A look at the concepts and driving factors that influence itinerary planning for 2010 and beyond -- from world cruises to short getaways.
Mexico Some new 12-day Mexico sailings will run round trip from San Diego in 2010. These new itineraries will provide for a much deeper penetration of the Mexican ports, going as far as Acapulco before returning to San Diego. This itinerary will be an entirely new one for Holland America.
Longer Sailings On the subject of longer cruises, there are plenty to choose from. While not technically a designated Grand Voyage, one particular itinerary that I found exceptionally interesting is a sailing that will depart on March 3, 2010. This itinerary will delve very, very deeply into the regions of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Departing from Sydney, Australia, this cruise will cover in depth both Australia and New Zealand, including extensive cruising of the Great Barrier Reef as well as stops at all of the other "must see" spots in both countries. After about three weeks sailing in those regions, the ship will move on to some of the other South Pacific islands such as Fiji, West Samoa, New Caldonia and Vanuatu, before heading to Hawaii and spending five solid days there. The sailing will then terminate 70 days later in Vancouver, British Columbia. This cruise is a must-do for anyone wanting to enjoy a thorough overview of these far off regions, all in one comprehensive, carefully orchestrated sailing.
Grand Voyages If it is a Grand Voyage that your heart truly lusts for, then you are in luck with Holland America's offerings for 2010. There will be four Grand Voyages in 2010, including a unique Grand World Voyage lasting between 110 to 114 days, depending upon your choice of disembarkation port (Vancouver, Seattle or Los Angeles). Taking place onboard the m.s. Amsterdam - the Pacific Flagship of Holland America's fleet -- this sailing will begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will be rather unique in that it will take an eastbound route and visit such must-see regions as Costa Rica, with a complete transit of the Panama Canal added in for good measure; the majestic white continent of Antarctica; the plains of South Africa, rich in wildlife and other natural wonders; the elaborate marketplaces of Hong Kong and Tokyo; and the beauty of the Seychelles famous for its many sandy white beaches.
Of course, there are lots of other stops on this itinerary, including ports in Chile; Argentina; Mumbai, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Vietnam; Beijing, China; and Petropavlovsk, Russia. The voyage will also include two maiden ports of call for Holland America, among them Isle Robinson Crusoe in Chile, and the opportunity to visit some 14 separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This particular World Cruise promises to be one of Holland America's most ambitious yet, and it will span some 32,000 nautical miles and visit some 40 ports, with overnight stays in 12 of them.
If a World Voyage is not in your plans right now, there are also several shorter, though no less elaborate Grand Voyages on tap for 2010.
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