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Wed, Jan 03, 2024 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, US BOARDING TIME TO BE ASSIGNED -- 5:00 pmThu, Jan 04, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Jan 05, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 06, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Jan 07, 2024 SCARBOROUGH, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 8:00 am 5:00 pmMon, Jan 08, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Jan 09, 2024 DEVILS ISLAND, FRENCH GUIANA TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED VACCINATION REQUIRED 8:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Jan 10, 2024 CROSSING THE AMAZON RIVER BAR, BRAZ CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Jan 10, 2024 CRUISING THE AMAZON RIVER CRUISING ONLY -- --Thu, Jan 11, 2024 MACAPA, BRAZIL SERVICE CALL 6:00 am 10:00 amThu, Jan 11, 2024 CROSSING THE EQUATOR CRUISING ONLY -- --Thu, Jan 11, 2024 CRUISING THE AMAZON RIVER CRUISING ONLY -- --Fri, Jan 12, 2024 ALTER DO CHAO, BRAZIL 11:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Jan 13, 2024 BOCA DA VALERIA, BRAZIL TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 2:00 pmSun, Jan 14, 2024 MANAUS, BRAZIL TIME SUBJECT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS 8:00 am 5:00 pmMon, Jan 15, 2024 PARINTINS, BRAZIL TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 10:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Jan 16, 2024 SANTAREM, BRAZIL 8:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Jan 17, 2024 CROSSING THE EQUATOR CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Jan 17, 2024 CRUISING THE AMAZON RIVER CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Jan 17, 2024 CROSSING THE AMAZON RIVER BAR, BRAZ CRUISING ONLY -- --Thu, Jan 18, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Jan 19, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 20, 2024 SAINT GEORGES, GRENADA 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Jan 21, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Jan 22, 2024 WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Jan 23, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, Jan 24, 2024 ENTER PANAMA CANAL CRISTOBAL CRUISING ONLY TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 5:00 am 5:00 amWed, Jan 24, 2024 CRUISING PANAMA CANAL CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Jan 24, 2024 EXIT PANAMA CANAL BALBOA CRUISING ONLY TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 7:00 pm 7:00 pmThu, Jan 25, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Jan 26, 2024 QUEPOS, COSTA RICA 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Jan 27, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Jan 28, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Jan 29, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Jan 30, 2024 PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO 7:00 am 4:00 pmWed, Jan 31, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Feb 01, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 02, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 03, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Feb 04, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 05, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Feb 06, 2024 KONA, HAWAII, US TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 10:00 am 8:00 pmWed, Feb 07, 2024 HILO, HAWAII, US 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Feb 08, 2024 HONOLULU, HAWAII, US 8:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Feb 09, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 10, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Feb 11, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 12, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Feb 13, 2024 CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Feb 14, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Feb 15, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 16, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 17, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Feb 18, 2024 GUAM (US TERRITORY), GUAM 8:00 am 5:00 pmMon, Feb 19, 2024 SAIPAN, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Feb 20, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, Feb 21, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Feb 22, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 23, 2024 ISHIGAKI ISLAND, JAPAN 7:00 am 5:00 pmSat, Feb 24, 2024 NAHA, JAPAN OVERNIGHT 8:00 am --Sun, Feb 25, 2024 NAHA, JAPAN -- 11:00 pmMon, Feb 26, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Feb 27, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, Feb 28, 2024 TOKYO, JAPAN OVERNIGHT 8:00 am --Thu, Feb 29, 2024 TOKYO, JAPAN -- 6:00 pmFri, Mar 01, 2024 OMAEZAKI, JAPAN 7:00 am 5:00 pmSat, Mar 02, 2024 KOBE, JAPAN OVERNIGHT 9:00 am --Sun, Mar 03, 2024 KOBE, JAPAN -- 5:00 pmMon, Mar 04, 2024 SCENIC CRUISING KANMON STRAIT CRUISING ONLY -- --Tue, Mar 05, 2024 FUKUOKA (HAKATA), JAPAN 7:00 am 4:00 pmWed, Mar 06, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 