Holland America Line to Deploy Two Ships in Australia Simultaneously for
First Time in 2011-12


    
    Volendam and Zaandam to visit Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South
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<p><span class="xn-location">SEATTLE</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 14</span> /CNW/ -- Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> will deploy ms Volendam and ms Zaandam in <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>, <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span>, Asia and the South Pacific in 2011-12, marking the first time the line will have two ships sailing a series of itineraries in the region simultaneously.</p>
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<p>Guests will be able to select from a variety of itineraries ranging from 13 to 26 days, with calls at some of the most popular and exotic ports throughout the Pacific. Travelers looking for a longer exploration will be able to sail a Collectors' Voyage from 27 to 39 days long that combines two back-to-back itineraries, allowing for an in-depth experience while visiting multiple regions.</p>
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<p>"That part of the world has always been popular with our guests, and that greatly influenced our decision to increase our capacity in the region," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span>. "The entire area has such diverse offerings -- from the Great Barrier Reef and fiords of <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span> to the dramatic landscapes of the South Pacific islands and rich and exotic cultures of the Orient."</p>
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    14-day Explorations Highlight Australia and New Zealand
    
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<p>Volendam will sail a series of 14-day cruises roundtrip from <span class="xn-location">Sydney, Australia</span>, or between Sydney and <span class="xn-location">Auckland</span>, <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span>, that explore both the North and South Islands. The nine departures from <span class="xn-chron">October 2011</span> thorough <span class="xn-chron">March 2012</span> feature extensive scenic cruising opportunities in Fiordland National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- as well as Milford, Dusky and <span class="xn-person">Queen Charlotte Sounds</span>. Calls at some of the most popular ports like <span class="xn-location">Wellington</span>, Napier and Tauranga highlight the itineraries, along with several evening departures.</p>
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<p>Following the same itinerary as Volendam, Zaandam also sails a 14-day roundtrip Sydney cruise departing <span class="xn-chron">Nov. 25, 2011</span>.</p>
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    South Pacific Itineraries Feature Exotic Islands
    
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<p>From <span class="xn-chron">December 2011</span> through <span class="xn-chron">February 2012</span> Volendam and Zaandam will sail three 13- or 14-day roundtrip Sydney itineraries to island jewels in the South Pacific. The ships visit lesser-known tropical ports in <span class="xn-location">New Caledonia</span>, <span class="xn-location">Vanuatu</span> and <span class="xn-location">Fiji</span> that are celebrated for their crystalline waters, powdery beaches and dramatic scenery. Guests will be able to soak up the sun and learn about fascinating island cultures.</p>
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    Mystery and Mythology Showcased in the Far East
    
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<p>In 2012, Zaandam sails six spectacular 14-day sailings between <span class="xn-location">Singapore</span> or <span class="xn-location">Kobe</span> (<span class="xn-location">Osaka</span>), <span class="xn-location">Japan</span> and <span class="xn-location">Hong Kong</span>, <span class="xn-location">China</span>. Ancient customs and traditions live on in this part of the world, and the mysteries of a little-known region will unravel with each port of call. The cruises -- which depart January through March -- offer extended stays in several ports, as well as overnight calls at Laem Chabang (<span class="xn-location">Bangkok</span>), <span class="xn-location">Thailand</span>; and <span class="xn-location">Hong Kong</span>, <span class="xn-location">Shanghai</span> and Xingang (<span class="xn-location">Beijing</span>), <span class="xn-location">China</span>.</p>
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<p>With extra time in port, guests will be able to visit world-famous landmarks such as Hong Kong's Big Buddha, and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Great Wall of <span class="xn-location">China</span>, Vietnam's Halong Bay and Angkor Wat in <span class="xn-location">Cambodia</span>.</p>
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    Pacific Crossings Offer Unique Ports, Relaxing Days at Sea
    
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<p>Volendam and Zaandam both offer repositioning cruises to and from Asia and the South Pacific region, ranging from 22 to 26 days. These trans-Pacific adventures provide an excellent opportunity to visit several countries on one cruise, spend relaxing days at sea and require only one-way international airfare.</p>
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<p>Volendam departs <span class="xn-chron">Sept. 7, 2011</span>, from <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span>, B.C., on a 26-day cruise that makes its way to Hawaii, <span class="xn-location">Samoa</span>, <span class="xn-location">Fiji</span> and <span class="xn-location">New Caledonia</span> before arriving at Sydney. The ship returns to <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> from Sydney on a 23-day itinerary departing <span class="xn-chron">April 10, 2012</span>, that also makes calls throughout the South Pacific and the Aloha State.</p>
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<p>Zaandam sails from <span class="xn-location">San Diego</span>, Calif., to Sydney on a 26-day crossing via Hawaii and the South Pacific that includes an evening sailing by the Kilauea Volcano. Guests looking for a northern Pacific crossing can sail from <span class="xn-location">Kobe</span> to <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> <span class="xn-chron">April 1, 2012</span>, on a 22-day journey and explore several ports in <span class="xn-location">Japan</span> before arching up to Alaska and enjoying scenic cruising in Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage.</p>
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<p>Sea days aboard a Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> ship are an invitation to unwind and rejuvenate. Guests can fill their time 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.</p>
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<p>Cruisers looking to make the most out of their time in Asia, <span class="xn-location">Australia</span> and <span class="xn-location">New Zealand</span> can add a pre- or post-cruise land tour to further explore sites such as the Forbidden City in <span class="xn-location">Beijing</span>, Uluru/Ayers Rock or <span class="xn-person">Alice Springs</span> in Australia's Northern Territory.</p>
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<p>For more information and cruise fares, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit <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 14 ships offers almost 500 cruises to 354 ports in nearly 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-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, Alaska, <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, Canada/New England, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and <span class="xn-location">Panama</span> Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw <span class="xn-location">Amsterdam</span>, is scheduled to join the fleet on <span class="xn-chron">July 4, 2010</span>.</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, 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>The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland <span class="xn-person">America Line</span> is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, <span class="xn-person">Princess Cruises</span>, 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.</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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