Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holland America Line announces 2010 Australian season

Travel the World, general sales agent for Holland America Line, announces 2010 Australian season early bird cruise sale

ms Volendam, the beautiful garden-themed liner from the renowned Holland American Line fleet is returning to our shores in November 2010. Holland America Line's 2010 season in Australia will include a record number of Sydney roundtrip cruises as well as the first Sydney roundtrip cruise that celebrates Christmas and New Year at sea.

The 2010 cruise season will begin with a 14-day Pacific Treasures cruise on 5 November. ms Volendam will take in the idyllic isles of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji as it sails to the islands of the South Pacific through some of the most pristine waters in the world. Guests will visit Noumea, Mouli and Ile Des Pins in New Caledonia where they can dive and snorkel along its coral reef and in the world's largest lagoon. The ship will also call at the island of Vanuatu with its potpourri of cultures and magnificent natural harbour, as well as Lautoka and Levuka in Fiji, known for its sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear seas. Early bird prices start at $2,060 per person twin share for an inside cabin and includes all meals, accommodation and entertainment onboard as well as taxes and cruise NDA's.

On 19 November, ms Volendam will offer a 14-day Australia and New Zealand cruise that sails from Sydney to Auckland via Melbourne and Burnie, one of Australia's least visited ports. In New Zealand, ms Volendam will make calls at the ports of Wellington, Napier, Christchurch, Tauranga, Dunedin and Picton. The itinerary also features extensive scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) as well as Milford Sound. Guests can take in the breathtaking views of the region's extreme scenery, ranging from glaciers to mountain ranges and sandy beaches to volcanic plateaus. This cruise has early bird prices from $2,115 per person twin share.

A reverse itinerary from Auckland to Sydney will depart on 3 December 2010, which will also offer highlights in Hobart, exploring the beautiful Tasmanian locale. This cruise has early bird prices from $1,973 per person twin share.

For the first time, Holland America Line will offer a 16-day Australia and New Zealand cruise roundtrip from Sydney during the festive Christmas and New Year period. Departing on 17 December 2010, the cruise will combine the region's diverse scenery and rich culture with seasonal fun and festivities – such as a visit from Santa complete with gifts, roving carollers and a tree lighting ceremony. Ports of call on this cruise include Canberra (Bateman's Bay), Australia; Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland and Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Prices start from $2,575 per person twin share.

With a guest capacity of 1,432, ms Volendam is a luxurious cruise liner that boasts an incredible collection of artworks and floral tapestries. There are three restaurants onboard all offering exquisite cuisine incorporating regional ingredients and recipes. Guests can also indulge in the ship's onboard facilities, which include two outdoor swimming pools, a spa and salon, fitness centre, cinema, casino, tennis and basketball courts, library and duty-free shopping.

ms Volendam will continue to offer a selection of 14-day cruises in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in early 2011 before sailing onto Asia at the end of March.

To make a booking or obtain further information, please contact Travel the World on 1300 766 566 or visit the website

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