Holland America Line's 2011 Grand Voyages Set to Explore Seven Continents, 65
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<p><location>SEATTLE</location>, <chron>Nov. 4</chron> /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's ms <location>Amsterdam</location> and the line's Elegant Explorer, ms Prinsendam, will each sail two spectacular Grand Voyages in 2011.  When combined, the four extensive itineraries feature a total of 308 cruising days, 121 ports of call and 65 countries.</p>
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<p>Built for world cruising, <location>Amsterdam</location> will sail a 110-day Grand World Voyage in January and a 70-day Grand Asia & <location>Australia</location> Voyage in the fall. Simultaneously, ms Prinsendam will sail a 66-day Grand <location>South America</location> & Antarctica Voyage followed by a 62-day Grand <location>Africa</location> & Mediterranean Voyage.</p>
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<p>"A Grand Voyage with Holland <person>America Line</person> is more than a vacation, it's an experience of a lifetime," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland <person>America Line</person>. "These voyages offer guests a unique blend of inspired itineraries, lasting friendships and the pleasures of life at sea while exploring the world."</p>
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    Grand World Voyage
    
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<p>Departing <chron>Jan. 5</chron> and sailing roundtrip <location>Fort Lauderdale</location>, Fla., <location>Amsterdam</location> rings in 2011 with its sixth Grand World Voyage. The 110-day journey is a port collector's dream that includes 10 overnight calls, visits to an impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and three maiden ports of call -- Alofi, <location>Niue</location>; Oban, <person>Stewart Island</person>, <location>New Zealand</location>; and <location>Koror</location>, <location>Palau</location>.  Several exciting segments ranging from 16 to 48 days also are available.</p>
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<p>Sailing westbound, <location>Amsterdam</location> will call on Puerto Limon, <location>Costa Rica</location>, before continuing on its way to a daylight transit of the <location>Panama</location> Canal, one of the most remarkable man-made wonders in the world. Also in store for guests are unforgettable calls at Callao, <location>Peru</location> -- the gateway to Machu Picchu -- and <person>Easter Island</person>, <location>Chile</location>, known for its famous giant stone statues. As <location>Amsterdam</location> continues its voyage, the ship will journey throughout <location>Australia</location> and Asia, transit the Suez Canal and cruise the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic and heading back to the States.</p>
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    Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage
    
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<p>Also departing <chron>Jan. 5</chron> on a Grand Voyage is Holland America Line's most intimate ship, ms Prinsendam, which is designed to explore the most remote corners of the world in elegance and style. Prinsendam returns to <location>South America</location>, Antarctica and the Amazon on a 66-day Grand <location>South America</location> & Antarctica Voyage that sails roundtrip <location>Fort Lauderdale</location>. The itinerary emphasizes in-depth exploration by offering eight overnight calls, including an overnight at <location>Rio de Janeiro</location>, <location>Brazil</location> and a maiden call at Fernando de Noronha, <location>Brazil</location>. Other memorable moments include eight full days of cruising the Amazon River, navigating around Cape Horn and through the Straits of Magellan, a daylight passage through the <location>Panama</location> Canal and scenic cruising in Antarctica. An option for those with less time is a 33-day segment to or from <location>Buenos Aires</location>, <location>Argentina</location>.</p>
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    Grand Africa and Mediterranean Voyage
    
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<p>Following its Grand Voyage down south, Prinsendam returns to Ft. Lauderdale <chron>March 12</chron> and embarks on a 62-day Grand <location>Africa</location> & Mediterranean Voyage. The roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale sailing takes guests on a journey to West <location>Africa</location>, the Mediterranean and the Holy Lands. Guests will enjoy a call at <location>Haifa</location> (<location>Tel Aviv</location>), <location>Israel</location>, where they may travel to Nazareth and visit the land of miracles: Galilee, the <person>Jordan River</person>, the Mount of the Beatitudes and Tabgha. This exceptional itinerary will especially appeal to guests who have traveled or cruised this region before, as the ship is set to call at many unique ports including <location>Banjul</location>, <location>Gambia</location>; <location>Dakar</location>, <location>Senegal</location>, and Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Four maiden ports of call are scheduled for the Grand <location>Africa</location> and Mediterranean Voyage as well: Havre de Robert, <location>Martinique</location>; Lipari, <location>Italy</location>; Syracusa, Sicily, <location>Italy</location> and Motril, <location>Spain</location>.</p>
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    Grand Asia and Australia Voyage
    
