SEATTLE, Nov. 14 /CNW/ -- In 2008, Holland America Line doubles
departures of its seven-day deep southern Caribbean itinerary, created for
those seeking a week-long cruise to lesser visited Caribbean ports. In
January the company will deploy ms Westerdam on seven cruises and ms Eurodam
on a special New Year's Eve cruise. The latter departure visits Oranjestad,
Aruba, Willemstad, Curacao and the company's award winning private island Half
"We are the only major cruise line to offer a seven-day itinerary that
sails so far south from Florida," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "It is a popular cruise among
our guests for the unique ports of call and the extra day at sea."
The first port call is at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's
award-winning private Bahamian island, where guests can unwind on white sandy
beaches and enjoy the aqua blue waters. For the more adventurous, the island
offers guided Aqua Trax(R) tours, deep-sea fishing, kayak tours, horseback
riding, parasailing and snorkeling.
Another highlight of the cruise includes a late night departure from
Oranjestad, Aruba, where guests can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the island.
During the day guests can try scuba diving without the gear on a submarine
adventure. The Atlantis submarine dives to depths of up to 150 feet viewing
exotic marine life and shipwrecks that surround the island.
At the final port call, Willemstad, Curacao, visitors can tour the
Distillery at Chobolobo Mansion, where famous Blue Curacao liqueur is still
made by hand. Other sightseeing on the island includes 17-century Fort
Amsterdam, Mikve Emmanuel Israel, the oldest synagogue in the Western
Hemisphere, Pietermaai Cathedral, the Franklin D. Roosevelt House and the many
distinctive examples of Dutch colonial architecture.
Cruise fares begin from $849 per person for an inside stateroom. Taxes
and fuel supplement are additional. For more information, consult a travel
agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly
500 cruises to 314 ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies.
Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including 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.
In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company
features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225
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.
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