Holland America Line's 2014 Grand World Voyage Takes ms Amsterdam On 113-Day Exploration To 38 Ports On Five Continents

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Ship to sail a Southern Hemisphere route including west coast of Africa
SEATTLE,  April 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- On  Jan. 4, 2014, Holland America
Line's  ms  Amsterdam  will depart  Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on an epic 113-day
round-trip journey around the world that will touch the shores of 38 ports
across five continents. Rather than taking a traditional course, the  Amsterdam 
will cross the equator four times on the 2014 Grand World Voyage and sail a
route that deeply explores the Southern Hemisphere.  

For guests who want to take part in this annual tradition but have less time on
their hands, eight segments ranging in length from 20 to 86 days are available
from departure ports along the route. Seven overnight calls, evening theme
balls, local entertainment brought on board and a host of other highlights
ensure every segment is exciting and memorable.

"When it comes to a dream vacation, our Grand World Voyage is as special as you
can get due to its length, number of ports and exotic destinations, and our 2014
voyage is no exception," said  Richard Meadows, executive vice president,
marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "Every year we
like to change the Grand World Voyage itinerary so each journey is one of a kind
and features calls that offer some of the most sought-after sights and
experiences in the world."

Following  Amsterdam's  departure from  Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the ship will
take a westerly course from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a daylight
transit of the Panama Canal. Two full overnights at Callao,  Peru, enable guests
to take an overland tour to Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the
Incas and one of the most breathtaking sites in the world.  

Easter Island  remains on the "must see" list of every avid traveler for its
remote location and eerie  moai  sculptures, and guests on this voyage will get
to visit it and  Pitcairn Island  before an overnight call at Papeete,  French
Polynesia.  Amsterdam's  guests will explore six more ports in the South Pacific
before heading Down Under to  Australia.

For the 2014 Grand World Voyage,  Amsterdam  sails up the east coast of 
Australia  following an overnight call at  Sydney. Extra time in one of the most
popular ports on the journey allows for an evening at the famed  Sydney  Opera
House, the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or an overland tour to
 Ayers Rock. The ship also calls at  Brisbane  and Yorkeys Knob (Cairns), 
Australia.

Two calls at  Papua New Guinea, lead the way to Yap Island,  Micronesia, which
features lush greenery, beautiful beaches and a diverse marine life including
the fascinating giant manta ray. The ship then calls at Cebu and  Manila,
Philippines, before an anticipated arrival at  Hong Kong, China, where guests
will have an overnight visit to take in the bustling markets, historic sites and
vibrant culture.

Blending Asian traditions with a pristine western cityscape, next guests will
have an overnight call at  Singapore  to get to know the bustling city. This
call also acts as the departure point for an overland tour to  Cambodia  and
Angkor Wat, one of the most important archaeological sites in  Southeast Asia.  

The ship continues its westerly course to  Phuket, Thailand, and  Colombo, Sri
Lanka, before heading south and calling at the stunning island port of 
Victoria, Mahe, in the  Seychelles. An overnight call at this picture-perfect
paradise allows for time to relax on the beaches and wander through the colorful
Victoria Botanical Gardens.

Amsterdam's  African exploration continues with calls at  Port Louis, Mauritus,
and La Possession,  Reunion, before spending time at two South African ports.
Guests will have the opportunity to visit  Durban  - the largest city in  South
Africa  - before an overnight call at  Cape Town, one of the most iconic cities
in the world. The ship then makes its way up the west coast of  Africa  with
calls at Walvis Bay,  Namibia, which touches the edge of the Namib Desert; the
remote island of  Jamestown,  Saint Helena, where  Napoleon Bonaparte  spent his
last days;  Georgetown, Ascension Island, with its historic World War II
connection and 44 volcano craters;  Banjul, Gambia, where a camel safari, canoe
adventure and the Abuko Nature Reserve await, and finally  Dakar, Senegal, one
of west  Africa's largest cities and home to a newly completed African
Renaissance Monument.

Following a call at Mindelo,  Cape Verde, nearly 400 miles off the coast of 
Africa,  Amsterdam  sets a course for the  Caribbean  on the final leg of the
Grand World Voyage. Guests will have three days on the tropical islands of 
Barbados,  Dominica  and  St. Maarten  before concluding the journey at  Fort
Lauderdale.

A Grand Onboard Experience
Sailing on Holland America Line's Grand World Voyage is a cruise experience
unlike any other. Onboard amenities are elevated to the highest degree. The
finest service is always nearby, with nearly one crewmember for every two guests
and many of them Grand Voyage veterans. A different dining experience is offered
every day, with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of exquisite food and fine
wine from around the world, including regional specialties that highlight the
ports of call. Entertainment features local cultural and folkloric shows,
special guest headliners, illuminating speakers and many other festive events
and galas.

Reservations are now open for  Amsterdam's  2014 Grand World Voyage, and
early-booking bonus amenities for full Grand World Voyage guests who book by 
May 31, 2013, include prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage
delivery service and a complimentary shore excursion or event for select
stateroom categories.  

Guests booking a segment of the Grand World Voyage by  May 31, 2013, in select
categories of staterooms and suites receive a shipboard credit that varies
depending on category.

The Grand World Voyage is available to book for the full cruise or in segments
starting at 20 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy. Rates start
at  $19,999  for  Amsterdam's  113-day Grand World Voyage departing  Jan. 4; 
$6,499  for the 37-day segment sailing  Fort Lauderdale  to  Sydney  departing 
Jan. 4;  $10,699  for the 57-day segment sailing  Fort Lauderdale  to  Hong Kong
 departing  Jan. 4;  $15,999  for the 86-day segment sailing  Fort Lauderdale 
to  Cape Town  departing  Jan. 4;  $3,899  for the 20-day segment sailing 
Sydney  to  Hong Kong  departing  Feb. 11;  $9,999  for the 49-day segment
sailing  Sydney  to  Cape Town  departing  Feb. 11;  $5,999  for the 29-day
segment sailing  Hong Kong  to  Cape Town  departing  March 3;  $10,499  for the
56-day segment sailing  Hong Kong  to  Fort Lauderdale  departing  March 3, and 
$4,799  for the 27-day segment sailing  Cape Town  to  Fort Lauderdale 
departing  April 1.

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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