Holland America Line's New ms Eurodam to Feature New Inspired Guest Room Decor

    SEATTLE, April 24 /CNW/ -- Staterooms and suites on the new ms Eurodam
will feature an inspired and a distinctly different decor when the 2,044-guest
luxury liner -- Holland America Line's first Signature-class ship -- debuts in
June 2008.
    The staterooms and suites will offer a calming, more mono-chromatic
design, accented with bursts of color, will replace the floral schemes used in
the past.  The elegantly simple design is enhanced with rich wood tones and
the use of burnished nickel fixtures. Passenger corridors leading to the guest
staterooms also will be decorated in the same contemporary theme.
    "Holland America Line chose NB Design Group of Seattle to create this
stylish new decor," said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer.
"We sought a design firm capable of providing a fresh look while retaining a
tailored, Euro-classic aesthetic. NB Design Group has succeeded wonderfully by
introducing different woods and textures and fresh color combinations."
    Nancy Burfiend, principal designer and founder of NB Design Group, added
the intent was to transform each stateroom and suite into a calming oasis
where guests could relax and rejuvenate.
    "There is so much taking place aboard a cruise ship -- diverse
activities, exciting dining, theater shows, and more -- that we wanted the
guest rooms to reflect a soothing environment," said Burfiend. "For example,
the deluxe verandah suites will feature rich walnut furniture, charcoal gray
seating, crisp white draperies and a patterned gray tip sheared carpet --
accented with powder blue and citrus orange in strategic areas to add
dimension and interest.
    "Inside staterooms will have blond, maple-toned furniture to create a
lighter environment, with the recessed area behind the beds painted sky-blue
and covered by sheer curtains with a burn-out, wave pattern that allows hints
of blue to show -- in effect, creating the sense of a window," Burfiend added.
    The new decor will be in all staterooms on the 11-passenger deck Eurodam.
For the first time on any Holland America ship, staterooms will be added to
the top decks.  Deck 11 just off the Crow's Nest will feature 10 verandah
staterooms and, just below on Deck 10, 28 staterooms with verandahs and four,
forward-facing "panorama" rooms will be located.
    With one more deck than Holland America's 10-deck Vista-class ships, the
Signature-class Eurodam will feature three alternative dining venues,
including a new pan-Asian restaurant on Deck 10. The Explorations Cafe --
powered by The New York Times -- will be located on Deck 11 on the starboard
side of the Crow's Nest.
    Staterooms will feature all the Signature of Excellence premium
amenities: plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth
robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel televisions, DVD players, make-up
mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional grade hair
dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets.
    Eurodam is scheduled to debut in June 2008 with European inaugural events
and then cruise the Baltic region through the summer. The ship will then offer
its first trans-Atlantic cruise and sail Canada/New England in the fall,
followed by Caribbean itineraries the remainder of 2008.

    - 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
more than 320 ports.  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.  Its recently completed $225
million fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements added features such as
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.

    About NB Design Group
    Headed by Nancy Burfiend, principal, Seattle-based NB Design Group has
been providing quality interior design solutions since 1988.  The firm works
independently and with architectural firms on projects that encompass
residential, corporate, retail, hospitality, multi-family, and the public
sector ranging from historical renovations to new construction.  Nancy
received her B.F.A. from the University of Washington in 1983, is NCIDQ
certified and a member of ASID and IIDA.  She has won several design awards,
most recently the Seattle Design Center Northwest Design Awards 2006 for
residential remodel.  She has also been named one of the "Next 10" by the
publication, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles for her forward, yet timeless design

    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
    Fax:      206/262-5934
    E-mail:   pr@hollandamerica.com


For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America, +800-637-5029 
(Not for publication), or fax, +1-206-262-5934, or pr@hollandamerica.com

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