Holland America Line has announced its 2010 Grand Voyage itineraries, giving clients the choice of either the full, 114-day Grand World Voyage or one of the Grand Voyages, ranging from 51- to 70-days. The four globe-spanning odysseys visit South Africa, China, Antarctica and South America, the Great Barrier Reef and the the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
For the 114-day Grand World Voyage departing January 6 from Fort Lauderdale, FL, the line's flagship, ms Amsterdam, sails an eastbound route after first moving west through the Panama Canal and sails down the coast of South America before rounding Cape Horn and exploring Antarctica. The ship will then cross the Atlantic to Africa, sail around the southern tip of the continent to the Indian Ocean and on to Asia and Canada en route to Los Angeles. Guests may shorten their voyage by disembarking in Vancouver, B.C., April 25 or Seattle April 26, making the voyage 109 or 110 days.
With 12 overnight calls, guests will have two full days to explore the heritage and culture of Panama City, Panama; Callo (Lima), Peru; Buenos Aires; Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria (Seychelles); Mumbai, India; Singapore; Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xingang (Beijing), China; Kobe (Osaka) and Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan.
The Prinsendam, Holland America Line's Elegant Explorer, will sail two back-to-back Grand Voyages in 2010, the first departing January 13 on a 70-day, Grand South America and Antarctica cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. During the voyage, Prinsendam will circumnavigate South America and spend seven days exploring the Amazon River. On the other end of the continent, the ship spends three days cruising in Antarctica.
Guests who always have wanted to explore Europe without flying overseas can do so when Prinsendam departs Fort Lauderdale March 24 on a 54-day roundtrip cruise to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The ship sails across the Atlantic to Mediterranean ports in more than 10 countries, including Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey.
The journey includes overnight stays in Barcelona, Lisbon, and Istanbul, as well as late-night departures in Athens and Santorini, Greece. After sailing westward back across the Atlantic and calling at Bermuda, the cruise ends in either New York or Fort Lauderdale.
In the fall, Amsterdam departs September 24 on a 69-day voyage from Seattle that follows a westward route toward Asia. After visiting Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Saigon in Vietnam; Bangkok in Thailand; and Kampong Saom, Cambodia, Amsterdam continues on to Darwin, Australia, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Following calls throughout Australia, the ship heads east through the South Pacific and visits Honolulu in Hawaii, before ending at San Diego.
Reservations can be made now for all four Holland America Line 2010 Grand Voyages, and early-booking bonus amenities for full-cruise guests include airfare, prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and limousine transfers when booking select stateroom categories; amenities vary by cruise and booking date.