07, 2024 TIANJIN (BEIJING), CHINA OVERNIGHT TIME SUBJECT TO TRANSIT WINDOWVISA REQUIRED 12:00 pm --Fri, Mar 08, 2024 TIANJIN (BEIJING), CHINA TIME SUBJECT TO TRANSIT WINDOWVISA REQUIRED -- 6:00 pmSat, Mar 09, 2024 DALIAN, CHINA VISA REQUIRED 9:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Mar 10, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Mar 11, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Mar 12, 2024 SHANGHAI, CHINA OVERNIGHT TIMES SUBJECT TO TIDAL COND VISA REQUIRED 8:00 am --Wed, Mar 13, 2024 SHANGHAI, CHINA TIMES SUBJECT TO TIDAL COND VISA REQUIRED -- 6:00 pmThu, Mar 14, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Mar 15, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Mar 16, 2024 HONG KONG, CHINA OVERNIGHT 8:00 am --Sun, Mar 17, 2024 HONG KONG, CHINA -- 3:30 pmMon, Mar 18, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Mar 19, 2024 DA NANG (HUE), VIETNAM VISA REQ FOR SOME 8:00 am 11:00 pmWed, Mar 20, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 21, 2024 PHU MY, VIETNAM VISA REQ FOR SOME 6:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Mar 22, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Mar 23, 2024 SINGAPORE OVERNIGHT 8:00 am --Sun, Mar 24, 2024 SINGAPORE -- 5:00 pmMon, Mar 25, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Mar 26, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, Mar 27, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 28, 2024 COLOMBO, SRI LANKA VISA REQUIRED 8:00 am 11:00 pmFri, Mar 29, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Mar 30, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Mar 31, 2024 MUMBAI (BOMBAY), INDIA OVERNIGHT VISA REQUIRED 6:00 am --Mon, Apr 01, 2024 MUMBAI (BOMBAY), INDIA VISA REQUIRED -- 5:00 pmTue, Apr 02, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, Apr 03, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Apr 04, 2024 FUJAIRAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES VISA REQ FOR SOME 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Apr 05, 2024 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES VISA REQ FOR SOME 7:00 am 11:00 pmSat, Apr 06, 2024 ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES VISA REQ FOR SOME 8:00 am 11:00 pmSun, Apr 07, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Apr 08, 2024 MUSCAT, OMAN 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Apr 09, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, Apr 10, 2024 SALALAH, OMAN 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Apr 11, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, Apr 12, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, Apr 13, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Apr 14, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Apr 15, 2024 AQABA (FOR PETRA), JORDAN OVERNIGHT 7:00 am --Tue, Apr 16, 2024 AQABA (FOR PETRA), JORDAN -- 11:00 pmWed, Apr 17, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, Apr 18, 2024 ENTER SUEZ CANAL AT SUEZ CRUISING ONLY TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 6:00 am 6:00 amThu, Apr 18, 2024 TRANSIT THE SUEZ CANAL CRUISING ONLY -- --Thu, Apr 18, 2024 EXIT SUEZ CANAL AT PORT SAID CRUISING ONLY TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 6:00 pm 6:00 pmFri, Apr 19, 2024 ASHDOD (JERUSALEM), ISRAEL 8:00 am 11:00 pmSat, Apr 20, 2024 HAIFA (TEL AVIV), ISRAEL 8:00 am 10:30 pmSun, Apr 21, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, Apr 22, 2024 KUSADASI (EPHESUS), TURKEY 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Apr 23, 2024 CRUISING THE DARDANELLES CRUISING ONLY -- --Tue, Apr 23, 2024 ISTANBUL, TURKEY OVERNIGHT 4:00 pm --Wed, Apr 24, 2024 ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- 4:00 pmThu, Apr 25, 2024 MYKONOS, GREECE TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 11:00 am 11:00 pmFri, Apr 26, 2024 PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE 7:00 am 5:00 pmSat, Apr 27, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sun, Apr 28, 2024 NAPLES (POMPEII/AMALFI), ITALY 8:00 am 7:00 pmMon, Apr 29, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, Apr 30, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, May 01, 2024 MALAGA, SPAIN 7:00 am 5:00 pmThu, May 02, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, May 03, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, May 04, 2024 PONTA DELGADA, SAO MIGUEL, AZORES, 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, May 05, 2024 AT SEA -- --Mon, May 06, 2024 AT SEA -- --Tue, May 07, 2024 AT SEA -- --Wed, May 08, 2024 AT SEA -- --Thu, May 09, 2024 AT SEA -- --Fri, May 10, 2024 AT SEA -- --Sat, May 11, 2024 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, US 7:00 am --
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Welcome to Holland America Line, recognized for nearly 150 years as a leader in premium cruising. Today, our fleet of 14 ships visit more than 470 ports of call in 98 countries connecting with all seven continents. Holland America Line guests are endlessly curious, looking to go beyond typical tourist experiences.
