Holland America Line Features Robust Lineup Of South America Voyages Fall 2013
Through Spring 2014 Season
Three ships to visit more than 40 ports of call around South America
SEATTLE, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - From fall 2013 through spring 2014, four of
Holland America Line's premium ships will sail to South America on a series of
cruises that will explore more than 40 ports of call that span from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., around Cape Horn up to Vancouver, British Columbia. With
vibrant cultures, breathtaking scenic cruising and once-in-a-lifetime
adventures, guests can choose from a variety of itineraries on ms Zaandam, ms
Maasdam, ms Statendam and ms Prinsendam.
The voyages range from 13 to 49 days and include Zaandam's full season of
cruising and a popular 49-day port-intensive "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer"
voyage aboard Maasdam in early 2014. A 26-day "Amazon Explorer" cruise in
November 2013 on Prinsendam is another highlight of the line's 2013-14 South
"South America is very popular with our guests because it's exotic, mysterious
and adventurous with a wide diversity of cultures and scenery," said Richard
Meadows, Holland America Line's executive vice president of sales, marketing
and guest programs. "Guests can experience incredible 'must-do' moments with
us, from seeing penguins in Antarctica and visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu
to exploring the Amazon River and witnessing Carnaval from a seat in the
To start the South America cruising season, Zaandam departs Fort
LauderdaleOct. 18, 2013, on a 17-day "Inca Discovery" voyage to Valparaiso
(Santiago), Chile. The itinerary includes a full transit of the Panama Canal
in addition to an extended port call at Manta, Ecuador, and an overnight at
Callao (Lima), Peru.
From November 2013 to April 2014, Zaandam will sail a series of six 13-day
itineraries between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and one 18-day
cruise departing Nov. 30, 2013, from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The
sailings include multiple days cruising the scenic fjords and national parks
of Chile, calls at exotic locations such as Ushuaia (the southernmost town in
the world), sailing around Cape Horn and a visit to the Magellan Strait —
gateway to Antarctica. A call at Puerto Madryn, Argentina, affords guests an
opportunity to encounter Magellan penguins, sea elephants, sea lions and seals
up close in their natural habitat.
Guests looking to spend the holidays exploring Antarctica can take Zaandam's
21-Day South America and Antarctica Holiday cruise that sails from Rio de
Janeiro to Valparaiso. This special sailing features overnight calls at Rio
and Buenos Aires, and three days of scenic cruising through the Antarctic
Sound to the Palmer Archipelago on the northwestern coast of the Antarctic
Peninsula. Guests also will enjoy rounding Cape Horn and scenic cruising
through Drake Passage, Glacier Alley, the Beagle Channel, Strait of Magellan,
Canal Sarmiento and the Chilean fjords. Additional calls include Montevideo,
Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, and Puerto Montt, Chile.
Two 21-day "South America & Antarctica Explorer" sailings on Zaandam between
Valparaiso and Buenos Aires depart Jan. 8 and 29. Those extended voyages also
sail farther south past Ushuaia for scenic cruising through the Antarctic
Sound to the Palmer Archipelago, with calls in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay
along the way.
Zaandam then sets out March 30 on a new 33-day "South America Passage Inca
Discovery" repositioning voyage that takes the ship from Buenos Aires to
Vancouver. Guests looking to disembark in the United States can take the
29-day segment that ends at San Diego, Calif. The month-long journey takes
guests to 11 countries and an extreme variety of climates, from the scenic
blue ice of Glacier Alley to the tropical landscapes of Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico. A 16-day segment from Valparaiso to San Diego also is available.
Statendam Sails Two Inca Empire Collectors' Voyages In November 2013 and March
2014, Statendam sails two cruise itineraries that can be combined to form a
longer Inca Empires Collectors' Voyage. A 16-day itinerary departs San
DiegoNov. 3, 2013, and a 15-day option departs March 16, 2014, and heads south
to Callao (Lima). Guests on this segment will enjoy two overnight calls at
Huatulco, Mexico, and Callao, as well as calls at Cabo San Lucas; Puerto
Chiapas, Mexico; Fuerte Amador, Panama; and Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru. The
Nov. 3 cruise adds an overnight at Fuerte Amador, Panama.
