Holland America Line Unveils 2015 Grand Voyage Details

Holland America Line has unveiled details of the 2015 edition of its renowned Grand World Voyage, a 114-day roundtrip sailing from Fort Lauderdale that will bring guests to 45 ports in 25 countries on 6 continents. The intimate ms Amsterdam will depart Florida on 5 January 2015 on a journey highlighted by 11 overnight calls in some of the world’s premier destinations, transits of the Panama and Suez Canals, crossings of the equator and International Date Line, as well as visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


The first leg of the voyage sees the ship adopt a westward course for Santa Marta and the San Blas Islands before a daylight transit of the Panama Canal and a call to Manta, Ecuador. She spends 8 days at sea enroute to the South Pacific prior to arriving in Nuku Hiva, followed by an overnight visit to Papeete and a call at Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Alofi and Nuku Alofa across the International Date Line. ms Amsterdam next arrives in Auckland for an overnight stay before exploring the Bay of Islands and sailing onward to Australia for Sydney, with extra time in-port for an evening at the famed Sydney Opera House, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or an overland tour to Uluru.


The ship continues on to Melbourne, Adelaide, Albany, Fremantle and Geraldton, leaving the Australian continent to arrive in Benoa after 2 days at sea for an overnight stay in Bali. ms Amsterdam then calls at Semarang and Tanjung Priok, moving on across the equator to Singapore (also the departure point for an overland tour to Cambodia and Angkor Wat), Port Klang, Penang and Phuket. She arrives in Thilawa in Myanmar, a key highlight port of the voyage, on 10 March 2015 before departing late the next day for the Bay of Bengal and Colombo. Exploring the Indian subcontinent, the ship will also call at Cochin and Mumbai, where guests have the opportunity to go overland to visit the majestic Taj Mahal.


Entering the Middle East, she overnights in Dubai and calls at Muscat and Salalah before 4 days at sea around the Arabian peninsula into the Red Sea. The ship docks in the area’s popular ports Safaga, Sharm el Sheikh and Aqaba, then transiting the Suez Canal to emerge in the Mediterranean, where her first port call is to Alexandria. Guests will explore 13 ports in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, including Kusadasi, Piraeus, Katakolon, Naples, Civitavecchia, Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz, Ponta Delgada and Horta.


The final leg will see ms Amsterdam embark on a leisurely transatlantic crossing with 7 days at sea, arriving back in Fort Lauderdale on 30 April 2015.


Built at the Maghera shipyard of Italy’s Fincantieri, ms Amsterdam is the third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line’s over 140-year history. Her intimate size makes her ideal for circumnavigation cruising and exceptional personalized onboard service, while offering many of the modern amenities and facilities found on larger vessels.


For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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