Press Release Source: Holland America Line

Tuesday February 7, 5:52 pm ET
Four Ships, 15- to 66-Day Cruises, Sixty Ports on 25 Sailings in 2006 & 2007

SEATTLE, Feb. 7 -- Holland America Line continues to broaden its successful South America cruise program, announcing new voyages for 2006 and 2007 that enhance accessibility and link sights on multiple continents.

Three new sailings take guests to a range of exotic ports and diverse destinations such as crossing the Atlantic from Africa to Brazil, journeying through the great locks of the Panama Canal, strolling the Malecons (boardwalks) of Manta, Ecuador, cruising the mighty Amazon River or penguin watching in Ushuaia the world's southernmost town.

"We've gone to great lengths to deliver the diversity of this stunning continent, and it is showing in the increasing popularity of South America cruises," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "Holland America Line is committed to being an innovator of intriguing itineraries and offering guests special features, including our award-winning Explorations Speaker Series to complement the destination and inside passage sailing for optimal scenic viewing of the Chilean Fjords."

These unique 15- to 66-day voyages complement the company's popular 16-day South America Explorer and 20-day Antarctic Experience voyages. Four ships will visit a total of 60 ports on 25 sailings during 2006 and 2007, with some cruises conveniently offering multiple ports of embarkation. Shore excursions feature the Argentine Pampas, Chilean wine countries, Antarctic landscapes, tango shows, penguin colonies and rushing waterfalls. The ships will stay overnight in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, Brazil.

Four ships -- the 793-passenger ms Prinsendam, 1,316-passenger flagship ms Rotterdam and 1,258-passenger ms Veendam -- will sail to South America January to April and September through December in 2006 and 2007. Experts from the Royal Geographic Society will join the cruises to give insights on ancient cultures, migrating penguins, forests, glaciers and other regional phenomena.

Twelve 16-day South America Explorer Cruises

Rio's red-hot culture melds into blue-white brilliance as the Rotterdam glides south to glacial regions on 12 cruises between Valparaiso, Chile, and Rio, January through March, November and December of 2006 and 2007. Holland America Line features inside-passage sailing through the Beagle, Cockburn and Darwin channels and Strait of Magellan for ideal glacier and wildlife viewing. Cruises include Euro-chic Montevideo, Uruguay. Fares start at $1,899.

Three 20-day Antarctic Experience Cruises

Holland America Line, the first of major cruise lines to explore Antarctica, again will offer three in-depth Antarctic Experience sailings on Dec. 22, 2006, Jan. 11 and Dec. 18, 2007. The Rotterdam will reveal the resplendent inlets, natural ice sculptures and waddling penguins of Elephant, Paulet, Deception, Anvers and Petermann islands. Guests may fly over Antarctica on a flight-seeing tour, visit the verdant Tierra del Fuego National Park, or take a photo safari to Puerto Montt's Osorno Volcano. Fares for these cruises between Rio and Valparaiso start at $3,499.

2006 Amazon River and Panama Canal Adventure

On a Sept. 24, 2006 sailing, the Veendam will offer embarkation in Vancouver, Seattle or Los Angeles for a 34-, 33- or 30-day, respectively, cruise to Tampa. The ship will glide down the Pacific coast and transit the Panama Canal, visiting, among others, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Oranjestad, Aruba; and St. George's, Grenada. Then, she will spend a week in the Amazon, calling at Parintins, Santarem, Boca da Valeria and staying overnight in Manaus. Fares start at $4,499.

Sojourning in the South Atlantic in 2006 and 2007

The Rotterdam offers a blend of cities and tropics on four Southern Transatlantic crossings between Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon in spring and fall of each year. Port calls include Canary and Cape Verde islands, eccentric Salvador and canal-laced Recife, Brazil. Fares start at $1,779.

Fall 2006 Taste of Two Continents Cruise

On Oct. 17, 2006, the elegant 793-passenger Prinsendam will sail from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale, stringing together lush Amazonian jungles with West African coasts to find amber deserts, exotic markets and roaming animals along a dozen port calls. Shore excursions feature the enigmatic Pink Lake near Dakar, Senegal, a quad bike desert ride, a journey to Marrakech, and canal boat tours down Amazon tributaries. The ship will call at 20 ports, including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Walvis Bay Namibia; Georgetown, Ascension Island; Fortaleza and Belem, Brazil; and Bridgetown, Barbados. Fares for the 46-day cruise start at $8,139. Guests may board in Cape Town on Nov. 8 for a 24-day cruise, with fares starting at $4,649.

Fall 2007 Amazon Explorer Cruise

On Nov. 24, 2007, the Prinsendam will make a novel voyage roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale to the Amazon. She will spend five days in the Caribbean, visiting Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Gustavia, St. Barts; Castries, St. Lucia; and Kingston, St. Vincent. After crossing the Equator and celebrating the King Neptune ceremony of ancient sea legend, guests will visit French Guiana's intriguing Devil's Island, known for beautiful butterflies and its legendary prison of the Napoleon era. The Prinsendam will continue through the Amazon River to the captivating jungle villages of Boca da Valeria, Santarem, Parintins and Manaus. Returning to Florida, the ship will continue making Caribbean port calls, including St. Georges, Grenada; Road Town, Tortola; and Half Moon Cay. Fares start at $4,799.

Circle South America & Antarctica Grand World Voyage

And finally, an epic grand voyage around South America aboard the Prinsendam takes in 17,400 nautical miles to 33 ports in 14 countries. This 66-day roundtrip sailing, departing Jan. 5 from Ft. Lauderdale, combines travel down the captivating Amazon River with four days of scenic cruising around the white wonders of Antarctica. The ship calls at nine ports in Brazil -- including tropical Recife, culturally diverse Salvador and three nights in Rio de Janeiro -- and seven Chilean ports, featuring the beautiful Bavarian lake district of Puerto Montt, the Emerald forests of Puerto Chacabuco, and fascinating Antofagasta, with its myriad lakes, geysers, deserts and volcanoes. The cruise also offers overnights in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Callao (Lima), Peru; and Manaus, Brazil. Other highlights include Devil's Island, known for the expansive prison where Napoleon banished political prisoners, Caribbean Turks and Caicos, and the charming San Blas Islands, inhabited by the Cuna Native Americans. Fares start at $12,499.

Guests may purchase two- to five-night pre- and post-cruise packages featuring Rio and Iguazu Falls; Lima, Peru, Machu Picchu and Santiago, Chile; and an extended Rio de Janeiro stay to see samba shows and Sugarloaf Mountain. Fares start at $291 per person, double occupancy.

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

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

With the introduction of the 1,918-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 and visit all seven continents, including new Australia/New Zealand and Asia sailings, a world cruise, South America and the Amazon, and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada/New England, Mexico and Europe. The ms Noordam also will offer Caribbean sailings in the winter from new homeport New York City and a full season of Mediterranean sailings May through September on two new itineraries roundtrip from Rome.

Holland America Line's $225 million, fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements feature new programs and amenities including 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 will provide cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new cabin amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush-top Mariner's Dream Beds. Signature of Excellence enhancements will be completed on 10 ships at the start of 2006 and all 13 ships by the fall of 2006. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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