Holland America Line Features Eight Ships Sailing Four Alaska Itineraries in 2010



    
    New 14-day Alaskan Adventurer Itinerary Joins Seven-day Cruises

    
    SEATTLE, April 14 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line is introducing a new
14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruise itinerary in 2010 to complement its extensive
selection of seven-day itineraries and departures. The Alaskan Adventurer
increases the choice of Holland America itineraries to a total of four,
joining the popular Alaskan Explorer, Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside
Passage itineraries.
    

    
    Holland America's schedule features eight ships offering 149 total
departures from May 3 through September 24, 2010. The Alaskan Adventurer
cruises will sail roundtrip from Seattle on flagship ms Amsterdam and call at
Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak for the first time. Seven-day cruises will sail
from Seattle, Vancouver and Seward.
    

    
    "Drawing on more than 60 years of Alaska experience, Holland America Line
has introduced this new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer itinerary to expand guests'
cruising options," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president,
marketing, sales, and guest programs. "It is a major addition to our 2010
Alaska cruise schedule, which continues to offer the widest selection of
seven-day itineraries and departures of any cruise line in Alaska."
    

    
    Holland America is featuring a wide range of seven-day cruises, both
roundtrip from Seattle and Vancouver and one-way between Vancouver and Seward.
As a longtime tour operator, Holland America continues to be awarded the most
permit entries of any major cruise line to Glacier Bay, a 65-mile long fjord
with spectacular tidewater glaciers.
    

    
    "Holland America's itineraries also continue to feature the best glacier
viewing," said Meadows. "Every cruise visits massive tidewater glaciers."
    

    
    Many roundtrip Seattle cruises feature Alaska's immense Hubbard Glacier
in Yakutat Bay, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Some cruises
visit College Fjord with 10 large tidewater and valley glaciers named after
Ivy League colleges. Others sail by the twin Sawyer Glaciers in the narrow,
26-mile Tracy Arm fjord.
    

    
    Alaska Travel Guides sail on board every Holland America ship in Alaska
and share their knowledge of local culture, history, art and flora and fauna
with guests. In addition to the Alaska Travel Guides, Native interpreters
board the ships in Glacier Bay and by Hubbard Glacier to explain the origins
of the Huna and Yakutat people.
    

    14-day Alaskan Adventurer Cruises
    
    The 1,380-guest Amsterdam will homeport in Seattle to sail the 14-day
Alaskan Adventurer cruises departing roundtrip May 17 through September 6,
2010. The Amsterdam will be the first cruise ship of a major cruise line to
call in Anchorage, providing guests with a full day and evening in Alaska's
major city.
    

    
    The flagship will also call at the new ports of Homer and Kodiak. Homer
features a breathtaking location at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska
Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and the famous Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay.
Kodiak, home of the famed Kodiak bear, reflects both 7,500 years of native
Alutiiq heritage and Russian fur trading influence since 1792 as the first
capital of Russian America.
    

    
    The Amsterdam's leisurely itinerary features the scenic Inside Passage,
highlighted by cruising Tracy Arm fjord with its twin Sawyer Glaciers. The
ship also cruises by the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay. Ports of call include
Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria, BC.
    

    Alaskan Explorer Cruises
    
    Four ships will be home-ported in Seattle in 2010, sailing a total of 63
seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises roundtrip. The Amsterdam opens the season
with two seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises departing May 3 and 10 before
shifting to the new 14-day itinerary.
    

    
    From May 9 through September 24, the 1,432-guest ms Zaandam departs
Fridays, 1,316-guest ms Rotterdam departs Saturdays and the 1,918-guest,
Vista-class ms Oosterdam departs Sundays. The Zaandam and Rotterdam highlight
the Hubbard Glacier and the Oosterdam showcases Glacier Bay. All Alaskan
Explorer cruises call at the historic ports of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan,
plus Victoria, BC, and feature scenic cruising of the Inside Passage and
Vancouver Island.
    

    Inside Passage and Glacier Discovery Cruises
    
    Four ships will be home-ported in Vancouver, two of them sailing
seven-day Glacier Bay Inside Passage cruises roundtrip. The 1,432-guest
Volendam (Wednesday departures) and 1,916-guest Zuiderdam (Saturday
departures) sail 39 voyages from May 8 through September 18. They visit
Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Glacier Bay National Park and Tracy Arm fjord.
    

    
    The 1,270-guest ms Ryndam and the 1,258-guest ms Statendam will offer two
more sailings of the Inside Passage--with port and glacier
variations--September 12 and 19 to conclude the season.
    

    
    The Ryndam and Statendam also sail 36 seven-day Glacier Discovery cruises
between Vancouver and Seward and reverse with Sunday departures May 9 through
September 12. From Vancouver, the northbound itinerary features Ketchikan,
Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord in Prince William
Sound. The southbound route from Seward calls at Haines in place of Skagway.
    

    
    The Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage cruises are often
combined with a land tour to create a comprehensive CruiseTour.  A diverse
selection of 31 CruiseTours from 11 to 20 days may include visits to Denali
National Park, Fairbanks, the Kenai Peninsula, the Arctic and the Yukon
Territory. Many CruiseTours offer two-days at Denali--"Double Denali"--to
maximize wildlife and Mt. McKinley viewing.
    

    Shore Excursions
    
    Holland America offers more than 250 optional shore excursions in
conjunction with its Alaska cruises. Guests can customize their Alaskan
experience with excursions that involve everything from adventure and wildlife
watching to history, art and cuisine. They can enjoy active excursions such as
sea kayaking, fly or sport fishing, dog sledding and viewing eagles, sea
otters and whales. Other exciting excursions feature such attractions as the
White Pass Summit Scenic Railway from Skagway, Russian heritage in Sitka, a
photography tour in Haines and a five-course tasting meal featuring Alaska
seafood prepared by a local chef in Ketchikan.
    

    2010 Alaska Cruises & CruiseTours Brochure Now Available
    
    Cruise-only fares start at US $849, per person, double occupancy for a
seven-day cruise and $2,099 for a 14-day sailing.  For a copy of the 2010
Alaska Cruises & CruiseTours brochure, contact a professional travel agent,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) 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.
    

    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.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Scoltock, or Rose Abello, both of Holland
America Line, 1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com


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