Holland America Line Announces Complete 2011 and Winter/Spring 2012 South
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<p><span class="xn-location">SEATTLE</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 26</span> /CNW/ -- In 2011 and 2012, three Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> ships -- ms Veendam, ms <span class="xn-location">Rotterdam</span> and ms Prinsendam -- will explore South America's rugged natural beauty, indigenous cultures and contrasting cities during unforgettable cruising expeditions. The itineraries range from 12 to 37 days and include two extended, port-intensive Collectors' Voyages aboard Veendam. A 66- and 68-day Grand <span class="xn-location">South America</span> and Antarctica Voyage aboard the Prinsendam is also part of the line's 2011 and 2012 cruise schedule.</p>
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<p>The recently upgraded Veendam and <span class="xn-location">Rotterdam</span> will sail a combined eight <span class="xn-location">South America</span> itineraries, featuring 44 ports of call.</p>
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<p>"<span class="xn-location">South America</span> is one of the most popular, 'must-see' destinations in the world," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> offers an extraordinary cruise experience as well as in-depth explorations of this vast and diverse continent at an exceptional value."</p>
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<p>From <span class="xn-chron">Nov. 2011</span> to <span class="xn-chron">March 2012</span>, the 1,350-guest Veendam will sail a series of 12-, 16- and 17-day itineraries between Valparaiso (<span class="xn-location">Santiago</span>), <span class="xn-location">Chile</span>; <span class="xn-location">Buenos Aires</span>, <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span>; and <span class="xn-location">Rio de Janeiro</span>, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, that include multiple days cruising the fjords of <span class="xn-location">Chile</span>, port calls at exotic locations such as Ushuaia -- the southernmost town in the world -- and a visit to the Magellan Strait, a gateway to Antarctica. A call at the Falkland Islands affords guests the opportunity to encounter penguins up close and personal.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$1,399</span> per person, double occupancy for the 12-day sailings; <span class="xn-money">$1,799</span> for the 16-day sailings; and <span class="xn-money">$2,799</span> for the 17-day sailings.</p>
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<p>In addition to Veendam's series of cruises, two varied itineraries also are available throughout the season: an 18- or 21-day Inca Discovery Cruise departing New York or <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span>, Fla., to Valparaiso <span class="xn-chron">Oct. 16, 2011</span>; and a 19- or 22-day Inca Discovery Cruise departing Valparaiso to <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> or New York <span class="xn-chron">March 31, 2012</span>.</p>
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<p>These itineraries include a full transit of the <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> Canal, in addition to extended port calls at Fuerte Amador (<span class="xn-location">Panama</span> City), <span class="xn-location">Panama</span>, and Callao (Lima), <span class="xn-location">Peru</span>.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$1,999</span> per person, double occupancy for the 18- and 19-day sailings.</p>
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    Veendam's Collectors' Voyages
    
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<p>Veendam's Collectors' Voyages -- which offer the ultimate blend of combining two back-to-back sailings -- depart Valparaiso <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 16, 2011</span>, for a 30-day <span class="xn-location">South America</span> adventure and <span class="xn-chron">March 4, 2011</span>, for a 42-day sailing. The line offers also offers two awe-inspiring Inca Discovery Voyages with options to sail between either New York or <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> and Valparaiso: a 34- to 37- day sailing departs <span class="xn-chron">Oct. 16, 2011</span>, and a 31- to 34-day journey departs <span class="xn-chron">March 19, 2012</span>.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$3,199</span> per person, double occupancy, for the full 30-day Collectors' Voyage.</p>
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    Uncover the Incan Empire, Timeless Wonder of Machu Picchu
    
