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HAL's 2015 world cruise has 45 ports, 11 overnight stays

HAL's 2015 world cruise has 45 ports, 11 overnight stays
Holland America Line's 2015 world cruise will span 114 days and call at 45 ports in 25 countries while staying overnight in 11 destinations. Amsterdam will sail Jan. 5 from Fort Lauderdale on the round-trip voyage. Eight segments of 22 to 57 days are available.

Highlights include transits of the Panama and Suez canals, crossing the equator and International Date Line, visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, evening theme balls and local entertainment.

The ship will set a westerly course from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a daylight transit of the Panama Canal. In the South Pacific, an overnight call is scheduled at Papeete, French Polynesia. Amsterdam will explore six Polynesian islands before heading to New Zealand for an overnight at Auckland.

The ship then sails west along the southern coast of Australia after an overnight at Sydney. Extra time in one of the most popular ports on the journey allows for an evening at the Sydney Opera House, the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or an overland tour to Ayers Rock. Other overnights are at Adelaide and Fremantle (for Perth). Additional Australia calls are at Melbourne, Albany and Geraldton.

The ship makes its way to Asia via an overnight at Bali, Indonesia, before touching the island of Java. Singapore is the next overnight stop, as well as the departure point for an overland tour to Cambodia and Angkor Wat, one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites.

Amsterdam continues its northwesterly course with calls at Malaysia and Thailand before an overnight at Thilawa (for Rangoon), Myanmar. The ship visits Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Cochin, India, before overnights at Mumbai and Dubai. From Mumbai, passengers can go overland to visit the Taj Mahal.

Following visits to Oman, Egypt and Jordan, Amsterdam transits the Suez Canal on its way to the Mediterranean. The ship will stop at 13 ports in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, including an overnight at Piraeus (Athens), before a leisurely Atlantic crossing and return to Fort Lauderdale.

Passengers who book by July 31, 2014, can receive early booking amenities and savings. Those who pay in full by that date get a 3% discount on the cruise fare.

Early booking amenities for passengers taking the full cruise include prepaid hotel service charges, shipboard credit, luggage delivery service and a free shore excursion or champagne for select stateroom categories. Travelers booking a segment by July 31 receive a shipboard credit that varies depending on stateroom category.

Rates start at $19,999 per person, double occupancy, for the full circumnavigation.

Segments are priced starting at $5,299 for the 30-day leg from Fort Lauderdale to Auckland, $6,499 for the 35 days from Fort Lauderdale to Sydney, $5,199 for the 27-day segment from Auckland to Singapore departing Feb. 5, $8,899 for the 46 days from Auckland to Dubai, $4,199 for the 22-day segment from Sydney to Singapore departing Feb. 10, $7,899 for the 41 days from Sydney to Dubai, $10,599 for the 57-day segment from Singapore to Fort Lauderdale departing March 4 and $6,699 for the 38 days from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale departing March 23.