Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam And ms Volendam Return To Australia/New Zealand For 2013-14 Season

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Series of cruises 'Down Under' feature 12 Collectors' Voyages and 10 itineraries
SEATTLE,  April 2, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Holland  America Line's  ms Oosterdam 
and  ms Volendam  will return to  Australia,  New Zealand  and the South Pacific
islands for the 2013-14 season with a series of sailings that will visit more
than 50 ports of call. During the voyages guests will have the opportunity to
experience the region's incredible wildlife on land and in the sea, including 
Australia's legendary Outback and the world's largest coral ecosystem, the Great
Barrier Reef, during a complete circumnavigation of the continent.

Guests can select from a series of multiple departures ranging from 10- to
14-day sailings round-trip from  Sydney, Australia, or  Sydney  to or from 
Auckland, New Zealand, between  October 2013  and  March 2014.  New Zealand 
itineraries give guests a chance to experience some of the most amazing scenic
cruising in the world, including the dramatic Fiordland National Park and Bay of
Plenty, renowned for its majestic beaches. These itineraries also visit both the
North and South Islands of  New Zealand  with calls at the popular ports of 
Wellington, Napier and Tauranga.

"Over the past few years the popularity of the  Australia  region has grown
tremendously because of its beauty, diversity and friendly citizens, with many
travelers making it their top 'must-do' trip of a lifetime," said  Richard
Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for
Holland America Line. "Our array of itineraries includes popular ports, stunning
island visits, extended stays, overnight calls and enticing pre- and post-cruise
options to make the trip 'Down Under' a memorable experience."

Australia,  New Zealand  and South Pacific Voyages
In 2013-14  Oosterdam  sails a total of four 14-day  Australia  and  New Zealand
 cruises from  Auckland  to  Sydney  or reverse  Oct. 27  and  Nov. 10, 2013,
and  Feb. 2  and 16, 2014. Featured ports of call include  Melbourne, Australia;
Hobart,  Tasmania;  Dunedin, Akaroa,  Wellington, Napier, Gisborne and 
Christchurch, New Zealand, and scenic cruising at Fiordland National Park.
Cruise fares begin at  $1,599  per person, double occupancy.

Three 14-day New Zealand Discovery voyages depart on  Oosterdam  round-trip from
Sydney  Dec. 8, 2013, and  Jan. 19  and  March 16, 2014. During those voyages
throughout  New Zealand  port calls include  Auckland,  Christchurch,  Dunedin,
Akaroa, Gisborne, Milford Sound, Napier, Tauranga and the Bay of Islands. Cruise
fares begin at  $1,499  per person, double occupancy.

Five additional sailings to  Australia,  New Zealand  and the South Pacific
include  Oosterdam's  14-day Pacific Treasures cruises round-trip from 
SydneyNov. 24  and  Dec. 22, 2013  (holiday voyage), and  Jan. 5  and  March 2 
and 30, 2014. Those cruises feature more exotic and lesser-known tropical ports
at the South Pacific islands of  Vanuatu,  New Caledonia  and  Fiji. Cruise
fares begin at  $1,499  per person, double occupancy.

Longer Unique Itineraries including Australia Circumnavigation
Holland  America Line  offers several longer itineraries throughout the season,
including  Volendam's  34-day Australia Circumnavigation. This voyage is
round-trip from  SydneyOct. 20, 2013, and features more than 20 ports as well as
scenic cruising in the remote Ribbon Reef and Far North Regions. Calls during
the counterclockwise trip around the continent include  Brisbane, Hamilton
Island, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Exmouth, Freemantle (Perth  overnight),
Esperance,  Port Lincoln,  Adelaide  (overnight), Kangaroo Island,  Melbourne 
and Burnie,  Australia; Hobart,  Tasmania; Komodo Island,  Indonesia, and a
beautiful sunrise call at Lizard Island and sunset call at Booby Island off the
coast of  Australia. The ship also visits the Great Barrier Reef, one of the
seven wonders of the natural world. Cruise fares begin at  $4,999  per person,
double occupancy.  

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, Hamilton Island, Cairns and Darwin,  Australia; Komodo Island, 
Bali  and Semarang,  Indonesia  before arriving in  Singapore. Cruise fares
begin at  $2,299  per person, double occupancy.

Trans-Pacific Crossing Itineraries
One-of-a-kind itineraries also are offered at the beginning and end of the
season sailing from  North America  to the Pacific region.  Volendam's  21- or
24-day South Pacific Crossing departs  Los Angeles, Calif., or  Vancouver, B.C.,
for Sydney  Sept. 25  and  Sept. 28, 2013.  Oosterdam's 24- or 27-day South
Pacific Crossing departs  Los Angeles, Calif., or  Seattle, Wash., for Sydney 
Sept. 29  and  Oct. 2, 2013, and includes an overnight call at  Honolulu,
Hawaii.  Oosterdam  returns to  North America  on a 28- or 29-day South Pacific
Crossing from  Sydney  to  Seattle  or  VancouverApril 13, 2014.

The repositioning cruises provide an excellent opportunity to visit the South
Pacific and  Hawaii, as well as enjoy more relaxing days at sea. Cruise fares
for the trans-Pacific sailings begin at  $1,899  per person, double occupancy.

Collectors' Voyages
Ranging from 28 to 58 days,  Australia,  New Zealand  and South Pacific
Collectors' Voyages on  Oosterdam  and  Volendam  are perfect for avid explorers
who seek a more extensive cruise experience. The voyages combine back-to-back
itineraries and represent the best per-day value for guests. Holland  America
Line  sails a total of 17 Collectors' Voyages, affording the most in-depth
exploration of this diverse region with extended itineraries visiting multiple
destinations and more days at sea. Cruise fares for the Collectors' Voyages
begin at  $2,799  per person, double occupancy.

Extended Stays and Pre- and Post-Cruise Tours
Guests are able to maximize their cruise experience at select calls throughout
these voyages that feature a late departure or overnight visit allowing for
evening shore excursions or longer independent explorations. Extended-stay ports
include Hobart,  Tasmania; Noumea,  New Caledonia;  Honolulu  and  Lahaina,
Hawaii, and  Suva, Fiji. Cruisers looking to make the most out of their time in 
Australia,  New Zealand  and the South Pacific can add a three- or five-night
pre- or post-cruise land tour to the Great Barrier Reef,  Ayers Rock/Uluru
National Park or The Blue Mountains National Park, home to the famous "Three
Sisters" rock formation.    

For more information and cruise fares, contact a professional travel agent, call
1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit  www.hollandamerica.com.

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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 all
new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.

World's Leading Cruise Lines
Holland  America Line  is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, 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
destinations.  Visit us at  www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

 CONTACT:  Sally Andrews               
 PHONE:    800-637-5029, 206-262-5870  
 FAX:      206-262-5934                
 EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com       


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