Microsoft Digital Workshop Rolls Across Holland America Line Ships


    SEATTLE, Jan. 13 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line announced today the
roll-out schedule for its popular Microsoft Digital Workshops.  The successful
program begun last April has already been implemented on five of the ships, ms
Amsterdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam, ms Eurodam and ms Noordam. Installation
on 12 of the 14 ships will be completed by May 27, 2009.  While ms Prinsendam
and ms Rotterdam are not currently scheduled for implementation due to
itinerary lengths, Holland America Line aims to ultimately apply the program
to the entire fleet.
    "The Microsoft Digital Workshops have become among the most popular
activities for all ages on our ships," says Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive
vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "The relationship with
Microsoft has been fantastic and we are looking forward to having this
well-received program across most of the fleet."
    "We are thrilled that passengers of Holland America Line are finding
value in the Microsoft Digital Workshops," said Chip Wood, group manager,
Consumer Segment Marketing, Microsoft Corp.  "Providing guests with a
comfortable environment where they can learn how to create, edit and share
digital memories is a fun and unique way for Windows to enhance the cruise
experience."
    The complimentary onboard workshops led by Microsoft-trained "techsperts"
showcase state of the art technology, enabling all levels of camera and
computer users to take better photos, make movies, edit and create scrapbooks
and share digital memories.  Guests learn how to share all their digital
memories through email, blogging and social networking allowing friends and
family to participate in their cruise experience even before they return home.
    The program has its own dedicated space on each ship.  Guests can choose
to attend all or just some of the multiple workshops which are held daily.  In
addition, one-on-one coaching, called "Techspert Time," is available for more
than 20 hours each week.
    The various workshops offer photo tips and introduce resources and
Microsoft maintained technology available on the cruise.  Guests can learn to
download, crop and color-correct digital images as well as how to create
panoramic pictures, photo cards and scrapbooks with Windows Live Photo
Gallery.  There are also sessions on how to produce and publish videos onto a
DVD using Windows Movie Maker and how to create personal webpages or blogs
with Windows Live Services and Windows Live Writer.
    Microsoft Digital Workshops will begin with the cruise dates and ships
listed below:ms Zaandam, Jan 21, 2009 in Hawaii
    ms Maasdam, Jan 30, 2009 in Caribbean
    ms Zuiderdam, Feb 17, 2009 in Caribbean
    ms Ryndam, Mar 5, 2009 in Mexico
    ms Veendam, April 27, 2009 in Panama Canal
    ms Statendam, May 10, 2009 in Alaska
    ms Volendam, May 27, 2009 in AlaskaFor a cruise brochure or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
http://www.hollandamerica.com.- http://www.hollandamerica.com -About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica,
South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage;
and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New
England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is
scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.Worlds Leading Cruise LinesThe highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.""CONTACT:  Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com
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1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:
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