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Highlights include round-trip Hong Kong

and maiden ports in China, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines


Seattle, March 3, 2008 — Holland America Line will feature a selection of nine unique voyages to the Asia Pacific region in 2009. For the first time next fall, ms Volendam will sail to destinations throughout the Pacific, calling at exotic locales in China, Southeast Asia, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Russia. A convenient new round-trip Hong Kong itinerary is offered and for guests looking to add to their port repertoire, the 2009 Asia Pacific voyages also include four maiden ports of call: Puerto Princesa, Philippines; Otaru, Japan; Sanya, Hainan, China; and Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan.

The enticing itineraries offer a comprehensive exploration of over a dozen of the most popular Pacific Rim nations on cruises from 14- to 19-days that were designed to enable guests to combine cruises for a truly unique and extended experience of up to 66 days. The Explorations Speaker Series provides further opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the region with lectures focused on select ports of call.


“Asia Pacific is a must-do for experienced travelers, and Holland America Line continues to raise the bar on the premium cruise experience with our exceptional itineraries and engaging ports of call not found with other lines,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “We strive to offer our guests innovative and exciting destinations and onboard activities that bring them back year after year for new adventures.”


First round-trip Hong Kong sailing for Holland America Line

For guests wanting a new adventure, Holland America Line offers a round-trip Hong Kong itinerary for the first time. The 14-day journey departs Oct. 26, 2009, and explores the ancient wonders and mysteries of China and Vietnam.  Guests enjoy an overnight stay in Shanghai where shopping abounds and a visit to the tranquil Yuyuan Gardens awaits. A maiden call at Sanya, Hainan, a popular resort area in China, enhances the alluring itinerary.


New Southeast Asia itinerary features maiden port of call

From Singapore to Hong Kong, Volendam is set to explore Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, offering two itineraries – a 14-day cruise starting April 4 and a 12-day cruise starting Nov. 7, 2009.  Highlights of the new 14-day itinerary include a maiden call at Puerto Princesa in the Philippines, famous for its crocodile farms, underground rivers and dive spots. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape. An overnight stay in Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, allows guests plenty of extra time for shopping and exploring the city’s amazing pagodas and temples.


Great Wall of China, Forbidden City explored on 14- and 16-day voyages

On Volendam’s 14- and 16-day China, Japan and Korea cruise, there’s plenty of time to explore the palaces and tombs that dot the ancient lands, take in the tranqui
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