six countries in all. You’ll experience the full range of Northern Europe from the comfort of a premier cruise ship on the Holland America line. Friendship Force Journeys are always more than social events, although there will be plenty on this route. Our Journeys are about proving that a world of friends can be a world of peace. Building on last year's successful Celebration at Sea, this route boasts ten days at sea where Friendship Force programs will cover a wide range of friend-building activities, workshops, and talks about the future of our growing organization. Join us aboard the ms Zuiderdam. Click here to register!

Home Hospitality

There is no home hospitality on his Journey, but your cabin will become your home for the next 18 days and you will have the opportunity to meet new friends from all over the world on your new floating neighborhood!.

Live With a Local

  • On days at sea, you will have Friendship Force workshops where you'll get to meet other fellow members, participate in activities and learn about FFI's future programs, as well as learn what other clubs’ best practices are!
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail party on board, as well as a farewell lunch!
  • Have the chance to share the Friendship Force mission and concept with many other potential new members on board!

Sightseeing Highlights

We will make port in the following cities:
  • Kings Wharf, Bermuda
  • Horta, Azores, Portugal
  • Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • Southampton (London), England
  • Cherbourg (Normandy), France
  • Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
We sailed in 2017 with 63 Friendship Force members on a voyage that was immensely successful. In addition to being a great way to travel to Europe, we made lots of new friends and provided a full Friendship Force program on the days-at-sea. It was much more than a cruise. It was a truly enriching FF experience!

Festival at Sea Cruise

19 Days / 18 Nights Program and Itinerary:

April 22, 2018 – May 10, 2018
Coordinator: Laura Romero

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Days 1 to 3: April 22 to 24

Ship will departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA on April 22nd.

We recommend that you consider staying overnight in Ft. Lauderdale the night before (April 21, 2018). FFI is holding hotel rooms at a convenient hotel with package price of $149 USD per room (plus tax). This price includes shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and hotel to the cruise port.

Get to know the ship on your first day at sea, and on the second day our FFI activities will start!

Day 4: April 25

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

This British overseas territory of Bermuda has a rich naval heritage. Discover an enduring legacy of seamanship, historic sights, and picturesque towns!

Days 5 to 8: April 26 to 29

Days at Sea:

Start your morning with President and CEO, Jeremi Snook. Join his workshop to learn more about the future of Friendship Force, and get to know your fellow Friendship Force Friends. There will be fun activities, discussion on best practices, and more.

In the afternoon join us for happy hour, were we we will talk about best practices as you take a leadership role in your club.

For dinner, we plan to have a big table for the group.

Day 9: April 30

Horta, Azores, Portugal

This city is seaward looking and populated by several volcanic cones located to its southern and eastern margins.

Enjoy walking around and discovering all the great sites this city has to offer.

Day 10: May 1

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

This port offers a blend of contemporary life with historic flavor. Sao Miguel monuments, turn of the century architecture, parks and cobble stone streets!


Days 11 to 13: May 2 to 4

Days at Sea

Join us for more engaging workshops! Here you’ll have the ability to ask any questions about Friendship Force and use your new friends as resources.


Day 14: May 5

Southampton (London), England

The city has magnificent theatres, unique galleries and museums, plus much more!

Day 15: May 6

Cherbourg (Normandy), France

The town is brightly colored in the resonant 1964 musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” which marked the major-film debut of Catherine Deneuve. Visit Place General de Gaulle, where cruise travelers can find great cafes and restaurants!

Day 16: May 7

Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium

The village of Zeebrugge is on the coast of Belgium and a subdivision of Bruges, for which it is the modern port. Crisscrossed with canals and home to stunning medieval architecture, this is a delightful town that travelers will thoroughly enjoy!

Day 17: May 8

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This port is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Enjoy walking arounds this superb city!

Day 18: May 9

Day at Sea

On our last day at sea, we will have a farewell lunch as a group.

Join us in the evening for happy hour to talk about your experience so far and make plans for the future.

Day 19: May 10

Last Port: Copenhagen, Denmark

Time to say goodbye to your FFI friends! Enjoy walking and sightseeing the beautiful city of Copenhagen.


$1949 USD

Price Includes: Cabin prices for the 18-day voyage, including taxes, fees and the full Friendship Force program, start at $1,949 USD for an inside cabin $2,189 for an outside cabin and $2,529 for balcony (per person/double occupancy). Prices are subject to availability at time of booking. If Holland America is having any promotional deals at the time of your booking, we will be happy to work with you and accommodate the best package for you.


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