They''re not looking for things like waterslides, go-karts, roller coasters or climbing walls when they cruise. They are explorers who appreciate the one-of-a-kind experiences curated by the experts who manage our exclusive Explorations CentralTM destination immersion programming, with local cultural insights, insider travel tips, and unique shore excursions for an authentic experience in each destination. They are foodies who want unrivaled experiences in food, wine and spirits, and enjoy the award-winning dining influenced by our Culinary Council of seven world-renowned celebrity chefs.
They''re music lovers who appreciate the best in live music - exclusively on board at Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King''s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room, Postmodern Jukebox, and more.* And, they want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships that combine classic design with contemporary elegance - all with service that attends to every detail, every day. Come, savor the journey.*Venues vary by ship.
First of our Vista-class ships, Zuiderdam boasts classic nautical lines and finishes, modern amenities and a spectacular art and antique collection. While on board, explore the worlds wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Hone your culinary skills at a cooking show or hands-on workshop with America's Test Kitchen. Relax with a rejuvenating treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Enjoy the wide array of delectable cuisines in our restaurants.
The Dining Room
For an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable multi-course dinner, The Dining Room is your destination. Behind the scenes, our Culinary Council,® an elite team of seven world-renowned chefs, and our talented onboard executive chefs have worked to bring each dish to perfection. For dinner, choose from classics such as Boneless Lamb Loin en Croute, Rosemary Roasted Chicken, as well as regionally inspired cuisine and artfully prepared vegetarian dishes. Enrich your journey with an extensive selection of wines, carefully selected by our Wine Curator, world-renowned wine critic James Suckling.
Explore a world of intriguing culinary possibilities in the Lido Market. Steps from the Lido pool, this modern marketplace includes a curated selection of delicious options that you can grab on the go or have made to order: Breadboard, with freshly baked breads and pastries; Wild Harvest, offering a bountiful selection of hearty salads; Homestead, serving up comfort classics; Distant Lands, featuring global cuisine; Sweet Spot, for ice cream creations and desserts; Roasting Pan, hand-carved meats, fish and other hearty entrees; Perk, freshly brewed beverages and chilled juices; Quench, premium coffee, beer, wine, and soda available for purchase; Rise, savory quiches, croissants and sandwiches, and more.
Reserve a table in the intimate Pinnacle Grill for lunch or dinner and celebrate the day’s adventures with cuisine inspired by the bounty of America’s Pacific Northwest. In this elegantly appointed room, service is warm and engaging, and a meal is an event. The menu focuses on premium ingredients expertly prepared—from wild-caught king salmon from Alaska to sustainably raised beef from Washington State’s Double R Ranch. And, every evening in this venue offers a chance for you to experience the signature recipes of Culinary Council Chef David Burke. Complementing your perfectly prepared meals are boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest and other celebrated vineyards from around the world.
*Meals at Pinnacle Grill are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.
In Italy, there’s nothing more important than coming together to celebrate the joy of great food. This is the inspiration for our onboard Italian restaurant, Canaletto. Enjoy amazing Italian classics like braised chicken cacciatore al forno, branzino ai ferri or garlic shrimp ravioli. And for dessert: tiramisù, cannoli alla Siciliana, gelato, and more. Including pasta made fresh daily. Buon Appetito!
