Holland America Line’s flagship ms Amsterdam will usher in 2010 with a 128-day round-trip Los Angeles, "Grand Holiday and World Voyage" featuring 13 overnight calls — the most ever offered by the line. Forty-five ports of call showcase some of the world’s most remote and exotic regions including South America, Africa, India and Antarctica.
An optional 14-day holiday cruise, when combined with the 114-day "Grand World Voyage," creates the 128-day roundtrip sailing from Los Angeles. The voyage begins with calls in Mexico and Central America, including a transit of the Panama Canal.
Guests wishing to sail after the holidays can embark January 6, 2010, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a 114-day "World Voyage." The voyage includes stops in Panama, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Antarctica, Namibia, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Guests then have the option of disembarking in Vancouver, Canada, April 25, or Seattle, April 26, or continuing on to Los Angeles.
Guests who book by September 30 may enjoy shipboard credits up to $1,000 per person, an exclusive shore event, liquor service, complimentary luggage delivery service to and from gateways, pre-paid service charges and welcome-aboard champagne, depending on the category booked. Cruise fares begin at $17,999 per person for the full 128-day "Grand World Voyage."
New holiday segments of "Grand World Voyage," a 47-day Los Angeles to Buenos Aires and a 61-day Los Angeles to Cape Town, also are available for booking and include airfare from select West Coast gateways and select East Coast and Central cities for $200 more. The special cruise-and-air fares for the 47-day segment begin at $7,299 and for the 61-day segment at $9,299.