Holland America sails to Asia
HOLLAND America Line will position MS Volendam and MS Rotterdam in Asia for the 2013-14 season, increasing capacity and adding more robust itineraries in the popular region. New expanded Singapore sailings make it easier to sail round-trip from the bustling port and experience exotic calls at destinations like Myanmar and India.
The diverse 14-day itineraries and longer Collectors’ Voyages – that combine back-to-back itineraries into longer cruises – also feature extended and overnight stays at some of Asia’s most iconic cities and provide travellers with ample time to explore the region’s diverse historical and notable landmarks. Two extensive 51- and 53-day Collectors’ Voyages in January and March, respectively, provide comprehensive explorations of the region with visits to Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia while sailing from and to Europe.
• New 14-Day Asian Adventure Voyage:
Departing Feb. 17, 2014, from Singapore, Volendam sails on a new round-trip itinerary that stretches up to Myanmar and explores Malaysia, Thailand and India.
• New 14-day Indonesian Discovery Voyages:
The14-day voyages include calls at Jakarta; Semarang (Java); Lembar (Lombok); Komodo Island; Makassar (Sulawesi); Probolinggo and Suabaya (Java), as well as an overnight stay at Bali Departure dates are Jan. 6, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 14, 2014.
• 14-day Far East Discovery Voyages
Volendam’s14-day Far East Discovery voyages sail between Hong Kong, China, and Singapore and feature calls at Koh Samui and Bangkok (overnight), Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and Phu My, Nha Trang, Da Nang and Halong Bay, Vietnam. Departure dates are Dec. 9, 2013 (12-day sailing), Jan. 6 and 20, and Feb. 3, 2014. The ship also offers a special 16-day Holiday voyage Dec. 21, 2013, with overnights at Hong Kong, Phu My and Laem Chabang (Bangkok).
• 14-day China and Japan Voyages
The 14-day cruises include overnight calls at Xingang (Beijing) and Shanghai, China, and day calls at Dalian, China; Pusan, South Korea, and Nagasaki, Japan. Departure dates are March 17 and 31, 2014.
• 19-day Great Barrier Reef
Travel Melbourne to Singapore on the Volendam departing Nov. 20, 2013.
• 28-day Far East Adventure Collectors’ Voyage
Volendam’s 28-day Far East Adventure Collectors’ Voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore departs Feb. 3, 2014, and combines back-to-back Far East Discovery and Asian Adventureitineraries. The itinerary includes ports in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and India.
• 51-day Spice Route to Singapore Collectors’ Voyage
Departing January 8, 2014, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, or January 9 from Southampton (London), England, Rotterdam sets course for Singapore on a 51- or 50-day Collector’s Voyage that calls at ports in Portugal, Spain, Malta, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
• 53-day Indonesia, Arabia and India Discovery Collectors’ Voyage
Departing March 14, 2014, Rotterdam will sail a 52- or 53-day day Collectors’ Voyage from Singapore back to Southampton (London) or Rotterdam visiting ports in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, including a daylight transit of the Suez Canal.
Cruise fares begin at $1,699 per person, double occupancy for the 14-day Far East Discovery sailings; $1,499 for the 14-day China and Japan cruises; $1,799 for the 14-day Indonesia Discovery departures; $2,299 for the 19-day Great Barrier Reef; $3,599 for the 28-day Far East Adventure Collectors’ Voyage; $5,699 for the 51-day Spice Route to Singapore Collectors’ Voyage and $5,999 for the 53-day Indonesia, Arabia and India Collectors’ Voyage.