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Old 11-16-2004, 08:10 AM
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Holland America Line Unveils Exciting New Activities at Award-Winning
Private Island Paradise

Signature of Excellence Initiative Delivers Swimming on Horseback, a
Stingray Adventure and Other New Ways for Guests to Have Fun at Half
Moon Cay

SEATTLE, Nov. 16
Holland America Line announced today that, as part of the
comprehensive Signature of Excellence initiative, guests now have
several new and exciting activities to choose from while visiting the
exclusive, private island paradise of Half Moon Cay. Enhancements
include a horseback riding and swimming excursion, a stingray
adventure, a guided personal watercraft tour and a fun-filled aqua
park. These new activities provide more ways for guests to enjoy
themselves while experiencing the warm sun, white sandy beach and
turquoise waters of this Caribbean island retreat. These new
activities augment Half Moon Cay's extensive array of existing
excursions including scuba diving tours to explore the marine life,
catch-and-release deep sea fishing trips in the island's beautiful
waters, eco tours by glass-bottom boat, kayak trips and parasailing.

The highest rated port of call on Holland America Line's Caribbean
itineraries, Half Moon Cay is located on 55 acres of the 2,400-acre
Little San Salvador Island, an international bird sanctuary in the
Bahamas. The island paradise is accessible only to guests of Holland
America Line and Windstar Cruises. It is a destination on most
Caribbean itineraries and on Panama Canal cruises sailing roundtrip
from Fort Lauderdale. For the past five years, Half Moon Cay has won
the annual Editor-in-Chief Award for "Best Private Island" from
Porthole Cruise Magazine.

"Our goal with Half Moon Cay is to provide our guests with the very
best Caribbean private island experience," said Richard D. Meadows,
CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales, Holland America Line.
"And now we're proud to offer guests several new activities that
deliver a sense of exploration, discovery and adventure that help
bring our exclusive, unforgettable destination to life."

The cruise line worked directly with the Bahamian government to ensure
that new facilities were designed to minimize their environmental
impact and preserve this island paradise in a manner consistent with
its natural beauty. As a result, Half Moon Cay is listed with the
Bahamian National Trust as a site of environmentally sustainable
tourism.

New Excursions Provide More Ways to Enjoy Island Paradise

Guests visiting Half Moon Cay can now take advantage of the following
new activities:

-- Horseback Riding by Land and Sea
The new Horseback Riding by Land and Sea excursion provides
guests an
unforgettable way to explore the island's natural beauty and
ride a
horse while it swims in the ocean. Guests travel by tram to a
corral
where they receive a brief orientation before saddling up on
these
specially-trained horses. Winding trails, accessible only on
horseback,
lead to a panoramic vista at one of the highest points in the
Bahamas,
overlooking the breathtaking shores of Half Moon Cay and the
surrounding islands. During the ride, guides share insight into
Bahamian history, people and culture. Once back at the corral,
horses
are "dressed" for swimming in special saddle pad and halter.
Riders
then venture into the ocean for the amazing experience of
riding a
horse while it's swimming.
-- Stingray Adventure
For those who prefer to get a closer look at the incredible sea
life,
the new Stingray Adventure offers guests the opportunity to
swim or
snorkel with these gentle and mysterious creatures in a
secluded cove,
which is part of a beautiful 700-acre lagoon. The program
starts with a
fascinating session from an expert lecturer on the Southern
Stingrays
and some of the other marine life living in the lagoon. Guests
learn
about the habits, behavior, feeding and breeding of these
amazing
creatures. Under the direction of guides, guests get the chance
to
interact with the stingrays, touching their silky wings and, if
they
wish, hand feeding the beautiful stingrays.
-- Personal Watercraft Adventure
The new Personal Watercraft Adventure allows guests to
experience Half
Moon Cay from the natural inner saltwater lagoon aboard a
personal
watercraft. The guided tour takes guests along the island's
picturesque
shoreline, navigating around natural reef formations, inlets,
islands
and sand spits; with interesting stops at the tidal outlet, the
Bahamian village and Stingray Cove. A highlight of the
adventure is a
buoyed course that allows guests to test their watercraft
skills.
Holland America Line has carefully selected special four-stroke
watercraft machines for this excursion that have low emissions
and
consume 50 percent less fuel than two-stroke machines.
Additionally,
the course is located near an area of the beach that is removed
from
the island's other activities.
-- Half Moon Lagoon
The new Half Moon Lagoon aqua park, opening November 21, is
conveniently located on the shore of Half Moon Cay's main beach
and
provides island-themed action and adventure in the sun. Guests
of all
ages can have fun climbing on 21 large water "toys" in the
shapes of
marine life such as whales, octopi, sharks and dolphins. A
pirate ship
in the aqua park shoots water from cannons to the delight of
children
and adults alike. Floating pads offer a relaxing way to enjoy
the sun
or the cooling "raindrops" from a fountain. A boardwalk leads
guests to
a large sundeck and the palapa-covered Half Moon Saloon, where,
following some refreshments, guests can use a slide to get
right back
into the water.


