Holland America's 2008 Grand Africa Cruise Circles the Exotic Continent in Style

    SEATTLE, Sept. 25 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's 73-day Grand Africa
Voyage aboard the elegant 793-passenger ms Prinsendam introduces travelers to
the breathtaking scenery, exotic wildlife and legendary safaris that only an
African adventure can conjure.
    Three day stays in Cape Town, South Africa and Mombasa, Kenya allow time
to explore the wild interior of Africa on safari and other unusual adventures.
Late night departures from San Juan, Puerto Rico; Funchal, Madeira; Durban,
South Africa; Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles; Safaga and Alexandria (Cairo),
Egypt; and Malaga, Spain, allow ample time to shop, dine and enjoy local
nightlife in these exciting cities.
    "The 2008 Grand Africa Voyage is unrivaled for its striking destinations
and active adventure opportunities," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive
vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America
    Cruising to remarkable lands in sophisticated style, this imaginative
itinerary weaves together 28 extraordinary ports in 18 countries covering more
than 20,500 nautical miles along the way, and offers the only full
circumnavigation cruise of the African continent in 2008.
    Sailing from Fort Lauderdale on March 11, 2008 the Prinsendam embarks on
an Atlantic crossing, and then hugs the Ivory Coast and Gulf of Guinea before
rounding the Cape of Good Hope to explore the treasures of the Indian Ocean.
The ship passes next through the legendary Suez Canal en route to North
Africa, sailing the Mediterranean before disembarking guests in Lisbon,
Portugal on May 23, 2008.
    Exciting Escapades Await in Port -- Holland America's expertise in world
wide cruising and years of meticulous planning culminate to create the perfect
mix of fascinating ports and in-depth excursions, with activities designed to
enrich every experience.
    Cruise guests will explore modern Africa and all it has to offer in grand
style experiencing a flavor of the continent's native customs and cultures
intertwined with the lasting influence of colonial times. Shore excursions run
the gamut and include visits to richly-appointed palaces, vibrant outdoor
markets, stilt villages, and newly celebrated wine regions.
    The Grand Africa Voyage gives guests ample time in the most dramatic
destinations. Savor a taste of the Caribbean on a port call to sun-splashed
Grand Turk; and relax on a restful ocean crossing then relish romantic
Casablanca, Morocco. Wander amid a kaleidoscope of tapestries in the open-air
markets of French-influenced Dakar, Senegal. Watch for pelicans, flamingos,
springbok, ostrich and other rare creatures near the pristine natural lagoon
of Walvis Bay, Namibia. In picturesque Bavarian Luderitz, Namibia, learn about
diamond mining and desert life at the Luderitz Museum.
    Additional highlights of the itinerary include a day of sailing along the
spectacular sea cliffs of the Cape of Good Hope followed by three days in Cape
Town, South Africa's gateway to safari country. Next, the exclusive tropical
islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles demand relaxation on some of the
world's most beautiful beaches. Then the ship arrives in Mombasa, Kenya for a
three day stopover full of awe-inspiring scenery, rich culture and amazing
wildlife in the famous Masai Mara Reserve.
    In Egypt, an all day stay takes cruisers on a journey to Luxor from
Safaga that reveals towering pillars, magnificent statues and mysterious
hieroglyphics. A daylight transit of the impressive Suez Canal carries
cruisers to Africa's northern coast where guests may travel inland from
Alexandria to stand in awe before the Sphinx and the great pyramids at Giza.
    The African adventure continues with an exploration of arid, rolling
landscapes that hold secrets of historical battles while some may prefer the
quest for outstanding bargains on carpets, jewelry and handicrafts in Tunisia.
This extraordinary voyage finishes with farewell visits to the ports of Cadiz
and Malaga in Spain and Lisbon, Portugal.
    Experience the Comforts of Cruising -- The Holland America Line
experience involves award-winning service, five-star cuisine, spacious
accommodations and extensive shore and ship activities and enrichment
opportunities to suit the taste of every traveler.
    The Grand Africa Voyage -- Rates for the 73-day Grand Africa Voyage
departing March 11, 2008 to the exotic ports of Africa start at $14,749 per
person, double occupancy. This cruise also is offered in two segments: 33 days
on the outbound from Fort Lauderdale to Cape Town disembarking April 13, or
embarking in Cape Town that same day for the 40-day sail to Lisbon; with fares
starting from $7,729.
    To reserve space or for a brochure on the Grand Africa Voyage and more
information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit
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    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 314
ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies.  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.
    In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers.  Fleetwide, the company
features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225
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:  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, direct, +1-206-301-5318, fax, +1-206-262-5934, 
pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site: http://www.hollandamerica.com

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