Shorter cruises offered along with longer Collectors' Voyages
SEATTLE, Oct. 16 /CNW/ -- For those with less time on their hands but
still looking to take a cruise holiday that abounds with popular ports of
call, Holland America Line's newest ship, the Signature-class, ms Eurodam,
will sail two four-day and one two-day itineraries between Copenhagen,
Denmark, and Dover (London), England, in July 2009 that make the perfect
Guests wanting to take a longer holiday can book the voyages in
combination with extended cruises to form 12- and 14-day Collectors' Voyages.
"We understand that some travelers are looking for a quick and relaxing
holiday, which is why we developed these shorter, exciting itineraries," said
Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest
programs, Holland America Line. "We've put together some fascinating ports, so
whether guests book a four-day cruise or a full 14-day Collectors' Voyage,
they're going to have an unforgettable, premium-cruise experience."
The first four-day itinerary departs July 2, 2009, and sails from
Copenhagen to Dover (London). Along the way, the line's 2,104-passenger ship
will call at Oslo, Norway, with a late-night departure so guests can enjoy the
local nightlife and have time to become fully immersed in Scandinavia's
third-largest city. The ship also calls at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a
charming city rich in culture, history and ambiance.
The second four-day cruise departs July 6 and sails round-trip Dover. The
port-intensive itinerary visits an impressive three countries during its short
journey. Eurodam first calls at Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium, a city
overflowing with history and known for its chocolate, beer, waffles and
diamonds. Next, the vessel calls at Cherbourg, France, where it stays until
midnight allowing for plenty of extra time to explore the Normandy port. St.
Peter Port, Guernsey, is the final call en route to Dover, and guests will be
greeted by the islands' charming 18th-century Georgian houses, pubs, cafes and
Eurodam sails a two-day mini-holiday from Dover to Copenhagen, departing
July 10, that is ideal for the traveler looking to experience Eurodam or
simply enjoy a brief respite from the everyday demands of day-to-day life.
12 and 14-day Collectors' Voyages
A 14-day Copenhagen to Dover (London) Collector's Voyage sets sail June
22 with one repeated call at Copenhagen. In addition to scenic cruising
through the pine-tree covered Stockholm Archipelago, ports of call include
Warnemunde (Berlin); Tallinn, Estonia; and an overnight in St. Petersburg,
Russia. From St. Petersburg, Eurodam continues its sailing making calls at
Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Kiel, Germany; Oslo and Amsterdam.
The 12-day Collectors' Voyage combines the two-day Eurodam sampler cruise
departing July 10, and continues on its Copenhagen round-trip journey to
Warnemunde (Berlin), Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (overnight), Tallinn
Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy, and rates start at $239
for the two-day mini-holiday departing July 10; $449 for the four-day voyages
departing July 2 or 6; $1,599 for the 12-day Collectors' Voyage departing July
10 from Dover, and $1,799 for the 14-day Collectors' Voyage departing June 22
from Copenhagen. Fuel supplement charges are additional.
The Holland America premium cruise experience
At the heart of every Holland America cruise is a warm and award-winning
style of service that is never in the way and never out of reach. With the new
As You Wish(TM) dining, the onboard culinary experience is more inviting with
options to suit every taste. Guests will be able to choose a classic fixed
seating and dining time or a more flexible, open seating schedule. And
alternative dining always is available, including the elegant Pinnacle Grill,
new Pan-Asian Tamarind, Canaletto and relaxed Lido Restaurant.
Culinary staff and guest chefs will lead cooking classes and
demonstrations in the onboard Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine
magazine. The Explorations Cafe -- powered by the New York Times -- enables
guests to stay connected to loved ones. To rest up for the next day, guests
are assured a good night's sleep with the Mariner's Dream stateroom amenities,
including luxurious beds and linens.
When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore
excursions including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations,
Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection
For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line's
Grand Voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or
- http://www.hollandamerica.com -
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica,
South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage;
and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New
England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is
scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
CONTACT: John Primeau, Rose Abello
PHONE: 800-637-5029, 206-262-5870
For further information:
For further information: John Primeau or Rose Abello, both of Holland
America Line, 1-800-637-5029, +1-206-262-5870, Fax, +1-206-262-5934,