Holland America Line Offers Early Advantage Fares on 2009 Cruises Booked by September 15

    SEATTLE, July 25 /CNW/ -- Gearing up for its 2009 cruise season, Holland
America Line will offer Early Advantage savings on a wide selection of cruises
and CruiseTours when booked by September 15, 2008.  Past guests can save even
more, and on select sailings, special fares are available for third or fourth
guests who share the same stateroom starting at just $99 per person.
    With savings of up to $2,200 per person, the Early Advantage promotion
encompasses an extensive selection of 2009 cruises sailing to more than 320
ports of call in destinations around the world:  Alaska, Asia, Australia/New
Zealand, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal,
and South America/Antarctica.
    Highlights of next year's deployment include the first full year of
itineraries aboard the new ms Eurodam; four distinctive Grand Voyages of 50 to
117-days aboard ms Rotterdam, ms Prinsendam and ms Amsterdam; full Panama
Canal transits in fall and winter aboard ms Statendam; ms Oosterdam sailing in
South America as the first Vista-class ship in the Southern Hemisphere; and
more than 20 new ports introduced worldwide.
    "Cruising is a popular vacation choice and a very good value today so we
want to reward those who book early," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive
vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "Planning ahead means
even greater savings plus more stateroom and departure options."
    For example, with these special advance fares, guests can book a 10-day
Mediterranean cruise with fares starting as low as $1,449 per person, double
occupancy, for an inside stateroom and $2,149 for a verandah -- and third or
fourth guests cost from only $299.  A 16-day South America cruise starts at
$1,899 for an inside or outside stateroom.  A 14-day Australia/New Zealand
cruise starts at $1,699 for an inside and $1,899 for an outside.
    In other regions, a 7-day Caribbean cruise starts at $599 for inside
staterooms and $899 for verandahs.  A 15-day Circle Hawaii cruise starts at
$1,499 with an optional upgrade to an outside stateroom for only $200.  And a
14-day full transit of the Panama Canal begins at $1,499 for an inside or
$1,799 for an outside.
    The popular 7-day Alaskan Explorer cruise, roundtrip from Seattle, starts
at $699 for inside staterooms or $1,149 for verandahs.  Another option is an
Alaska CruiseTour, varying in length from 11 to 20 days, starting at $1,249
for inside staterooms and $1,449 for outside staterooms.
    For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    - 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 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.

     CONTACT:  Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com


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