ms Eurodam Officially Delivered to Holland America Line

    MARGHERA, Italy, June 16 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line and its parent
company, Carnival Corporation and plc, officially accepted delivery of its
newest ship, ms Eurodam, in a formal handover ceremony near Venice, Italy, on
June 16.  The 2,104-guest ship, built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's
Marghera shipyard, is the 14th ship in the premium line's distinguished fleet
and the first in its Signature-class series.
    "The Eurodam is a gorgeous ship," said Stein Kruse, president and chief
executive officer, Holland America Line. "We are proud to be the industry's
leading premium experience and the addition of this new ship allows us to
offer our Signature of Excellence to even more cruisers."
    The Eurodam will arrive in Southampton, England, on June 27 to begin a
series of introductory events for past guests, travel sellers, media and local
officials.  She then sails to her homeport, Rotterdam, arriving June 29 for
three days of festivities including a naming ceremony with Her Majesty Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands officially dedicating the ship on July 1.
    The 10-day round-trip maiden sailing departs July 5th from Copenhagen,
Denmark, and calls at Oslo, Alesund, Vik, Flam and Stavanger, Norway;
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England; and Edinburgh and Invergordon, Scotland.
    Following her inaugural season in the Baltic region, Eurodam will offer
its first transatlantic cruise and sail Canada/New England in the fall,
followed by Caribbean sailings for the remainder of 2008.
    Eurodam Advances Premium Offerings
    With an additional deck, Eurodam has 63 new staterooms more than the
latest Vista-class ship.  Forty-seven are verandah cabins and ten are a new
style with ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall panoramic windows.  Eurodam also
features 56 Spa Staterooms, so named because of their proximity to the
Greenhouse Spa and Salon and special in-room spa amenities.  In total, Eurodam
carries 1,052 double occupancy staterooms.
    Staterooms provide the Signature of Excellence premium amenities of plush
Euro-top Mariner's Dream beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian
cotton towels, flat panel TVs, DVD players, make-up mirrors with halo
lighting, massage shower heads and professional grade hair dryers.
    Eurodam also includes a new pan-Asian restaurant and bar, Tamarind and
Silk Den; casual Italian eatery, Canaletto; and Pizzeria Slice.   Other
additions are an Explorer's Lounge Bar, new atrium bar area, enhanced and
reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating and a new photographic and
imaging center.

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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 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

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