Seattle, WA (Nov. 11, 2008) – Holland America Line unveiled its 2010 Grand Voyage itineraries, giving cruisers the opportunity to choose either the full, 114-day Grand World Voyage or one of the Grand Voyages, ranging from 51- to 70-days. The four globe-spanning odysseys encompass the savannah of South Africa, the treasures of ancient China, the mysteries of Antarctica and South America, the warm, azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the marvels of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
“The Grand Voyage itineraries for 2010 are among the most exciting ever offered,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. “Regardless of whether guests wish to cruise a 114-day Grand World Voyage or one of our 51- or 70-day Grand Voyages, Holland America offers the best value for extended travel to the world’s most captivating and heralded countries in the world.”
114-day Grand World Voyage Features 12 Overnight Ports of Call, Antarctica
Amsterdam returns to world cruising in 2010 with a 114-day Grand World Voyage departing January 6 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The line’s flagship, ms Amsterdam, sails an eastbound route, but first moves west through the Panama Canal and sails down the coast of South America before rounding Cape Horn and exploring Antarctica. Amsterdam will then cross the Atlantic to Africa, sail around the southern tip of the continent to the Indian Ocean and on to Asia and Canada en route to Los Angeles, Calif. Guests are able to shorten their voyage by disembarking in Vancouver, B.C., April 25 or Seattle, Wash., April 26, making the voyage 109 or 110 days, respectively. Segments ranging from 17 to 47 days are available for those who wish to sample some of the world’s most fascinating countries.
The itinerary, which takes the ship to 40 ports on six continents, features 12 overnight calls–the most ever included on a Holland America Line world cruise. With the overnights, guests will have two full days to explore the heritage and culture of Panama City, Panama; Callo (Lima), Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria (Seychelles); Mumbai, India; Singapore; Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xingang (Beijing), China; Kobe (Osaka) and Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan.
Port collectors will be able to add to their list a maiden call at Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile, where Alexander Selkirk was marooned in 1704, thus inspiring the classic novel, “Robinson Crusoe.” Hundreds of optional shore excursions, an array of overland tours and the opportunity to visit 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites add color to this epic voyage.
Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage features spectacular scenery
Prinsendam, Holland America Line’s Elegant Explorer, will sail two back-to-back Grand Voyages in 2010. The 793-guest ship first departs January 13 on a 70-day, Grand South America and Antarctica cruise round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. During the voyage, Prinsendam will circumnavigate South America and spend seven days exploring the Amazon River. On the other end of the continent, the ship spends three days cruising in Antarctica, a rare journey for many travelers.
This Grand Voyage aboard Prinsendam also will feature opportunities to visit Machu Picchu and IguaÃ§u Falls, passage through the Panama Canal, four equatorial crossings and an impressive total of nine different ports in Brazil. Guests will enjoy maiden calls at Iquique and Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile, as well as overnight stays in Manaus and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires; Callao (Lima), Peru; and Fuerte Amador, Panama.
Turkish Bazaars and Greek Gods on the Grand Mediterranean & Black Sea Voyage
Guests who always have wanted to explore Europe without flying overseas are able to do so when Prinsendam departs Fort Lauderdale March 24 on a 54-day round-trip cruise to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The ship sails a leisurely eastbound course across the Atlantic where the history, art and culture of Europe await. The extensive Mediterranean exploration calls at ports in more than 10 countries, including Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey.
Overnight stays in Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal and Istanbul, Turkey, as well as late-night departures in Athens and Santorini, Greece, and Lisbon, Portugal, allow ample time for shopping and discovering some of the world’s most renowned and historic ports. After sailing westward back across the Atlantic and calling at Bermuda, the cruise ends in either New York – shortening the voyage to 51 days – or Fort Lauderdale.
For guests wishing to explore both sides of the Atlantic without taking an international flight, the Grand South America and Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea voyages aboard Prinsendam can be combined to form a 124-day epic journey that sails round-trip Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 13, 2010.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef on the Grand Australia and Asia Voyage
In the fall, Amsterdam departs Sept. 24 on a 69-day voyage from Seattle that follows a westward route toward Asia. After visiting myriad mystical Asian ports such as Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China; Saigon, Vietnam; Bankok, Thailand; and Kampong Saom, Cambodia, Amsterdam continues on to Darwin, Australia, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The ship will spend three full days exploring the world’s largest coral reef system, with cruising through both major regions: the Far North and Ribbon Reef. Following calls throughout Australia, the ship heads east through the South Pacific and visits Honolulu, Hawaii, before ending at San Diego, Dec. 2, 2010.
Overnight stays in Sydney, Australia; Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, and Xingang (Beijing), Shanghai and Hong Kong, enhance the itinerary. Additional highlights include the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China, the famed Sydney Opera House and Pearl Harbor.
Shorter segments are available on all of the Grand Voyages.
2010 Grand Voyage reservations can be booked now
Reservations can be made now for all four Holland America Line 2010 Grand Voyages, and 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 four Grand Voyages are available to book for the full cruise or in segments as short as 17 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy, and fares start at $20,999 for Amsterdam’s 113-day Grand World Voyage departing Jan. 6, 2010; and $19,999 for Amsterdam’s 109-day Grand World Voyage, also departing Jan. 6,2010; $13,899 for Prinsendam’s 70-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage departing Jan. 13, 2010; $9,499 for Prinsendam’s Grand Mediterranean and Black Sea Voyage departing March 24, 2010; and $11,499 for Amsterdam’s 69-day Grand Asia and Australia Voyage departing Sept. 24, 2010. Fuel supplement charges are additional.
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© – powered by the New York Times – 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 Line’s Grand Voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.