Holland America Line runs 15 ships, which between them offer more than 500 cruises varying from just two to over one hundred days in length. With visits to over 350 ports whilst cruising to over 100 countries, all seven continents are covered and potential cruisers can choose where they join the ships with a variety of ‘segments’. Holland America has added a further three segments ranging from 20 to 30 days to their 75 day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage in Autumn 2012. The idea of segments is to appeal to a greater number of potential cruisers who can’t yet take the whole trip.
“These segments are a great option for travellers who want an exotic cruise but don’t have the time to take the full voyage,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “We already have several segments to choose from on this Grand Voyage, but the three new additions allow us to cater to our travellers with endless possibilities in terms of which countries they want to see in a shorter period of time.”
The segments of the 75-day tour still offer a fantastic experience of cruising, but just for a shorter period. Guests joining the ship for these periods still get the overnight ports, late departures, and extended periods of time to experience this fantastic part of the world.
The whole 75-day tour starts from Seattle on 21 September and travels to Asia, Western Australia and the South Pacific.
The first new 30-day section starts from Beijing, China on the 12 October and cruises to Sydney Australia. The first night is overnight in Beijing to visit sites like Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the “Birds Nest” Stadium from the 2008 Olympics. Additional tour opportunities are in Shanghai, Hong Kong, China and Singapore with the chance to go shopping, take in the local sites and try the cuisine. The Cruise also drops into Vietnam, Indonesia – including Komodo Island to see the famous dragons – Papua New Guinea and finishing in Australia. Prices for this segment start at $3,929 per person for double occupancy.
A second segment for 20 days travels from Hong Kong to Brisbane, starting on 20 October. Overnight is spent in moored alongside Hong Kong harbour, and calls in at Vietnam, Semarang, Komodo and overnight in Singapore. After trips in Darwin, Papua New Guinea, the cruise completes in Brisbane. These 20 days can be yours for just $2,999 per person for double occupancy.
The 27-day segment sails from Brisbane to San Diego with plenty of leisurely days at sea. Visiting Syndey, cruise members can visit the Opera House, make their way up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and even get a cuddle off a koala! Then it is on to New Zealand to Waitangi Bay, Auckland and across the Pacific Ocean to Fiji, Samoa Island and the Hawaiian Islands. This segment, which allows guests to cross both the international dateline and the equator, two of the popular cruising milestones, can be your dream come true for just $4,199 per person with double occupancy.
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