6 ships, 57 cruises and 151 ports of call
SEATTLE, June 21 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's 2008 Europe cruise
season will be its most expansive and most innovative, with 57 unique
itineraries from March through November that visit nine maiden ports and
feature six ships, including the debut of the ms Eurodam. Next year also will
mark the 135th anniversary of the premium line's first cruise from Rotterdam
to New York.
"We are introducing our first Signature Class ship with the launch of the
Eurodam, and we have the Zuiderdam sailing in Europe for the first time,"
stated Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and
guest programs. "With six ships and nine maiden ports, we have a 35% capacity
increase in cruises and the opportunity to see every region of Europe. From
the polar ice across the Arctic Circle to the shores of North Africa and the
Black Sea, we offer an in-depth view of the continent and beyond."
The European fleet includes the flagship ms Rotterdam, the ms Eurodam,
two Vista-class ships, the ms Noordam and the ms Zuideram; the intimate ms
Prinsendam and the five-star ms Maasdam sailing to Greenland, Iceland, and
Northern Europe. All ships offer the Explorations Speaker Series, Culinary
Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine, the Greenhouse Spa & Salon and
one-of-a-kind Medallion Shore Excursions, which allow guests to customize time
ashore and discover Europe at their own pace.
The season offers 57 unique itineraries of seven to 35 days covering
classic Europe from the North Cape of Norway to Egypt and the Black Sea. Nine
new maiden ports include Lulea, Hudiksvall and Karlskrona, Sweden; Aalborg,
Denmark; Newcastle upon Tyne and Barrow in Furness, England; Santander, Spain;
Portimao, Portugal; and Split, Croatia.
The Eurodam will spend its inaugural season on alternating 10-day
Northern Europe itineraries, sailing roundtrip from Copenhagen. The new 10-day
Norwegian Fjords & Scotland cruise combines breathtaking Norwegian fjords with
Invergordon (famous for Loch Ness) and Edinburgh, (home of the famous Castle &
Scottish Crown Jewels), Scotland; and the maiden port Newcastle upon Tyne,
England (gateway to the city of York). The 10-day Gems of the Baltic, a
perennial guest favorite, combines an overnight stay on board in St.
Petersburg, Russia with Scandinavia and northern Germany.
Four popular Kiel Canal & Baltic itineraries are offered on the intimate
Prinsendam, including a new 16-day Midnight Sun Explorer itinerary that
includes a maiden exploration of the Gulf of Bothnia, between Sweden and
Finland. Holland America Line is the only premium cruise line that offers
sailings in the Gulf of Bothnia. The sleek draft of the Prinsendam allows the
ship to cruise the Kiel Canal's spectacular lock system where few other major
cruise lines venture.
The flagship Rotterdam sails a new 14-day Norwegian Highlands, Fjords and
North Cape cruise, combining Scotland with an in-depth exploration of Norway's
breathtaking fjords. For the first time, the Prinsendam visits Norway,
Iceland, Greenland and Scotland on a 21-day sailing roundtrip from Europe
(between London and Amsterdam). The 14-day Celtic Kingdoms itinerary circles
the United Kingdom, with calls in Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales and the
The Zuiderdam premiers in Europe with three new 12-day Mediterranean &
Greek Isles cruises, sailing between Barcelona and Venice or roundtrip from
Venice. All include extended stays with an overnight in Venice, plus an
overnight in either Barcelona or Istanbul. These port-intensive cruises
include iconic calls such as Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia) and
Santorini with less-visited gems like Split, Mykonos, Argostoli and Navplion.
Plus, guests will enjoy the nightlife in Santorini, Mykonos, Messina and Monte
Carlo, where departures are set at 11 p.m. Two of the three itineraries may
be combined for a 24-day cruise between Venice and Barcelona.
The Noordam returns to the Mediterranean on alternating 10-day roundtrip
Rome itineraries, sailing the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles or Western
Mediterranean and North Africa. Perfect for guests who've previously enjoyed
the Mediterranean, Holland America Line offers seven Black Sea sailings, which
also feature options for visiting the pyramids of Egypt and the Holy Lands:
four 12-day and one new 14-day Rotterdam departure and two 14-day options on
European Treasures & Collectors Voyages
For those who want a taste of several diverse European regions in one
cruise, Holland America Line offers three European Treasures itineraries.
These sailings include ports in Northern and Western Europe, as well as the
Mediterranean. A new 11-day Heart of Bordeaux cruise on the Prinsendam
includes a daylight transit of France's Gironde Estuary with an overnight in
the heart of the scenic Bordeaux wine region.
For true explorers who appreciate longer, in-depth itineraries, there are
10 unique Collectors' Voyages -- 20-to 30-day cruises that combine
non-repeating itineraries with special pricing. Other highlights include
extended stays with overnights in Barcelona, Spain; Bordeaux, France; Venice,
Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
With more than 300 choices, Holland America Line's European shore
excursions offer something for everyone. For the wine lovers and
connoisseurs, there is a Taste of Croatia, a Taste of Tuscany or perhaps a
Taste of the Riviera in Monte Carlo. For the art and architecture enthusiasts,
there are opportunities to discover Gaudi's Barcelona, explore rich art
traditions in Florence, tour ancient cities in Turkey, and visit the Peggy
Guggenheim Collection in Venice. For those who want to venture off the beaten
track, tours explore rarely visited parts of Malta via four-wheel drive
vehicles, canoe along the Mallorca Coast or hike through Ichkeul Natural Park
European cruise fares start at $999 per person, double occupancy. For a
2008 European cruise brochure or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) 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 Africa, 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.
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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; Donita Dooley
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