The Holland America Line’s ms Volendam is making its way to Asia in 2013. Prior to this, passengers can take advantage of a series of 14-day itineraries between Singapore and Hong Kong, China; Kobe (Osaka), Japan, and Hong Kong, as well as a roundtrip Kobe cruise. Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand and Cambodia also feature on the Far East explorations, as well as an option to rediscover your land legs by taking an overland tour to the Great Wall of China. With overnight calls and late departures available for passengers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Sailings begun in December will run through to April and offer extended ports of call and overnight stays at some of the amazing historical cities in the region, including Bangkok in Thailand; Shanghai and Xingang (Beijing) in China, and Yokohama (Tokyo) in Japan.
Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s Executive Vice President Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs says, “Travel research continues to indicate that interest in the Far East is rising and Asia explorations remain on the wish lists of our guests. Our Asia itineraries offer everything, from interesting shore excursions and cultural encounters to ports with deep historical roots and unique experiences.”
These excursions also offer extended itineraries to combine longer 28- or 31-day Collectors’ Voyages, whereby passengers can experience a more comprehensive exploration of Asia’s landmarks, as well as sightsee and discover its spiritual charm.
14-day Far East Explorer Voyages
Volendam’s three 14-day Far East Discovery voyages sail between Hong Kong and Singapore and feature port calls at Koh Samui and Bangkok (overnight), Thailand; Sihanoukville (Kâmpóng Saôm), Cambodia, and Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Halong Bay, Vietnam. Departure dates are Jan. 7 and 21, and Feb. 4.
14-day China and Japan Discovery Voyage
Four 14-day China and Japan Discovery voyages sail between Hong Kong and Kobe (Osaka) and roundtrip Kobe, and include two overnight calls at Shangahi and Xingang, China. Additional ports of call include Dalian, China; Busan (Pusan), South Korea, and Nagasaki, Japan. Departure dates are Feb. 18, March 4 and 18, and (roundtrip Kobe) April 1.
17-day Trans-Pacific Repositioning Voyage
The 17-day trans-Pacific repositioning voyage departs April 15 from Kobe and sails east to Vancouver. In addition to exotic ports of call, the itinerary features scenic cruising through Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage in Alaska, and relaxing days at sea. Following an overnight at Yokohama (Tokyo), the ship calls at Hakodate and Kushiro, Japan, and Kodiak and Ketchikan, Alaska, as it makes it way to Canada for the start of the Alaska sailing season.
Memorable Shore Excursions
Guests can maximize their experience in Asia by booking notable optional shore excursions including a visit to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh to explore the major highlights or discovering the Cu Chi Tunnels Discovery near Phu My, Vietnam; enjoying a cultural-experience at either Beomeosa or Tongdosa Temple complete with tea ceremony outside of Busan; and from Nagasaki, exploring the magnificent Shimabara Castle and Fugen Volcano.