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November 21, 2004

108-Day Grand World Cruise on Holland America Line


Total Solar Eclipse Highlights Holland America Line‚??s 2006 Grand World Voyage

Announcing 108-Day ‚??Circle of the Sun‚?Ě Cruise, Reserve Space Now
Seattle ‚?? Holland America Line‚??s 2006 Grand World Voyage covers 36 destinations, 22 countries, six continents and 30,000 nautical miles. The voyage crosses the equator four times and includes nine maiden ports of call. Mother Nature provides an added thrill when the 793-passenger ms Prinsendam arrives off the coast of Turkey on March 29, 2006 ‚?? an ideal place and time to view a total solar eclipse.

‚??A Grand World Voyage represents Holland America Line at its finest, it is the experience of a lifetime,‚?Ě said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. ‚??This ‚??Circle of the Sun‚??itinerary is designed with ‚??destination collectors‚?? in mind. Classic cities and unspoiled, lesser-known places offer guests unsurpassed opportunities to explore their world.‚?Ě

The 2006 Grand World Voyage features South America, Antarctica, Africa, India, Egypt, Libya and the Mediterranean. Nine maiden calls explore new territories including two ports in re-emerging tourist hotspot, Libya; overnights in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Mombasa, and Mumbai also know as Bombay. Hundreds of optional shore excursions and a number of overland tours add interest to this epic voyage.

‚??Circle of the Sun‚?Ě Offers Unique Travel Opportunity

Wonders unfold as Prinsendam sets sail on January 5, 2006 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for sun-swept Caribbean shores and breathtaking Brazil. Adventures abound along the jungle-clad Amazon River and the boulevards and beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

The electric cities of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, are a fitting prelude to the ethereal beauty of the white continent of Antarctica. The scenic glory of South Africa is spotlighted by visits to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay. The journey continues to the dazzling beaches of Madagascar and Comoros, and then visits Tanzania and Kenya. The breathtaking scenery in the Seychelles leads to exotic sights and sounds in Cochin and Mumbai, India.

Cruising to Egypt includes a daylight transit of the historic Suez Canal. While sailing between Antalya, Turkey, and Crete, Greece, guests will experience a total solar eclipse. Continuing onward, Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, reveal myriad delights of this once-forbidden land; Catania, Naples and Civitavecchia show off the warmth and flavors of Italy; and Corsica offers a taste of France. Sailing into the Atlantic, Prinsendam drops anchor in Cadiz, Spain, and Madeira, Portugal, before arriving in Ft. Lauderdale on April 20, completing the Grand World Voyage in New York City on April 23, 2006.

The Leader in Global Voyages Offers Great Value

Since the company‚??s first Grand World Voyage in 1958, Holland America Line has earned a stellar reputation for offering world cruises on ships ideally suited for extended cruising. Holland America Line‚??s five-star ‚??Elegant Explorer,‚?Ě Prinsendam, pampers 793 privileged guests in spacious staterooms, many with private verandahs, treating them to a host of exclusive world voyage amenities plus ever-changing menus, social hosts, themed events, enrichment lectures, fitness programs, cooking and wine demonstrations, dance classes, golf, bridge and more.

Intriguing 14- to 108-day cruise segments fit any schedule or budget. Substantial benefits, including complimentary first class air, prepaid gratuities and shipboard credits are available for full voyage clients who book higher categories by February 20, 2005. Mariner Society members and guests who have sailed previously on any world cruise save US$1,500-$2,000 per person; past Holland America Line Grand World Voyage guests save an additional US$500-$1,000 per person. All segment guests who book by May 9, 2005, earn shipboard credits based on the category and length of the segment purchased. Clients who pay in full by May 31, 2005 can save up to an additional US$4,500 per person.

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Posted by Denise at November 21, 2004 06:44 PM
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