Holland America Line Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of The Panama Canal With 28 Voyages In 2013-14

Holland America Line Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of The Panama Canal With 
28 Voyages In 2013-14 
Six ships to transit the Panama Canal with unparalleled itinerary offerings 
SEATTLE, July 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Six Holland America Line ships will sail 28 full 
and partial transits of the Panama Canal during the fall 2013 through spring 
2014 season, which coincides with the canal's 100(th) anniversary. Ranging in 
length from 10 to 22 days, the extensive itinerary options provide guests with 
more ways to experience the Panama Canal than any other cruise line. 
From September 2013 through April 2014, ms Amsterdam, ms Statendam, ms 
Veendam, ms Westerdam, ms Zaandam and ms Zuiderdam will transit the canal from 
six departure cities — including Veendam's new departure from Boston, Mass. 
— going between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. 
"The Panama Canal is a 'must see' for many travelers because of the historic 
technology and beautiful scenery," said Richard Meadows, Holland America 
Line's executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. "The 
Panama Canal changed travel by enabling easy travel between oceans, and it's 
exciting for us to make several canal cruises in the season celebrating its 
100(th) year." 
Sailing through the Panama Canal with Holland America Line is more than moving 
through the locks and lakes that make up this man-made marvel. The itineraries 
feature ports with attractions such as walking along the ramparts of a 
colonial Spanish castle, exploring ancient Mayan ruins or going on a "skywalk" 
in the Costa Rican rainforest. 
Six Holland America Line Ships Make Full Transits between Two Oceans Veendam 
makes the most Panama Canal transits for Holland America Line this season with 
four, including a new departure from Boston. The ship sails Oct. 19, 2013, 
from Boston or Oct. 23 from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego on a 21- or 17-day 
cruise, respectively. The ship will call at Port Canaveral and Key West, Fla.; 
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cartagena, Puerto Caldera, Corinto, Puerto 
Quetzal, Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta. 
Veendam returns to San Diego on a 14-day transit departing Feb. 8, 2014, then 
sails back to Fort LauderdaleFeb. 22 on an itinerary that includes scenic 
cruising in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, one of three tropical fjords in the 
world. The two February departures can be combined for a grand 29-day Panama 
Canal Collectors' Voyage. The ship makes its final transit of the season March 
30 from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale on a 15-day journey that calls at Puerto 
Vallarta, Huatulco, Puerto Quetzal, Corinto, Puerto Caldera, Cartagena and 
Half Moon Cay. 
Zaandam sails from Vancouver, British Columbia, or San Diego, Calif., to Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla., on an 18- or 15-day transit depending on embarkation port. 
The ship departs Sept. 15 or 18, 2013, respectively, and calls at Astoria, 
Ore.; Cabo San Lucas, Santa Cruz, Huatulco and Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto 
Caldera, Costa Rica, and Cartagena, Colombia. 
Sailing from Vancouver or San Francisco, Calif., to Fort Lauderdale, Zuiderdam 
departs Sept. 28 or Oct. 1, 2013, respectively, on a 20- or 17-day transit. As 
the ship sails from west to east, it will call at Astoria, Cabo San Lucas, 
Santa Cruz, Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Caldera; Fuerte Amador (Panama 
City), Panama; Cartagena and Half Moon Cay, the line's private Bahamian 
island. The ship will overnight at Fuerte Amador so guests can get an in-depth 
experience of Panama City's sights, sounds and flavors. 
Zuiderdam sails back to the West Coast April 18, 2014, from Fort Lauderdale on 
an 18- or 22-day transit to San Diego or Vancouver calling at Half Moon Cay, 
Curacao, Aruba, Puerto Caldera; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; 
Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; San Diego and Victoria, 
B.C. 
Guests looking for a shorter transit can take Westerdam's 14-day cruise from 
San Diego to Fort Lauderdale departing Oct. 19, 2013. The ship will call at 
Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Caldera and Cartagena. This 
itinerary also can be combined with a seven-day round-trip Fort Lauderdale 
cruise to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; 
and Half Moon Cay, making it a 21-day Collectors' Voyage. 
Westerdam returns to the West Coast April 15, 2014, with a 14- or 18-day 
transit from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego or Seattle, Wash. The trip includes 
calls at Cartagena, Puerto Caldera, Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, 
Cabo San Lucas, San Diego and Victoria. 
Statendam transits from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 15, 2014, 
on a 15-day cruise from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. Calls on that voyage 
include Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Puerto Quetzal, Corinto, Puerto Caldera, 
Cartagena and Half Moon Cay. The ship immediately returns to San Diego from 
Fort Lauderdale on a 15-day transit departing Jan. 30 that calls at Half Moon 
Cay, Cartagena, Puerto Caldera, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Zihuatenejo (Ixtapa), 
Mexico, and Cabo San Lucas, including scenic cruising in Golfo Dulce. 
Making the last transit of the season, Amsterdam sails from Fort Lauderdale to 
San Diego, Seattle or Vancouver on a 15-, 19- or 20-day voyage, respectively. 
After departing April 28, 2014, the ship calls at Half Moon Cay, Cartagena, 
Puerto Caldera, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Chiapas, Cabo San Lucas and 
Astoria. 
Convenient Roundtrip Panama Canal Cruises Offered from Florida Rounding out 
the Panama Canal offerings with 16 cruises from October 2013 through April 
2014, Zuiderdam features 10- and 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries that 
sail roundtrip Fort Lauderdale and explore the southern Caribbean with a 
partial transit of the canal. The 10-day route highlights the partial transit 
and calls at Half Moon Cay; Aruba; Curacao; Colon, Panama, and Puerto Limon, 
Costa Rica, while the 11-day cruise features the same ports of call with an 
addition of a port call to Cartagena, Colombia. 
Destination Brought to Life through On Location On-board Program During the 
sailings, guests can enjoy all of the onboard experiences that are exclusive 
to the premium cruise line. For example, with the new and engaging On Location 
program, guests can enjoy steel drum lessons or learn to weave and craft with 
palm leaves during Caribbean cruise days and listen to an authentic mariachi 
band during a Mexican fiesta on deck while visiting Mexican ports. In the 
Panama Canal, an expert historian recounts the history and drama of 
constructing the famous waterway. The itinerary sets the scene for guests to 
indulge in localized experiences that make time on board as enriching as 
visiting the ports of call through lectures, demonstrations and performances. 
Panama Canal cruise fares range from $899 for the 10-day itinerary to $2,599 
for an 18-day voyage. Fares are per person, double occupancy and do not 
include government taxes. 
For more information about the Panama Canal itineraries and Holland America 
Line, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) 
or visit www.hollandamerica.com. 
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Access all social media outlets via the Online Communities quick link on the 
home page at www.hollandamerica.com. 
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 February 2016. 
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 
FAX:     206-262-5934 
EMAIL:   pr@hollandamerica.com 
http://www.hollandamerica.com 
SOURCE: Holland America Line 
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