Holland America Line Features Two Coastal Cruises

Highlighting Culinary Arts and Wine-Tasting in September

SEATTLE, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — Holland America Line is featuring two special coastal cruises this September in conjunction with its recently enhanced, onboard Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine. Both cruises depart Sept. 25, 2005 from Vancouver, BC:

— the ms Ryndam showcases Mike Davis, chef and owner of 26 brix
Restaurant in Walla Walla, Wash., on its three-day cruise to San Diego
— the ms Veendam highlights wine-tasting with Susan and Alison Sokol
Blosser of Oregon’s acclaimed Sokol Blosser Winery on its four-day
sailing to Los Angeles.

Chef Mike Davis of 26 brix Restaurant on ms Ryndam

The first Holland America Line ship to receive Signature of Excellence enhancements, the ms Ryndam features the new Culinary Arts Center, where guests can watch and learn from acclaimed Chef Mike Davis as he demonstrates his cooking techniques in this state-of-the-art facility. Chef Davis is known for the synergistic style he calls “neoclassical,” combining Northwest cuisine with classical European techniques and is an enthusiastic supporter of turning the Walla Walla culinary scene into the “Napa of the Northwest.”

Davis was recently appointed spokesperson for Walla Walla sweet onions and created a 10-course menu, “Walla Walla Extravaganza,” featured at the famed James Beard House in New York City on June 27, 2005. He decided to be a chef at the early age of nine and gained his culinary training at such acclaimed restaurants as Ponti Seafood Grill in Seattle, The Village at Breckenridge and The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado. He also served as executive chef at The Salish Lodge and Spa at Snoqualimie Falls, Washington.

Returning to Seattle, he further honed his talents at Axis, The Brooklyn Restaurant, The Waterfront Restaurant on Pier 70 and Seattle Catch Bistro before becoming chef at the four-star Salish Lodge and Spa near Snoqualmie. During his tenure, the Salish Lodge and Spa received AAA’s 4-Diamond Award, Mobil’s 3-Star Award, Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and Wine Press Magazine’s designation as having the “Best Washington Wine List.”

Guests can learn from Chef Davis during the Ryndam’s three-day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, plus experience truly premium cruising during two relaxing days at sea. They can enjoy the ship’s Greenhouse Spa and Salon, fully-equipped Fitness Center, award-winning entertainment ranging from Las Vegas-style production shows to comedians, superb Northwest cuisine at the reservations-only Pinnacle Grill, and elegant dishes and service in the main Dining Room. Cruise fares start at just US$299 per person, double occupancy.

Sokol Blosser Wine-Tasting Cruise on ms Veendam

Guests on this four-day coastal cruise, also departing Sept. 25 from Vancouver, can enjoy Sokol Blosser’s world-class Pinot Noir in particular during informative wine tastings with the famed mother-daughter team. Guests will also learn what is really involved in producing premium, handcrafted wine. Sokol Blosser wines include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Evolution, a unique blend of nine white varietals, and Meditrina, a red blend named for the Roman goddess of wine and health.

Sokol Blosser is the first winery in Oregon to introduce a Pinot Noir with the new Dundee Hills appellation, which was designated an American Viticultural Area in January 2005. The family-owned winery has been growing grapes in Dundee Hills since 1971 and has won many awards for its sustainably produced wines, especially Pinot Noir. Susan Sokol Blosser is owner and president of the winery; daughter Alison is director of marketing.

In addition to this special wine-tasting cruise opportunity, guests on the Veendam’s Vancouver-Los Angeles sailing will enjoy a full day in Seattle and two relaxing days at sea before arriving in Los Angles Sept. 29. Cruise fares start at just US$389 per person, double occupancy.

About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL; CUK)]

The award-winning premium cruise leader’s fleet of 12 ships offers nearly 500 cruises from 27 homeports and excels at providing gracious and attentive service. It’s renowned “Tradition of Excellence” includes Signature of Excellence, a $225 million initiative targeting product and service enhancements in stateroom accommodations, dining, service, enrichment programs and activities, and worldwide itineraries. Six ships are completed with the rest to be finished by the end of 2006.

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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 destinations.

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