Holland America Line's ms Prinsendam Receives Enhancements to Staterooms and Public Areas

    SEATTLE, Jan. 16 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line has completed a
significant upgrade to its "Elegant Explorer," ms Prinsendam.  Totaling more
than $20 million, the enhancements include new luxury bathrooms in all
staterooms, the addition of the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York
Times, expanded and refurbished shopping promenade, and new carpets and stone
    "These renovations are yet another example of how Holland America Line
continues to provide an unparalleled experience for today's premium cruise
guests," said  Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest  programs.  "Our guests are very pleased with the changes to
our staterooms and public areas.  Many sail on this ship regularly and have
let us know how much they appreciate the enhancements."
    Stateroom upgrades included remodeling bathrooms and redesigning closet
space.  New carpet, desks, chairs and other furniture were also installed. New
carpeting was laid throughout the dining room and lounges aboard ship while
the Lido restaurant was resurfaced with stone and carpeting.  Serving counter
and seating areas were upgraded.  Some outside decks were recovered, too.
    On the sports deck, new croquet and bocce courts and two new putting
greens were installed.  A new Stuyvesant Room also was created to serve as a
meeting room (that doubles as Club HAL space for children) and the library
near the Explorations Cafe was expanded with more space and books.
    All balconies received the final improvements to meet recently adopted
International Maritime Organization regulations.  And additional technical
improvements were made with upgrades to radar systems, lifeboats and other
nautical equipment.
    Prinsendam travels on voyages from 14- to 73-days to exotic destinations
worldwide.  With a passenger count of 793, ms Prinsendam is the smallest ship
in the Holland America Line fleet and is very popular among guests. For more
information about ms Prinsendam, please visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    -- http://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.

     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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