Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to Name Holland America Line's New ms Eurodam



    SEATTLE, March 12 /CNW/ -- Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
will name Holland America Line's new Signature-class ship, ms Eurodam, in a
ceremony in Rotterdam on July 1, 2008. The 2,104-guest ship is being built by
Italian shipyard Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. in Marghera,
Italy.
    "The upcoming naming ceremony of ms Eurodam will be a very special moment
in our company's proud 135-year history," said Stein Kruse, president and
chief executive officer, Holland America Line. "We are truly honored that
Queen Beatrix will name our new ship. This special dedication will take place
steps from our historic headquarters as well as our current European head
office. Like her mother did 50 years ago for the beloved ms Rotterdam V, Queen
Beatrix will be the Godmother and name the largest passenger ship ever to fly
the Dutch flag."
    Holland America Line has a long and proud relationship with the Dutch
Royal Family when it comes to naming its ships. Nine vessels have been
launched by members of the Royal Family, including the Statendam III in 1929
by Prince Hendrik; Nieuw Amsterdam in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina; Statendam IV
in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1964 by then Princess Beatrix; Rotterdam V in
1958 by Queen Juliana; and Prinsendam in 1973, Nieuw Amsterdam in 1983,
Rotterdam VI in 1997 and Oosterdam in 2003 by Princess Margriet.
    The naming ceremony on July 1 will include festivities along
Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam's cruise ship terminal area, in front of the former
headquarters of Holland America Line, which is now Hotel New York. The company
was founded in 1873 in Rotterdam.
    An expected audience of several thousand -- including national
dignitaries, special guests and the company's top-selling travel agents --
will witness an extravaganza of entertainment, the blessing of Eurodam, and
the finale of the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle across the ship's
bow.
    
    Queen Beatrix
    
    Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard became Queen of the Netherlands on April 30,
1980, assuming the duties from her mother, Queen Juliana, who abdicated in
favor of her daughter on her 71st birthday. The Queen is head of state and
represents the Netherlands at home and abroad, serving as president of the
Council of State, the government's main advisory body, meeting regularly with
ministers, and signing acts of Parliament and Royal decrees. She makes several
state visits to other countries each year and regularly receives other Heads
of State and Government dignitaries visiting the Netherlands.
    The 70-year-old queen received her degree in European and International
Law in 1961 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leiden in
recognition of her efforts to focus attention on democracy and freedom and the
responsibilities that come with it.
    Queen Beatrix was married to Prince Claus van Amsberg for 36 and a half
years before his passing in 2002, and has three sons and seven grandchildren.
A patron of the arts, the Queen enjoys sculpting and is especially proud to
award the annual Royal Grant for Painting. She also participates in horseback
riding, sailing, skiing and playing tennis.
    
    ms Eurodam Advances Premium Offerings
    
    An enlarged and enhanced vessel developed from Holland America Line's
successful and popular Vista-class ships, the first Signature-class vessel,
Eurodam will feature several alternative dining venues, including a stunning
pan-Asian restaurant with panoramic Ocean views. The popular Explorations Cafe
-- powered by The New York Times -- will be integrated into the traditional
Crow's Nest. Other additions include an Explorer's Lounge Bar, a new specialty
restaurant adjacent to the Lido offering traditional Italian food, a new
atrium bar area, and an enhanced and reconfigured show lounge with
theater-style seating.
    Staterooms and suites on Eurodam will introduce an inspired and a
distinctly different decor and will include new exclusive, spa-themed and
scalloped verandah categories. Staterooms also will feature Signature of
Excellence premium amenities: plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream beds, deluxe
waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel televisions, DVD
players, make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads,
professional grade hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets.
    Following its maiden voyage to the Baltic and inaugural Europe season,
the ship will sail its first trans-Atlantic cruise, followed by a series of
Canada/New England sailings in the fall before deploying on Caribbean
itineraries for the remainder of 2008.
    For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    
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    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:   CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314
ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, including 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 14th ship, ms Eurodam, will launch in July 2008.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements,
totaling more than $425 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.
    
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    
    The 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.

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     CONTACT:  Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line, Inc., 
1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:
http://www.hollandamerica.com

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