Holland America Line's Rotterdam Returns to World Cruising in 2009



    
    New brochure highlights 117-day Grand World Voyage
    

    SEATTLE, Oct. 19 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line began its tradition of
world cruising in 1958, and more than half a century later the line continues
to offer the annual once-in-a-lifetime journeys. Celebrating the line's annual
tour around the globe, ms Rotterdam returns to world cruising in 2009 with a
114/117-day Grand World Voyage departing Jan. 19, 2009, from Los Angeles. The
voyage is highlighted in new 2009 Grand World Voyage brochure produced by the
premium cruise line. Hot off the press, the catalogue is filled with stunning
images, itinerary details and in-depth information about ports of call.
    
    The 1,316-passenger ship -- which was built expressly for world cruising
    
    -- sails a westbound route through the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian
Islands, on to the South Pacific, Australia, Asia and Africa before making
calls in the Caribbean en route back to Fort Lauderdale and New York. Calling
at 39 ports in 27 countries across five continents, Rotterdam will cover more
than 35,100 nautical miles while sailing on 15 different oceans, seas, bays,
channels and straits.
    Guests can choose to return to Fort Lauderdale May 13 or disembark at New
York three days later on May 16, making the total voyage 117 days. Hundreds of
optional shore excursions and an array of overland tours add color to this
epic voyage, and several cruise segments ranging from 22 to 69 days are
available for those wanting a shorter journey.
    In addition to favorite cities, Rotterdam visits lesser-known ports
offering guests unparalleled access to some of the most exotic destinations in
the world. The itinerary features maiden calls at Kemaman, Malaysia -- known
as Malaysia's silk capital -- and Maputo, Mozambique, the most exotic port of
call during the voyage and once the "Cannes of Africa." Iles des Pins, New
Caledonia, not previously visited on a Grand world voyage, adds to the port
repertoire.
    The itinerary also gives guests extra time to explore several ports of
call with overnights in Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China;
Mumbai, India; Mombasa, Kenya, and Cape Town, South Africa. A highlight of the
cruise will include a Midnight Golden Line Crossing when Rotterdam crosses
both the Equator and International Date Line simultaneously.
    
    2009 Grand World Voyage reservations can now be booked
    
    Reservations are now available for Holland America Line's 2009 Grand
World Voyage. Early-booking bonus amenities for full-cruise guests include
airfare, prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery
service and limousine transfers when booking select stateroom categories;
amenities vary by category and booking date.
    The Grand World Voyage is available to book for the full cruise or in
segments as short as 22 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy
and rates start at $21,499 for the 114-day and $21,999 for the 117-day Grand
World Voyage departing Jan. 19, 2009. Fares for the 22-day Sydney to Hong Kong
segment departing Feb. 11 begin at just $4,449.
    
    The Holland America Line premium cruise experience
    
    At the heart of every Holland America Line cruise is a warm and
award-winning style of service that is never in the way and never out of
reach. Sophisticated and savory menus enhance every culinary experience, with
options to suit every taste. Whether it's a five-course meal in the Main
Dining Room, an intimate table at the elegant Pinnacle Grill or fare while
relaxing poolside, the crew of Holland America Line know how to orchestrate a
truly memorable dining affair.
    Culinary staff and guest chefs will lead cooking classes and
demonstrations in the onboard Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine
magazine, and, as part of the Explorations Speaker Series, special guest
lecturers will sail on segments of the Grand World Voyage to offer unique and
enriching perspectives on regional art, history and culture. The Explorations
Cafe -- powered by the New York Times -- enables guests to stay connected to
loved ones. To rest up for the next day, guests are assured a good night's
sleep with the Mariner's Dream stateroom amenities, including luxurious beds
and linens.
    When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore
excursions including the exclusive Medallion Collection featuring Overland
Adventures; Signature Collection private-car touring; visits to natural,
architectural and technical masterpieces from the Wonders of the World
Collection; and rare and unusual experiences with the Encore Collection
excursions.
    For a 2009 Grand Voyages cruise brochure or for more information, consult
a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit
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
more than 320 ports. 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.
    In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Its recently completed $225
million fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements added features such as
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. For more information, consult a travel agent, call
1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    
    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:  Mary Schimmelman, Rose Abello
    PHONE:    800-637-5029, 206-301-5318
    FAX:      206-262-5934
    EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Mary Schimmelman, 1-800-637-5029, or Rose
Abello,  +1-206-301-5318, both of Holland America Line, fax, +1-206-262-5934, 
pr@hollandamerica.com

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