Holland America Line Unveils Eurodam News Blog

SEATTLE, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's Eurodam News Blog is live as of today, Monday, Aug. 6. The site, which is located at www.eurodamnews.com, is designed to be the primary portal for news and information about ms Eurodam, the line's next newbuild, currently under construction in Italy and due to be delivered in June 2008.

The Eurodam News Blog is designed to provide unique insights into every aspect of the new ship. Regular posts will cover a wide variety of topics, from interior decor to new public rooms to entertainment and dining venues and menu developments. In addition, it will feature profiles of the officers and shipboard staff who are responsible for ensuring that the vessel is ready to receive its first passengers next July.

"The Eurodam News Blog is an innovative, new way for Holland America Line to engage guests and others in the building progress and unique features of our 14th ship," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "This weblog is our first foray into the world of Web 2.0 and social media, and provides another tool to communicate with journalists, guests, travel agents and cruise enthusiasts."

The site has a Blog Board composed of top Holland America executives from various departments who are involved in the shipbuilding process and are the principle sources of the site's content. Visitors are encouraged to register and post comments and questions, to which members of the Blog Board will respond within their specific area of expertise.

When it is delivered in summer 2008, Eurodam will be the first in Holland America Line's next class of premium cruise ships -- the Signature Class. The 2,104-guest, 86,700-gross-ton Panamax Eurodam is under construction at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard for an estimated cost of $450 million.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE: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. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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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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