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Seattle, Nov. 20, 2007 — Holland America’s 2009 South America and Antarctica cruises are teeming with ideal opportunities to journey to exotic destinations and explore the ends of the earth. With new itineraries and more sailings than ever before, guests can choose from an impressive 18 cruises on ms Statendam, ms Prinsendam or flagship ms Amsterdam.


The diverse itineraries, which range from 13 to 68 days, include spectacular scenic cruising through the fjords and glaciers of Chile, the opportunity to visit some of the most remote sites in the world like Deception Island in Antarctica and Iguazú Falls, and experience two of the New Seven Wonders of the World chosen in a consumer poll in July: Machu Picchu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Overnight stays in several port favorites allow guests plenty of time to become immersed in local culture and traditions.


“Our South America and Antarctica itineraries are extremely popular because more travelers are seeking cruises with an adventurous edge that take them to unique and interesting locations,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America Line. “By having three ships in South America in 2009, we are able to offer the most extensive program in the region of any major cruise line.”


Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage offers dramatic scenery, Amazon adventures

Prinsendam departs Jan. 2 on a 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During the cruise, the ship will circumnavigate South America and spend seven days exploring the Amazon River. On the other end of the continent, Prinsendam spends three days cruising in Antarctica, a rare journey for most travelers.


On this Grand Voyage, Prinsendam will visit 32 ports in 14 countries, including 13 different ports in Brazil. Guests will enjoy maiden calls at Itajai, Brazil, as well as several overnight stays.


New itineraries journey to countries throughout the Americas

Holland America Line’s new 18-, 19- and 22-day itineraries aboard Amsterdam treat guests to overnight calls as well as a maiden port. Departing Valparaiso on April 2, Amsterdam explores Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico, where optional excursions to Machu Picchu, Mayan ruins and UNESCO sites await. The 18-day itinerary disembarks in San Diego, Calif., while the 22-day cruise ends in Seattle, Wash.


Those wishing to get way from the winter chill can join Amsterdam’s Dec. 2 sailing from Los Angeles to Valparaiso, where guests enjoy 19 days of warm summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere. The itinerary features a maiden call at Corinto, Nicaragua, which has the largest Cathedral in Central America as well as the Ruins of Leon, one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas.


Uncover the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu and the Panama Canal

Statendam’s exciting new Inca Discovery cruise takes the ship to Central and South America and the Mexican Riviera. Ranging from 13 to 27 days, guests will have the opportunity to explore exciting ports in five Latin American countries: Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica, as well as visit Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island. Adventure awaits as the ship departs Fort Lauderdale Jan. 10, and sails to San Diego via a full transit of the Panama Canal


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