Holland America Line Increases Capacity In Asia With Two Ships For 2013-14 Season

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ms Rotterdam and ms Volendam to sail new 14-day round-trip Singapore itineraries
- one including Myanmar - and exciting series of Collectors' Voyages
SEATTLE,  March 6, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line will position  ms
Volendam  and  ms  Rotterdam  in  Asia  for the 2013-14 season, increasing
capacity and adding more robust itineraries in the popular region. New expanded 
Singapore  sailings make it easier to sail round-trip from the bustling port and
experience exotic calls at destinations like  Myanmar  and  India.

The diverse 14-day itineraries and longer Collectors' Voyages - that combine
back-to-back itineraries into longer cruises - also feature extended and
overnight stays at some of  Asia's most iconic cities and provide travelers with
ample time to explore the region's diverse historical and notable landmarks. Two
extensive 51- and 53-day Collectors' Voyages in January and March, respectively,
provide comprehensive explorations of the region with visits to  Malaysia, 
Thailand,  Sri Lanka  and  Indonesia  while sailing from and to  Europe.  

"Asia  continues to flourish as a popular cruise destination, so the timing is
right to increase our capacity in the region and provide our guests with a
variety of exciting travel options to this magical area of the world," said 
Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs
for Holland America Line. "The enhanced itineraries offer guests an opportunity
to take in the rich Asian culture and even go inland to see some of the most
well-known sites."

New 14-day Asian Adventure Voyage

Departing  Feb. 17, 2014, from  Singapore,  Volendam  sails on a new round-trip
itinerary that stretches up to  Myanmar  and explores  Malaysia,  Thailand  and 
India. The 14-day cruise calls at  Malacca,  Penang, Porto Malai and Port Klang
(overnight),  Malaysia;  Phuket, Thailand;  Rangoon  (overnight),  Myanmar, and
Port Blair,  India. Port Klang is the gateway to the city of  Kuala Lumpur,
famous for its diverse architecture, Malay mosques, Hindu temples and 222-acre
Lake Gardens. With an overnight at  Rangoon, guests will have time to visit the
Shwedagon Pagoda - one of  Asia's greatest religious sites - with its gilded
domes that hover over the city protectively.  

New 14-day Indonesian Discovery Voyages

Rotterdamwill sail a series and  Volendam  will offer one departure of new
round-trip  Singapore  itineraries in 2014. The14-day voyages include calls at 
Jakarta; Semarang (Java); Lembar (Lombok); Komodo Island; Makassar (Sulawesi);
Probolinggo and Suabaya (Java), as well as an overnight stay at  Bali. Guests
will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with the infamous Komodo dragon
on Komodo Island, while an overnight at  Bali  gives time ashore to take in a
traditional fire dance performance or visit Besakih Temple, considered by the
Hindu Balinese to be their mother temple. Departure dates are  Jan. 6,  Feb. 14 
and 28, and  March 14, 2014.  

14-day Far East Discovery Voyages  

Volendam's14-day Far East Discovery voyages sail between  Hong Kong, China, and 
Singapore  and feature calls at Koh Samui and  Bangkok  (overnight),  Thailand;
Sihanoukville,  Cambodia, and Phu My,  Nha Trang,  Da Nang  and Halong Bay, 
Vietnam. Departure dates are  Dec. 9, 2013  (12-day sailing),  Jan. 6  and 20,
and  Feb. 3, 2014. The ship also offers a special 16-day Holiday voyage  Dec.
21, 2013, with overnights at  Hong Kong, Phu My and Laem Chabang (Bangkok). The
overnight at  Bangkok  enables guests ample time to do some shopping at the
spectacular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, or those looking for a more peaceful
experience can explore the serene golden temples and the Grand Palace.

14-day  China  and Japan Voyages

For  Volendam'sChina  and  Japan  voyages, guests can choose to sail between 
Hong Kong  and  Kobe  (Osaka),  Japan, or round-trip from  Kobe. The 14-day
cruises include overnight calls at Xingang (Beijing) and  Shanghai, China, and
day calls at  Dalian, China;  Pusan, South Korea, and  Nagasaki, Japan.
Departure dates are  March 17  and 31, 2014.  South Korea  is quickly becoming
one of the hottest destinations in  Asia, and guests will have the opportunity
to visit the country's Beomeosa Temple or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of
Gyeongju.  Beijing  brings millennia of history with a variety of sites in and
around the city, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall
and the 2008 Olympic Games National Stadium (aka the "Bird's Nest").

