Holland America Line Offers Grand Experiences With Fall 2011 and 2012 Grand
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<p><span class="xn-location">SEATTLE</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 18</span> /CNW/ -- In fall 2011 and early 2012, Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> again will offer grand voyages that touch all seven continents. The ms <span class="xn-location">Amsterdam</span> and ms Prinsendam each sail two itineraries designed to discover and explore remarkable destinations -- from famous landmarks to smaller, lesser-known ports.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-location">Amsterdam</span> sails a 70-day Grand Asia and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> Voyage in fall 2011 and then returns to world cruising in <span class="xn-chron">January 2012</span> with a 112-day Grand World Voyage that visits the South Pacific, <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span>, <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> and the Mediterranean. Following its 68-day Grand <span class="xn-location">South America</span> and Antarctica Voyage in January, Prinsendam will depart in March to the Mediterranean and the Holy Lands for a 62-day Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage.</p>
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<p>"Based on extensive research on our previous grand voyages and a survey of past guests, we created itineraries that feature the most coveted sights and experiences the world has to offer," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span>. "From creative and varied menus that reflect ports of call, to tailored activities and unique amenities, Grand Voyages guests will experience Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> at its finest."</p>
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<p>Without requiring international air travel, Holland America Line's Grand Voyages make taking a dream vacation easy and more affordable. The voyages feature UNESCO World Heritage Sites, first-time calls at new destinations and extended time in port with late departures, overnights and overland tours.</p>
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<p>Grand Voyages offer an enhanced onboard cruise experience with the opportunity to fully experience the pleasures of life at sea. Activities are enhanced with local cultural entertainment and special guest headliners and lecturers. Grand Voyage dining is distinguished by a different experience every day, featuring local ingredients and regional cuisine and wines. The premium, mid-size ships selected for sailing Grand Voyages are large enough to offer the diverse amenities today's discriminating travelers expect, yet small enough to preserve an ambiance of sophistication and an extra measure of personal space. And service levels are at their highest, with nearly one crew member for every two guests, with top staff hand-selected from across the Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> fleet.</p>
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    Grand Asia & Australia Voyage
    
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<p>In fall 2011, <span class="xn-location">Amsterdam</span> wraps up the year with a 70-day Grand Asia and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> Voyage sailing from <span class="xn-location">Seattle</span>, Wash., to <span class="xn-location">Los Angeles</span>, Calif., departing <span class="xn-chron">Sept. 26</span>. Following calls throughout Asia, the cruise continues to western <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> and then explores the South Pacific. Overnights include <span class="xn-location">Beijing</span>, <span class="xn-location">Shanghai</span> and <span class="xn-location">Hong Kong</span>, <span class="xn-location">China</span>; <span class="xn-location">Tokyo</span> and <span class="xn-location">Kobe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>; <span class="xn-location">Singapore</span>, and Sydney and <span class="xn-location">Perth</span>, <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p>
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    Grand World Voyage
    
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<p><span class="xn-location">Amsterdam</span> will sail its seventh circumnavigation with a Grand World Voyage roundtrip from <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span>, Fla., departing <span class="xn-chron">Jan. 6</span>. The 112-day adventure first calls in the Caribbean, then moves on to <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, sailing around Cape Horn for a scenic cruise through the Chilean Fjords and then south to Antarctica. <span class="xn-location">Amsterdam</span> then sails west to Tahiti, followed by calls in <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>, the Far East and Indian Ocean, before transiting the Suez Canal and sailing through the Mediterranean and back to South Florida.</p>
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<p>Overnight calls include the Great Barrier Reef from Sydney, <span class="xn-location">Hong Kong</span>, <span class="xn-location">Mumbai</span>, <span class="xn-location">India</span>; <span class="xn-location">Barcelona</span>, <span class="xn-location">Spain</span>; <span class="xn-location">Rio de Janeiro</span>, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>; <span class="xn-location">Buenos Aires</span>, <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span>; <span class="xn-location">Singapore</span>, and Piraeus (<span class="xn-location">Athens</span>), <span class="xn-location">Greece</span>.</p>
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<p>The voyage also features a maiden call at Mangalore in Southern <span class="xn-location">India</span>. Hundreds of shore excursions, overland tours and the opportunity to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites add color to this world cruise.</p>
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    Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage
    
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<p>Prinsendam returns to <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, Antarctica and the Amazon in 2012 on a 68-day itinerary departing roundtrip from <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span> <span class="xn-chron">Jan. 4</span>. The ship will transit the <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> Canal to South America's Pacific coast then circumnavigate the continent.</p>
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<p>Prinsendam will spend eight days cruising the Amazon River and four days of scenic cruising in Antarctica. The itinerary also features five maiden ports of call: Bocas del Toro, <span class="xn-location">Panama</span>; Matarani, <span class="xn-location">Peru</span>; Cabedelo, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, and Ancud, <span class="xn-location">Chile</span>. Overnight calls include Manaus, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, in the Amazon; <span class="xn-location">Rio de Janeiro</span>; <span class="xn-location">Buenos Aires</span>, and Callao (Lima), <span class="xn-location">Peru</span>.</p>
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<p>Guests sailing on this voyage also will enjoy a scenic daylight cruise past the Romanche, Alemania, Francia and Italia glaciers in <span class="xn-location">Chile</span>.</p>
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    Grand Mediterranean & Black Sea Voyage
    
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<p>Upon its return to <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span>, Prinsendam embarks <span class="xn-chron">March 12</span> on a 62-day journey to the Mediterranean and Holy Lands roundtrip from <span class="xn-location">Fort Lauderdale</span>.</p>
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<p>For the first time, Prinsendam will call at Durres, Albania's second-largest city and one of Europe's oldest cities, Saint Raphael in the beautiful Cote d'Azur region of <span class="xn-location">France</span>, and Castellon de la Plana, in the Costa del Azahar region of <span class="xn-location">Spain</span>.</p>
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<p>Overnight calls at <span class="xn-location">Seville</span>, <span class="xn-location">Spain</span>; Kusadasi (Ephesus) and <span class="xn-location">Istanbul</span>, <span class="xn-location">Turkey</span>; Piraeus (<span class="xn-location">Athens</span>); <span class="xn-location">Venice</span>, <span class="xn-location">Italy</span>; <span class="xn-location">Barcelona</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Lisbon</span>, <span class="xn-location">Portugal</span>, allow time for exploration of some of the world's most interesting destinations. This voyage can be combined with the Grand <span class="xn-location">South America</span> and Antarctica Voyage for a 130-day cruise.</p>
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    Reservations can now be booked for 2011 and 2012 grand voyages
    
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<p>Reservations are being taken for all of Holland America Line's 2011 and 2012 grand voyages, and early-booking bonus amenities for full-cruise guests include prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and a complimentary shore excursion or event for select stateroom categories. Amenities vary by cruise, stateroom category and booking date.</p>
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<p>Rates start at <span class="xn-money">$9,499</span> for Amsterdam's 70-day Grand Asia and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> Voyage; <span class="xn-money">$23,799</span> for Amsterdam's 112-day Grand World Voyage; <span class="xn-money">$14,399</span> for Prinsendam's 68-day Grand <span class="xn-location">South America</span> and Antarctica Voyage; and <span class="xn-money">$12,999</span> for Prinsendam's 62-day Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy. The four grand voyages are available to book for the full cruise or in segments ranging from 18- to 112-day sailings.</p>
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<p>For a 2012 grand voyages cruise brochure or for more information, 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>Find Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> on Twitter, Facebook and the Holland America Blog.  Access all social media outlets via the Online Communities quick link at <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





    

For further information: For further information: Sally Andrews 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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