Holland America Line Increases Seattle-to-Alaska Sailings With Addition of Third Ship in 2006

Jan 05, 2006, 00:00 ET from Holland America Line

    SEATTLE, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle's home town cruise line, Holland
 America Line, will nearly double its roundtrip sailings from Seattle to Alaska
 in 2006, adding a third ship to offer a total of 61 departures from May 5
 through September 22. Last year, the line, the leader in Alaska Cruises and
 CruiseTours, featured 37 seven-day cruises on two ships from Seattle. Guests
 that book an Ocean-View Stateroom or higher by February 28, 2006, will receive
 free parking in Seattle on select cruises in May, June and July, a great
 convenience and a value of $70.  Guests who book a suite on selected cruises
 receive a free pre-cruise night at Seattle's Fairmont Olympic.
     Vista-class ship ms Oosterdam returns to sail another season of seven-day
 Alaskan Explorer cruises, joined in 2006 by sister ship ms Westerdam. Together
 the two 1,848-passenger liners will offer a total of 40 seven-day cruises from
 Seattle, most highlighting Alaska's immense Hubbard Glacier and Yakutat Bay.
 However, nine sailings on the Westerdam will cruise to spectacular Glacier Bay
 National Park, boosting the total number of Holland America Line voyages to
 this renowned site in 2006. Glacier Bay departure dates are May 7, 14 and 28,
 July 16, 23 and 30, August 20, September 10 and 17. Also new to Seattle, the
 1,432-passenger ms Zaandam completes the trio featuring 21 cruises which
 showcase Glacier Bay as well.
     "The increasing demand for seven-day Alaska cruises, coupled with the
 convenience of departing from a U.S. port, is driving our expansion of cruises
 departing from Seattle," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president,
 marketing and sales. "The 61 sailings we'll offer next summer make up 40
 percent of our total deployment to Alaska in 2006, a total of 159 cruises on
 eight, five-star ships."
     All the Westerdam's and Oosterdam's cruises call at the ports of Juneau,
 Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C. The sailings to the Hubbard Glacier and
 Yakutat Bay spend a half-day cruising past the glacier's massive face: five
 miles wide and 400 feet tall. Pristine Yakutat Bay offers excellent
 opportunities to view marine wildlife as well as icebergs calving. The scenic
 area is bordered by some of the tallest mountains in North America, including
 Mt. St. Elias, the third tallest mountain in North America.  Cruise fares on
 start at $699 per person, double occupancy.
     The ms Zaandam offers 21 Friday departures from Seattle May 5 through
 Sept. 22, sailing the Alaskan Explorer via Glacier Bay itinerary. The ship
 calls at Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C., and spends a full day
 cruising spectacular Glacier Bay National Park.
     Park and Cruise Offer Provides Free Parking and Hotel
     Purchase an Ocean-View Stateroom or higher by February 28, 2006 on select
 Alaskan Explorer Cruise, roundtrip Seattle, and receive free parking on 25
 departure dates in May, June and July.   Purchase a Superior or Deluxe
 Verandah Suite by February 28, 2006 on any Alaskan Explorer Cruise, roundtrip
 Seattle, and receive one free night at Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  Free
 parking and free hotel night are combinable.  For a copy of the new 2006
 Alaska Cruises brochure, contact a professional travel agent, call
 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit online at www.hollandamerica.com.
     Holland America Line offers the widest selection of Alaska cruise
 itineraries and departures in the industry. In addition to the Alaska Explorer
 itineraries, Holland America Line features seven-day, roundtrip cruises from
 Vancouver to Glacier Bay and one-way cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage
 that highlight either Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier. The company also offers
 11- to 20-day CruiseTours that combine a seven-day cruise with a land tour
 including such extraordinary wilderness areas as Denali National Park and Mt.
 McKinley and the Yukon's Kluane National Park and Tombstone Territorial Park.
     The company's five-star ships offer unmatched spaciousness, carry fewer
 passengers than any other major cruise line and offer the most entries into
 Glacier Bay National Park. Guests will experience the most popular Alaskan
 ports of call, most extensive shore excursion programs, exclusive enrichment
 programs and full Signature of Excellence amenities.
     About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
 (NYSE:   CCL and CUK)]
     With the introduction of the 1,918-passenger ms Noordam in early 2006,
 Holland America Line's fleet grows to 13 ships, offering nearly 500 cruises
 from more than 25 home ports.  Itineraries range from two to 108 days and
 visit all seven continents, including new Australia/New Zealand and Asia
 sailings, a world cruise and popular sailings to several ports in the
 Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe.  The ms Noordam also will offer
 Caribbean sailings in the winter from new homeport New York City.
     Holland America Line's $225 million, fleetwide Signature of Excellence
 enhancements feature new programs and amenities including 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 will
 provide cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by the
 New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new cabin amenities
 highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush-top Mariner's Dream Beds.  Signature
 of Excellence enhancements will be completed on 10 ships at the start of 2006
 and all 13 ships by the fall of 2006.  For more information, consult a travel
 agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
     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, Costa Cruises and Windstar 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
      Contact:  Rose Abello; Jerrol Golden
      Phone:    206-281-3535; 206-313-7673 international cell phone
      Fax:      206-262-5934   E-mail:  pr@hollandamerica.com

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