Holland America Line Continues Weekly Bermuda Cruises in 2011


    



    
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<p><span class="xn-location">SEATTLE</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 20</span> /CNW/ -- Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> will offer 24 seven-day cruises to <span class="xn-location">Bermuda</span> aboard ms Veendam in 2011, continuing the schedule established this year with weekly cruises to the popular vacation destination.</p>
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<p>Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> returned to regular <span class="xn-location">Bermuda</span> service departing from New York in 2010 after more than 25 years. The 2011 voyages begin <span class="xn-chron">May 1</span> and will sail roundtrip from New York through <span class="xn-chron">Oct. 9</span>, calling at <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span> and Hamilton.</p>
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<p>"<span class="xn-location">Bermuda</span> offers our guests an outstanding warm-weather vacation experience, with pristine beaches, cultural charm and world-class shopping and golf," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Our roundtrip departures from New York also provide exciting pre- and post-cruise stay and sightseeing opportunities, making this a unique and very attractive itinerary."</p>
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<p>The 1,350-guest Veendam will spend one day at <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span> and two nights at Hamilton, providing guests with multiple opportunities to experience the island's British charm, world-renowned pink-sand beaches and abundant cultural heritage sites by day and to sample its lively evening restaurant and nightclub scene.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-location">Bermuda</span> offers vacation activities for the entire family, from the historic Globe Hotel in <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span> -- a center for Confederate blockade runners during the American Civil War and today a museum -- to water sports including kayaking, deep sea fishing and snorkeling. Guests can choose from more than 40 shore excursions, including Atlantic Reef fishing, scuba diving and dolphin encounters in Hamilton and horse and carriage tours and a glass-bottomed kayak eco-tour in <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span>.</p>
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<p>The weekly itineraries will call first at <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span>, Bermuda's original capital. Founded in 1609, the town of <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span> in the northeast area of <span class="xn-location">Bermuda</span> is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the Americas. Narrow, twisting streets and pastel-painted houses create a European feel. Its diverse historic and cultural sites include St. Peter's Church, the oldest continually used Anglican Church in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, and Fort St. Catherine, with displays of weapons, artifacts and a replica of the British Crown Jewels. More than a dozen forts dating to the 17th century command the surrounding hills.</p>
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<p>Following <span class="xn-location">St. George's</span>, guests will have the opportunity to explore the island's capital, Hamilton, which is the commercial hub and seat of government located at Bermuda's geographic center. From Veendam -- docked at the center of town -- guests can take a short walk to Front Street and explore its array of colorful shops and restaurants. Hamilton also is home to a massive 19th-century, neo-Gothic cathedral and the Georgian-style Sessions House, built in 1815.</p>
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<p>Cruise fares begin at <span class="xn-money">$699</span> per person plus taxes, double occupancy. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) 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 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 350 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-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, <span class="xn-location">Bermuda</span>, Alaska, <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, Canada/New England, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> Canal.</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, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, 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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<p>Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, <span class="xn-person">Princess Cruises</span>, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at <a href="http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com">www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com</a>.</p>
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    CONTACT:            Sally Andrews
    PHONE:              800-637-5029
    FAX:                206-262-5934
    EMAIL:              pr@hollandamerica.com






    

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