Dive-In offers a variety of casual culinary classics, using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy a burger, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted brioche with our own trade-marked secret sauce. Savor a succulent Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. Or choose a grilled chicken breast sandwich or juicy portabella mushroom stack. Dive-In is the perfect spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea.
24-Hour In-Room Dining
Sleep in and have breakfast delivered. Enjoy an early dinner on your verandah before an evening excursion. Order a salad, sandwich or entrée any time. In-Room Dining is only a phone call away. All selections are included in your cruise fare unless otherwise noted on the in-room menu.
At Explorations Café, presented by The New York Times, relax in a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through one of the most extensive libraries at sea, view a wide array of audio and video programming, or simply read the morning paper. Guests can also enjoy fresh pastries and their favorite espresso drink.
Lincoln Center Stage
In an exclusive partnership with the world’s leading center for the performing arts, we proudly present Lincoln Center Stage, showcasing outstanding musicians performing multiple programs of chamber music most evenings, as well as afternoon recitals during leisurely days at sea.
B.B. King's Blues Club
Direct from Beale Street, B.B. King's All Stars bring the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, enjoy dancing and try specialty cocktails like the Lucille and Rock Me Baby.
Holland America Line Navigator
Personalize your cruise experience once you’re on the ship with our free mobile-friendly tool. Plan your daily activities, browse and purchase shore excursions, view restaurant menus, make dining reservations, check your account balance and more.
BBC Earth In Concert
We have partnered with BBC Earth to bring you unforgettable new ways to experience the world's natural wonders. Through the innovative and breathtaking programming, guests will be taken closer to the ocean and the natural world through groundbreaking concerts and films.
Explorations Central™ (EXC®), Holland America Line’s exclusive destination programming, is designed to deepen your understanding of the places you visit. Its indispensable travel resources and opportunities to engage with experts and local insiders, make exploring each port of call more vivid and meaningful.
Fifty years of chart-topping hits rock the house as two pianists play music that you know and love. It’s all part of Billboard Onboard, an interactive experience made possible by a partnership with Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovation in music.
Cantare is back with electrifying performances featuring iconic pop songs and amazing harmonies
Showcasing music, song, dance, comedy and more, the World Stage presents a myriad of performances and presentations to entertain and inform throughout your voyage.
Greenhouse Spa & Salon
Refresh, Relax and Rejuvenate
During a leisurely day at sea, few places help you refresh, relax and rejuvenate like the Greenhouse Spa & Salon®. This heavenly retreat nurtures every aspect of your well-being with renowned spa rituals and healing touches. In the spa, pamper your skin with facial treatments featuring premium, naturally sourced ingredients. Nurture your body, too, with massage treatments employing time-honored, hands-on massage techniques gleaned from around the world.
Your Holland America Line ship’s Casino offers a wide array of gaming options. Whether you prefer slot machines or want to try your hand at blackjack or poker, our dealers and staff are available to provide complimentary instruction — and we offer many engaging tournament options. The Casino is only open at sea.
Holland America Line's youth activities program, Club HAL, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games and themed parties.
Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges onboard. The panoramic view takes center stage in The Crow's Nest at the top of the ship, where you can relax just about any time of day and enjoy your favorite drink.
The Explorer’s Lounge is an elegant and refined space to enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, or your favorite liqueur.
Enjoy live music in this popular bar perfect for pre-dinner cocktails.
This sophisticated venue is adorned with an eclectic and whimsical mix of artwork including portraits, landscapes, still life and abstract pieces. Order your favorite cocktail or try one from our signature cocktail menu created in partnership with our Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, a James Beard “Who’s Who” inductee.
Close your eyes and open your mind to all of the thrill seeking entertainment alternative that you'll have the opportunity to venture. No matter how you plan on spending your night, the Zuiderdam remains well equipped to accommodate each and every one of your desires. If you're looking for the relaxed scenery of a lounge, you'll find plenty. If you're in the mood for the mingling bar atmosphere, you'll feel completely comfortable in our bars.
