Holland America Lines now offers passage to the New Seven Wonders of the World on many of its cruises.
Recently announced in Lisbon, Portugal, the New Seven Wonders were selected by people around the world through an Internet poll. The 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 Chichen Itza in Mexico; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
For travelers visiting the Great Wall of China, cruise options include a 64-day Asia, Australia and Polynesian Explorer cruise on the 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 aboard the 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 Chichen Itza are accessed through shore excursions in the Caribbean port of Cozumel, included on three seven-day western Caribbean departures aboard the 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 Amsterdam in 2008.
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. For more information, consult a travel agent or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com/.