Holland America Line Enhances Platinum Cancellation Protection Plan

    Modifications to CPP Platinum provide increased benefits

    SEATTLE, Oct. 24 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line guests now have the option
of purchasing an enhanced version of its Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP),
which covers the cost of a cruise fare in the event of cancellation by the
guest.  While the former plan required an approved covered medical reason to
cancel within 24 hours of departure, the new CPP Platinum will feature a 90%
refund upon cancellation for any reason up to departure, as well as increased
baggage protection and relaxed rules related to recovering expenses for a trip
delay.  The new plan is effective for cruises departing September 1, 2009, and
    Extension of Cancellation Period
    Eliminating a previous one-day notice clause, the updated CPP Platinum
offers a "cancel-for-any-reason" refund at 90% of the of the eligible amounts
paid (excluding the protection plan cost) up to the point of departure.  The
extension of time allows for any circumstance that might prevent travel within
24 hours prior to departure, regardless of the reason.
    Standard CPP reimburses 80% of eligible amounts paid for cancellations
for any reason up to 24 hours prior to departure.  For most sailings, Holland
America Line's standard cancellation policy allows guests to cancel in writing
without penalty up to 76 days prior to the departure date.
    Trip Delay Benefits
    Compensation up to US$500 per person for accommodation and travel expense
is provided with the enhanced CPP Platinum for any length of trip delay.
Previous per diem limits and minimum trip delay length restrictions have been
    Baggage Protection Increased
    In addition to the reimbursement of US$600 for baggage delays, liability
for baggage loss or damage has increased from US$600 to a total of US$1600
under the CPP Platinum Plan.
    The non-refundable CPP Platinum is available to U.S. and Canadian
residents and must be purchased at the time of deposit.  Pricing varies by
cruise fare.  For example, CPP pricing for a guest paying $1,200 per person
for a seven-day Caribbean cruise would be $99 for Standard CPP and $129 for
CPP Platinum.  For more information, consult a travel agent, call
1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    - 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 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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