Holland America Line Expands On-Board Culinary Enrichment Program to Offer More Than 60 Classes

    SEATTLE, April 14 /CNW/ -- Expanding on its popular on-board enrichment
program, Holland America Line is offering guests a roster of culinary classes
on a variety of topics. Ranging from seasonal cuisine to fruit and vegetable
art, the flavorful and fun classes enable guests to learn from Holland America
Line's own professional culinary staff and discover the finer art of
entertaining during their cruise.

    Hosted by the on-board party planner, these classes are in addition to
the guest chef program and take place in the Culinary Arts Center, a
state-of-the-art "show kitchen at sea," or in one of the many bars and
lounges. The line schedules classes throughout the day on both sea and port
days to fulfill the demand for the culinary program.

    "The classes are very popular with Holland America Line guests, and we're
able to make their cruise even more enriching with these entertaining
subjects," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs. "By showing our guests how to make orzo while
sailing in Greece or how to arrange a beautiful bouquet, we're creating
experiences that they can take home and share with their friends and family."

    The extensive offerings allow Holland America Line to develop a
comprehensive program around the line's award-winning cuisine. With the
"'Taste of Excellence' Cookbook Series," a Holland America Line chef
demonstrates how to make a popular recipe from the line's own cookbook.
"Cooking With the Cruise Director" always proves to be fun as the cruise
director takes direction from one of the ship's chefs on making a delicious
dish.  Rather than simply marveling at the beautiful fruit and vegetable
carvings adorning the ship's buffet, guests can learn how to make their own
melon flowers and edible arrangements with the "Fabulous Fruit and Vegetable
Art" class.

    The itinerary-themed cooking demonstrations focus on the ship's sailing
region and bring the local flavors on board. When in Alaska, the program
offers "Flavors of the Northwest" and "Fresh Ketch." Guests sailing on
Caribbean itineraries may learn how to make jerk chicken or shrimp scampi,
while those on Mediterranean cruises could prepare pasta with chorizo sauce or
a warm crostini with classic caponata and mozzarella.

    Guests can also learn how to make the cruise line's "Signature
Cocktails." Three to four mixed drink recipes are taught per session from a
ship's bartender.  Wine tastings continue to be so popular that Holland
America Line has created two different levels of tastings: premium and

    To complete the culinary experience and emphasize entertaining as a
whole, the line also offers a class on "The Art of Flower Arranging" taught by
the ship's on-board florist. For a more dramatic flare, guest can learn "The
Art of Ice Carving" as the ship's professional ice carvers demonstrate how to
make an ice carving, transforming a 300-pound block of ice into a beautiful
sculpture in under an hour.

    Budding junior chefs also can get in on the action with the youth
Culinary Arts Center activity program to teach kids and teens how to cook. The
"Let's Make..." classes incorporate dishes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and
snacks, while "Finger Foods" shows the finer art of making favorites like
sweet potato oven fries and porcupine cookies. Teens also can attend adult
culinary demonstrations.

    Holland America Line launched its innovative culinary guest-enrichment
program in 2005. Each of the line's 14 ships features a Culinary Arts Center. 
The Culinary Arts Centers presented by "Food and Wine" magazine resemble the
elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs
and offer culinary demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes
aboard every Holland America sailing.  Each facility features a theater-style
venue, with two large plasma video screens and a large cooking display counter
where guests can learn from the masters.

    Holland America Line ships are the perfect setting to showcase
award-winning guest experts. In addition to the enrichment experience provided
by the culinary stars on board, passengers can dine in a variety of venues,
including everything from a quick bite poolside to a formal five-course
affair. Every ship features an elegant main dining room, a sophisticated
Pinnacle Grill where guests can sample Sterling Silver beef and fresh seafood,
the casual indoor-outdoor Lido Restaurant, and the Terrace Grill on deck for
lunchtime fare.

    For cruise brochures or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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


For further information:

For further information: John Primeau, or Rose Abello, both for Holland
America Line, 1-800-637-5029, +1-206-262-5870, fax, +1-206-262-5934,

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