Holland America Line Introduces New Martini Menu

    SEATTLE, Sept. 15 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line has introduced a new menu
of martini cocktails on board its fleet of 14 ships.  Featured on the menu are
19 Grey Goose martinis and a sampler platter of mini, specialty martinis
called the martini flight. Showcasing mixology at its best, a new martini
flight will feature six of the menus premier martinis.
    The martini flight includes Holland America Line's signature martini, the
Yellow Tulip, a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, lychee juice, pineapple juice,
guava juice, coconut cream and fresh lime juice. Other martinis included in
the flight are the Peartini, Cosmopolitan, Sunshine Martini, Rum Sundae and
High Tide Martini.  A house specialty will be a signature Martini for Two with
aged Cognac served with a dish of caviar and traditional garnishes.  Holland
America Line's new martini menu will be featured in the Explorer's Bar on its
newest ship, ms Eurodam, in the Pinnacle Grill Bar of its Vista-class ships
and in the Ocean Bar on ms Amsterdam, ms Maasdam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam, ms
Statendam, ms Veendam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam.
    "We are constantly exploring new and inventive ways to enhance our
onboard offerings be that entertainment, culinary or with innovative
cocktails," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales
and guest programs. "The martini menu offers a wide variety of imaginative,
sophisticated cocktails that will appeal to our guests."
    Launched as a precursor to the highly anticipated Martinis that will be a
part of the upcoming Mix specialty theme bar area, Holland America Line's new
martini menu was inspired to infuse a new splash of sophistication to its
already popular bars and lounges.  Mix incorporates three specialty theme bars
-- Martinis, Champagne, and Spirits & Ales. These enhancements are part of a
new $200-million Signature of Excellence upgrade to ms Statendam, ms Maasdam,
ms Ryndam, ms Veendam and ms Rotterdam.
    For new Signature of Excellence upgrades, 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. Enhancements
will be made to all existing staterooms and additional staterooms will be
added to the 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.
Overall, Holland America Line has committed $525 million to its Signature of
Excellence program that redefines premium cruising.

                     -- 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.

     Rose Abello


For further information:

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

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