Holland America Line Details ms Amsterdam's 2015 Grand World Voyage

When ms Amsterdam departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 5, 2015, the cruise will span 114 days and call at 45 ports in 25 countries on six continents..

Eight segments ranging in length from 22 to 57 days are available from departure ports along the route. Highlights of the roundtrip Fort Lauderdale journey include 11 overnight calls in some of the world’s most exciting cities, transits of the Panama and Suez canals, crossing the equator and International Date Line, visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, evening theme balls, local entertainment and a host of other activities.

Following Amsterdam’s departure from Fort Lauderdale, the ship will take a westerly course from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a daylight transit of the Panama Canal. Once the ship reaches the South Pacific, guests will enjoy an overnight call at Papeete, French Polynesia. Amsterdam will explore six Polynesian islands before heading to New Zealand for an overnight call at Auckland.

Amsterdam then sails west along the southern coast of Australia after an overnight call at Sydney. Extra time in the port allows for an evening at the Sydney Opera House, the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or an overland tour to Ayers Rock. Guests also will have extra time Down Under with overnights at Adelaide and Perth (Fremantle). The Australia exploration is enhanced with additional calls at Melbourne, Albany and Geraldton.

The ship makes its way to Asia with an overnight call at Bali, Indonesia, before touching the island of Java. Blending Asian traditions with a western cityscape, Singapore is the next overnight call, as well as the departure point for an overland tour to Cambodia and Angkor Wat.

Amsterdam continues its northwesterly course with calls at Malaysia and Thailand before an overnight call at Thilawa (Rangoon), Myanmar. The ship visits Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Cochin, India, before overnight calls at Mumbai (Bombay), India, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From Mumbai, guests can go overland to visit the Taj Mahal.

Following calls in Oman, Egypt and Jordan, Amsterdam transits the Suez Canal on its way to the Mediterranean. Guests explore 13 ports in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, including an overnight call at Piraeus (Athens), Greece, before a leisurely Atlantic crossing and return to Fort Lauderdale.

Reservations are open for Amsterdam’s 2015 Grand World Voyage, and guests who pay in full by July 31, 2014, receive a three-percent discount off the cruise fare.

Early Booking Amenities for full Grand World Voyage guests who book by July 31 include prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and a complimentary shore excursion or champagne for select stateroom categories. Guests booking a segment of the Grand World Voyage by July 31 receive a shipboard credit that varies depending on stateroom category.

The Grand World Voyage is available to book for the full cruise or in segments starting at 22 days. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy. Rates start at $19,999 for Amsterdam’s 114-day Grand World Voyage departing Jan. 5; $5,299 for the 30-day segment from Fort Lauderdale to Auckland departing Jan. 5; $6,499 for the 35-day segment from Fort Lauderdale to Sydney departing Jan. 5; $5,199 for the 27-day segment from Auckland to Singapore departing Feb. 5; $8,899 for the 46-day segment from Auckland to Dubai departing Feb. 5; $4,199 for the 22-day segment from Sydney to Singapore departing Feb. 10; $7,899 for the 41-day segment from Sydney to Dubai departing Feb. 10; $10,599 for the 57-day segment from Singapore to Fort Lauderdale departing March 4; and $6,699 for the 38-day segment from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale departing March 23.  

For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.