Holland America Line's Prinsendam Sails Two Grand Voyages in Early 2009

    New brochure highlights South America, Antarctica, Med and Black Sea

    SEATTLE, Oct. 29 /CNW/ -- Prinsendam, Holland America Line's most
intimate ship carrying just 793 guests, will sail two Grand Voyages in 2009
enveloping a third of the year from Jan. through April. Guests will cruise
around the Latin lands of South America and discover mysteries and wonders of
Antarctica on the Grand South America and Antarctic Voyage, as well as explore
European favorites and uncover lesser-visited ports on the Grand Mediterranean
and Black Sea Voyage.
    Grand South America and Antarctic Voyage
    For those seeking a true journey of exploration, the ship first departs
Jan. 2, 2009, on a 68-day South America and Antarctica cruise round-trip from
Fort Lauderdale. During the circumnavigation of the continent, Prinsendam will
journey more than 17,700 nautical miles and visit 32 ports of call in 14
countries, including overnight stays in Manaus and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Callao (Lima), Peru, and Fuerte Amador, Panama.
Prinsendam visits an impressive total of 13 different ports in Brazil,
including maiden calls at Maceio, Ilhabela (Sao Sabastiao) and Itajai.
    Prinsendam will sail from the tip to toe of South America and spend seven
days exploring the Amazon River, cruising all the way to Manaus -- the
farthest upriver navigable point for ocean-going vessels. On the other end of
the continent, the ship calls at Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world.
Scenic cruising features the infamous Darwin and Beagle channels, Chilean
fjords, Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn. Spectacular landscapes and colossal
glaciers greet guests as the ship sails farther south to spend three days
cruising in Antarctica, a rare journey for most travelers.
    Additional highlights of the Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage
include daylight passage through the Panama Canal, a call at the mysterious
Devil's Island and four Equator crossings. For those with less time, shorter
cruise segments of 11 to 57 days are available between Fort Lauderdale, Buenos
Aires and Callao.
    Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage
    For guests who always have wanted to explore Europe without flying,
Prinsendam departs Fort Lauderdale March 11, 2009, for a 50-day round-trip
cruise to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. After calls at unique Caribbean
ports, the ship sails eastbound across the Atlantic where 25 centuries of
history, art and culture await. During the voyage, Prinsendam will sail more
than 14,400 nautical miles and visit 25 ports of call in 15 countries,
including favorites such as Spain, Italy and France, as well as the more
unusual ports of call in Bulgaria and Ukraine.
    After sailing westward back across the Atlantic, the ship calls at
Bermuda before ending in either New York or Fort Lauderdale. Overnight stays
in Barcelona, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey, as well as late-night departures in
Arrecife, Canary Islands; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Kusadasi, Turkey; Santorini,
Greece, and Lisbon, Portugal, allow ample time for shopping and exploration of
some of the world's most interesting and historic ports.
    Reservations are now available for 2009 Prinsendam Grand Voyages
    Reservations are now available for Prinsendam's 2009 Grand Voyages.
Early-booking bonus amenities for full-cruise guests include airfare, prepaid
hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and
limousine transfers when booking select stateroom categories; amenities vary
by cruise and booking date.
    The two Grand Voyages are available to book for the full cruise or in
segments as short as 11 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy
and rates start at $13,599 for the 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica
Voyage departing Jan. 2, 2009, and $8,749 for the Grand Mediterranean and
Black Sea Voyage departing March 11, 2009.
    For those with more time, the back-to back 2009 Prinsendam Grand Voyages
can be combined for an epic 118-day adventure sailing round-trip from Fort
Lauderdale on Jan. 2, returning April 30, 2009 with additional savings
    Holland America Line premium cruise experience onboard the "Elegant
    Acquired by Holland America Line in 2002 and with a guest count of 793,
Prinsendam has earned the moniker "Elegant Explorer" traveling on longer
voyages to exotic destinations worldwide.  In late 2007, the ship is scheduled
for a significant 21-day, $20 million upgrade including installation of the
latest technology and premium amenities.
    At the heart of every Holland America Line 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. Whether it's a five-course meal in the Main Dining Room,
an intimate table at the elegant Pinnacle Grill or fare while relaxing
poolside, the crew of Holland America Line know how to orchestrate a truly
memorable dining affair.
    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 segments of the Grand South America and Antarctic
Voyage and Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage 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 ones. To rest up for the next day, guests are assured a good night's
sleep with the Mariner's Dream stateroom amenities, including luxurious beds
and linens.
    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
    Hot off the press, the new 2009 Grand Voyages cruise brochure is filled
with stunning images, itinerary details and in-depth information about ports
of call. For a brochure or more information, 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 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, 1-800-637-5029, or Rose
Abello,  +1-206-301-5318, both of Holland America Line, fax, +1-206-262-5934, 

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