For the real big Cognac fans: The Holland America line announced their  “Cognac & Hennessy”  excursion for the 2010 summer for visitors of the French coast on the cruiser Prinsendam.

Cruiser on its way to Cognac, France

The new 7½-hour brandy adventure is available on different voyages: It includes a visit to the historic town of Cognac and of course a  stop at Hennessy, the biggest player in the Cognac market.

Holland America promises passengers to learn about the Cognac production, the distilling and ageing process, visit the cellars (chai) and to taste some of the eaux-de-vie. There will even be a lunch at a local restaurant in Cognac.

Costs: $154 for adults and $119 for children (… who should not be part of the last part of the visit).
The Cognac experience is one of 55 new excursions the line presented for 2010.


The Holland America Line was founded in 1873 as Dutch-America Steamship Companyn. At that time it was a shipping and passenger line.

Its  headquarter was in Rotterdam and became known as  Holland America Line (HAL) later on.

former headquarters in Rotterdam, today a hotel

The first ships sailed between Rotterdam and New York in 1872. There was cargo service to New York in 1899, in the early 20th century other North American ports were added as destinations.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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