Holland America Line’s New ms Noordam Makes Her European Debut With a Full Season of…

10-Day Cruises Featuring the Mediterranean

SEATTLE, March 3 /PRNewswire/ — With Europe, an ever popular cruise destination, Holland America Line is adding a fifth ship, the new ms Noordam, to sail the Mediterranean throughout the summer. The Noordam makes her European debut starting with a 16-day Atlantic crossing from New York to Rome followed by a full summer of 10-day cruises exploring the romantic and beautiful Mediterranean round trip from Rome (Civitavecchia) from May through September.

The Noordam offers two itineraries for guests to choose from: the Mediterranean Enchantment, which features the Western Mediterranean, and the Roman Empire, which showcases the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles. Each 10-day cruise may be combined back-to-back for a 20-day complete Mediterranean adventure.

Mediterranean Enchantment Sails Western Mediterranean

The works of Gaudi, Picasso and Michelangelo, ancient cities and lost civilizations, bustling markets of Italian leather and north African treasures — these are just a few of the highlights of a 10-day cruise featuring the Western Mediterranean aboard the Noordam. The itinerary includes visits to the tiny principality of Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno, Italy for excursions to Florence and Pisa; Gaudi and Picasso’s mesmerizing Barcelona, Spain; the island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain; La Goulette, Tunisia; Sicily’s intriguing Palermo; and Naples, Italy with optional excursions to Capri, Pompeii or Sorrento. Cruises depart May 1 and 21, June 10 and 30, July 20, August 9 and 29 and September 18, 2006.

Roman Empire Sails Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles

Medieval art and architecture, magnificent ruins of ancient temples and baths, dazzling white houses clinging to 1,000 foot-high cliffs — these are a few of the highlights of a 10-day cruise featuring the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles aboard the Noordam. The itinerary includes visits to enchanting Dubrovnik, Croatia; the idyllic islands of Corfu, Katakolon and Santorini, Greece; the ancient wonders of Kusadasi, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; and sailing the Strait of Messina off Italy’s southern tip. Cruises depart May 11 and 31, June 20, July 10 and 30, August 19 and September 8, 2006.

10-day Mediterranean cruises are priced from $1,749 and depart between May 1 and September 18, 2006. Combination 20-day Eastern and Western Mediterranean cruises start at $2,999.

16-day Transatlantic Big Band Cruises

Departing April 15 and September 28, 2006, the Noordam’s 16-day transatlantic cruises feature the sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Benny Goodman, to name a few. On April 15, 2006, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Al Pierson will share their distinctive style with over 500 hit songs to their credit including “Auld Lang Syne.” On September 28, 2006, the Nick Ross Orchestra will perform each night of the cruise with a line-up of classic Big Band sounds of the 1940s. The Noordam’s 16-day transatlantic cruises start at just $1,999.

Food and Wine Experts Headline the Noordam’s Culinary Arts Center

Holland America Line welcomes acclaimed culinary experts Gerald Dawes and Charles Dale aboard the Noordam this summer to headline the Noordam’s Culinary Arts Center, a state-of-the-art “show kitchen at sea.” Gerald Dawes will share his expertise on Spanish food, wine and culture aboard the Noordam’s July 20, 2006 Mediterranean cruise and Charles Dale, culinary visionary and founder of Aspen’s Range and Rustique, will entertain and enlighten with his expertise on rustic yet modern cuisine aboard the Noordam’s September 18, 2006 Mediterranean sailing.

For a 2006 Europe cruise brochure or for more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:and) (NYSE: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, followed by a full summer season sailing the Mediterranean round trip from Rome.

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. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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