Holland America Line's 2009 Mexico Cruises Feature Bahia Magdalena and Santa Cruz Huatulco



    SEATTLE, Aug. 5 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line is introducing the new port
of Santa Cruz Huatulco, Oaxaca, and scenic cruising through wildlife- abundant
Bahia Magdalena on selected 2009 Mexico cruises.  A breeding ground for
migrating gray whales, Bahia Magdalena highlights the seven-day Mexican
Riviera itineraries, while Santa Cruz Huatulco is featured on the new 12-day
Pacific Mexico cruises sailing roundtrip San Diego. These -- and Holland
America's 9- and 10-day Sea of Cortez cruises -- feature the adventurous shore
excursion to Mexico's famed Copper Canyon.
    In 2009 the premium cruise line features sun-splashed itineraries ranging
from seven to 15 days on the ms Ryndam and ms Oosterdam, most sailing
roundtrip from the convenient homeport of San Diego.
    "From colorful Mexican Riviera ports to astounding wildlife in the Sea of
Cortez and Bahia Magdalena, Holland America Line offers more diverse cruise
choices, especially for those who seek an enriching vacation," said Richard D.
Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.
"We provide our guests with new experiences and discoveries through shore
excursions, sporting adventures and eco-tours. Between such explorations
ashore and all the activities our ships offer onboard, our Mexico cruises
attract guests ranging from wildlife-watchers to multi-generational families."
    
    Seven-day Mexican Riviera Sailings with Bahia Magdalena
    
    In 2009 the Vista-class, 1,848-guest Oosterdam begins with seven-day
Mexican Riviera cruises departing Saturdays January 3 through February 21,
roundtrip from San Diego. Guests visit the popular ports of Cabo San Lucas,
Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, plus enjoy scenic cruising through Bahia
Magdalena. Renowned for its gray whale watching, Bahia Magdalena is also home
to dolphins, sea lions and an amazing array of birds including eagles,
pelicans, herons and ibis.
    Guests enjoy a full day in each port for exploration. Cabo San Lucas
offers sport-fishing, sea kayaking, whale-watching and snorkeling/diving
opportunities; Mazatlan is renowned for its golden beaches and cosmopolitan
resort flavor; and Puerto Vallarta provides a mix of colonial charm, bustling
markets and superb shopping. Guests also have two relaxing days at sea when
they can pamper themselves at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon and enjoy many
other shipboard amenities and activities.
    In the fall, the 1,258-guest ms Ryndam sails the same itinerary departing
Oct. 10 through Nov. 21. Cruise fares start at $599 per person, double
occupancy; taxes and fuel supplement are additional.
    
    Sea of Cortez Cruises, plus Copper Canyon
    
    The Ryndam showcases the Sea of Cortez with 10-day winter/spring cruises
departing Feb. 3 to Apr. 24 roundtrip from San Diego. The itineraries feature
Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Topolobampo, Loreto, scenic cruising past the
Sierra de la Giganta mountains, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.
    From Topolobampo, guests can opt for the full-day excursion to Mexico's
spectacular Copper Canyon, accessible only via the Chihuahua Pacifico railway
which travels from sea level to 7,200 feet. In Loreto they can visit the Bahia
de Loreto Marine Park for scuba diving, fishing and wildlife watching, go
climbing and biking in the mountainous terrain of the Sierra la Giganta or
absorb history at the two oldest Jesuit posts in the region: 1697 Nuestra
Senora de Loreto Mission and 1699 San Javier Mission.  Shore excursions from
La Paz include snorkeling at Los Islotes, home to a sea lion colony.  Cruise
fares start at $999 per person, double occupancy.
    The Ryndam also sails a nine-day Sea of Cortez itinerary in the fall with
departures Oct. 24 and Nov. 28 roundtrip from San Diego. It offers all the
above ports except La Paz.
    In addition the Ryndam offers two Sea of Cortez cruises between San Diego
and Vancouver, both of which call at the new port of Guaymas on the Sonoran
coast. A 14-day cruise departs San Diego on Apr. 24, and a 15-day cruise
departs Vancouver on Sept. 25. Both include variations of the 10-day itinerary
ports of call plus Guaymas, known for its intriguing mix of golden beaches,
fishing, scuba diving, golf, colonial buildings, the San Jose de Guaymas
Mission and "El Sahuaral," a giant cactus area.
    In the fall, the Ryndam also sails a 12-day Pacific Mexico itinerary
departing Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 roundtrip from San Diego. It visits Manzanillo,
Acapulco, Santa Cruz Huatulco -- a warm seaside resort also know for its
bird-watching opportunities -- Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo
San Lucas.
    Starting cruise fares for the nine- to 15-day itineraries range from $999
to $1,499 per person, double occupancy; taxes and fuel supplement are
additional.  For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    
    - http://www.hollandamerica.com -
    
    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.  A 14th ship, ms Eurodam, will launch in July 2008.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements,
totaling more than $425 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 CafC) 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.

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

    




For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello 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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