Holland America Line Unveils Eurodam News Blog

    SEATTLE, Aug. 6 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line's Eurodam News Blog is live
as of today, Monday, Aug. 6. The site, which is located at
www.eurodamnews.com, is designed to be the primary portal for news and
information about ms Eurodam, the line's next newbuild, currently under
construction in Italy and due to be delivered in June 2008.
    The Eurodam News Blog is designed to provide unique insights into every
aspect of the new ship. Regular posts will cover a wide variety of topics,
from interior decor to new public rooms to entertainment and dining venues and
menu developments. In addition, it will feature profiles of the officers and
shipboard staff who are responsible for ensuring that the vessel is ready to
receive its first passengers next July.
    "The Eurodam News Blog is an innovative, new way for Holland America Line
to engage guests and others in the building progress and unique features of
our 14th ship," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs. "This weblog is our first foray into the world of
Web 2.0 and social media, and provides another tool to communicate with
journalists, guests, travel agents and cruise enthusiasts."
    The site has a Blog Board composed of top Holland America executives from
various departments who are involved in the shipbuilding process and are the
principle sources of the site's content. Visitors are encouraged to register
and post comments and questions, to which members of the Blog Board will
respond within their specific area of expertise.
    When it is delivered in summer 2008, Eurodam will be the first in Holland
America Line's next class of premium cruise ships -- the Signature Class. The
2,104-guest, 86,700-gross-ton Panamax Eurodam is under construction at Italian
shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard for an estimated cost of $450
    - www.hollandamerica.com -
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314
ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, including 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.
    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 www.hollandamerica.com.
    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.


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

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