Holland America Line Offers New Asia Pacific Cruise Itineraries in 2009

    Highlights include round-trip Hong Kong and maiden ports in China, Japan,
    Taiwan and the Philippines

    SEATTLE, March 3 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line will feature a selection
of nine unique voyages to the Asia Pacific region in 2009. For the first time
next fall, ms Volendam will sail to destinations throughout the Pacific,
calling at exotic locales in China, Southeast Asia, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam
and Russia. A convenient new round-trip Hong Kong itinerary is offered and for
guests looking to add to their port repertoire, the 2009 Asia Pacific voyages
also include four maiden ports of call: Puerto Princesa, Philippines; Otaru,
Japan; Sanya, Hainan, China; and Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan.
    The enticing itineraries offer a comprehensive exploration of over a
dozen of the most popular Pacific Rim nations on cruises from 14- to 19-days
that were designed to enable guests to combine cruises for a truly unique and
extended experience of up to 66 days. The Explorations Speaker Series provides
further opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the region with
lectures focused on select ports of call.
    "Asia Pacific is a must-do for experienced travelers, and Holland America
Line continues to raise the bar on the premium cruise experience with our
exceptional itineraries and engaging ports of call not found with other
lines," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "We strive to offer our
guests innovative and exciting destinations and onboard activities that bring
them back year after year for new adventures."
    First round-trip Hong Kong sailing for Holland America Line
    For guests wanting a new adventure, Holland America Line offers a
round-trip Hong Kong itinerary for the first time. The 14-day journey departs
Oct. 26, 2009, and explores the ancient wonders and mysteries of China and
Vietnam.  Guests enjoy an overnight stay in Shanghai where shopping abounds
and a visit to the tranquil Yuyuan Gardens awaits. A maiden call at Sanya,
Hainan, a popular resort area in China, enhances the alluring itinerary.
    New Southeast Asia itinerary features maiden port of call
    From Singapore to Hong Kong, Volendam is set to explore Malaysia,
Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, offering two itineraries -- a 14-day
cruise starting April 4, 2009 and a 12-day cruise starting Nov. 7, 2009. 
Highlights of the new 14-day itinerary include a maiden call at Puerto
Princesa in the Philippines, famous for its crocodile farms, underground
rivers and dive spots. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Puerto
Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone
karst landscape. An overnight stay in Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, allows
guests plenty of extra time for shopping and exploring the city's amazing
pagodas and temples.
    Great Wall of China, Forbidden City explored on 14- and 16-day voyage
    On Volendam's 14- and 16-day China, Japan and Korea cruise, there's
plenty of time to explore the palaces and tombs that dot the ancient lands,
take in the tranquility of the temples and gardens and sample the unique
flavors of Asian cuisine. The itinerary offers two overnight stays in China to
ensure that guests are able to explore the bustling city of Shanghai with an
abundance of shopping and historical sightseeing opportunities, and Xingang
(Beijing) with optional shore excursions to the Forbidden City, Ming Tombs and
the Great Wall of China. Volendam departs on this 14-day itinerary on April
18, 2009 and 16-day itinerary on Oct. 10, 2009.
    Adventurous voyage takes guests from ancient traditions to colossal
    Guests wanting a cruise with amazing scenery and diverse ports need only
join Volendam for its Japan, Eastern Russia and Alaska itinerary. On the
cruises between Kobe (Osaka), Japan; and Vancouver, the ship will explore
Petropavlovsk -- known as Russia's Far East - with it's scores of volcanoes,
as well as the scenic Kurill Islands off the coast of Russia and Alaska's
Aleutian Islands and Inside Passage.
    An overnight stay in Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan, allows guests time to
experience one of the world's busiest cities and take in the Senso-ji and
Kannon Temples. Guests on this voyage are in for a double treat: crossing the
International Date Line and visiting the maiden port of Otaru, Japan. Otaru is
located on Hokkaido Island and is one of Japan's leading tourist destinations.
    The 19-day cruise -- which actually is 18 calendar days in length due to
the crossing of the international dateline -- departs May 2, 2009, and sails
from Kobe (Osaka) to Vancouver. The 16-day cruise in the reverse direction
departs Vancouver on Sept. 23, 2009, or guests can board the 15-day version
sailing from Seattle on Sept. 24, 2009 and take the ship to Kobe (Osaka). This
cruise gains one day by crossing the dateline, thus actually making the voyage
17 or 16 calendar days, respectively.
    Exclusive 15- and 19-day itineraries explore Indonesian Islands and the
Great Barrier Reef
    Volendam's two new Indonesian Islands and the Great Barrier Reef
itineraries are firsts of their kind among major cruise lines in the region.
Several interesting ports will be visited in Indonesia, including Komodo
Island, part of the Komodo National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- as
well as Padang Bai, Bali, with an abundance of shopping opportunities, and
Semarang, a bustling city teeming with ancient temples. Also on these
exclusive cruises, guests enjoy four days 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 while
anchored off Lizard Island, an overnight anchorage in the reef near Sherrard
Island, cruising Torres Strait and taking in the sunset off Booby Island. The
19-day itinerary from Auckland to Singapore departs March 16, 2009, and the
15-day Singapore to Sydney cruise departs Nov. 21, 2009.
    Holland America Line also features a further selection of nine
adventurous voyages Down Under in 2009 with 14-day cruises and a special
16-day holiday sailing between Australia and New Zealand.
    The Holland America premium cruise experience
    At the heart of a Holland America cruise is a warm and award-winning
style of service that is never in the way and never out of reach. As You
Wish(TM) dining provides an inviting culinary experience with options to suit
every taste. Culinary staff and guest chefs also lead cooking classes and
demonstrations in the onboard Culinary Arts Center while the Explorations Cafe
enables guests to read up on the news, their next port, and connect to loved
ones. A good night's sleep is assured with the Mariner's Dream stateroom
amenities, including luxurious beds and linens.
    For a 2009 Asia Pacific cruise brochure or for more information, consult
a professional travel agent, call 1-800-426-0327 or visit
    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, or +1-206-301-5318, fax,
+1-206-262-5934,  pr@hollandamerica.com

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