Holland America Line Expands 2009 Panama Canal Program With More Full Transits



    SEATTLE, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line offers an unprecedented
number of Panama Canal sailings in 2009, offering 45 total cruises on nine
different ships departing from five separate ports. Guests can experience
daylight transits of the historic and fascinating Panama Canal and itineraries
that feature diverse and intriguing ports of call on voyages.
    

    
    "We've increased our Panama Canal capacity significantly this year to
make 2009 a very exciting season, especially with full transit cruises through
the winter season," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president,
marketing, sales and guest programs. "While the roundtrip Florida canal
experiences have been very popular, our guests have been asking for more
Panama Canal cruises between the east and west coasts throughout the winter
season.  So now, there are canal cruises to suit everyone's tastes for season,
length and ports of call."
    

    
    Ranging in length from 10 to 28 days, Holland America Line's Panama Canal
itineraries feature more port-of-call options than any other major cruise
line, with many port visits exclusive to Holland America Line.
    

    New Winter/Spring Full Transit Canal Cruises Feature ms Statendam
    
    Among the offerings in 2009 are ten 14-day Panama Canal cruises on ms
Statendam between Fort Lauderdale and San Diego that feature different ports
of call in each direction, with only one port in common. The sailings, from
February into April and again in October and November, can be combined as
back-to-back cruises for a 28-day round-trip Collectors' voyage. Sample ports
of call include an overnight stay in Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama;
Puerto Chiapas (gateway to the Pacific side of the Mayan world), Mexico;
Cartagena, Colombia; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala;
and Aruba.
    

    Spring & Fall Departures Add Full-Transit Panama Canal Options
    
    In addition to Statendam full canal sailings, the premium line will
include another eight departures through May and September through November -
from five convenient homeports: Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Los Angeles,
Seattle and Vancouver.
    

    
    Among the port highlights on full Panama Canal transits are Santa Cruz
Hualtulo, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (a UNESCO World Heritage tour
site); and a maiden call to Dos Bocas, Mexico.
    

    
    Cruises range from 13 to 23 days and sail aboard ms Oosterdam, ms
Zuiderdam, ms Westerdam, ms Veendam and ms Ryndam.
    

    Roundtrip Florida Southern Caribbean & Panama Canal
    
    Holland America Line also will offer a series of 10-day round-trip Fort
Lauderdale Sunfarer cruises aboard the ms Zuiderdam. These cruises sail
through the Gatun Locks and offer scenic cruising in Gatun Lake. They also
feature less common Caribbean ports of call and the only itineraries with a
private island: Holland America Line's exclusive Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
    

    
    A new 14-day Sunfarer itinerary will depart Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 aboard the
ms Maasdam roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. In addition to cruising to Gatun
Lake, ports will include Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; St. Croix; Dominica; St.
Lucia; Aruba; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; and Key West, United States.
    

    Panama Canal Plus Exotic Ports of Call
    
    For a more in-depth Panama Canal cruise experience, Amsterdam will depart
roundtrip from Los Angeles on a 21-day Pan-American voyage departing December
2 that explores Mexico and Central America and spends two days in the Panama
Canal. Sample ports: Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Gatun Lake, Panama;
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; and Corinto, Nicaragua.
    

    Festive Holiday Canal Cruises
    
    For the holidays, travelers may sail aboard a new full-transit 16-day
holiday cruise on the ms Statendam from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego departing
on Dec. 21. Other holiday sailings feature a 19-day Fort Lauderdale to San
Diego cruise departing Dec. 16 aboard the Rotterdam and a 14-day Los Angeles
to Fort Lauderdale voyage on Dec. 23 aboard the Amsterdam. And a 10-day
holiday cruise sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale aboard ms Zuiderdam on
Dec. 23, 2009.
    

    
    Starting fares for Panama Canal cruises range from $999 to $2,599 per
person, double occupancy. Taxes and fuel supplement charges are additional.
For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399
or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
    

    - 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.
    

    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    
    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, 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.
    


    

    
    CONTACT:  Rose Abello
    PHONE:    800-637-5029
    FAX:      206-262-5934
    EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com






    




For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line,
1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:
http://www.hollandamerica.com


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