Holland America Line's ms Veendam to Sail South America in 2009-2010



    SEATTLE, Oct. 13 /CNW/ -- With South America emerging as one of the top
destinations for cruises, coupled with the demand for passengers who wish to
experience this part of the world in a more intimate and premium fashion,
Veendam is set to cruise South America for the fall 2009 and the winter and
spring 2010 season.  By the time that Veendam embarks on its sailings in South
America, it will have undergone extensive renovations that include a new
resort pool, innovative lanai staterooms, new entertainment and enrichment
options, all new stateroom decor and more. The newly refurbished vessel will
join ms Prinsendam which is also sailing South America and Antarctica in 2010.
    The 10 sailings aboard the Veendam range from 16 to 20 days.  In addition
to port-intensive itineraries, guests will experience some of the most scenic
cruising in the world as the Veendam navigates around the continent's fjords
and glaciers.  Additionally, she will spend more time in ports than most major
cruise lines and is the only premium cruise line offering overnights in Rio de
Janeiro and Buenos Aires on select cruises.
    "We have seen an increase in travelers who wish to take a South America
cruise aboard a premium, mid-sized ship," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC,
executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America
Line.  "With the newly renovated ms Veendam sailing South America in 2009 and
2010, and the ms Prinsendam, our 793-guest Elegant Explorer, we are perfectly
poised to meet travelers' discriminating demands as well as provide a premium,
enriching and unforgettable experience to this remarkable continent."
    For those who want to extend their vacation, Holland America Line offers
several pre- and post-cruise land tours.  Guests can opt to spend an extra
night or two in Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de chile.  Guests also can take
overland tours ranging from two to five days to the famed ruins of Machu
Picchu in Peru, Iguacu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina,
and Chile's wine country.
    
    Opportunity to explore historic Machu Picchu
    
    Veendam's first South America sailing departs San Diego, October 31,
2009, on a 19-day journey to Valparaiso, Chile, that takes guests to a variety
of colorful ports in Mexico and Central America before making its way to
Manta, Ecuador; Salaverry, Peru; and an overnight in Callao (Lima), Peru.
While in Salaverry, guests may board a flight to take advantage of Holland
America Line's optional, three-day, two-night shore excursion to one of the
new seven wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
    
    Itinerary offers abundant scenic cruising
    
    Departing Valparaiso November 19, 2009, and March 7, 2010, Veendam sails
a 16-day South America Explorer cruise that is among the most scenic in South
America.  Ports of call include Ushuaia, Argentina, the town at the end of the
world; Montevideo, Uruguay; Punta Arenas, Chile; and Puerto Montt, Chile. With
an overnight in Buenos Aires, guests can take in a tango show or visit the
legendary Iguagu Falls. Veendam sails the reverse itinerary from Rio de
Janeiro to Valparaiso on December 5, 2009, as well as February 19 and March
23, 2010.
    
    Antarctica 20-day cruise
    
    Veendam departs December 21, 2009, on a special holiday cruise and again,
January 10 and January 30, 2010-at the height of the austral summer-for a
20-day Antarctica voyage.  Cruises for December 21 and January 30, begin in
Valparaiso and end in Rio de Janeiro.  The January 10 cruise sails the reverse
itinerary.  These cruises offer the ultimate blend of exotic ports and scenic
cruising with calls in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas, Chile, as well as
Ushuaia, Argentina.  Following the rounding of Cape Horn, a nautical
milestone, the ship continues to Antarctica, where glaciers adorned with
penguins welcome the ship.  Antarctica's pristine beauty and diverse sea life
are showcased as Veendam spends three days exploring this mysterious and
remote continent. Veendam also pays calls in Stanley, Falkland Islands, Buenos
Aires (the Paris of South America) and Montevideo, Uruguay.
    17-day South America-to-Fort Lauderdale 2010 crossing, includes Panama
Canal transit
    On April 8, 2010, Veendam ends its seasonal cruises in South America,
departing Valparaiso for a 17-day journey that sails the western coast of
South America as well as a transit through the Panama Canal.  Overnights in
Callao, Peru, and Fuerte Amador, Panama, give guests more time ashore to
discover the myriad cultural flavors of the countries.  An optional overland
tour to Machu Picchu is also offered on this sailing.  During this cruise, the
Veendam calls at six ports throughout Chile, Peru, and Ecuador before
transiting the 51-mile, man-made marvel, the Panama Canal.  After calling at
Holland America Line's award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay in the
Bahamas, Veendam ends its cruise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where guests can
opt to spend an extra night or two in post-cruise land tours.
    For a 2009 South America cruise brochure or for more information, consult
a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit
http://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 314
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.
    
    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:    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, or +1-206-262-5870, fax, +1-206-262-5934,
pr@hollandamerica.com


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