Holland America Line's 2013 Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage Features Guest Speakers, Guest Chefs And Local Entertainment

Holland America Line's 2013 Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage Features Guest 
Speakers, Guest Chefs And Local Entertainment 
Segments from 21 - 43 days available 
SEATTLE, July 31, 2013 /CNW/ - When ms Amsterdam departs on its 75-day Grand 
Pacific and Far East Voyage Sept. 20, 2013, it's going to feature a whole lot 
more than beautiful ports, tantalizing cuisine and award-winning service. 
Holland America Line has added four guest chefs, eight guest speakers and 
local entertainment in several ports as part of the line's new On Location 
activity program. Shorter voyage segments of 21 - 43 days are still available. 
The Culinary Arts Center — presented by Food & Wine magazine — will host 
four chefs on different segments of the voyage who will whip up their favorite 
dishes with a local flair reflecting the region where they are sailing. Guests 
will enjoy cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, question-and-answer sessions 
and hands-on cooking classes with the chefs in the ship's full show kitchen. 
Scheduled to join the voyage are: 


    --  Joseph Caputo (Sept. 20-29), culinary educator, author and
        chef/owner at Zuppa del Giorno and Catering by Joseph in
        Scranton, Pa.
    --  George Geary (Oct. 10-23), former pastry chef at Disney Corp.,
        culinary journalist, author and educator
    --  Paulette Mitchell (Nov. 3-23), ethnic cuisine instructor and
        food markets of the world specialist
    --  Naomi Kakiuchi (Oct. 24-Nov. 2), sushi expert, Asian cuisine
        specialist and president of NuCulinary

Guests wanting to enrich their minds and expand their knowledge can attend 
lectures by eight guest speakers who will give presentations throughout the 
voyage:
    --  Dr. John Palmisano (Sept. 20-29) holds a Ph.D. in marine
        biology and has studied sea otter ecology in Alaska and the
        decline of wild Pacific salmon.
    --  David Smith (Sept. 20-29) is a professional photographer and
        travel writer who has published the "Digital and Travel
        Photography Tutorial" CD and "Travel Photography — Tips
        and Techniques" DVD.
    --  Joseph Kess (Sept. 29-Oct. 14) is the retired emeritus chair in
        Japan and Asia-Pacific Relations of the Center for Asia-Pacific
        Initiatives at Canada's University of Victoria. He is an
        elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was inducted
        into the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese
        government.
    --  Architectural historian Sandra Millikin (Sept. 29-Oct. 23) was
        assistant curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects
        Drawings Collection, which is now housed in London's Victoria
        and Albert Museum. She also was a lecturer at Open University.
    --  Professor Roberta Sloan (Oct. 14-Nov. 17) has produced,
        directed and acted in more than 200 productions. She has taught
        at Marymount College, Huntingdon College, University of
        Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma, and received a
        Kennedy Center Medal.
    --  Stephen Sloan (Oct. 14-Nov. 17) is professor emeritus at the
        University of Oklahoma. He is a pioneer in research and
        teaching on terrorism, and his book "Simulating Terrorism" has
        been used to conduct exercises internationally. Sloan is the
        author of 13 books and consults for the U.S. government and
        internationally.
    --  Melvyn Foster (Oct. 23-Nov. 17) has lectured extensively as a
        destination, wildlife and maritime speaker. He has an interest
        in maritime history and commerce, particularly the Atlantic and
        Pacific liners, and has personally logged more than 75 Atlantic
        and Pacific crossings.
    --  Elizabeth Foggin (Nov. 17-Dec. 4) holds a Ph.D. in Applied
        Social Sciences from Universite de Montreal. Her research and
        thesis explored the experience of leisure and tourism of people
        with reduced physical abilities. She is co-author of a study
        and report commissioned by United Nations' Asia Pacific office
        concerning "Barrier-Free Tourism in the Asia Pacific Region."

As part of the On Location program, Amsterdam guests can participate in 
activities such as lei making, ukulele lessons, hula classes and Hawaiian 
language classes. In Honolulu, Hawaii; Kobe (Osaka), Japan; Shanghai and Hong 
Kong, China, and Papeete, Tahiti, local performers will entertain guests 
during special evening performances in the ship's main show lounge. The 
itinerary sets the theme for guests to indulge in localized experiences that 
make time onboard as enriching as visiting the ports of call.

Guests also can fill their time onboard with other activities or simply relax 
and catch up on personal time with amenities such as the Greenhouse Spa & 
Salon, Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times or Digital Workshop 
powered by Windows®.

Amsterdam embarks on its 75-day Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage from 
Vancouver, B.C., or Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 20 or 23, 2013, 
respectively, and returns to Los Angeles. The itinerary features an in-depth 
exploration of Hawaii, Micronesia, China, Japan, the Philippines and French 
Polynesia, as well as maiden calls at the exotic ports of Majuro, Marshall 
Islands, and Pohnpei, Micronesia. With overnights at Hong Kong and Shanghai; 
Kobe (Osaka), Japan, and Singapore, guests have more time to experience the 
culture and atmosphere of the region.

Rates start at $9,999 per person, double occupancy, for Amsterdam's 75-day 
Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage departing Sept. 20. Segments ranging from 21- 
to 43-day sailings also are available starting at $2,499 per person, double 
occupancy.

For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 
or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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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, 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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