Culinary Art Center Presented by Food & Wine Magazine Cooks Up Club Hal

    Holland America Line Starts Cooking With Kids

    SEATTLE, June 15 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line has launched a kids and
teen Culinary Arts Center activity program to bring the joys of cooking to the
younger set.  Taking advantage of the fleet-wide million dollar show kitchens,
the premium line now offers classes that teach kids and teens how to make
dishes from breakfast to dinner.
    "Learning about the culinary arts and cooking isn't just for adults,"
said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest
programs.   "We've developed some fun recipes and classes so that kids, tweens
and teens can discover more about cooking from our shipboard chefs."
    The program, which launches this summer, incorporates dishes from
breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary classes lasting 45
minutes each.  All kids, tweens and teens are welcome to attend whether or not
they are registered for the Club HAL and teens program.
    The preparations range from simple to teen sophisticate.  Kids under
eight years old will learn to make Bear Tracks (Alaska theme cookies), Fruit
Leather (fruit roll-ups), Ice Cream Sandwiches, Salad People Art, and Denali
Peaks (Alaska Theme Scones).   Kids eight and over will delight in making Soft
Pretzels, Granola Bars, Pita Chips and Hummus, and Saltwater Taffy. Class
topics and times will be communicated through daily programs and Club HAL
programs during a cruise.  Teens are welcome to attend adult culinary
demonstrations, too.
    As a part of the line's $225 million Signature of Excellence initiative,
Holland America Line spent more than $13 million to create and install the
Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, which is offered on
every sailing of its 13 ship fleet. The Culinary Arts Centers features the
only fleetwide dedicated state-of-the-art show kitchens at sea, each
resembling the elaborate kitchens used by celebrated chefs on television
cooking programs.  Innovative theater-styled venues offer large overhead
plasma video screens providing close-up views of food preparation, and a large
cooking display counter where guests can learn new techniques and recipes.
More than 60 top chefs, wine experts and cookbook authors will sail in each
year, and classes and demonstrations will be offered on every sailing.
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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
more than 320 ports.  Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents,
including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand
World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers.  Its recently completed $225
million fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements added features such as
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 CafC) 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.  For more information, consult a travel agent,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Among the highest-rated cruise lines 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.

For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line, 
1-800-637-5029, cell, +1-206-313-7673, fax, +1-206-262-5934, Web Site:

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