Holland America Line Announces New, Six-Day Scandinavia Cruises - With Roundtrip Sailings From Rotterdam, Netherlands

    SEATTLE, Sept. 30 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's flagship, ms Rotterdam,
will sail two new six-day Scandinavian itineraries in July 2009. Ideal for
travelers eager for a shorter getaway, the two round-trip sailings feature
spectacular scenic cruising and explore Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
    "Given our legacy in Rotterdam, we are thrilled to be sailing in and out
of this magnificent port, right past our original headquarters, now the Hotel
New York," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. "It's a unique and
unforgettable experience to watch Rotterdam's citizens cheering at our
arrivals and departures."
    Departing July 18, 2009, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, the ship calls at
some of the Baltic's best-known ports: Helsingborg, Sweden; Copenhagen,
Denmark and Oslo, Norway, before returning to Rotterdam. A 22-hour stay in the
Danish capital enables guests to meander through the streets of Copenhagen or
enjoy a leisurely dinner at a sidewalk cafe before returning to the ship.
    The second sailing, departing Rotterdam July 24, explores the coast of
Norway with calls at Flam, Bergen and Stavanger. Two days of scenic cruising
in Norway -- the first in Sognafjord and Aurlandsfjord, and the second at
Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock -- will delight nature enthusiasts and amateur
photographers alike.
    "These new six-day cruises are perfect for the traveler who wants a
shorter premium vacation and to discover some of Scandinavia's most beautiful
and memorable towns and seascapes," added Meadows.
    Cruise fares for the two six-day, roundtrip Rotterdam voyages begin at
$869 per person, double occupancy.
    12-Day cruise -- or an 18-day Collectors' Voyage -- available for those
who wish to explore Baltic in more depth
    Holland America Line also offers two extended cruise options for those
who want to see more of Northern Europe and to receive a more in-depth
discovery of Scandinavia and the Baltic.
    Departing on July 18, guests can combine the two six-day itineraries for
a 12-day cruise that sails to a variety of ports and includes scenic cruising
through Norway's most picturesque fjords and has only one overlapping call at
Rotterdam. Pricing for the 12-day cruise begins at $1,629 per person, double
    The six day, July 24 sailing, can be combined with the following 12-day,
July 30 sailing, for an 18-day Collectors' Voyage. The Collectors' Voyage
includes calls at Oslo, Norway; Arhus, Denmark; Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany;
Tallinn, Estonia and two days in St. Petersburg, Russia. While in St.
Petersburg, guests will have plenty of time to explore such iconic treasures
as the Hermitage Museum, the palace of Czarina Catherine the Great and the
cathedrals of St. Petersburg. The Collectors' Voyage then continues its
journey to Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; scenic cruising of Stockholm
Archipelago and disembarks in Copenhagen, Denmark. Pricing for the 18-day
Collectors' Voyage begins at $2,399, per person, double occupancy. Taxes and
fuel supplement are additional on all fares.
    The Holland America Line premium cruise experience
    At the heart of every Holland America cruise is a warm and award-winning
style of service. With As You Wish dining(R), the onboard culinary experience
gives options to suit every taste. Guests can choose a classic fixed seating
and dining time or a flexible, open seating schedule. And alternative dining
always is available, including the elegant Pinnacle Grill and relaxed Lido
    Culinary staff and guest chefs lead cooking classes and demonstrations in
the onboard Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, and, as
part of the Explorations Speaker Series, special guest lecturers sail on each
cruise to offer enriching perspectives on regional art, history and culture.
The Explorations Cafe -- powered by the New York Times -- enables guests to
stay connected to loved ones. Guests are also assured a good night's sleep
with the Mariner's Dream stateroom amenities, including luxurious beds and
    When in port, guests can choose from a diversity of shore excursions
including the exclusive Medallion Collection featuring Overland Adventures,
Signature Collection private-car touring, visits to natural, architectural and
technical masterpieces from the Wonders of the World Collection and rare and
unusual experiences with the Encore Collection excursions.
    For cruise brochures or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
                      - http://www.hollandamerica.com -

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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 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, 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:  John Primeau, Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029; 206-262-5870
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com


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