Holland America Line Announces 2007 Asia Pacific Cruises Ancient and Modern Cultures Contrast & Intrigue

SEATTLE, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Holland America Line returns to Asia and the Pacific in 2007 with cruises spotlighting cultural capitals and burgeoning tourist attractions of China, Japan, Korea, Eastern Russia, the South Pacific and Alaska on five sailings.

Asia Pacific cruising commences aboard the 1,258-passenger ms Statendam in spring of 2007 on three 14-day sailings between Hong Kong and Osaka followed by a unique 18-day Transpacific repositioning cruise from Osaka to Vancouver. Fall 2007 brings a popular 64-day Asia, Australia and Polynesian Explorer aboard the 1,380-guest ms Amsterdam cruising from Seattle to Singapore transiting the North Pacific and returning to North America by way of Southeast Asia, Australia and the South Pacific Seas enroute to San Diego.

“Asia is one of the hottest travel destinations of the 21st century,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “China, which is gearing up to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, is on the radar of savvy travelers the world over. Holland America Line is proud to provide premium cruises throughout Asia and the Pacific, visiting the region’s top attractions.”

CHINA, JAPAN AND KOREA – ANCIENT AND NEW

An enhanced itinerary for 2007 adds a visit to Chilung, the port city for Taipei in Taiwan, offers scenic cruising in the Inland Sea of Japan and a late night departure from Nagasaki. Other highlights of the 14-day adventure include overnight stays at Shanghai and Xingang giving ample time to explore — Shanghai, China’s largest metropolis provides access to the garden city of Suzhou while Xingang is gateway to the Forbidden City of Beijing, the Ming Tombs and Great Wall.

Guests may also venture deeper into Chinese antiquity uncovering the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century — the lifelike Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian. In Dalian, through the line’s extensive shore excursion offerings guests may meet with a Chinese family in their home; Pusan, Korea’s second largest city boasts famous resorts, parks, and ancient temples; and Nagasaki, is home to the stirring World War II Peace Memorial Park. This shoppers’ dream cruise is ideal for acquiring unique items such as a custom- tailored clothing or Asian art and jewelry.

Cruises departing on March 22, April 5 and April 19, 2007 sail between Osaka, gateway to classical Japan and Hong Kong where past, present and future are all on display.

An optional 6-night pre- or post-cruise package from Hong Kong delves deeper into China’s wonderful sights exploring Beijing’s myriad attractions and including a flight to Xian to see the famous Terra Cotta warriors. Guests can also experience the castles of shoguns, serene gardens, and ancient Buddhist temples while learning more about Japan with an optional 3-night pre- or post-cruise tour highlighting Osaka, Nara and Kyoto.

JAPAN, EASTERN RUSSIA AND ALASKA – BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE

On May 3, 2007, the ms Statendam sails on a Transpacific cruise weaving her way from Japan and the scenic Kuril Islands to the rugged Aleutian Chain, stopping at a remote Russian outpost and carries onward to the natural wonders in majestic Alaska, arriving 18 days later in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Travelers can combine the sizzling energy of Tokyo with intriguing places that follow a different rhythm. Nature holds sway on Hokkaido, the least developed of Japan’s four main islands, and takes center stage while cruising the Aleutian Chain and down the glacier-studded Alaskan coastline to Vancouver. Along the way, guests can explore Kamchatka’s volcanoes by ATV in Petropavlovsk, Russia; experience rugged Dutch Harbor and its picturesque setting; see massive Kodiak bears in their native habitat on beautiful Kodiak Island; and enjoy the wildlife of beautiful Czarist-era Sitka. Nature lovers will be in their element in Glacier Bay National Park where massive tidewater glaciers regularly calve huge icebergs in a stunning Ice Age display.

A 3-night pre-cruise tour featuring Nara, Japan’s ancient capital host to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Kyoto, where temples and gardens reveal the Japanese blend of art and architecture, completes the experience.

