Europe Cruises the Best Value With Current Exchange Rate

    Holland America Line voyages offer more ports and more savings

    SEATTLE, March 5 /CNW/ -- With the fluctuating exchange rate of the Euro,
Americans looking to get the most for their money while traveling in Europe
will appreciate the value of cruises. With only minimal shoreside expenses
such as souvenirs, consumers have found that planning a cruise is a proven
money-saver as well as a stress-reducer.  To meet the increasing demand for
European holidays, Holland America Line is offering diverse cruise itineraries
and incredible savings on a premium cruise vacation experience for the 2007
Europe season.
    A recent comparison of a 10-day land tour versus a cruise vacation
revealed that a family of four could save up to 45 percent by booking a 10-day
Mediterranean cruise over a 10-day deluxe escorted land vacation.  The
evaluation included typical expenses such as accommodations, transportation
between cities in Europe, food, entertainment and tours.  Estimated costs for
a family of four totaled $11,359 for the 10-day cruise vacation and $20,728
for the deluxe escorted Europe land vacation.
    "When you look at the overall experience, more travelers are catching on
to the fact that cruising, especially in Europe, is an incredible value," said
Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest
programs, Holland America Line. "There's no easier way to avoid the common
travel headaches than by taking a cruise. For example, guests wake up in a new
port each day, but only unpack once. They are pampered with the finest cuisine
and amenities, and are able to better plan their expenses than on a land-based
    In 2007, the line will sail its longest Europe season ever, visiting more
than 136 cities, including 13 maiden ports of call. European cruises runs from
March 12 through Nov. 3, 2007, and range from 10 to 56 days. Holland America
is cruising to more regions in Europe than ever before, including the Baltic,
Scandinavia, Norwegian fjords, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Croatia,
Greece and the Black Sea.
    Guests seeking longer vacations in Europe can select from Holland
America's "Collectors' Voyages" cruises of 20 to 32 days made by combining two
shorter itineraries with little or no port repetition and significant
discounts on cruise fares. Guests booking "Collectors' Voyages" receive up to
27 percent additional savings as well.
    Holland America Line currently is offering the significant savings on
verandah staterooms.  Guests can save $850 per person by booking a verandah
stateroom for $2,199 on the 10-day, Westerdam May 10 or 30, or June 9, 2007
cruises sailing roundtrip from Rome.
    For cruise brochures or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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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 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.  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, Costa Cruises and Windstar 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

     Contact:  Mary Schimmelman; Rose Abello
     Phone:    206/301-5318; 206/313-7673 cell phone
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