Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam To Circumnavigate Globe In 2011

Holland America Line announced this week a 112-day circumnavigation of the globe by the ms Amsterdam in 2012. In what is becoming an annual event for the ship, which has sailed around the world 6 times in the past 11 years, the cruise will start on 6 January 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, taking guests southbound towards the Caribbean and calling in Roseau and Bridgetown.


ms Amsterdam then sails to Brazil, where she will visit Belem, Recife and Rio de Janeiro, overnighting in the Brazilian city and allowing guests the opportunity to experience its famous beaches and Sugar Loaf Mountain. The ship proceeds to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Port Stanley enroute to cruise Antarctic Sound, South Shetland Islands, Wilhelm Archipelago and rounding Cape Horn to arrive in Ushuaia. Entering Chile, she will call at Punta Arenas and sail the Chilean Fjords towards Easter Island, home to the world-famous Moai Statues.


Guests then cross the South Pacific to French Polynesia, American Samoa and New Caledonia, where they can experience unique island hospitality at Papeete, Pago Pago and Lifou. Entering Australian waters, ms Amsterdam will make overnight calls in Sydney and Cairns, as well as spend 2 days exploring the Great Barrier Reef as she makes her way towards Komodo Island and Lembar in Indonesia. During her stay in Asia, guests will experience the continent’s diverse cultures during the ship’s visits to Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Phu My, Singapore, Phuket, Colombo, Mangalore, Marmagao and Mumbai.


The next segment of the journey takes the vessel to the Egyptian ports of Safaga and Sharm el Sheik, transiting the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean. ms Amsterdam will call at Piraeus, Katakolon, Messina, Naples and Ajaccio before arriving in Spain. During her overnight in Barcelona, she will offer shore excursions exploring the city, its culture and cuisine. Rounding up the vessel’s Mediterranean stay are the ports of Cadiz and Funchal, after which she embarks on a 7-day transatlantic crossing back to Fort Lauderdale.


Built in Italy, the 62,735-GRT ms Amsterdam blends the artistry and superior service of Holland America Line with the intimacy of a smaller ship. She features luxury staterooms and suites, gourmet dining restaurants and a multi-million dollar art collection, the centerpiece of which is the impressive “Planeto Astrolabium”, a commissioned signature sculpture soaring in her 3-storey atrium.


For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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