COMPREHENSIVE 64-DAY SAILING EMBRACES ASIA AND MORE

For total immersion into the contrasting cultures and countries of Asia and the Pacific, book a fall 2007 grand sweep of the North Pacific and South Pacific aboard the premium line’s 1,360-guest ms Amsterdam flagship, featuring 21 ports of call across three continents and five overnight stays featuring Tokyo, Xingang, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Padang Bai, Indonesia. This cruise offers convenient roundtrip departure from North America and encompasses most ports featured on spring Asia sailings as well as colorful Singapore, intriguing Indonesia and the alluring South Pacific.

Also available as two unique cruises, segment sailings end or begin in Singapore. The first 33 days focus on the North Pacific visiting Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The second 31 days reflect Polynesia and the South Pacific visiting Indonesia, Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Christmas Island and Hawaii.

Departing from Seattle on September 21, 2007, the 64-day Asia, Australia, and Polynesian Explorer voyage explores the North Pacific, visits Singapore mid-cruise on October 24 for segment embarkation and disembarkation, and then begins her South Pacific swing featuring a Thanksgiving feast under sail just before reaching San Diego on November 24, 2007.

MORE TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE WHILE IN PORT

Whichever sailing suits, Holland America Line makes Asia even more accessible by offering an extensive shore excursions program with a choice of city tours, shopping outings, active adventures and cultural activities; running the gamut from half- and all-day tours to overnight land packages. Guests can walk the Great Wall, have tea with a Chinese family, ride Tokyo’s Bullet Train, shop for Russian stacking dolls and experience the great outdoors on kayaking, fishing, hiking and wildlife tours. Shore excursions may be viewed online and are available for booking online approximately six months prior to sailing.

ENRICHING ONBOARD PROGRAMS ADD DEPTH AND FLAVOR

Holland America Line offers an array of cruise enhancements including the intriguing Explorations Speaker Series to pique the interest and shed light on history, culture and sightseeing attractions. Solo travelers enjoy an exceptional onboard experience with mixers and onboard Social Hosts. The new Culinary Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility featuring cooking demonstrations, tasting events and intimate hands-on cooking classes offered by award-winning chefs. On select cruises, guests can learn from and mingle with guest chefs from top restaurants and resorts, as well as experts in wine, chocolate and cheese, and leading cookbook authors and media personalities.

FIVE-STAR SHIP UNDERSCORES THE ASIA EXPERIENCE

Sailing aboard ms Statendam reveals the perfect blend of intriguing destination and luxurious onboard experience. Gracious, unobtrusive service, many fine dining options including the reservations-only Pinnacle Grill, and the intimacy of mid-sized ships with ultra-spacious staterooms distinguishes Holland America Line as a leader in global voyaging. Airy private verandahs and the largest, most comfortable and most finely appointed suites of any major cruise line are a popular draw for seasoned travelers. Leisurely days at sea offer the opportunity to take advantage of a wide array of activities and amenities.

The relaxed coffeehouse-style Explorations Café invites passengers to sip espresso drinks, browse through one of the most extensive libraries at sea and enjoy access to a variety of activities, resources and audio and video programming. Luxurious spa services in the recently expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon provide a rejuvenating retreat.

Fares for Asia cruises in 2007 start at $2,149 per person double occupancy for any of the three 14-day sailings while the May 3rd 18-day departure begins at $2,399. For the definitive Asia and Pacific experience — and a convenient trip back home — combine these cruises to create a 32-day sailing from Hong Kong to Vancouver departing on April 19, 2007 that starts at $4,699. Rates for the 2007 ultimate 64-day Asia, Australia and Polynesian Explorer voyage start at $10,499. Limited space is still available on 2006 Asia Pacific sailings.

For more information contact a travel professional; call 1-877-724-5425 or visit online at www.hollandamerica.com.

About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:CUK) ]

With the introduction of the 1,848-passenger ms Noordam in early 2006, Holland America Line’s fleet grows to 13 ships, offering nearly 500 cruises from more than 25 home ports. Itineraries range from two to 108 days long and visit all seven continents, including new Australia/New Zealand and Asia sailings, a world cruise and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Europe, South America, Hawaii and Canada/New England. The ms Noordam also will offer Caribbean sailings in the winter from new homeport New York City. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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