PBS Chef of 'Christina Cooks' to Sail on Holland America Line's Zuiderdam August 8

    SEATTLE, April 8 /CNW/ -- Christina Pirello, television personality,
author and chef, is scheduled to sail as part of the guest-enrichment program
on the Aug. 8, 2009, Alaska voyage aboard Holland America Line's ms Zuiderdam.

    During her cruise, the epicurean expert will perform cooking
demonstrations for guests in the ship's state-of-the-art show kitchen, conduct
seminars and tastings, and participate in question and answer sessions.

    Pirello discovered the value of healthy eating when, at age 26, she cured
herself from Leukemia. She's an expert chef, author and Emmy Award-winning
television personality who is passionate about eating a plant-based diet to
prevent cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other health-related
epidemics. She also believes that a plant-based diet will help you look and
feel younger and more vibrant.

    Pirello is the host of two television shows: "Christina Cooks!" premiered
in 1998, is currently in its ninth series and airs on more than 150 public
television stations nationwide and on CN8 The Comcast Network. "Christina,
Naturally" premiered in 2007 and airs on CN8 The Comcast Network.

    With a Masters Degree in food science and nutrition, she has a broad
knowledge of the science of nutrition. In addition to being the keynote
speaker for the U.S. Defense Department's food service convention (Defending
the Health of Our Nation's Defenders), Pirello has been a regular guest on
television shows like "The Early Show" on CBS, "Home Matters" on The Discovery
Channel, "Women's Day TV" on The PAX TV Network and "In Food Today" on the
Food Network.

    The dynamic chef also is the author of several books, including "This
Crazy Vegan Life," "Cooking the Whole Foods Way," "Christina Cooks: Everything
You Always Wanted to Know About Whole Foods but Were Afraid to Ask" and "Cook
Your Way to the Life You Want."

    The Vancouver, British Columbia to Ketchikan, Alaska, cruise calls at
Tracy Arm, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska with Glacier Bay scenic cruising.

    Holland America Line launched its innovative culinary guest-enrichment
program in 2005. Each of the line's 14 ships features a Culinary Arts Center.
A first-class "show kitchen at sea," the Culinary Arts Centers presented by
"Food and Wine" magazine resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by
celebrity chefs on television cooking programs and offer culinary
demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes aboard every Holland
America sailing.

    Each facility features a theater-style venue, with two large plasma video
screens and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn from the
masters. In partnership with "Food and Wine" magazine, Holland America Line
has scheduled approximately 60 celebrated chefs and wine experts to sail in
2009.  On cruises that do not have a celebrity chef on board, classes and
demonstrations in the show kitchen are scheduled with Holland America's own
expert chefs.

    Holland America Line also offers a youth Culinary Arts Center activity
program to teach kids and teens how to cook. The program incorporates dishes
from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary 45-minute-long
classes. Kids under eight years old learn to make theme cookies, fruit
roll-ups, ice cream sandwiches, salad people art and scones. Kids eight and
over make soft pretzels, granola bars, pita chips and hummus, and saltwater
taffy. Teens also can attend adult culinary demonstrations.

    Holland America Line ships are the perfect setting to showcase
award-winning guest experts. In addition to the enrichment experience provided
by the culinary stars on board, passengers can dine in a variety of venues,
including everything from a quick bite poolside to a formal five-course
affair. Every ship features an elegant main dining room, a sophisticated
Pinnacle Grill where guests can sample Sterling Silver beef and fresh seafood,
the casual indoor-outdoor Lido Restaurant, and the Terrace Grill on deck for
lunchtime fare.

    For a full schedule of Holland America Line's Culinary Guest Program,
visit http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Enrichment.action
and click on the Culinary Arts Center tab.

    For cruise brochures or for more information, consult a professional
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

    -- www.hollandamerica.com --

    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 320
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to
108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include
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.  A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam,
is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 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, John Primeau
    PHONE:    800-637-5029, 206-262-5870
    FAX:      206-262-5934
    EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com


For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello or John Primeau, both of Holland
America Line, 1-800-637-5029, or +1-206-262-5870, fax: +1-206-262-5934,

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