Holland America to Include Air on Qantas A380 - The Largest Passenger Airliner in the World - For 2009 Fall Asia, Australia and New Zealand Sailings



    
    Flight aboard Qantas' new A380 is a first for Holland America Line guests

    
    SEATTLE, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line is offering a new
cruise-and-fly package on select 2009 Southeast Asia, Australia and New
Zealand sailings that includes airfare between Los Angeles, Calif., and
Sydney, Australia.  Guests booking air-inclusive Asia and South Pacific
cruises on the line's ms Volendam and ms Amsterdam starting in September will
fly on the new Air Qantas A380 Airbus, the largest commercial aircraft in the
world, either to or from Sydney, depending on the itinerary. Segments of the
Grand Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific voyages also are eligible for
the offer.
    

    
    "This package combines the best of Australia and New Zealand with the
opportunity to fly on one of the newest, most-spacious and state-of-the-art
aircrafts available," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president,
marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America Line. "And, we are
able to offer extraordinary values on these unique cruise-fly packages."
    

    
    The A380 air promotion is available on two segments of Amsterdam's Grand
Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Voyage. On the first segment, guests
are able to embark in three ports -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Sept. 27;
Seattle, Wash., Sept. 26, and Los Angeles, Sept. 30 -- making it 31 to 35
days. While on board, guests will sail throughout French Polynesia, American
Samoa, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Tahiti before heading to Australia and
disembarking in Sydney. Highlights include crossing the International Date
Line and overnight stays at Papeete, Tahiti; Bora Bora, French Polynesia, and
Sydney.
    

    
    Amsterdam will then depart Nov. 1 on a 32-day segment from Sydney to Los
Angeles. With eight calls throughout New Zealand, guests will feel like
honorary Kiwis before they sail to Tonga, Western Samoa and the islands of
Hawaii.
    

    
    Those interested in a Far East adventure can set sail Oct. 26 on
Volendam's 41-day China, Southeast Asia and Great Barrier Reef Collectors'
Voyage that journeys from Hong Kong to Sydney. The itinerary includes some of
Asia Pacific's best-known destinations, and overnights in Shanghai, China, and
Bangkok, Thailand, allow guests to thoroughly explore the cities.
    

    
    Collectors' Voyages cater to guests who want to take an extended vacation
while receiving a good value for their travel dollar. The cruises combine
intriguing ports and offer special fares, making them all the more enticing to
those who want a unique yet affordable adventure.
    

    
    Guests with less time on their hands can take advantage of one of the
less extensive voyages available such as the 27-day Collectors' Voyage
departing Nov. 9 from Hong Kong to Sydney, or the 15-day voyage from Singapore
to Sydney departing Nov. 21.
    

    
    Volendam also will sail a 14-day Australia and New Zealand cruise
departing Sydney Dec. 6. With eight port calls in New Zealand, guests will
have the opportunity to explore the incredible Fiordland National Park before
debarking in Auckland.
    

    
    Air-inclusive fares begin at just $2,499 per person, double occupancy for
the 14-day package, $2,399 for the 15-day package, $3,999 for the 27-day
package, $4,599 for the 31-day package, $4,699 for the 32-day package, $4,999
for the 34-day package, $4,999 for the 35-day package, and $4,299 for the
41-day package.
    

    
    Air add-on fares are available from additional U.S. gateways from only
$200 additional.
    

    The Holland America premium cruise experience
    
    At the heart of every Holland America 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. 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 each of the Grand Voyages 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.
    

    
    When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore
excursions including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations,
Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection
excursions.
    

    
    The A380 Airbus, manufactured by European Corporation, Toulouse, France,
made its first commercial flight on Oct. 25, 2007, from Singapore to Sydney.
The A380, which stands eight-stories high, has a wingspan of 262 feet and an
80-foot tail, can carry up to 853 passengers.
    

    
    For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line's
voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 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.
    

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


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