Monday, April 29, 2013

Around the World in 113 Days by cruise ship ms Amsterdam

Holland America Line’s cruise ship ms Amsterdam will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 4 January 2014 for an epic cruise around the world in a hundred thirteen days! It will cruise to five continents, cross the equator for four times, visit 38 ports in total on the 2014 Grand World Voyage by her operator Holland America Line. And do not worry if you do not have time to spend a third of 2014 cruising. For those who does not have that much time, Holland America Line offers eight segments ranging from 20 to 86 days available from the departure ports along the route.

Sailing on Holland America Line’s Grand World Voyage is a cruise experience unlike any other.  Let’s look at this epic route: ms Amsterdam, cruise line's pacific flagship with the capacity of 1,380 guests, will depart from Fort Lauderdale of Florida and cruise from Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean wia a daylight transit of Panama Canal. The ship will have 2 full overnights at Peru’s Callao which will allow her guests to take a land tour to Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

After cruising to Easter Island, Pitcairn Island before an overnight call at French Polynesia’s Papeete, ms Amsterdam will visit six more ports in the South Pacific before heading Down Under to Australia.

In 2014 Grand World Voyage ms Amsterdam will have an overnight visit to Sydney before sailing up to east coast of Australia. Australia will be followed by 2 calls at Papua New Guinea, Cebu and Manila, Philippines and then the cruise ship will sail all the way to Hong Kong, China.

ms Amsterdam’s next port of call is Singapore after Hong Kong. From Singapore, guests will be able to join an overland tour Cambodia and Angkor Wat, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. After Singapore next port in South East Asia will be Phuket (Thailand), from where the ship will sail to Colombo (Sri Lanka).  Seychelles will follow where an overnight call at this paradise will allow guests to relax on the beaches.

From Seychelles, the cruise ship will sail to Port Louis, Mauritus, and La Possession, Reunion  as the first 2 ports of grand tours African exploration before spending time at two South African ports. Durban, the largest city in South Africa and Cape Town will be next. On the west coast of Africa Walvis Bay (Namibia) , the remote island of Jamestown (Saint Helena) Georgetown (Ascension Island), Banjul (Gambia) and finally Dakar (Senegal) will be visited.

Holland America Line’s cruise ship ms Amsterdam's 2014 Grand World Voyage map
Holland America Line’s cruise ship ms Amsterdam's 2014 Grand World Voyage map
Final leg of the 2014 Grand World Voyage will be Caribbean where guests will have three days on the tropical islands of Barbados, Dominica and St. Maarten before concluding the journey at Fort Lauderdale.

“When it comes to a dream vacation, our Grand World Voyage is as special as you can get due to its length, number of ports and exotic destinations, and our 2014 voyage is no exception,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “Every year we like to change the Grand World Voyage itinerary so each journey is one of a kind and features calls that offer some of the most sought-after sights and experiences in the world.” Following Amsterdam’s departure from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the ship will take a westerly course from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a daylight transit of the Panama Canal. Two full overnights at Callao, Peru, enable guests to take an overland tour to Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most breath-taking sites in the world.

ms Amsterdam cruise ship
So how much does a great journey like this costs? It is not as expensive as you may think. 113 day full 2014 Grand World Voyage rates starts from $19,999 (176 USD per day indeed). There are also 20 to 86 days segments with different prices:
37-day segment sailing Fort Lauderdale to Sydney departing Jan. 4 2014 costs $6,499
57-day segment sailing Fort Lauderdale to Hong Kong departing Jan. 4 2014 costs $10,699,
86-day segment sailing Fort Lauderdale to Cape Town departing Jan. 4 2014 costs $15,999
20-day segment sailing Sydney to Hong Kong departing Feb. 11 2014 costs $3,899,
49-day segment sailing Sydney to Cape Town departing Feb. 11 2014 costs $9,999,
29-day segment sailing Hong Kong to Cape Town departing March 3 2014 costs $5,999,
56-day segment sailing Hong Kong to Fort Lauderdale departing March 3 2014 costs $10,499
27-day segment sailing Cape Town to Fort Lauderdale departing April 1 2014 costs $4,799.

Reservations are now open for Amsterdam’s 2014 Grand World Voyage, and early-booking bonus amenities for full Grand World Voyage guests who book by May 31, 2013, include prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and a complimentary shore excursion or event for select stateroom categories.

Guests booking a segment of the Grand World Voyage by May 31, 2013, in select categories of staterooms and suites receive a shipboard credit that varies depending on category.

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