Holland America Line to Circumnavigate Australia in 2010



    Plus itineraries include a new series of 14-day Sydney, Australia,
roundtrip sailings -- and 34-day Australia circumnavigation voyage that
includes two days' daylight scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef
    

    
    SEATTLE, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2010, Holland America Line will
feature new itineraries throughout the Southern Hemisphere aboard the
1,432-guest, ms Volendam, including--for the first time--a circumnavigation of
the continent departing in Sydney, Australia. The 34-day sailing will spend
two days cruising the Great Barrier Reef during daylight hours and visit 18
ports of call. Holland America is the only premium cruise line to offer
daylight scenic cruising along the Reef's magnificent coastline. A new series
of 14-day, Sydney, Australia, roundtrip cruises throughout the region offer
explorations focused on the cultures and the raw magnificence of Australia's
and New Zealand's diverse landscapes. And, in the spring, Volendam will sail
to the South Pacific for a leisurely 26-day cruise, visiting some of the
world's most captivating islands from Sydney, Australia, to Vancouver, British
Columbia.
    

    
    "We recognize that for many travelers a trip to Australia and New Zealand
is a cruise-vacation must," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. "And
Holland America Line offers more itineraries and more time cruising throughout
Australia and New Zealand than any other premium cruise line."
    

    
    14-day, Sydney round-trip sailings highlight Down Under and the South
Pacific in 2010
    For the first time, Holland America Line has created a series of
round-trip Sydney, Australia, 14-day cruises for travelers. Two cruises,
departing Jan. 20 and Feb. 28, are set to spend more time discovering the
multifaceted terrain of New Zealand than any other premium cruise line. A
third cruise, departing Jan. 6, highlights the South Pacific's exotic beauty.
Fares for all 14-day, Sydney roundtrip cruises begin at just $1,599 per
person, double occupancy.
    

    
    On the Jan. 20 and Feb. 28 sailings, the North and South islands of New
Zealand, each with incredibly vibrant and lush scenery, will be explored with
six different port calls. Both itineraries feature extensive scenic cruising
opportunities in Fiordland National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- as
well as Queen Charlotte Sound. Additionally, Holland America Line is one of
the few premium cruise lines calling at Picton, the gateway to the South
Island and the hub of Marlborough Sounds' thriving wine country. Picton, a
lively and picturesque resort town, will most assuredly delight the wine
aficionados.
    

    
    Guests joining Volendam for the Jan. 6, 14-day Pacific Treasures cruise
will kick-start the year sailing through the breathtaking vistas of the South
Pacific. As the ship departs Sydney it makes a beeline for Noumea, New
Caledonia, known for its blend of French and Melanesian culture and often
referred to "as the place where the French Riviera meets the South Pacific."
Here, guests will leisurely explore the region's culture with additional calls
at Mouli and Ile des Pins, New Caledonia; Port Vila and Luganville, Vanuatu,
and Lautoka and Levuka, Fiji, before returning to Sydney.
    

    Australia circumnavigation features a two-day Great Barrier Reef
experience
    
    Departing March 14, Volendam will celebrate a first for the line when the
ship sails a 34-day voyage circumnavigating Australia. This new itinerary,
developed out of the growing popularity of the region, will feature an
unforgettable two-day Great Barrier Reef daylight scenic cruise experience
through Torres Strait and The Far North Region before anchoring for an
overnight at Sherrard Island. Fares start from $4,599.
    

    
    Guests also will enjoy overnight calls at Hobart, Perth and Sydney,
Australia, where they can spend time sampling the local cuisine or explore the
versatile culture and nightlife of the cities. Other ports of call on the
34-day voyage include Melbourne, Adelaide, Albany, Exmouth, Darwin, Cairns,
Whitsunday Island and Brisbane, Australia. In addition, guests will have the
opportunity to take in an optional, fully escorted shore excursion of Komodo
National Park (Indonesia) in search of one of the fewer than 300 Komodo
dragons which make their habitat there amidst squawking cockatoos,
flowerpeckers and noisy friarbirds.
    

    
    Collectors' Voyages sail to the Great Barrier Reef and includes
port-intensive visits in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
    For travelers who enjoy time aboard ship as well as the unique
experiences that Down Under offers, Holland America Line provides the
opportunity to explore Australia, New Zealand and the Fijian islands with four
Collectors' Voyages: a 28-day, Pacific Treasures and New Zealand, roundtrip
Sydney, Australia, departs Jan. 6, 2010, with fares beginning at $3,599; a
48-day, New Zealand and Australia Circumnavigation, roundtrip Sydney,
Australia, departs Feb. 28, 2010, with fares starting from $5,599; a 74-day,
New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific cruise from Sydney, Australia, to
Vancouver, B.C., departs Feb 28, 2010, with fares from $7,999; and a 60-day,
Australia Circumnavigation and South Pacific sailing, from Sydney, Australia,
to Vancouver, B.C., departs March 14, 2010, with fares from $6,599.
    

    Traverse the Pacific and Enjoy the Polynesian lifestyle
    
    Volendam takes guests from Sydney to Vancouver, British Columbia, on a
memorable 26-day cruise to the islands of the South Pacific and through some
of the most pristine waters in the world. Guests board the ship April 17 and
enjoy an overnight in Sydney where they will have ample time to visit the
iconic opera house or perhaps catch a glimpse of a koala or kangaroo at the
Sydney Zoo before departing April 18. This unforgettable odyssey includes
Noumea and Ile des Pins, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; the Fijian islands
of Lautoka, Viti Levu, and Levuka. From Fiji, Volendam will cross the equator
and International Date Line, continuing to Apia, the capital of the
Independent State of Samoa. After a full day in Apia, where guests have the
option of swimming in the placid, warm waters at the Beach of Saleapaga,
shopping with the locals, taking part in a kava ceremony or visiting the
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, the ship will spend five relaxing days at sea
before paying calls at Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, Oahu; Lahaina, Maui and
Hilo, Hawaii. Hawaii's exotic beauty and deep history can be enjoyed at each
port, from Kona's world-famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park -- a UNESCO
World Heritage Site -- to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu. Guests wishing
to soak up the sun or take in the natural surroundings can spend the day at a
black-sand beach in Kona or a lush fern grotto in Nawiliwili.
    

    
    Before reaching Vancouver, travelers will have relaxing days at sea
filled with enriching activities such as cooking demonstrations at the
Culinary Arts Center, pampering at the Greenhouse Spa or simply sipping a
coffee while reading the news at the Explorations Cafe. Fares for this 26-day
South Pacific cruise start at $2,699.
    

    
    Those looking to make the most out of their time in Australia and New
Zealand, pre- or post-cruise land tours are offered to further explore sites
such as Ayers Rock or Alice Springs.
    


    
    For more information featuring Holland America Line's Australia, New
Zealand and South Pacific cruises, consult a professional travel agent, call
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.
    

    
    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.
    


    


    
    CONTACT:  John Primeau, Rose Abello
    PHONE:  800-637-5029, 206-262-5870
    FAX:  206-262-5934
    EMAIL:  pr@hollandamerica.com






    




For further information:

For further information: John Primeau, or Rose Abello, both of Holland
America Line, 1-800-637-5029, +1-206-262-5870, fax, +1-206-262-5934,
pr@hollandamerica.com


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