The Republic of Indonesia, is the world's largest archipelago, a vast equatorial collection of 17,000 islands, extending 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers) east to west, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans in Southeast Asia. Its land area is 15 largest in the world. Many islands are filled with dense, luxurious rain forests, fertile ricelands, savannah grass lands and beautiful mountainous regions. The country has about 400 volcanoes, most in the world, including 130 that are active with about 70 erupting in historical time. (Trekking to active volcanoes is a passion for some.) The largest islands include Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Sulawesi, and the Indonesian part of New Guinea (known as Papua or Irian Jaya).
Much of the county's peoples live near the coast, rivers and lakes, a result of the geography and tropical climate. Its population is fourth largest in the world (more than 250 million) and the country is host to an enormously varied set of cultures (more than 100 ethnic groups and 700 languages) including the world's largest Muslim population (87%). More than 90% of the population can read or write. Renown locations include Jakarta (capital and largest city), Sumatra, Bali, Komodo Island (home to the world's largest monitor lizard), and Kalamatran (Indonesian Borneo).
Culturally, Indonesia fascinates visitors with a rich diversity of ancient temples, music, from traditional to modern pop, dances, rituals and ways of life. These vary from island to island and from region to region. Its peoples are friendly, gracious and warm.
Discover this diverse and exotic land aboard Holland America's ms Volendam, a fleet ship belonging to a recognized leader in cruising. Continuous updates have brought this mid-sized ship into the 21st century (first in its fleet to boast a dedicated Internet center).
Holland America Line has made it a practice to employ Indonesian crew members, touting friendliness and efficiency. Service is phenomenal. Waitstaff and cabin stewards are primarily Indonesian and Filipino; most officers are European, and many from Holland.
The ms Volendam also enjoys a particularly high ratio of repeat cruisers who are extremely loyal to this cruise line and frequently sail on this ship.
Enjoy the convenience of cruising on a four-star mid-size ship,
visit eight exotic ports on this sixteen day cruise . . .
. . . and also see one of nature's grandest spectacles,
A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN,
an event never to be forgotten!
(Holland America is known for past solar eclipse cruising)
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Our Guests Receive (At No Extra Cost)
Complementary bottle of wine per cabin, pre-eclipse cocktail party with eclipse discussion, post-eclipse astronomy presentation, eclipse booklet, eclipse T-shirts (for each guest),
and safe eclipse viewers (for each guest).
Free help with all air reservations, visas, passports, and all other bookings including shore excursions.
(We do not have service or other fees as do some other agencies)