Elegant Explorer – ms Prinsendam – Explores The World In 2006

Options Embrace Around-the-World Voyage, Jungles of the Amazon, Undiscovered Europe, Exotic Africa, Polar Ice Cap, and More

SEATTLE, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Holland America Line’s 793-guest ms Prinsendam embarks in 2006 on a series of 18 innovative itineraries that sail from North America to South America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As The Elegant Explorer plies its way across the sea, she will call at 148 intriguing ports of call on the diverse sailings.

“The voyages of the ms Prinsendam celebrate our company’s unique expertise in creating diverse, compelling itineraries,” stated Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “For travelers with a passion for distinctive longer voyages, our new 2006 itineraries are brimming with potential from our first-ever cruising of the Polar Ice Cap to exclusive shore excursions in exotic Tripoli and pre- and post-cruise vacation options in places such as India and Europe.”

Guests may also combine voyages for back-to-back cruising with little to no port repetition. For example passengers may embark in Amsterdam on July 31, 2006 and disembark in Athens on October 1 with only two repeat ports of call.

The Prinsendam’s 2006 schedule includes overnights in several ports for optimum enjoyment of colorful cultures. The various itineraries offer three days in Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Mombasa, Mumbai, St. Petersburg and Venice; or choose two days in Buenos Aires, Manaus, Amsterdam, Gdansk, Marseille or Puerto Ordaz.

Agile World Cruiser The intimate Prinsendam is perfect for epic voyages. The elegant liner impresses upon entering either bustling world class ports or exclusive seaside towns accessible by only smaller vessels. Carrying just 793 guests, the ship offers spacious staterooms, many with private verandahs and walk-in closets. Guests enjoy tempting dining options both elegant and casual, multiple swimming and soaking pools, and the lavish Greenhouse Spa. The new Explorations Speaker Series provides insight and background on the sailing region, and the entertainment line-up includes spectacular Vegas-style revues, special guest headliners, festive gala balls and themed events. A tantalizing array of optional excursions tempts guests to explore ashore with unique activities such as a trek to the remote North Cape towering 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean or foray into Libya from Tripoli to the once forbidden ruins of Sabratha or visit the amphitheater of Leptis Magna, circa 56 AD.

Itinerary highlights include:

Amazon Explorer Cruise — 25 to 28 days The heart of this extraordinary itinerary, from New York on April 23 or Ft. Lauderdale on April 26, 2006, is the unforgettable “Amazon Experience” – scenic cruising, stimulating ports and awe-inspiring jungle adventures. The Caribbean ports of call add Jamaica, Aruba and Bonaire to Grenada, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Tortola and Half Moon Cay, the line’s private island, then returning to Ft. Lauderdale.

Enchanting Europe — 14 to 34 days Summer and fall are the perfect times to explore ancient trade routes. Adventure-seeking itineraries range from 14 to 34 days and include marvels from Scandinavia and the North Cape to Rome, Istanbul, Alexandria, Tunisia and Morocco. Eight cruises depart May 21 through October 1, 2006. One special journey is the 21-day Midnight Sun Explorer cruise that explores Norway’s fjords, sails north of the Arctic Circle to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen and features scenic cruising of the Polar Ice Cap before moving on to Iceland, the Shetland Islands and then Scotland. Cruise fares start at $2,899.

A Taste of Two Continents — 22 to 46 days Two choices for the travel connoisseur focus on the exotic sights of Africa and continue in the southern latitudes reaching South America and the Amazon River. The full 46-day voyage departs from Lisbon on October 17 and a 22-day segment leaves from Cape Town on Nov. 8, 2006. In Africa, some of the several ports visited include Casablanca, Morocco; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Lome, Togo; Douala, Cameroon; and Walvis Bay and Luderitz, Namibia. Crossing to South America, guests will explore the British territories of St. Helena and Ascension Island in the Atlantic; Natal, Fortaleza, Belem, and Santarem, Brazil; Barbados; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

Southern Caribbean Escapes — 10 and 14 days Lovely Caribbean isles set the stage for an idyllic holiday season. December 6 and December 22, 2006 departures sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale and feature Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Barbados, Grenada, and the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

Grand World Voyage Limited space is available on the exclusive 108-day “Circle of The Sun” Grand World Voyage departing Jan. 5, 2006. Holland America Line’s 2006 Grand World Voyage covers 36 destinations, 22 countries, six continents — South America, Antarctica, Africa, India, Egypt, Libya and the Mediterranean — and 30,000 nautical miles. The voyage crosses the equator four times and includes nine maiden ports of call. Mother Nature provides an added thrill when the 793-passenger ms Prinsendam arrives off the coast of Turkey on March 29, 2006 — an ideal place and time to view a total solar eclipse.

For more information on the 2006 Voyages of the ms Prinsendam, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit online.

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