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<p><location>Amsterdam</location> will wrap up the year with a 70-day Grand Asia and <location>Australia</location> Voyage sailing from <location>Seattle</location>, Wash., to <location>Los Angeles</location>, Calif., departing <chron>Sept. 26</chron>.  Following calls throughout Asia to <location>Indonesia</location>, the itinerary will continue to Western <location>Australia</location> and the South Pacific. This voyage offers extensive time in port to allow guests to take in the wide-ranging history and culture of the region and includes overnights at <location>Beijing</location> and <location>Hong Kong</location>, <location>China</location>, and <location>Sydney, Australia</location>. Guests on board also can enjoy some tropical sunshine with calls at the exotic islands of <location>New Caledonia</location>, <location>Samoa</location>, <location>Fiji</location> and Hawaii.</p>
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    2011 Grand Voyages open for reservations
    
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<p>Reservations are now available for all four Holland <person>America Line</person> 2011 Grand Voyages, and early-booking bonus amenities for full-cruise guests may include prepaid hotel service charges, a shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and an exclusive shore event when booking select stateroom categories; amenities vary by cruise and category booked.</p>
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<p>The four Grand Voyages are available to book for the full cruise or in segments as short as 16 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy, and rates start at <money>$16,999</money> for Amsterdam's 110-day Grand World Voyage departing <chron>Jan. 5, 2011</chron>; <money>$10,999</money> for Prinsendam's 66-day Grand <location>South America</location> and Antarctica Voyage departing <chron>Jan. 5, 2011</chron>; <money>$9,599</money> for Prinsendam's 62-day Grand <location>Africa</location> and Mediterranean Voyage departing <chron>March 26, 2011</chron>; and <money>$9,499</money> for Amsterdam's 70-day Grand Asia and <location>Australia</location> Voyage departing <chron>Sept. 26, 2011</chron>.</p>
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<p>Complete details regarding Holland America's 2011 Grand Voyages are included in the line's recently released brochure, "Exotic Voyages 2010-2011." Along with important itinerary information for both 2010 and 2011, "Exotic Voyages 2010-2011" includes detailed maps, fare information, sample shore excursions, pre-and-post hotel and vacation packages, stateroom floor plans, an "at-a-glance" 2010 -2011 sailing schedule and ship deck plans. The brochure is also available on the Holland <person>America Line</person> website.</p>
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<p>For more information on Holland America Line's Grand Voyages--consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit <a href="http://www.hollandamerica.com">www.hollandamerica.com</a>.</p>
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<p>About Holland <person>America Line</person> [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]</p>
<p>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, <location>South America</location>, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, <location>Mexico</location>, Canada/New England, <location>Europe</location> and <location>Panama</location> Canal.  A 15th ship is scheduled to join the fleet in <chron>July 2010</chron>.</p>
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<p>Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than <money>$525 million</money>, 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.</p>
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    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    
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<p>The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland <person>America Line</person> is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, <person>Princess Cruises</person>, 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.</p>
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    CONTACT:           Sally Andrews, John Primeau
    PHONE:             800-637-5029, 206-262-5870
    FAX:               206-262-5934
    EMAIL:             pr@hollandamerica.com



    

For further information: For further information: Sally Andrews or John Primeau both of Holland America Line, 1-800-637-5029, +1-206-262-5870, or fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site: http://www.hollandamerica.com


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