Amsterdam is not new to world cruising; its last around-the-globe sailing was in 2003. Prinsendam, which sailed this year's world voyage for Holland America (and departs on January 5 for 2006's), will sail two Grand Voyages in 2007: a 66-day South America and Antarctica circle and a 56-day Mediterranean and North Africa voyage, which can be combined.
Why the switch from the smaller 38,000-ton, 784-passenger Prinsendam to the Amsterdam? "We are seeing demand for [world cruises]," says a company spokesperson. Amsterdam can accommodate nearly twice as many passengers as Prinsendam -- and these sailings are indeed hot, and selling out fast.
Amsterdam's 105-day cruise will visit 38 ports in 26 countries; highlights include Mumbai, Dubai and an overnight in Callao (Lima).