Other features for guests to enjoy on Half Moon Cay include an
aqua-sports center, a fully-equipped Club HAL children's playground,
beach chairs, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, a network of
nature trails and a designated wild bird reserve. Guests can also rent
an air-conditioned, private beach-front cabana for the day, have a
beachside massage, and then enjoy traditional barbecue fare.

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

In 2005, Holland America Line's fleet of 12, five-star, premium ships
are offering nearly 500 cruises from 27 home ports -- 17 in North
America. Itineraries range in length from two to 116 days, visit all
seven continents and offer the most extensive selection of ports the
line has ever visited on cruises to the Caribbean and Panama Canal
(175), Alaska (134), Canada/New England (18), and longer, exotic
voyages to Europe (45) and Transatlantic (8), Mexico (43),
Hawaii/Asia/Pacific (20), South America (17) as well as one Grand
World Voyage.

As a part of its renowned Tradition of Excellence, Holland America
Line is investing $225 million in the Signature of Excellence
initiative providing unparalleled product and service enhancements to
its fleet. The comprehensive enhancements focus on five areas vital to
Holland America's guest experience: spacious, elegant ships and
accommodations; sophisticated five-star dining; gracious, unobtrusive
service; extensive enrichment programs and activities; and compelling
worldwide itineraries. Enhancements have been started on all ships and
will be completed by the end of 2006. For more information, consult a
travel agent.
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Old 11-16-2004, 08:10 AM
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Holland America Line Unveils Exciting New Activities at Award-Winning
Private Island Paradise

Signature of Excellence Initiative Delivers Swimming on Horseback, a
Stingray Adventure and Other New Ways for Guests to Have Fun at Half
Moon Cay

SEATTLE, Nov. 16
Holland America Line announced today that, as part of the
comprehensive Signature of Excellence initiative, guests now have
several new and exciting activities to choose from while visiting the
exclusive, private island paradise of Half Moon Cay. Enhancements
include a horseback riding and swimming excursion, a stingray
adventure, a guided personal watercraft tour and a fun-filled aqua
park. These new activities provide more ways for guests to enjoy
themselves while experiencing the warm sun, white sandy beach and
turquoise waters of this Caribbean island retreat. These new
activities augment Half Moon Cay's extensive array of existing
excursions including scuba diving tours to explore the marine life,
catch-and-release deep sea fishing trips in the island's beautiful
waters, eco tours by glass-bottom boat, kayak trips and parasailing.

The highest rated port of call on Holland America Line's Caribbean
itineraries, Half Moon Cay is located on 55 acres of the 2,400-acre
Little San Salvador Island, an international bird sanctuary in the
Bahamas. The island paradise is accessible only to guests of Holland
America Line and Windstar Cruises. It is a destination on most
Caribbean itineraries and on Panama Canal cruises sailing roundtrip
from Fort Lauderdale. For the past five years, Half Moon Cay has won
the annual Editor-in-Chief Award for "Best Private Island" from
Porthole Cruise Magazine.