19-day Great Barrier Reef

Travel  Melbourne  to  Singapore  on the  Volendam  departing  Nov. 20, 2013. 
Featuring two days of scenic cruising in The Great Barrier Reef with stops at 
Sydney, Burnie (Tasmania), Hamilton Island, Cairns and Darwin,  Australia;
Komodo Island,  Bali  and Semarang,  Indonesia  before arriving  Singapore.

28-day Far East Adventure Collectors' Voyage

Volendam's 28-day Far East Adventure Collectors' Voyage from  Hong Kong  to 
Singapore  departs  Feb. 3, 2014, and combines back-to-back Far East Discovery
and Asian Adventureitineraries. The trip includes overnight calls at Laem
Chabang (Bangkok),  Rangoon  and Port Klang, as well as extended stays in many
of the region's favorite destinations. The itinerary includes ports in  Vietnam,
 Thailand,  Cambodia,  Malaysia,  Myanmar  and  India.

51-day Spice Route to Singapore Collectors' Voyage

Departing  Jan. 8, 2014, from  Rotterdam, the Netherlands, or  Jan. 9  from 
Southampton  (London),  England,  Rotterdam  sets course for  Singapore  on a
51- or 50-day Collectors' Voyage that calls at ports in  Portugal,  Spain, 
Malta,  Turkey,  Greece,  Egypt,  Oman,  India,  Sri Lanka,  Thailand,  Malaysia
 and  Indonesia. Highlights include a daylight transit of the Suez Canal, a late
departure from Safaga,  Egypt, and overnight calls at  Muscat, Oman;  Mumbai 
(Bombay),  India, and  Bali, Indonesia. On this extended journey, guests have
the chance to visit some of the world's most impressive landmarks, including
Ephesus in  Turkey, the Acropolis in  Greece, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings
in  Egypt, the Taj Mahal in  India  and the temple of Borobudu in  Java.
Additional Collectors' Voyage segments of 25-, 36-, 37- and 39-days are
available on this cruise.  

53-day  Indonesia, Arabia and India Discovery Collectors' Voyage

Departing  March 14, 2014,  Rotterdam  will sail a 52- or 53-day day Collectors'
Voyage from  Singapore  back to  Southampton  (London) or  Rotterdam  visiting
ports in  Indonesia,  Malaysia,  Thailand,  Sri Lanka,  India,  Oman,  Egypt, 
Greece,  Italy,  Spain  and  Portugal, including a daylight transit of the Suez
Canal. Highlights include  Java  and Komodo Island,  Indonesia; Port Klang, 
Malaysia;  Phuket, Thailand;  Colombo, Sri Lanka, and overnight calls at  Bali, 
Mumbai  (Bombay) and  Muscat. Additional Collectors' Voyage segments of 25-, 38-
and 39-days are available on this cruise.

Cruise fares begin at  $1,699  per person, double occupancy for the 14-day Far
East Discovery sailings;  $1,499  for the 14-day  China  and  Japan  cruises; 
$1,799  for the 14-day Indonesia Discovery departures;  $2,299  for the 19-day
Great Barrier Reef;  $3,599  for the 28-day Far East Adventure Collectors'
Voyage;  $5,699  for the 51-day Spice Route to Singapore Collectors' Voyage and 
$5,999  for the 53-day  Indonesia, Arabia and India Collectors' Voyage.

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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 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries
visit all seven continents and highlights include  Antarctica,  South America, 
Australia/New Zealand  and  Asia  voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular
sailings to ports in the  Caribbean,  Bermuda,  Alaska,  Mexico,  Canada/New
England,  Europe  and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order
from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than  $500 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, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and new
stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's
Dream Beds.

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exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Princess
Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and
a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people
to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
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