Holland America Line Offers Exclusive Australasia Cruise Itineraries In 2009

    Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Indonesia and unique ports of call
    highlight cruises

    SEATTLE, Feb. 13 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line is set to travel Down
Under in 2009 with nine select voyages throughout Australia and New Zealand
aboard the 1,432-passenger ms Volendam, a ship new to this region. Iconic
landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Auckland's Sky Tower will greet
guests as the ship explores the varied landscapes and exotic cultures of
Australia and the North and South islands of New Zealand through several
unique ports of call.
    Departing from Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia, or Singapore,
the exclusive 14- to 19-day sailings bring guests to striking locales and
allow for spectacular scenic cruising and pre- and post-cruise tours to some
of world's most renowned destinations.
    "For many of our guests, a cruise to Australia and New Zealand is a dream
come true," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "The itineraries we offer
are unlike any others, and that ensures we're giving our guests the most
extraordinary experiences possible."
    15- and 19-day itineraries sail the Great Barrier Reef and Asia
    Volendam's two new Great Barrier Reef itineraries are firsts of their
kind among major cruise lines in the region. On these select sailings, guests
enjoy four days of cruising the Great Barrier Reef, including two days of
daylight cruising through the world's largest coral reef system. Scenic
highlights in the reef include viewing the sunrise or sunset -- depending on
itinerary -- while anchored off Lizard and Bobby Islands, an overnight
anchorage in the reef near Sherrard Island and cruising Torres Strait. Several
interesting ports also will be visited in Indonesia, including Komodo Island,
part of the Komodo National Park; Padang Bai, Bali, with its abundance of
shopping opportunities, and Semarang, a bustling city teeming with ancient
temples. The 19-day itinerary from Auckland to Singapore departs March 16,
2009, and the 15-day Singapore-to-Sydney cruise departs Nov. 21, 2009.
    Discover the many wonders of New Zealand on a 14- or 16-day cruise
    Guests are treated to a picturesque backdrop and extraordinary ports of
call on 14-day voyages throughout Australia and New Zealand. Volendam brings
cruisers from Sydney's famous harbor to Auckland's bustling city with calls
along the way at Burnie, Australia; and Christchurch, Tauranga, Dunedin and
Picton, New Zealand. The verdant landscape of New Zealand welcomes guests as
they encounter breathtaking sights while cruising through Fiordland National
Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The lush forests and enchanting waterways will continue to charm guests,
even as they sample the region's many culinary delights including Picton's
wine country, Tauranga's kiwi farms and Burnie's Lactos Cheese Factory.
Additional adventures can be experienced on Picton's waterways, which are
perfect for kayaking, and Tauranga's bubbling hot springs. Itineraries between
Sydney and Auckland depart January through March, and December 2009, and a
special 16-day holiday sailing departs Dec. 20, 2009.
    Starting fares (per person, double occupancy) for the 14-day cruises are
$1,999 and for the 16-day holiday voyage, $2,999; also, $2,249 for the 15-day
Great Barrier Reef journey, and $2,599 for the 19-day Great Barrier Reef
experience. Guests can make the most of their time down under by adding a pre-
or post-cruise tour to further explore sites such as the Great Barrier Reef,
Ayers Rock or the Waitomo Caves.
    Lectures in Holland America's Explorations Speaker Series further enhance
the experience by providing guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves
in the region. 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
    Holland America Line also will feature a selection of unique voyages to
the Asia Pacific region in 2009, including a new round-trip Hong Kong
itinerary. For the first time next fall through spring of 2009, Volendam will
sail to destinations throughout the Pacific, calling at exotic locales in
China, Southeast Asia, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Russia.
    For a 2009 Australia/New Zealand and Asia/Pacific cruise brochure or for
more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-724-5425 or
visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    -- http://www.hollandamerica.com --
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America'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. For more information,
consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
    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 or Rose Abello, both of
Holland  America Line, 1-800-637-5029, +1-206-301-5318, fax, +1-206-262-5934, 

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