Holland America Line Names ms Eurodam in Rotterdam on Tuesday, July 1

    ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, July 1 /CNW/ -- In a ceremony rich with pomp,
circumstance and Dutch heritage, Holland America Line named ms Eurodam in its
founding city of Rotterdam on July 1.  Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the
Netherlands officially named the ship in front of the historic European
headquarters of Holland America Line at Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam's cruise
    More than 2,000 Holland America Line employees and retirees, dignitaries,
past guests, top travel sellers and guests from all over the world enjoyed
three days of celebratory events leading up to the lavish pier-side ceremony.
Following the dedication, the celebration continued aboard Eurodam with
ship-wide cocktail receptions.
    "We are exceptionally honored to have Her Majesty Queen Beatrix as the
godmother of this beautiful ship," said Stein Kruse, president and chief
executive officer, Holland America Line.  "With tens of thousands of people
coming out to see our newest ship, which will proudly fly the Dutch flag, it
is really quite an emotional homecoming for all of us at Holland America
    The 2,104-guest ship, built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera
shipyard is the 14th ship in the premium line's distinguished fleet and the
first in its Signature-class series.  It departs July 5 on a ten-day
round-trip maiden sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, and calls at Oslo,
Alesund, Vik, Flam and Stavanger, Norway; Newcastle Upon Tyne, England; and
Edinburgh and Invergordon, Scotland; a ten-day round-trip maiden sailing from
Copenhagen, Denmark, and calls at Oslo, Alesund, Vik, Flam and Stavanger,
Norway; Newcastle Upon Tyne, England; and Edinburgh and Invergordon, Scotland.
    Following its inaugural Europe season, the ship will sail its first
trans-Atlantic cruise, followed by a series of Canada/New England sailings in
the fall before deploying on Caribbean itineraries for the remainder of 2008.
    Eurodam Advances Premium Offerings
    With an additional deck, Eurodam has 63 new staterooms more than the
latest Vista-class ship.  Forty-seven are verandah cabins and ten are a new
style with ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall panoramic windows.  Eurodam also
features 56 Spa Staterooms, so named because of their proximity to the
Greenhouse Spa and Salon and special in-room spa amenities.  In total, Eurodam
carries 1,052 double occupancy staterooms.
    Staterooms provide the Signature of Excellence premium amenities of plush
Euro-top Mariner's Dream beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian
cotton towels, flat panel TVs, DVD players, make-up mirrors with halo
lighting, massage shower heads and professional grade hair dryers.
    Eurodam also includes a new pan-Asian restaurant and bar, Tamarind and
Silk Den; casual Italian eatery, Canaletto; and Pizzeria Slice.  Other
additions are an Explorer's Lounge Bar, new atrium bar area, enhanced and
reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating and a new photographic and
imaging center.

    Editors note:  Photos can be downloaded at

    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 of more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to
108-day itineraries visit all seven continents; 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 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.

For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello, or Erik Elvejord, 1-800-637-5029, 
international cell phones, +1-206-281-3535; +1-206-313-7673, fax, 
+1-206-281-0351, pr@hollandamerica.com, both of Holland America Line Web Site:

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