Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Zeeland, in the Netherlands.
It is said that some 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water. While the Dutch region of Zeeland is but a small corner of the planet, the inhabitants have been successful in trying to lower that figure. Throughout the centuries the Dutch have expanded the land out in the sea, using the characteristic dikes and polders. Not least in the region of Zeeland, where the efforts of man are sometimes clearly visible.
The fact that much of the land in Zeeland (and in the rest of the Netherlands) is below the water level has left its marks. Firstly in the form of the nation’s name: “Netherlands” (or Nederlands, in Dutch), translates to “the low lying country.” Secondly, the Dutch have become quite famous for their abilities to master the force of the oceans – skills that have been developed over several hundred years, as the Dutch have faced flooding when particularly severe storms have sent roaring waves toward their shores.
The last major flooding took place in 1953, with the highest number of casualties occurring in the region of Zeeland. One of the outcomes of that flooding was the construction of the Deltaworks, intended to protect a large area of land in and around Zeeland. The Deltaworks is an advanced accomplishment, which has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is surely something that is worth experiencing when disembarking from a cruise ship in Zeeland.