- Las Vegas and Broadway Style Shows
- Crew Show
- Fabulous '50s and '60s Parties
- Club HAL for the kids.
- Entered Service: 2002
- Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
- Passenger capacity: 1,964
- Gross Tonnage: 82,305 grt.
- Length: 936 feet
- Beam: 105.8 feet
- Maximum speed: 24 knots
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
From one end of this great earth to the other, you''ll travel via the luxury of a cruise ship. Be pampered on board as your home-at-sea makes its way through international waters to far away places.
Originally a fort built by the U.S. Army in 1838 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors with broad, palm-fringed beaches and an easy pace of life. Stroll along fashionable Las Olas Boulevard with its stylish shops or enjoy a sightseeing cruise through the city''s canals, boasting more waterways than Venice. Or, venture out and explore the cosmopolitan city of Palm Beach, or the wildlife sanctuary of the Everglades.
The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the "Dry Guillotine" because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as "Papillon," claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the Island.
Turning out of the muddy Amazon, you will cruise into the blue Rio Tapajos, to anchor off the village of Alter do Chao. Here you can tour the Center for Preservation of Indigenous Arts, with displays on the lifestyles of local tribes. Or cross to a white sand beach for a refreshing swim in the clear river waters.
A cultural outpost in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus was famous for the extravagant lifestyle and architecture of the 19th century rubber barons who made their fortunes here. The renovated opera house stands as an opulent testament to their vast wealth.
Called the "Spice Island" for its abundance of cinnamon and nutmeg, still sold at the waterfront market, Grenada is spicy in many other ways. St. George's has historic buildings in brick and mellow stone, and one of the loveliest harbors in the Caribbean. The coastline is full of secluded coves, while the mountainous interior is rich in rainforests and frothy rivers.
The ship passes through a channel in the reef, into a broad, perfectly protected natural harbor. This is Willemstad, where Dutch gingerbread houses, superb shopping, excellent restaurants and bustling casinos abound. Nature buffs will love the exotic plants and tropical birdlife of Christoffel National Park. And don''t forget to sample the famous Curaï¿½ao liqueur, still made here.
Spend an unforgettable day cruising the Panama Canal, a fifty-one-mile waterway through the rainforest that is one of the world's engineering masterpieces. The ship glides down the canal with inches to spare, through locks that raise and lower it like a toy. Along the way it crosses enormous Gatun Lake, and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of a solid mountainside.
Hollywood discovered this little fishing village back in the 1960's, and since then luxury resorts and bougainvillea-covered villas have flourished in the delightful seaside climate. Yet hints of past tranquility remain: cobbled courtyards where the locals hold their markets, and superb sport-fishing just offshore.
Located on the leeward side of the Big Island and best known for its coffee, Kona was once the playground of Hawaii's royalty. You can visit both coffee and macadamia nut plantations, Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook first landed (and was later murdered) in 1779, and The Sacred City of Refuge, a haven for ancient lawbreakers. Or Parker Ranch, the largest cattle ranch in the world, with over a quarter of a million acres.
Located on the eastern seashore of the big island of Hawaii, Hilo is an old sugar town and the second-best (after Honolulu) seaport in the islands. Also known as the flower capital of the state, Hilo boasts flower farms and Queen Liliuokalani Park, an authentic Japanese garden. You may wish to visit the black sand beaches of the Puna District. Or Kilauea, the world's largest volcano; its crater is the legendary home of Pele, goddess of fire, who keeps watch over her domain of Volcanoes National Park.
Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor - these names evoke feeling of magic, mystery, drama and history, and they are all located in Honolulu. The capital of Hawaii, this city not only offers some of the best beaches along side big-city skyscrapers, there are also parks, fabulous shopping, the only royal palace in America, the Arizona Memorial in the harbor at Pearl City, the Polynesian Cultural Center and more.
Once you arrive on Guam you will see that the island is a harmonious place, full of great sights and wonderful eateries.The Guam Museum is a wonderful place to learn all about the Chamorro people who occupied Guam over 1500 years ago.
Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.
