Holland America Line's Upcoming Culinary Cruises Celebrate Chefs and Recipes From Around the Country

    SEATTLE, Oct. 22 /CNW/ -- From wine-country cuisine to the re-invented
wholesome fare of  early American taverns to Southern-influenced prime
seafood, Holland America Line will open its on-board kitchens to over 70 guest
chefs from around the country throughout its 2008 cruise season.
    Guests can sample the culinary creations of such noted and soon to be
noticed chefs as Cornelius Gallagher, former chef at Oceana (NY) and currently
with Sonnier and Castle private events; Pichet Ong, chef at P(*)ong Restaurant;
Bobby Stucky, master sommelier at Frasca Food and Wine; Eric Lee, executive
chef at Simi Winery; Tenney Flynn, executive chef at GW Fins; Joel Antunes,
chef of Joel Restaurant; Max McCalman, Artisinal Cheese; Susan Goss, owner and
chef of the West Town Tavern in Chicago and dozens more.  Augmenting the chefs
will be a score of cookbook authors as well as wine and spirits experts
including Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of the "Ultimate"
cookbook series, and master mixologists Christy Pope and Chad Solomon.
    "In our third year of hosting guest chefs on board, we are reaching out
to chefs and culinary experts all around the country," said Richard D.
Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. 
"What better way to entertain our guests then with notable chefs and experts
that reflect the variety of cultures and cuisine found here?"
    Holland America Line launched its innovative culinary program in 2005
with the installation of state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Centers aboard each of
its 13 premium cruise ships offering culinary demonstrations, tastings and
hands-on cooking classes aboard every sailing. The line then took the concept
further by partnering with Food & Wine magazine to provide guests on select
Holland America Line cruises an opportunity to experience demonstrations and
seminars conducted by culinary experts covered in the magazine such as 1999
"Best New Chef" winner James Mazzio, executive chef at Via in Denver,
Colorado. Another rising star is Christopher Lee, executive chef of New York's
Gilt, selected as one of the ten "Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine Magazine for
2006 who is scheduled to sail aboard the ms Rotterdam in March.
    In addition to partnering with Food & Wine to secure top experts, Holland
America Line showcases its own culinary stars during each of more than 500
annual cruises with demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes
given by the ships' executive chefs and culinary staff. Plus, with the release
of the premium line's new cookbook, A Taste of Excellence, guests can learn
preparation techniques for some of Holland America's most delectable dishes
and lavish libations as part of the Culinary Arts Center experience.
    A state-of-the-art "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 video screens to display overhead and close-up video views of food
preparation, and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn from
the masters.  Culinary demonstrations also are filmed and aired on
in-stateroom televisions.  Holland America Line invested more than $13 million
to create and install the Culinary Arts Center facilities on each of its ships
as part of a $225 million Signature of Excellence initiative.
    For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit http://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 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 and Grand
World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.  For more information, consult a
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Among the highest-rated cruise lines 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:   Sarah Scoltock / Rose Abello
    PHONE:     800-637-5029
    FAX:       206-262-5934
    EMAIL:     pr@hollandamerica.com

For further information:

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

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