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Cruising to the New Seven Wonders of the World with Holland America Line

Seattle, July 13, 2007 – In addition to sailing to all seven continents, Holland America Line, the world’s leading premium cruise line, offers passage to the new seven wonders of the world on its more than 500 worldwide cruise itineraries.  The line also visits the cruise port gateway to honorary wonder of the world — the Pyramids of Giza — the only remaining wonder of the ancient world.

“Cruising opens up new horizons to travelers,” said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest services.  “As the world’s leading premium cruise line, we explore destinations off the beaten path and are constantly striving to develop new, intriguing itineraries.  We were the first major line to sail to Antarctica and continue to offer distinctive experiences by bringing the wonders of the world within reach of our cruise guests.”

Recently announced in Lisbon, Portugal, the new seven wonders were voted on by people worldwide through an internet poll.  New wonders are the Great Wall of China; Petra, Jordan; The Statue of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Machu Picchu, Peru; the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá in Mexico; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

The new seven wonders of the world can be explored through Holland America Line’s award-winning shore excursion program offered at various cruise port entrées.

For travelers visiting the Great Wall of China, cruise options include a 64-day Asia, Australia and Polynesian Explorer cruise on the ms Amsterdam in Sept. 2007 or 14-day cruises on the Statendam in Mar. and Apr. 2008 that call at Xingang (Beijing), where the famous site can be visited on a shore excursion.

Next year, on the 68-day Grand South America and Antarctic voyage, guests may explore Machu Picchu on cruise call visits by the ms Prinsendam to the ports of Salaverry and Callao, Peru.    And, departing in November, the Statendam visits both ports on its 26-day Inca Discovery cruise, while the 22-day Americas Discovery cruise on the Amsterdam calls at Callao.

At South America’s other new wonder, guests may visit the Statue of Christ Redeemer on the above 68-day voyage when calling at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or on two fall 2007 and seven 2008 cruises between Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso, Chile.

The Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá are accessed through shore excursions in the Caribbean port of Cozumel, included on three seven-day western Caribbean departures aboard the ms Westerdam in early 2009.   

Aqaba, coastal gateway to the sixth-century ruins of the Nabataeans in Petra, Jordan, appears regularly as a Grand World Voyage port of call for Holland America Line.  Also, in Mumbai, India, guests can travel to the Taj Mahal on an overland adventure during the 114-day around-the-world journey aboard the ms Amsterdam in 2008. 

Among the easiest wonders to reach by cruise ship, Rome’s Colosseum shouldn’t be missed if opting for one of more than 11 fall 2007 or 35 summer and fall 2008 Europe or trans-Atlantic sailings that make stops in Civitavecchia, the cruise gateway to Rome.  Across the sea, Alexandria serves as the portal to the lone remaining ancient wonder, the Pyramids of Giza.  This year, Alexandria appears on four European and Mediterranean cruises and next year on six.  It also is a port of call for the 73-day Grand Africa Voyage sailing aboard the ms Prinsendam in March. 

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