Seattle, Feb. 11, 2009 â€” Holland America Line will add to its schedule of round-trip Sydney, Australia, sailings in 2010. The line has created three exciting 14-day cruises aboard ms Volendam geared to exploring the vast region that encompasses Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Two cruises, departing Jan. 20 and Feb. 28, are set to spend more time discovering the multifaceted terrain of New Zealand than any other premium cruise, while a third, departing Jan. 6, highlights the South Pacificâ€™s exotic beauty.
â€œOur 14-day, roundtrip Sydney cruises are the perfect answer for a relaxing holiday escape,â€ said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America Line. â€œTravelers will pay calls to some of the most intriguing and exciting ports throughout New Zealand, including Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland and the most breathtaking islands in the South Pacific. At the same time, guests can indulge in our five-star, award-winning serviceâ€”all at an incredible value.â€
Guests on board Volendam for the Jan. 6, 14-day Pacific Treasures cruise will kick-start the year sailing through the breathtaking vistas of the South Pacific. As the ship departs Sydney it makes a beeline for Noumea, New Caledonia, and the heart of French Polynesia. Here, guests will leisurely explore the regionâ€™s culture with additional calls at Mouli and Ile des Pins, New Caledonia; Port Vila and Luganville, Vanuatu, and Lautoka and Levuka, Fiji, before returning to Sydney.
The 14-day New Zealand Discovery cruise, departing Jan. 20 and Feb. 28, provides Kiwis-at-heart with a unique opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes throughout the country. Both the north and south islands of New Zealand, each with incredibly vibrant and lush scenery, will be explored with six different port calls and extensive scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park â€” a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Additionally, Holland America Line is one of the few premium cruise lines calling at Picton, the gateway to the South Island and the hub of Marlborough Soundsâ€™ thriving wine country.
Between the two New Zealand Discovery cruises, departing Feb. 3, Volendam will also sail a 14-day Sydney-to-Auckland itinerary.
Fares begin at just $1,599 per person, double occupancy, for the 14-day Pacific Treasures cruise and the 14-day New Zealand Discovery cruise. A 34-day Australia Circumnavigation cruise, departing March 14, will spend two days sailing the coastline of the Great Barrier Reef during daylight hours. Fares for this 34-day voyage begin at $4,599. Additionally, fares for the lineâ€™s 26-day Australia and South Pacific cruise from Sydney to Vancouver, British Columbia, departing April 17, begin at $2,699. Volendam will sail both the 34-day Australia Circumnavigation and 26-day Australia and South Pacific itineraries.
The Holland America premium cruise experience
At the heart of every Holland America 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. 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 each of the Grand Voyages to offer unique and enriching perspectives on regional art, history and culture. The Explorations CafÃ© â€” powered by the New York Times â€” enables guests to stay connected to loved ones.
When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore excursions including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations, Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection excursions.
For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Lineâ€™s voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.