Holland America Line Serves Up Authentic Alaska Cruise Souvenir



    
    Alaskan Seafood Feast is 'Home Excursion' Back to Alaska

    
    SEATTLE, Jan. 13 /CNW/ -- Guests who cruise in Alaska can relive the
culinary experience of the Great Land with Fresh Ketch, an Alaskan seafood
feast delivered at home for friends and family to enjoy.   The innovative
'home excursion' brings a taste of Alaska home through a partnership with
seafood specialists, Alaska Fresh Ketch.
    

    
    Ketchikan-based Alaska Fresh Ketch serves up the ultimate in Alaskan
souvenirs -- wild Alaskan king salmon, halibut, smoked salmon and king crab. 
With two variations, the feast for six to eight people comes wrapped in a
keepsake box decorated with local artwork and filled with menus, recipes,
cooking tips, special cooking tools, place cards for your table and secret
sauces.  A souvenir memory book includes descriptions about the seafood, the
local Alaskan fishing fleet and other facts about Alaska.
    

    
    Available for purchase on ships in Alaska this year, it is also available
online year-round at a website developed especially for Holland America Line:
http://holland.alaskafreshketch.com.
    

    
    On each cruise, guests may attend a complimentary cooking demonstration
in the ship's Culinary Arts Center--professional show kitchens installed for
guests' culinary entertainment and enrichment.  The ship's own chef will open
a box of wild seafood from Fresh Ketch and take guests step-by-step through
the process of preparing a true Alaskan feast.
    

    
    "Our Alaska cruise guests tell us that enjoying wild Alaskan seafood is a
major part of their vacation experience," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC,
executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "We've
prominently featured wild Alaskan seafood on our ships' menus, and now we're
taking it a step further and providing a convenient way for guests to take
that culinary experience home as a gift or souvenir."
    

    
    Guests may choose from two packages -- the Halibut Schooner and the
Salmon Troller. The Halibut Schooner features wild Alaskan halibut as the
entree and includes appetizer portions of Alderwood-smoked sockeye salmon and
wild Alaskan king salmon. The Salmon Troller features an entree portion of
wild Alaskan king salmon and appetizer portions of Alaskan king crab.  Seafood
is flash-frozen to preserve its fresh flavor and texture, and all seafood is
sustainably harvested in Alaska.  Each package contains six-pounds of seafood,
enough to treat six to eight diners.
    

    
    "Fresh Ketch has done an outstanding job creating this culinary
adventure," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs. "Besides the quality seafood, the package contains
personal stories about the fishermen and fishing fleet responsible for the
catch. It creates a real connection between diners and the food on the table."
    

    
    Guests sailing in Alaska can order the home excursion at the shore
excursion desk. Guests, along with friends and family, can also place their
order for either Fresh Ketch home excursion at
http://holland.alaskafreshketch.com.  Each package is $294 including all
shipping and handling.
    


    - 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.
    

    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.
    

    

    
    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


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