Holland America Line's Cancellation Protection Plan Allows Guests to Cancel for Any Reason


    SEATTLE, Aug. 26 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line guests who purchase
Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) can cancel their cruise for any reason
whatsoever to receive a refund of up to 90 percent of the cruise fare paid. 
Two variations of the plan allow cancellation of a cruise up to 24 hours prior
to the cruise or cruisetour departure for Standard CPP and right up to
departure for CPP Platinum.

    "With Holland America Line's CPP plans, guests can rest assured they
don't have to have specific reasons to be protected," said Richard D. Meadows,
CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "It
provides added peace of mind in today's environment to know that whatever
might be affecting a guest's travel plans, they can receive a refund if

    For most sailings, Holland America Line's standard cancellation policy
allows guests to cancel in writing without penalty up to 76 days prior to the
departure date.

    Two Levels of CPP
    Standard CPP reimburses 80% of eligible amounts paid for cancellations
for any reason up to 24 hours prior to the cruise or cruisetour departure. 
Plus, the plan provides an additional $500 liability (for a total of $600) for
lost, damaged or delayed baggage.

    CPP Platinum features a 90% refund upon cancellation for any reason prior
to departure.  Other benefits for the expanded plan are increased baggage
protection for lost or damaged luggage up to $1,600 total, delayed baggage
coverage up to $1,100, trip interruption protection if a guest must return
home unexpectedly and trip delay coverage.

    Medical coverage under the plan provides for emergency medical expenses
for illness or injury first occurring during the voyage, emergency medical
evacuation and 24-hour emergency hotline assistance for legal, passport, cash
transfer, medical and documentation assistance.

    Standard CPP and CPP Platinum are available to U.S. and Canadian
residents and must be purchased at the time of deposit.  The cost varies by
cruise fare and is non-refundable.  For example, CPP pricing for a guest
paying up to $1,000 per person for a seven-day Caribbean cruise would be $79
for Standard CPP and $99 for CPP Platinum.  For more information and specific
plan details, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or
visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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    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 320
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.

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


For further information:

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

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