Holland America Line's Innovative Lanai Staterooms Prove a Big Hit on ms Veendam



    SEATTLE, June 29 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's latest Signature of
Excellence innovation has received rave reviews by guests on ms Veendam. 
Similar in size to the premium line's spacious outside-view staterooms, the
new, unique lanai accommodations were recently added to the ship and feature
large sliding glass doors with direct access to the Lower Promenade
wrap-around teak walking deck.  Lanai staterooms will be added to ms Rotterdam
this year and three other ships by 2013.

    "We are very pleased with the lanai staterooms and the enthusiastic
response from our guests," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "They have a nice layout and
direct deck access and enhanced views are a major benefit.

    "On the Statendam-class ships we have fewer verandah options than on our
Vista or Signature ships," added Meadows.  "So lanai staterooms offer a great
value with outside deck access."

    The addition of 38 lanai staterooms on Veendam are a key feature in the
latest round of Signature of Excellence enhancements at Holland America Line. 
Thirty-two new verandah staterooms also were built on the aft portion of the
ship, along with eight new inside staterooms.  All staterooms aboard Veendam
received new decor, modern wall sconces, carpeting, drapes, pillows and bed
runners and resurfaced desks and vanities.  Bathrooms saw an "extreme"
makeover with new vanities and cabinetry.

    Each lanai stateroom also features reserved deck chairs outside sliding
glass doors that have a one-way mirrored coating to ensure privacy.

    A final stateroom enhancement was the creation of 15 spa staterooms -- 12
outside converted to verandah in drydock and three other inside -- featuring a
variety of exclusive spa amenities.  The rooms offer their own ambiance with a
decor reflecting natural elements and soft earth-tones.  A counter-top water
feature in each stateroom provides a natural, ambient background sound and
artwork reflects serene images in nature.  Exclusive spa treatments and a spa
room service menu are offered only in these staterooms.
    

    Completion in Two Phases on Five Ships
    
    Except for Veendam, completed at the end of April 2009, and Rotterdam, to
be completed in December 2009, stateroom enhancements will be completed in two
phases.  First, in a series of drydocks in 2010 and 2011, Maasdam, Statendam
and Ryndam will receive stateroom upgrades.  The second series of drydocks in
2012 and 2013 will add lanai staterooms and new accommodations on the aft
portion of the ships, as well as forward verandah and spa staterooms.

    Veendam's capacity increased to 1,350 as a result of the stateroom
additions.  Guest capacity on Rotterdam will be 1,404.  Capacity on Statendam,
Maasdam and Ryndam will increase to 1,350 during future drydocks.

    This next phase in the Signature of Excellence commitment brings the
latest innovations at sea to Holland America Line's Statendam, Maasdam,
Ryndam, Veendam and Rotterdam.  Additional highlights include the resort pool
feature called The Retreat, the Showroom at Sea and the new Mix, three
specialty lounges midship.   Completing projects will be the addition of
Canaletto, Holland America Line's popular and complimentary casual Italian
restaurant, introduced on ms Eurodam in summer 2008.  Overall, Holland America
Line has committed $525 million to its Signature of Excellence program that
redefines premium cruising.

    For additional information, consult a professional travel agent, call
1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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Blog.  Access all social media outlets via the Online Communities quick link
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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 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 is scheduled to join
the fleet in July 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:      Sally Andrews
    PHONE:        800-637-5029
    FAX:          206-262-5934
    EMAIL:        pr@hollandamerica.com





    




For further information:

For further information: Sally Andrews of Holland America Line,
1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com


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