SEATTLE, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Announcing an expanded 2008 season, Holland America Line continues to explore the colorful culture of South America. Included in the new program are additional sailings, new itineraries and more cruises to Antarctica than ever before.
"No one offers more diverse and remarkable views of South America than Holland America," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "The popularity of this exotic and complex region continues to grow and Holland America once more offers new itineraries, extended stays and maiden ports. From the captivating tropics of the Panama Canal to the ethereal icy beauty of South Chile, we have the continent covered."
New itineraries for 2008 include an expanded 20-Day South America Explorer and Antarctica cruise aboard the ms Rotterdam, a 26-Day Inca Discovery cruise on the ms Statendam, a 22-Day Americas Discovery Cruise on the ms Amsterdam, a 26-Day Amazon Explorer cruise on the ms Prinsendam, and a 32 to 36-Day Panama Canal and Amazon Explorer cruise aboard the ms Veendam.
20-Day South America Explorer & Antarctica Experience
For 2008, Holland America Line will offer the popular 20-Day South America Explorer and Antarctica Experience on the ms Rotterdam with an additional sailing added offering a choice of two departures in January. Holiday sailings will continue to be available in December 2007 and 2008, with the latter aboard the ms Amsterdam. New for 2008 is an expanded Antarctica experience exploring the Wilhelm Archipelago, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Sound.
16-Day South America Explorer
Discover Rio's red-hot culture as the ms Rotterdam rounds Cape Horn to glacial regions between Valparaiso, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February through March 2008. Holland America Line features inside-passage sailings through the Beagle, Cockburn and Darwin channels and Straight of Magellan for extensive scenic fjord and glacier cruising. Plus, two full days in Buenos Aires, Argentina, allowing plenty of time to enjoy an evening of tango or take an optional excursion to thunderous Iguazu Falls.
16- to 28-Day Tri-Continent Sojourn
Stay onboard the ms Rotterdam in April and sail from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon, Portugal on a 16-Day Tri-Continent Sojourn through South America, Africa and Europe. Or journey from Rio de Janeiro to Athens, Greece for an extended 28-Day Sojourn and Mediterranean journey.
13- to 26-Day Inca Discovery Cruise
The expanded 2008 season includes a brand new 26-Day Inca Discovery Cruise aboard the ms Statendam in November. This cruise sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, with 13-day options (Ft. Lauderdale to Callao and Callao to Ft. Lauderdale). It explores five Central and South America countries and offers two full transits of the Panama Canal, one in each direction on the 26-day full cruise. The itinerary features an extended stay of two nights in Callao (Lima) Peru.
Both the Inca Discovery Cruise and the Americas Discovery Cruise offer guests the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, Peru, one of the recently named new Seven Wonders of the World.
22-Day Americas Discovery Cruise
A new unique itinerary to the Mexican Riviera, Central and South America has been added for 2008. This cruise aboard the ms Amsterdam explores ports in the Americas including Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Manta (Quito), Ecuador; Callao (Lima), Peru (overnight); General San Martin, Peru and Arica, Chile. A visit to Lauca National Park, a UNESCO Global Biosphere Reserve in a dramatic setting of mountains, volcanoes and one of the highest lakes in the world, or a visit to Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are among the featured optional shore excursions.
Amazon River and Panama Canal
With the increasing popularity of the Amazon River, two voyages are available in 2008. The 32 to 36-Day Panama Canal & Amazon Explorer aboard the ms Veendam in September and the 26-Day Amazon Explorer aboard the ms Prinsendam in November. With a choice of departures from Vancouver or San Diego to Tampa, the ms Veendam voyage combines the manmade wonders of the Panama Canal with the natural wonders of the Amazon Basin in Brazil. The ms Prinsendam will sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale and features two maiden ports of call including Macapa, Brazil, the gateway to the Amazon River, and Alter do Chao, Brazil, known as Ilha do Amor or Island of Love. Both itineraries feature seven to eight days cruising the Amazon River with an overnight in Manuas, the furthest navigable point on the river for ocean-going vessels.
2008 Grand South America & Antarctica Highlights
For those guests who want to truly experience everything that South America has to offer, this is the ultimate journey. Beginning in January, a single voyage will take guests to every key region of this great continent with the added excitement of three days of dramatic scenic cruising in the great white continent of Antarctica all without a single international flight. Limited staterooms on shorter segments between Ft. Lauderdale, Callao (Lima), and Buenos Aires are available. Journey more than 17,400 nautical miles and visit 30 unique ports in 14 different countries; this is a complete exploration of South America.
For more information contact a travel professional; call 1-877-724-5425 or visit online at http://www.hollandamerica.com.
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 and Grand World Voyages; 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.
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