Special Culinary Program Flavors Holland America Line's 2007 Holiday Cruises

    SEATTLE, Oct. 9 /CNW/ -- From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve,
Holland America Line is highlighting its 2007 holiday cruises with a special
culinary program that combines traditional dishes with festive cuisine from
around the world.  Cooking classes and demonstrations in each ships' Culinary
Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine will also feature special
holiday fare.
    The holiday culinary program will be offered on 19 Holland America
cruises that celebrate the holidays sailing the Caribbean, Panama Canal,
Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, South America/Antarctica, and Australia/New Zealand.
    Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has designed special
holiday menus that offer a wide choice of both traditional and exotic dishes.
For example, his Christmas Eve dinner menu features a choice of appetizers
from the Caribbean, Asia, Spain, Germany and Mexico; entrees from Austria,
Norway, Italy, England and the United States; and desserts from France, the
Netherlands, Caribbean and Canada.  Classic dishes such as Thanksgiving turkey
and Christmas roast goose are enhanced with gourmet seasonings and side
    "This seasonal culinary program offers an extraordinary opportunity to
enjoy wonderful holiday cuisine while relaxing aboard a cruise -- a much
preferable option to doing all that cooking and clean-up at home," said
Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest
programs.  "Our holiday cruises also offer the perfect solution to the hectic
frenzy that typically envelops the season at home, especially for busy
professionals.  Families also really enjoy holiday cruising when the kids are
on school vacation because our ships provide so many activities for both
children and adults."
    Holland America Line's on-board festivities for the entire family include
holiday decorations, special movie showings, a visit for the kids from Santa
-- sometimes arriving by parasail -- activities and crafts for the Club HAL
kids program, strolling carolers, tree lighting ceremony, ceremonial Menorah,
eggnog in the Atrium, Christmas brunch, Santa's milk and cookie late-night
snack, a Christmas show by the crew on Christmas Eve, and a turndown gift on
Christmas Eve.  The line also holds a New Year's Eve Gala to toast in the New
Year and arranges to broadcast select college bowl games on board the ship.
Each holiday voyage features clergy to conduct Catholic, Protestant and Jewish
services (for cruises over Hanukkah).
    Holland America Line offers holiday cruise departures ranging from 7 to
20 days to a variety of warm weather and exotic destinations.
    Popular, 7- to 17-day Caribbean cruises sail roundtrip from Ft.
    Tampa and New York City to a wide choice of sun-drenched islands in the
eastern, western and southern Caribbean.  Most itineraries feature a visit to
Half Moon Cay, the line's award-winning private Bahamian island.  The 10- and
14-day Sunfarer itineraries cruise the Panama Canal in addition to exploring
southern Caribbean ports and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.  Per person fares begin
at US $899 for a 7-day Caribbean cruise.
    The Prinsendam rounds out the season with a 17-day Caribbean Explorer
cruise, visiting St. Barts, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Dominican
Republic, Half Moon Cay and Ponce, the newest cruise port in Puerto Rico.
    Warm weather cruises also sail roundtrip from San Diego to Mexico and
Hawaii.  The dazzling Mexican Riviera beckons with 7-day cruises to such
colorful ports as Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.  The Hawaiian
Islands highlight a 15-day itinerary that combines relaxing days at sea with
port calls at Oahu, Maui and Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.  Per person
fares begin at US $849 for a Mexico cruise and $2,199 for a Hawaii sailing.
    Far-flung holiday adventures await on a 16- to 18-day Australia/New
Zealand adventure from Brisbane or Sydney to Auckland and a 20-day exploration
of South America and Antarctica from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Valparaiso,
Chile.  Per person fares begin at US $1,899 for the first and US $2,499 for
the latter.
    Extended Families Enjoy Special 3rd and 4th Fares
    Families will enjoy the spirit of the holiday with the premium cruise
line's special 3rd and 4th fares in applicable staterooms on 11 holiday
sailings.  For a third and fourth person in a double stateroom, the fares
start at $399 per person, or a savings of more than $500 per person.
    For more information about planning a holiday cruise, contact a travel
agent or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) 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 13 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.
    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.  Fleetwide, the company
features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225
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.

    Rose Abello

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