Holland America Line Delivers Entertainment Enhancements

    SEATTLE, Sept. 19 /CNW/ -- As part of Holland America Line's latest
Signature of Excellence enhancements, entertainment on board five popular
ships is evolving to feature a new music program, the new Showroom at Sea,
expanded entertainment and enrichment activities and a video game room
featuring the latest craze in high-tech entertainment. The enhancements are
part of an extensive $200-million program that will occur during nearly
month-long dry docks on ms Statendam, ms Maasdam, ms Ryndam, ms Veendam and ms
Rotterdam beginning in spring 2009.
    "The new musical offerings and entertainment initiatives are designed to
be even more compelling and relevant to today's premium cruiser," said Richard
D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest
programs, Holland America Line.  "These enhancements will allow us to offer
more venues and more choices to our guests."
    Signature Bands Featured on All Ships
    Joining the resident shipboard entertainment staff are three new musical
groups catering to a wide audience: The HALCats, The Neptunes and Adaggio.
Each ship in the fleet will now feature an ensemble of these signature musical
    An eight-piece party band, The HALCats play the music of the '60s, '70s
and '80s throughout the ship. Charged with creating a sophisticated and sultry
mood, The Neptunes, a three-piece combo, feature music from the Great American
Songbook. Adaggio, a string quartet, comprised of a viola, cello and two
violins, perform light classics in the Explorer's Lounge. Guests can dance to
the tunes of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. in the newly
refurbished Ocean Bar.
    Showroom at Sea
    Holland America Line has redesigned its main show space to combine modern
stage technology and decor with the ambiance of a glamorous nightclub.  Called
Showroom at Sea, this venue will feature new show concepts along with
production-style shows.  Remodeled seating and a larger parquet dance floor
will also feature movable tables and chairs complete with white-linen
tablecloths and cafe lamps. The old-Hollywood atmosphere in this intimate room
is just the place to dance the night away.
    High-Tech Entertainment
    The latest video game craze across the nation is now coming to Holland
America Line ships.  Interactive games and other high-tech entertainment,
complete with large flatscreen televisions, are being installed in a new space
called the Sky Room and will test players' game skills.  This high-tech game
room features several "rooms within a room" and will include plenty of
lounging chairs and couches for onlookers and participants alike.
    Explorations Team Expands Activities
    Entertainment and enrichment are taking on a new, contemporary look and
feel across the fleet. A new Explorations Team employs cruise staff, each
specializing in a particular area, to educate and entertain guests with an
expanded menu of activities including flower arranging, hands-on cooking,
dancing and working with digital photos, blogs and movies.   Each team
consists of a cruise director, a party planner, a travel guide, dance
directors and a "techspert." On longer cruises, a book club leader joins the
team to lead lively group discussions.
    This $200-million phase in the Signature of Excellence commitment brings
the latest innovations at sea to Holland America Line's Statendam, Maasdam,
Ryndam, Veendam and Rotterdam.  The first of the extensive dry dock periods
begins with the Veendam in spring 2009 and the last will be completed on the
Maasdam in late 2010.  While in dry dock, ships will expand the aft deck to
create a new resort pool concept, The Retreat, and create a new bar concept
called Mix that features separate areas -- Martinis, Champagne and Spirits &
Ales. Enhancements will be made to all existing staterooms and additional
staterooms will be added to the five ships.  The ships also will introduce 46
innovative lanai staterooms with direct access to the Lower Promenade Deck.
New spa staterooms near the Greenhouse Spa and Salon will offer special
in-room spa amenities.
    For a cruise brochure or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

                      - http://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 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:               Rose Abello
     PHONE:                 800-637-5029, 206-281-3535
     FAX:                   206-262-5934
     EMAIL:                 pr@hollandamerica.com


For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line,
1-800-637-5029, +1-206-281-3535, Fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com

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