ms Amsterdam

ms Amsterdam

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The Netherlands
62,753 grt
780 feet
22.5 knots
October 2000
Janet Lanterman

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Dec 2016

Pack Your Bags for an 80-Day Grand Voyage to Asia and the Pacific in 2017

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team

The Great Wall of China can be visited from Beijing.
The Great Wall of China can be visited from Beijing.

If Australia and the Far East top your list of locales to visit, then it’s time to take a look at the 2017 Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage. This 80-Day cruise is the ideal combination of exotic destinations, some of the most popular capital cities, gorgeous islands, overnight calls and relaxing days at sea. Imaging spending nearly three month exploring nearly the entire Pacific region, making a complete circle cruising counter-clockwise from California. After departing San Diego Oct. 1, Amsterdam spends five days at sea making way to Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, that’s not only known for having the oldest Russian-Orthodox cruciform church in North America, but also for the television show Deadliest Catch that detailed the struggle to harvest Alaskan king crabs. After cruising on and crossing the International Dateline, guests begin the Far East adventure with five calls throughout Japan, including an overnight at Yokohama. Not only is Yokohama the gateway to Tokyo, but it’s also a quick trip to peaceful Kamakura — home to Daibutsu, Japan’s second-largest bronze Buddha — and to the important Shinto shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. Guests seeking to to visit one of the world’s greatest natural sites can head to Hakone National Park on a clear day will be rewarded with picture-postcard views of majestic Mt. Fuji. Calls at lesser-known ports such as Kushiro, Shimizu, Osaka and Hososhima (Miyazaki) highlight the visit to Japan. After two days in South Korea visit Jeju (Cheju) City and Incheon (Seoul), Amsterdam spends the next 10 days showing off the highlights of China. All three calls in this country are overnight stays so guests have more time to see all of the sights throughout this fascinating and fast-paced country. The first overnight is at Tianjin (Beijing), followed by Shanghai and Hong Kong. Two calls in Vietnam and an overnight at Shanghai are followed by an Indonesian odyssey that includes three calls at some of the most gorgeous islands in the world: Java, Bali and Komodo Island with its famous Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve since 1992. The region is home to roughly 5,700 […]

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