Rendezvous in Croatia Celebrates Historic Meeting of Holland America Ships

    SEATTLE, April 11 /CNW/ -- When Holland America Line's flagship the ms
Amsterdam and the Elegant Explorer ms Prinsendam met today in Dubrovnik,
Croatia, the combined 2,000 guests were treated to a special event
commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships
on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call.  Presented on the ms
Amsterdam, the event featured performances by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
and a Dubrovnik children's choir.  Special guests included His Excellency
Robert A. Bradtke, United States ambassador to the Republic of Croatia; Her
Excellency Catharina Maria Trooster, ambassador of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands to the Republic of Croatia; and Dubravka Suica, mayor of
Dubrovnik.  "We thank the people of Dubrovnik for extending their warm
hospitality to our guests, and we thank Atlas Travel Agency which worked so
closely with Holland America Line to plan and execute this commemorative
event," said Stein Kruse, Holland America Line president and CEO.

    Photo Cutline:  Today's meeting in Dubrovnik of the ms Amsterdam and the
ms Prinsendam marked the first time in Holland America Line's 134-year history
that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call.
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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.
    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

    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.

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