Holland America Line Committed to Culinary Excellence

    New Culinary Training Program Opens at Line's Training Center in Manila

    SEATTLE, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line has opened a new
Culinary Training Program, designed in cooperation with the Culinary Institute
of America (CIA), at its training center in Manila, the Philippines, to train
shipboard culinary staff for its expanding fleet of premium cruise ships.
Trainees will live at the facility while completing a three-week immersion
culinary course.

    "Holland America Line is renowned for its culinary expertise and
extraordinary food presentations in the dining rooms and many specialty
restaurants," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs.  "Our new culinary training program in Manila will
ensure that our culinary and beverage staff continues to raise the bar as we
provide outstanding meals and service to our guests."

    The curriculum was designed by the CIA under the direction of a Holland
America Line Culinary Operations team lead by Steve Kirsch, director of
culinary operations, and Rudi Sodamin, master chef.  CIA Master Chef Almir Da
Fonseca launched the initial training course in Manila this past fall.

    "Those attending the school will receive culinary training as well as
specific coursework that covers our upscale Pinnacle Grill restaurants, main
dining rooms, renowned Lido Restaurants, specialty lounges and the Tamarind
and Canaletto restaurants found currently on our new Signature-class ship, ms
Eurodam," said Meadows.  "The CIA curriculum is thorough and means that
graduates will arrive on the ships with even greater culinary skills."

    The residential training center located on a hill overlooking Manila also
functions as a school for front desk personnel and beverage staff, and has
space to conduct leadership and other training classes for crew and officers. 
A former hotel manager aboard the line's ships, Brian McNeil serves as
director of training at the facility and manages all training programs. 
Holland America Line corporate trainers facilitate the three-week culinary
classes comprised of 20 candidates.

    "The residential facility gives us the ability to fully immerse students
in their coursework," Meadows continued. "We were able to design the training
areas to give the students a realistic experience that replicates many of the
conditions they will encounter when they are assigned to our ships."

    Holland America Line operates a similar residential program in Indonesia
at the ms Nieuw Jakarta facility where dining room waiters, housekeeping
stewards, clerks and other staff receive training.

    Editor's photography note:  Photos can be downloaded at

    -- 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 Web Site:

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