Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center Program to Host More Than 60 Experts in 2009

    SEATTLE, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -- Imagine sailing with a well-known executive
chef from a famous restaurant or an inspiring culinary television personality.
Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center program makes these dreams a
reality by inviting chefs from kitchens and restaurants all around the country
and making them part of the guest enrichment program.  While on board, the
guest chefs and experts offer culinary demonstrations, tastings and hands-on
cooking classes to guests, in addition to participating in question and answer

    In partnership with "Food and Wine" magazine, Holland America Line has
scheduled approximately 60 celebrated chefs and wine experts to sail in 2009. 
On cruises that do not have a guest chef on board, classes and demonstrations
in the show kitchen are scheduled with Holland America's own expert chefs.

    "The Culinary Arts Center is a guest favorite, and the variety of talent
we get on board is always impressive," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive
vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "Our guests look forward
to seeing how we're going to 'wow' them with our enhanced enrichment program,
and this culinary program is one of the many highlights of our premium cruise

    The line partners with "Food & Wine" magazine to provide guests on select
cruises the opportunity to experience demonstrations and seminars conducted by
a wide range of culinary experts.

    This season Holland America Line will welcome well-known personalities
such as Captain Keith Colburn from Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch"
sailing on ms Westerdam June 7 -- 14 in Alaska; George Duran of "Ham on the
Street" on the Food Network sailing aboard ms Amsterdam Aug. 29 -- Sept. 5 in
Alaska; "Top Chef" contestant Richard Blaise sailing on ms Maasdam Oct. 23 --
Nov. 6 in the Caribbean; and Christina Pirello of "Christina Cooks" on PBS
sailing aboard ms Zuiderdam Aug. 8 -- 15 in Alaska. In addition to
world-famous chefs, the Culinary Arts Program includes cookbook authors as
well as chocolatiers and tablescape experts.

    A selection of participating chefs and experts in the continuing 2009
season include:

    --  Oliver Reschreiter, executive chef at the JW Marriott Desert Springs
        Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., sailing on ms Ryndam June 19 -- 26,
    --  Lee Hilson, executive chef at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix,
        sailing on ms Oosterdam June 24 -- July 6, Mediterranean.
    --  Randy Lewis, executive chef of La Provence in Lacombe, La., sailing on
        ms Noordam June 28 -- July 8, Mediterranean.
    --  Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of the "Ultimate"
        series sailing on ms Prinsendam July 3 -- 17, British Isles.
    --  Stewart Woodman, executive chef at Heidi's in Minneapolis, Minn.,
        sailing on ms Maasdam July 18 -- 25, Canada/New England.
    --  Scott Tycer, executive chef at Gravitas in Houston, Texas, sailing on
        ms Rotterdam Aug. 11 -- 23, Baltic.
    --  Olga Krasnoff, designer of tabletop landscapes, sailing on ms Eurodam
        Aug.  27 --Sept. 6, Canada/New England.
    --  David McMillan, corporate executive chef of Consilient Restaurants
        sailing on ms Prinsendam Sept. 6 -- 20, Western Europe.
    --  Ryan Hardy, executive chef of Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., sailing on
        ms Rotterdam Oct. 3 -- 17, Mediterranean.
    --  Jacques Torres, master pastry chef and chocolatier, sailing on ms
        Oosterdam Oct. 17 -- Nov. 2, Transatlantic.
    --  Maria Hines, executive chef of Tilth in Seattle, Wash., sailing on ms
        Zuiderdam Oct. 24 -- Nov. 3, Panama Canal.

    The program began in 2005 when the line installed state-of-the-art
Culinary Arts Centers aboard each of its premium ships. A first-class "show
kitchen at sea," the Culinary Arts Centers resemble the elaborate show
kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs. Each facility
features a theater-style venue, with two large plasma video screens and a
large cooking display counter where guests can learn from the masters.

    Holland America Line also offers a youth Culinary Arts Center activity
program to teach kids and teens how to cook. The program incorporates dishes
from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary 45-minute-long
classes. Kids under eight years old learn to make theme cookies, fruit
roll-ups, ice cream sandwiches, salad people art and scones. Kids eight and
over make soft pretzels, granola bars, pita chips and hummus, and saltwater
taffy. Teens also can attend adult culinary demonstrations.

    In addition to partnering with "Food & Wine" to secure top experts,
Holland America Line showcases its own culinary stars on more than 500 annual
cruises with demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes given by
the ships' executive chefs and culinary staff. The line's cookbook, "A Taste
of Excellence" written by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, offers guests preparation
techniques for some of Holland America's most delectable dishes and lavish
libations as part of the Culinary Arts Center experience. Sodamin's second
Holland America Line cookbook, "A Taste of Elegance," is due out in March,

    Holland America Line ships are the perfect setting to showcase
award-winning guest experts. In addition to the enrichment experience provided
by the culinary stars on board, passengers can dine in a variety of venues,
including everything from a quick bite poolside to a formal five-course
affair. Every ship features an elegant main dining room, a sophisticated
Pinnacle Grill where guests can sample Sterling Silver beef and fresh seafood,
the casual indoor-outdoor Lido Restaurant, and the Terrace Grill on deck for
lunchtime fare.

    For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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


For further information:

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

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