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<p>Aboard <span class="xn-location">Rotterdam</span>, guests will sail two unique Incan Empire Cruises, conveniently sailing roundtrip from the U.S.</p>
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<p>Guests will spend 30 days exploring 15 ports along the west coast of <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, <span class="xn-location">Guatemala</span>, <span class="xn-location">Nicaragua</span>, <span class="xn-location">Panama</span>, <span class="xn-location">Costa Rica</span>, <span class="xn-location">Ecuador</span> and <span class="xn-location">Peru</span> during the ship's Incan Empires voyage. The round-trip <span class="xn-location">San Diego</span>, Calif., cruise departs <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 2, 2011</span>, and features extended calls at Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, allowing guests extra time ashore to enjoy the history and local attractions. A two-night call at Callao (Lima) enables guests to take an excursion to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. This popular itinerary will be offered again, departing <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 3, 2012</span>.</p>
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<p>For the adventurists who wish a blend of the exotic, <span class="xn-location">Rotterdam</span> will also embark on a 60-day round-trip <span class="xn-location">San Diego</span> sailing in <span class="xn-chron">January 2011</span> and again in <span class="xn-chron">February 2012</span>. Aptly called Polynesian Paradise & Incan Empires, the itinerary will cover the Hawaiian islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu and Kauai before crossing the International Date Line and sailing deep into the South Pacific, Central and <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$3,099</span> per person, double occupancy, for the full 30-day Incan Empires cruise. Fifteen-day segments between <span class="xn-location">San Diego</span> and Callao also are available with fares starting at <span class="xn-money">$1,699</span>.</p>
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<p>On <span class="xn-chron">April 17, 2011</span>, <span class="xn-location">Rotterdam</span> sets sail on a 30-day Secret Civilizations round-trip <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> cruise that visits ports in <span class="xn-location">Colombia</span>, <span class="xn-location">Costa Rica</span>, <span class="xn-location">Ecuador</span>, <span class="xn-location">Guatemala</span>, <span class="xn-location">Honduras</span>, <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, <span class="xn-location">Nicaragua</span>, <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> and <span class="xn-location">Peru</span>. The itinerary features a double daylight transit of the <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> Canal on the way to and from Callao, where guests can observe the intricate passage through the lakes and locks of the man-made engineering marvel.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$3,299</span> per person, double occupancy, for the full 30-day Secret Civilizations cruise. Fifteen-day segments between <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> and Callao also are available with fares starting at <span class="xn-money">$1,799</span>. Fares for the full 60-day Polynesian Paradise & Incan Empires voyage begin at <span class="xn-money">$6,649</span> per person, double occupancy.</p>
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    Cruise the Mighty Amazon River, Cross the Equator Twice
    
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<p>Once again, in 2011 and 2012, Prinsendam sails its amazing Grand <span class="xn-location">South America</span> and Antarctica Voyage round-trip <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> with departures on <span class="xn-chron">Jan. 5, 2011</span>, and <span class="xn-chron">Jan. 4, 2012</span>. During the 66- or 68-day cruise, the ship will circumnavigate <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, cross the equator twice, visit the remote continent of Antarctica and spend eight days exploring the Amazon River. In addition to several <span class="xn-location">Caribbean islands</span>, guests will visit ports in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, <span class="xn-location">Uruguay</span>, <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span>, Antarctica, <span class="xn-location">Chile</span>, <span class="xn-location">Peru</span>, <span class="xn-location">Ecuador</span> and <span class="xn-location">Panama</span>. In all, guests will visit 13 countries, 29 ports and all three "Big A's": the Andes, the ice of Antarctica and Brazil's exotic Amazon rain forest.</p>
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<p>Fares for the 66-day Grand <span class="xn-location">South America</span> and Antarctica Voyage begin at <span class="xn-money">$10,199</span> per person, double occupancy. Shorter segments are available for guests with less time.</p>
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<p>The ship returns to <span class="xn-location">South America</span> on a 24-day Amazon Explorer voyage departing <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> <span class="xn-chron">Nov. 27, 2011</span>. Guests will call at several ports in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, many of which are only accessible by water. The itinerary also features an overnight stay at Manaus, the furthest navigable point on the river for ocean-going vessels.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$3,899</span> per person, double occupancy, for the full 24-day Amazon Explorer cruise.</p>
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<p>For a 2011/2012 Exotic brochure that includes <span class="xn-location">South America</span> -- or for more information on Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> -- consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit <a href="http://www.hollandamerica.com">www.hollandamerica.com</a>.</p>
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<p>About Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]</p>
<p>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, <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, Canada/New England, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> Canal.  A 15th ship is scheduled to join the fleet in <span class="xn-chron">July 2010</span>.</p>
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<p>Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than <span class="xn-money">$525 million</span>, 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.</p>
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    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    
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<p>The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, <span class="xn-person">Princess Cruises</span>, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises.  Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.</p>
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    CONTACT:  Sally Andrews, John Primeau
      PHONE:  800-637-5029, 206-262-5870
        FAX:  206-262-5934
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