Holland America Line's ms Eurodam Maiden Voyage to Feature Fjords and Kilts

    New Three-day Prelude and Preview Cruises Planned

    SEATTLE, Dec. 12 /CNW/ -- Norway's famed fjords and Scotland's Highlands
are highlights of the ms Eurodam's 10-day maiden voyage of northern Europe,
set for July 5, 2008.  The 2,104-guest Eurodam, under construction at
Fincantieri's Marghera, Italy, shipyard, will be Holland America Line's newest
ship and the first in the Signature Class series.
    Holland America Line also is offering two short introductory cruises
during Eurodam's inaugural season.  A three-day prelude cruise will sail July
2 from Rotterdam to Copenhagen, calling at Hamburg, Germany, prior to the
maiden voyage.  President and chief executive officer Stein Kruse is scheduled
to sail aboard the prelude cruise.  Prior to the start of its Canada/New
England season, the ship also will operate a new three-day round-trip New York
City preview cruise, departing on Aug. 29, 2008.
    "We are pleased to offer two new opportunities for cruisers to experience
Eurodam next year," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president,
marketing, sales and guest programs.  "Both can be combined with a 10-day
port-intensive cruise in Europe or Canada, or they can be booked separately
for an introductory experience aboard our first Signature-class vessel."
    The 10-day round-trip maiden sailing departs from Copenhagen, Denmark,
and calls at Oslo, Alesund, Vik, Flam and Stavanger, Norway; Newcastle Upon
Tyne, England; and Edinburgh (via South Queensbury) -- the premium line's
second highest rated port of call -- and Invergordon, Scotland.   Newcastle --
a maiden call for Holland America Line -- offers 2,000 years of history and a
picturesque backdrop with its location on the left bank of the River Tyne.
    Eurodam Expands Premium Offerings
    With one more deck than Holland America Line's 10-deck Vista-class ships,
the Signature-class Eurodam will feature three alternative dining venues,
including a new pan-Asian restaurant with panoramic views. The Explorations
Cafe -- powered by The New York Times -- will be located on deck 11 on the
starboard side of the Crow's Nest.  Other additions are an Explorer's Lounge
Bar, a new specialty restaurant adjacent to the Lido offering fine Italian
food, new atrium bar area, and an enhanced and reconfigured show lounge with
theater-style seating.
    Following its inaugural Europe season, the ship will sail its first
trans-Atlantic cruise, followed by a series of Canada/New England sailings in
the fall before deploying on Caribbean itineraries for the remainder of 2008.
    Cruise fares for the maiden voyage begin at $2,474 per person, double
occupancy.  The prelude cruise starts at $599 per person.  Guests combining
both the maiden voyage with the prelude cruise receive a $100 per person
discount.  The round-trip New York cruise starts at $499 per person.  Fares
start at $1,899 for guests combining this departure with the Canada/New
England cruise on Sept. 1.  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 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.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements,
totaling more than $425 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.

    Rose Abello

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

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