Famous for its succulent Kobe beef and cosmopolitan flair, this booming port town sits between the Rokko Mountains and Osaka Bay. It contains a remarkable cultural mix of Swiss chalets, Moslem mosques and Russian Orthodox churches tucked between traditional Japanese buildings. A cable car ascends to the summit of Mount Rokko, a national park.
From the port of Tianjin, you can venture to the ancient capital of China: Beijing. It is a veritable treasure-trove of historic wonders, including the Forbidden City where you enter the world of The Last Emperor, a complex of incredible historic significance and physical grandeur. Just outside the walls of the Imperial Palace lies the largest plaza on earth, Tiananmen Square, home to Mao's Monument and his Mausoleum. At the Summer Palace, you'll step into a pastoral mist of natural and man-made beauty: 700 acres of stunning parkland, dreamy lakes, fascinating temples and halls. The Summer Palace evokes a feeling of serenity as you wander through fairy-tale landscapes and manicured gardens. Then witness the efforts of nearly a million workers who walled in an empire by hand. As you climb the Great Wall toward one of its towers, the spirit of endurance and determination takes hold, a poignant reminder of the painstaking endeavors of 2,500 years ago.
Dalian sits at the tip of the Liaodong peninsula... because it sits right on the sea, the city is free from the heavy pollution facing other Chinese cities... In the summer, Dalian transforms into a resort town, with Chinese families from the inland making the trek out to the beaches on the outskirts of the city. The twenty mile stretch of beach here is among the finest in all of China. Dalian is also home to an annual International Fashion Festival, along with a Spring Festival to ring in the Chinese New Year.
From opium wars to junks and barges, images of Shanghai flood the senses. The real Shanghai is a teeming metropolis of 11 million, bustling with energy, towering skyscrapers and art deco buildings, honking traffic and shopping crowds. But once you enter China's largest city, you'll find Eastern ways abound: Tai Chi along the Bund, the serenity of exquisite ponds and gardens, and an endless flotilla of sampans edging along the Huangpu River. Explore Shanghai old and new: the busy bazaars and alleyways of the Old Town, Yu Garden, the Wuxingting Tea House, Long Hua Temple and more.
Hong Kong is the cosmopolitan hub of the Far East. This former British colony reverted to Chinese control in 1997, yet the culture-rich atmosphere remains. See the Wong Tai Sin Temple, tour local markets and the floating village of Aberdeen. Take the Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for one of the world''s most exciting views, or cross the harbor aboard one of the famous Star Ferries. After shopping and exploring, enjoy high tea at the favored retreat of many world travelers-the Peninsula Hotel.
Today this lovely town on the South China Sea reflects the peaceful era of pre-war Indochina. And up the coast, the grand Thien Mu Pagoda and stately Tu Duc Tomb welcome you to Hue, Vietnam's ancient royal capital, on the banks of the Perfume River.
One of Asia's great success stories, this island republic has merged diverse cultures into a dynamic and thriving nation. Clean, modern and full of green gardens, its neighborhoods reflect the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab and European backgrounds of its past. After sampling the legendary shopping, retire to Raffles Hotel's famous bar and toast Maugham, Kipling and Noel Coward with a Singapore Sling.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka means "Resplendent Land," an apt description for this beautiful island. Sri Lanka lies fifty-five miles north of the equator, just off the southern tip of India. With its unique beauty, warm climate and near-perfect beaches, Sri Lanka is one of Asia's most adored destinations. Since the sixteenth century, the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their architectural and cultural marks in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. Yet despite its colonial architecture, Sri Lanka has always remained Oriental in spirit, with colorful bazaars, dancing elephants, graceful women in saris, and many Buddhist shrines and temples.
Few cities evoke such a wealth of sensations as Bombay. Entering the city under the Gateway of India, which commemorates the visit of King George and Queen Mary in 1911, the sounds and aromas are exotic and the level of activity from the bazaars to the street vendors is non-stop. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods. Bombay also serves as the gateway for land tours to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and Delhi, the historical center of India.
