Holland America Adds More Sydney, Australia, Round-Trip Voyages in 2010

    SEATTLE, Feb. 11 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line will add to its schedule
of round-trip Sydney, Australia, sailings in 2010. The line has created three
exciting 14-day cruises aboard ms Volendam geared to exploring the vast region
that encompasses Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
    Two cruises, departing Jan. 20 and Feb. 28, are set to spend more time
discovering the multifaceted terrain of New Zealand than any other premium
cruise, while a third, departing Jan. 6, highlights the South Pacific's exotic
    "Our 14-day, roundtrip Sydney cruises are the perfect answer for a
relaxing holiday escape," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America Line.
"Travelers will pay calls to some of the most intriguing and exciting ports
throughout New Zealand, including Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga
and Auckland and the most breathtaking islands in the South Pacific. At the
same time, guests can indulge in our five-star, award-winning service -- all
at an incredible value."
    Guests on board Volendam for the Jan. 6, 14-day Pacific Treasures cruise
will kick-start the year sailing through the breathtaking vistas of the South
Pacific. As the ship departs Sydney it makes a beeline for Noumea, New
Caledonia, and the heart of French Polynesia. Here, guests will leisurely
explore the region's culture with additional calls at Mouli and Ile des Pins,
New Caledonia; Port Vila and Luganville, Vanuatu, and Lautoka and Levuka,
Fiji, before returning to Sydney.
    The 14-day New Zealand Discovery cruise, departing Jan. 20 and Feb. 28,
provides Kiwis-at-heart with a unique opportunity to explore the diverse
landscapes throughout the country. Both the north and south islands of New
Zealand, each with incredibly vibrant and lush scenery, will be explored with
six different port calls and extensive scenic cruising in Fiordland National
Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Additionally, Holland America Line is one of the few premium cruise lines
calling at Picton, the gateway to the South Island and the hub of Marlborough
Sounds' thriving wine country.
    Between the two New Zealand Discovery cruises, departing Feb. 3, Volendam
will also sail a 14-day Sydney-to-Auckland itinerary.
    Fares begin at just $1,599 per person, double occupancy, for the 14-day
Pacific Treasures cruise and the 14-day New Zealand Discovery cruise. A 34-day
Australia Circumnavigation cruise, departing March 14, will spend two days
sailing the coastline of the Great Barrier Reef during daylight hours. Fares
for this 34-day voyage begin at $4,599. Additionally, fares for the line's 26-
day Australia and South Pacific cruise from Sydney to Vancouver, British
Columbia, departing April 17, begin at $2,699. Volendam will sail both the 34-
day Australia Circumnavigation and 26-day Australia and South Pacific
    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
    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
    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

                      - 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 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


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For further information: John Primeau, 1-800-637-5029, or Rose Abello,
+1-206-262-5870, Fax, +1-206-262-5934, both of Holland America Line,

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