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Seven-Day Sailings Roundtrip from Seattle Start at $749 Including Air

Seattle, April 13, 2009 — Holland America Line is offering a special promotion on seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises sailing roundtrip from Seattle: fares starting from just $749 and $799 now include airfare from 11 western cities.

Guests can book an Alaskan Explorer cruise of the Inside Passage that includes roundtrip airfare between Seattle and San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or Sacramento starting at $749. Fares starting at $799 are available between Seattle and Los Angeles, Ontario (CA), Orange County, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix or Denver. The special promotion applies to select sailings on ms Zaandam, ms Amsterdam and ms Westerdam from May 8 through Sept. 25.

The premium cruise ships sail roundtrip from Seattle through the scenic Inside Passage to highlights such as Glacier Bay National Park or the mighty Hubbard Glacier, the largest in North America. Ports of call include Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C.. Zaandam departs on Fridays, Amsterdam on Saturdays and Westerdam on Sundays from Seattle.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience Alaska’s Inside Passage and have airfare included in the cruise price from any of these 11 cities,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “Alaskan Explorer cruises now represent an unprecedented value in an exceptional year to visit – Alaska is celebrating its 50th anniversary of statehood during 2009.”

Meadows said guests can also take advantage of a special hotel offer in conjunction with Holland America’s Alaskan Explorer cruises. Those who book a Verandah Suite or higher category on the ship receive a complimentary one-night hotel stay at The Fairmont Hotel in Seattle. Those who book an ocean-view stateroom can enjoy a one-night hotel stay at the Seattle Sheraton for just $50 per person.

The 50th anniversary celebration includes a special Alaska Celebration Menu in the main dining room one evening during each cruise. Created for the occasion by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, this commemorative dinner menu highlights Alaska’s culinary traditions with entrées such as braised venison steak with wild mushrooms and Alaskan king crab Cobb salad.

For more information and to book an Alaska Explorer cruise, contact a travel agent or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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

Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include 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. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

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