What’s New in Alaska Excursions for 2006

Create Highly Personalized Experiences on Holland America Line Alaska Cruises and Cruisetours

SEATTLE, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Ultimate excitement and exploration summarize Holland America Line’s new excursions for 2006 in Alaska. Drive in a Hummer through the back country near Ketchikan or glide on a zipline through a rich rain forest canopy on the Canopy Adventure & Wildlife Expedition. Take a gentle hike through the Chilkat Rainforest or paddle a kayak on glistening Glacier Lake. Whether enjoying a Holland America Line Alaska Cruise or CruiseTour, guests have the opportunity to fully experience each destination through a wide variety of optional in-depth and exciting excursions. For 2006, Holland America Line has added more than 30 new excursions to complement its already extensive list.

“All excursions are designed to make the most of guest’s time at each destination, create memories and provide the best guide services available in all 22 port and inland destinations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia and home port Seattle,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “With such an array of interests among our guests, we created excursions that range from sightseeing, history and culture to flightseeing adventures and high activity.”

Each year, Holland America Line offers more than 230 excursions on Alaska and Yukon Cruises and CruiseTours, many featuring national parks. New excursions are being introduced in Haines, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Homer, Seward and Cooper Landing. For example, in Haines, guests may enjoy the provocative scenic Valley of the Eagles Gold Adventure or Photo Safari by Land & Sea led by a professional photographer in Juneau. New excursions such as Tribal Dance & Cultural Legends and Remote Bush Exploration & Grizzly Bear Search in new port call, Icy Strait Point, highlight local culture, wildlife and wilderness. On the Homer & Kenai Peninsula Exploration CruiseTour guests may take advantage of world-class sports fishing for halibut and salmon or the outstanding Marine and Whale Watching Discovery Cruise. Most excursions are suitable for families and many are available for guests with disabilities.

Guests enjoy thrilling experiences from numerous excursions including Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Trek; Musher’s Camp and Dog Sled Adventure; Alaska Bear Adventure by Floatplane; Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayaking; and the Eagle Preserve Float Adventure — a float trip through the world famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. In the Yukon, guests have the opportunity to explore majestic Kluane National Park by foot, cultural cruise, fishing tour or river rafting, and rugged Tombstone Territorial Park, by motor vehicle or hiking one of three trails with a guide. Over the Arctic Circle near Coldfoot, the Anaktuvuk Pass Adventure takes guests to the remote Nunamiut Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk to discover their way of life. Numerous excursions spotlight National Parks, Preserves and Refuges and make the most of the Great Land.

Porthole magazine bestowed its 2005 Editor-in-Chief Awards for Best Alaska Shore Excursion on Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter Flightseeing with Landing. To learn more about Holland America Line’s entire award-winning shore excursions program, visit www.hollandamerica.com and click the “book shore excursions” button. Booked guests who already have a seven-digit booking number may go online to www.hollandamerica.com to view and pre-book excursions specific to their cruise or CruiseTour itinerary prior to leaving home. Since many excursions are offered to a limited number of guests, booking online ensures first choice.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL; 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 CafĂ© 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.

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