Holland America Line Returning to Bermuda



    
    Roundtrip Cruises from New York City to Start in 2010

    
    SEATTLE, Sept. 4 /CNW/ -- Beginning in 2010, Holland America Line will
once again sail on regularly scheduled cruises between New York City and
Bermuda.  Holland America is the only major cruise line that calls on both
Hamilton and St. George's, Bermuda's cultural and shopping hubs. Additionally,
guests of Holland America Line will have an opportunity to fully experience
Bermuda's British charm and its unique island culture by day and by night with
multi-day stays in each port.
    When the 1,350-guest ms Veendam sails in late August 2010 on the first of
10 roundtrips to the island, it will mark Holland America Line's return to New
York City as a home port and to Bermuda as a destination.
    Holland America Line worked closely with the Bermudian government to form
the partnership that takes Holland America Line back to the island that it
first visited more than 70 years ago.  In 1926, Veendam II, with a guest
capacity of approximately 500, left New York on the company's first Caribbean
cruise.  During the summers of 1930 and 1931, Veendam II sailed on five-day
roundtrip cruises between New York and Bermuda.
    "We are thrilled to homeport a ship in New York City again and especially
to be returning to Bermuda," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs, "and it's particularly
relevant to be doing so on a ship with the same name as the one that sailed to
Bermuda so many years ago.
    "Veendam is ideal for this itinerary," Meadows noted.  "She is a premium
mid-size ship, the perfect size to navigate the narrow entrances to the
harbors in Hamilton and St. George's. Veendam's guests are able to step off
the ship right in the center of each town.  Ships larger than Veendam must tie
up at the Dockyard facility a considerable distance from both towns.
    "With overnight stays in Hamilton and St. George's, guests will truly
have the time to explore Bermuda and gain an appreciation of its culture, its
people and its history as well as the time to relax on the island's beaches,
play a full round -- or two -- of golf on its world-renowned golf courses or
partake of the many activities offered."
    The clean and friendly historic island, with its forts to discover,
horses to ride, kayaks to paddle and oceans to explore, is an excellent
destinations for families.  "Cruising to Bermuda with Holland America Line is
also an outstanding value when compared to staying in land-based resorts,"
Meadows noted.
    "We are looking forward to our new relationship with Holland America
Line," said Bermuda's Premier, the Hon. Dr. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP.  "When
Veendam's passengers disembark in Bermuda they will be treated as warmly as
they are on board.  We believe Bermudians are among the friendliest people in
the world and we can't wait to extend that hospitality to Veendam in 2010 and
2011.  Holland America Line is one of the world's most recognized and highly
regarded cruise brands and we look forward to our partnership."
    In addition to the ten sailings between late August and October in 2010,
Holland America Line will visit the island and its towns for a full season
beginning in May the following year, with 20 or more sailings anticipated.
    Founded in 1609, the town of St. George's in the northeast area of
Bermuda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second oldest settlement in
North America.  Only Jamestown in the United States is older.  Narrow,
twisting streets and pastel-painted houses create a European feel.  The oldest
Anglican Church in North America is in St. George's and many other historic
buildings, most made of stone, have been preserved.  More than a dozen forts
dating to the 17th century are scattered in the hills surrounding the town.
    Hamilton, the major commercial hub and seat of government, is in the
geographic center of the island and is close to south shore beaches.  Veendam
will dock at the town's front door just steps from Front Street and its
colorful array of shops and restaurants.  Hamilton is home to a massive
19th-century, neo-Gothic cathedral and the Georgian-style Sessions House
dating to 1815.
    For more information, consult a 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 314
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 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.
    
    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,
1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:
http://www.hollandamerica.com


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