Holland America Line Publishes Book Featuring Its Shipboard Art and Antiques Collection

    Art and Photography Book Showcases the Line's Priceless Works of Art

    SEATTLE, August 1 /CNW/ - Holland America Line ships are renowned for
their collections of fine art and antiques from around the globe. Now
selections from the premium line's art treasures have been assembled in "The
Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line."

    The 176-page full-color hardcover coffee-table book features a diverse
collection that ranges in scale from contemporary pieces such as a saxophone
signed by former President Bill Clinton and Waterford(R) crystal atrium
centerpieces, to pre-Columbian artifacts and original paintings from a variety
of artists and epochs. Renowned cruise photographer Michel Verdure
meticulously captured images of the vast art and antiques collection, and
travel journalists Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman provide accompanying

    "Beautiful objects and museum-quality works of art of cultural or
historical significance are an integral part of the shipboard ambiance of
Holland America Line ships," said President and CEO Stein Kruse. "This
dedication to aesthetic excellence sets us apart from other cruise lines and
provides our guests with a rich and rewarding cultural experience."

    "The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line"
highlights unique pieces such as Andy Warhol's famed Queen Beatrix series; an
original Man Ray sculpture, murals by international artists Gerti
Bierenbroodsport, Ian Cairnie, Barbara Broekman and Wout Muller; Captain
Stephen J. Card's acclaimed marine oil paintings; contemporary Norwegian
artist Nicolaus Widerberg's abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship; and
Susanna Holt's life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife. The outstanding
Holland America Line antique collection portrayed in the book includes
artifacts spanning several thousand years of world culture.

    Authors Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman are award-winning journalists
who have written extensively on cruising and art for publications around the
world. Together they narrate Holland America Line's innovative art tours, an
on-board self-guided exploration that includes interviews with artists and
photo images displayed on iPod screens. Contributors to national television
shows, the married journalists produce and host daily radio features for XM
Satellite Radio, American Armed Forces Radio and OnTravel.com. Their
broadcasts currently reach more than 170 countries.

    Based in Miami, French-born photographer Michel Verdure has built his
career around a life-long passion for the sea. He began with underwater
photography, accompanying Jacques Cousteau and his crew on several expeditions
aboard the famous exploration boat Calypso. With more than 150 cruises in his
personal portfolio, Michel is recognized as one of the foremost cruise
photographers in the industry.

    A must-have for cruise enthusiasts and art lovers alike, "The Art of
Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line" ($45) pays homage to
the artisans and artists whose works create a rich environment aboard each
Holland America Line ship. The book will be available for sale fleetwide as
well as on the line's Web site at www.shophollandamerica.com/artbook.

    -- www.hollandamerica.com --

    About Holland America Line (a division of Carnival Corporation and plc

    Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to
more than 320 ports. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents,
including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand
World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.

    In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company
features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225
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. For more information, consult a
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

    World's Leading Cruise Lines

    Among the highest-rated cruise lines 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: Holland America Line Mary Schimmelman,
800-637-5029 Fax: 206-262-5934 pr@hollandamerica.com

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