Because it's unique location offers free access to the major shipping routes of the world, making it the pick of ports for entrepreneurs around the world, Fujairah is known as the jewel of the Middle East. Its government's liberalized procedures and firm infrastructure provides excellent support for entrepreneurs to build, grow and diversify. The land of Fujairah is endowed with remarkable beauty. The beaches are sun-kissed, the mountain ranges are majestic, and the convivial weather conditions present Fujairah as an exotic land, ripe for discovery by tourists and businesspersons alike.
Despite the primeval desert that surrounds it, spirited Dubai has spent its oil income on modern architecture based on soaring Islamic spires. Explore the souk bazaars for gold and silks, Persian and Afghani rugs and more. And be sure to visit the Juneira Mosque.
Before the 1960s, Abu Dhabi was only a bleak fishing and pearling village. Now everything is modern, sleek and shiny and makes up 85% of the total area of the UAE. It has become the richest and most politically important of the UAE's seven emirates. It is a big city for doing business and considered safe and secure for foreigners as long as you avoid demonstrations and political gatherings. It has been accused of being a soulless place, but to be honest it does have its attractions. Some key attractions are the Al-Hosn Palace used by the Cultural Foundation, the beautiful Capital Garden of the Corniche, and the Women's Craft Centre where you will be able to shop for some very detailed souvenirs.
The town has changed in recent times, but a glimpse of Muscat's past shows in the old houses lining the Mutrah corniche above the harbor, and in the traditional market souks. See the Sultan's Palace, the National Museum and perhaps indulge in Amonage or Ubar perfumes produced here-the world's most expensive.
Like a magic carpet spread before the sea, Oman's coastal plain is one of the most fertile areas of Arabia. Famous since antiquity as the source of frankincense, Salalah was already a prosperous town when Marco Polo visited it in the 13th century! Inland rise the forbidding Al-Quar... Mountains, and the desolate "Empty Quarter" of central Saudi Arabia.
Perched on sand dunes, Ashdod is a gateway to the Holy Land. From here, you can journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem and walk the Via Dolorosa and see the stations of the cross. Among the many other sites of interest are the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and, in Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity.
A lovely seaport in its own right, Haifa is a departure point for Tel Aviv and Holy Land sightseeing. Jerusalem beckons with the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. Jericho, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and the crusader city of Acre are also within reach.
This charming, picturesque resort where Antony and Cleopatra used to vacation is best known as the port for the ancients ruins of Ephesus - one of the world's most wondrous archaeological sites. Explorations should include such masterpieces as the Great Amphitheatre, where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians, the Library of Celsus, and the temples of Athena and Apollo - all connected by marble streets rutted by the wheels of countless chariots.
Once called Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the only city in the world to straddle two continents: Europe and Asia. This is the Golden Horn, the door between East and West, and your first vision of its domes and minarets is unforgetable. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Sultan treasures in Topkapi Palace await - as does the Grand Bazaar, laden with carpets, beaten brass and spices from afar.
The narrow passageways of Mykonos are a twisted maze of whitewashed houses, miniature churches, lazy windmills, and tiny cafes serving up Greek specialties. Sample the freshest squid or lobster just snatched from the blue Aegean Sea, or shop for typical flokati rugs.
Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. In a single day, you can climb the hill of the Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and then find a welcoming taverna for some spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and with luck, energetic Greek dancing.
One of the most spectacular bays in the world lies in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Visit the San Carlo Opera House and the cathedral of San Janarious, or tour the ancient ruins in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The Plaza de Merced, cathedrals, and museums of Malaga make it a remarkable site for studying the history and culture of Spain.The coastline that borders the city is magnificent, and it creates a wonderful backdrop to the ancient land.
A hidden treasure, the remote Azores islands lie 900 miles west of Portugal and 2,110 miles east of New York. Ponta Delgada's stunning Portuguese architecture and luxuriant, flower-filled parks make walking through this city a joy. Venture out of the city and prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful scenery you have ever witnessed. Dramatic rocky cliffs descend to pristine bays, where you may find a virtually deserted stretch of gorgeous beach. Extinct craters are filled with turquoise waters, and surrounded by gardens of hydrangeas and greenery that thrive in the rich volcanic soil.