The 15-day Inca Empires segment departs Callao Nov. 19 and March 31 after an
overnight call and sails back to San Diego. Statendam calls at ports in seven
countries on this itinerary, with stops at Manta, Ecuador; Puerto Caldera,
Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, and Manzanillo and
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The two voyages can be combined to form a 30- or 31-day Collectors' Voyage
that sails round-trip San Diego.
Explore the Amazon, Experience Carnaval on Maasdam Aboard Maasdam, guests will
sail a 49-day "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer" conveniently sailing roundtrip from
Fort LauderdaleFeb. 7, 2014.
The cruise will call at 25 ports, including all three of the "ABC Islands" —
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — Barbados, 11 ports in Brazil, the Cayman
Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago. The ship
will cross the equator three times during the voyage and venture deep into the
heart of the Amazon River. Another highlight of the itinerary is Carnaval, a
festive celebration often referred to as the world's largest party that
coincides with an extended call at Rio from March 2-4. Extended calls at three
ports — Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao, and Salvador de Bahia,
Brazil — as well as overnights at Rio and Manaus, Brazil, allow extra time
ashore to enjoy historical and cultural attractions.
Shorter segments of Maasdam's "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer" are available for
guests with less time. The 23-day segment departs Fort Lauderdale for Rio de
JaneiroFeb. 7, and the 26-day segment departs Rio de Janeiro for Fort
LauderdaleMarch 2, and includes the Amazon River cruising and two-night call
at Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.
Prinsendam's 26-day Amazon Explorer Departing Nov. 26, 2013, Prinsendam sails
south once again on a 26-day Amazon Explorer voyage roundtrip from Fort
Lauderdale. During the cruise the ship will sail throughout the Caribbean and
spend nine full days on the Amazon River, with an overnight call at Manaus.
Shore Excursions, Overland Tours in South America HollandAmerica Line guests
can experience some of the most iconic and world-famous South American
attractions and destinations by taking an award-winning shore excursion or
in-depth overland tour, many of which visit UNESCO World Heritage sites.
A selection of featured tours includes: Iguazu Falls: Natural Wonder of the
World — This unforgettable tour enables guests to see the awe-inspiring
Iguazu Falls, located at the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Guests
will ride a train to Devil's Throat (a cliff at Iguazu Falls) and take a
guided walk to view the falls. The spectacular display is made up of 250 giant
cascades twice the height of Niagara Falls.
Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland Adventure — This fascinating excursion
includes a sightseeing drive through colonial Cuzco to see the main square and
cathedral, followed by a Vistadome train ride along the Urubamba River and a
coach ride to Machu Picchu — the Lost City of the Incas — at an elevation
of 7,874 feet.
Patagonian Experience: Otway Sound & Penguin Reserve — During this
adventure, guests will take a motor coach ride across mostly unpaved roads and
farms bordering Otway Bay for magnificent views of the Pinto Range. The tour
also enables guests to see thousands of Magellan penguins near their caves and
Drive to Tierra del Fuego National Park — Tierra del Fuego encompasses the
city of Ushuaia, Cape Horn, the Magellan Strait and is a gateway to
Antarctica. This national park was created to protect the southern portion of
the sub-Antarctic forest. Today it provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy
the Andes and the region's forests, rivers and lakes, and is home to a wide
variety of birds. A short stop at Lapataia Bay, the southernmost place that
can be reached by road, also is included on this tour.
Experiencing More of South America through "On Location"
Through the line's "On Location" enrichment program, local traditions,
culinary tastes and cultural experiences come to life both onboard and ashore
to deepen guests' appreciation of the destinations they are exploring. In
South America, this might mean learning to cook Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri
Sauce in the Culinary Arts Center, Tango lessons from a professional South
American dance expert, a Gaucho-themed barbecue on deck with traditional South
American food and Spanish lessons.
Cruise fares begin at $2,499 per person, double occupancy, for the 31-day
cruise, $999 for the 16-day segment and $1,599 for the 15-day segment.
Cruise fares for South America departures range from $999 per person, double
occupancy, for a 16 -day Inca Empires sailing to $5,999 per person for the
49-day "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer."
For more information about the South America 2013-14 season and Holland
America Line, contact a travel professional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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CCL and CUK)] HollandAmerica 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.
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