Exploring Australia and New Zealand by Land and by Sea

    Holland America Line Kicks Up the Time Spent in the Land Down Under

    SEATTLE, April 9 /CNW/ -- From the cosmopolitan, glittering cities of
Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia to the breathtaking sights and
exciting adventures of the north and south islands of New Zealand, Holland
America Cruise Lines offers diverse itineraries and more time spent exploring
this vast and multi-cultural part of the world. Guests aboard the ms Statendam
and the ms Volendam will spend time in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound,
Mercury Islands and Queen Charlotte Sound.  They will also call at less-
visited ports such as Burnie, Australia where they can enjoy outstanding
views, see beautiful waterfalls, experience Rhododendron Gardens or perhaps,
visit the Lactos Cheese Factory.
    Holland America Lines' Australia and New Zealand itineraries also offer
more time spent in New Zealand than other cruise lines.  "With more time spent
in New Zealand, including calls at Napier and Picton, we offer one of the best
itineraries in the industry," said Richard D Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "In addition to the classic
ports of Auckland and Sydney, we offer guests a chance to see more of the
Australian continent with pre- or post-cruise options that can take guests to
the Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, or both.  With visits to
marquee cities and unique ports, Holland America provides a more comprehensive
cruise experience."
    Cruise highlights include convenient 14-day sailings from Auckland to
Sydney or vice versa, extensive explorations of both the northern and southern
islands of New Zealand with six ports of call including Christchurch,
Tauranga, Dunedin, Wellington, Picton and Napier.  Extensive Australian
explorations include Brisbane, Whitsunday Island, Cairns and Darwin.
    Holland America's optional shore excursions spotlight distinctive
activities to satisfy every sense of adventure.  Guests can delve deeper into
the countryside of New Zealand by swimming with dolphins in the Bay of
Islands, kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sound, or taking a guided tour through
the wine country in Auckland or visit Mount Cook National Park in the heart of
New Zealand's Southern Alps.  Guest can also spend more time in Sydney and
Brisbane on shopping excursions, walking tours, a cruise along the Sydney
Harbor or perhaps a visit to Bondi, the world famous surfing beach.
Explorations of historic sites and botanical gardens, food and wine tours and
beach excursions are just a few of the activities that allow guests to
experience a tailor-made Australia and New Zealand vacation.
    The itineraries also offer three relaxing days at sea, larger staterooms
and verandahs, and more overall space than other premium cruise lines sailing
to Australia and New Zealand. With more than $2 million worth of art and
artifacts, the Statendam features a theme of Dutch life and exploration.  The
Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself.  Themed to Dutch artist Vincent
Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises," the room features
computerized fiber optic lighting as well as a state-of-the-art sound system.
The Volendam has a beautiful garden theme including an artful floral motif
throughout the ship's spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms (149 which
have private verandahs).  This beautiful ship accommodates 1,440 guests.
    Both ships showcase the Culinary Arts Center, the Explorations Cafe,
powered by The New York Times featuring the largest library at sea as well as
comfortable music listening stations and Internet access, The Crows Nest where
sweeping views make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxation. The
Greenhouse Spa features thermal suites, a hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy
pool, and the show lounges -- Statendam's Van Gogh and Volendam's Frans Hals
-- feature Las Vegas style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists,
comedians and variety acts.
    Australia/New Zealand 2007-2008 fares start at $1,849 per person, double
occupancy for a 14-day cruise. For more information on Holland America Line's
itineraries in this extraordinary part of the world, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    In 2005, Holland America Line's fleet of 12, five-star, premium ships are
offering nearly 500 cruises from 27 home ports -- 17 in North America.
Itineraries range in length from two to 116 days, visit all seven continents
and offer the most extensive selection of ports the line has ever visited on
cruises to the Caribbean and Panama Canal (175), Alaska (134), Canada/New
England (18), and longer, exotic voyages to Europe (45), Mexico (43),
Hawaii/Asia/Pacific (20), South America (17), and Transatlantic (8), as well
as one Grand World Voyage.  Recipient of the prestigious International Five
Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and the
Best Cruise Value Award from the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society, Holland
America Line excels at providing consistent gracious and attentive service.
For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

    Contact:   Rose Abello; Donita Dooley
    Phone:     206/281-3535; 206-313-7673 international cell phone
    Fax:       206/262-5934   E-mail:  pr@hollandamerica.com


For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello, or Donita Dooley, 800-637-5029, or
 +1-206-281-3535, or international cell phone, +1-206-313-7673, or fax, 
+1-206-262-5934, or pr@hollandamerica.com, both of Holland America Line Web
Site: http://www.hollandamerica.com/

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