"Our goal with Half Moon Cay is to provide our guests with the very
best Caribbean private island experience," said Richard D. Meadows,
CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales, Holland America Line.
"And now we're proud to offer guests several new activities that
deliver a sense of exploration, discovery and adventure that help
bring our exclusive, unforgettable destination to life."

The cruise line worked directly with the Bahamian government to ensure
that new facilities were designed to minimize their environmental
impact and preserve this island paradise in a manner consistent with
its natural beauty. As a result, Half Moon Cay is listed with the
Bahamian National Trust as a site of environmentally sustainable
tourism.

New Excursions Provide More Ways to Enjoy Island Paradise

Guests visiting Half Moon Cay can now take advantage of the following
new activities:

-- Horseback Riding by Land and Sea
The new Horseback Riding by Land and Sea excursion provides
guests an
unforgettable way to explore the island's natural beauty and
ride a
horse while it swims in the ocean. Guests travel by tram to a
corral
where they receive a brief orientation before saddling up on
these
specially-trained horses. Winding trails, accessible only on
horseback,
lead to a panoramic vista at one of the highest points in the
Bahamas,
overlooking the breathtaking shores of Half Moon Cay and the
surrounding islands. During the ride, guides share insight into
Bahamian history, people and culture. Once back at the corral,
horses
are "dressed" for swimming in special saddle pad and halter.
Riders
then venture into the ocean for the amazing experience of
riding a
horse while it's swimming.
-- Stingray Adventure
For those who prefer to get a closer look at the incredible sea
life,
the new Stingray Adventure offers guests the opportunity to
swim or
snorkel with these gentle and mysterious creatures in a
secluded cove,
which is part of a beautiful 700-acre lagoon. The program
starts with a
fascinating session from an expert lecturer on the Southern
Stingrays
and some of the other marine life living in the lagoon. Guests
learn
about the habits, behavior, feeding and breeding of these
amazing
creatures. Under the direction of guides, guests get the chance
to
interact with the stingrays, touching their silky wings and, if
they
wish, hand feeding the beautiful stingrays.
-- Personal Watercraft Adventure
The new Personal Watercraft Adventure allows guests to
experience Half
Moon Cay from the natural inner saltwater lagoon aboard a
personal
watercraft. The guided tour takes guests along the island's
picturesque
shoreline, navigating around natural reef formations, inlets,
islands
and sand spits; with interesting stops at the tidal outlet, the
Bahamian village and Stingray Cove. A highlight of the
adventure is a
buoyed course that allows guests to test their watercraft
skills.
Holland America Line has carefully selected special four-stroke
watercraft machines for this excursion that have low emissions
and
consume 50 percent less fuel than two-stroke machines.
Additionally,
the course is located near an area of the beach that is removed
from
the island's other activities.
-- Half Moon Lagoon
The new Half Moon Lagoon aqua park, opening November 21, is
conveniently located on the shore of Half Moon Cay's main beach
and
provides island-themed action and adventure in the sun. Guests
of all
ages can have fun climbing on 21 large water "toys" in the
shapes of
marine life such as whales, octopi, sharks and dolphins. A
pirate ship
in the aqua park shoots water from cannons to the delight of
children
and adults alike. Floating pads offer a relaxing way to enjoy
the sun
or the cooling "raindrops" from a fountain. A boardwalk leads
guests to
a large sundeck and the palapa-covered Half Moon Saloon, where,
following some refreshments, guests can use a slide to get
right back
into the water.


Other features for guests to enjoy on Half Moon Cay include an
aqua-sports center, a fully-equipped Club HAL children's playground,
beach chairs, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, a network of
nature trails and a designated wild bird reserve. Guests can also rent
an air-conditioned, private beach-front cabana for the day, have a
beachside massage, and then enjoy traditional barbecue fare.

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

In 2005, Holland America Line's fleet of 12, five-star, premium ships
are offering nearly 500 cruises from 27 home ports -- 17 in North
America. Itineraries range in length from two to 116 days, visit all
seven continents and offer the most extensive selection of ports the
line has ever visited on cruises to the Caribbean and Panama Canal
(175), Alaska (134), Canada/New England (18), and longer, exotic
voyages to Europe (45) and Transatlantic (8), Mexico (43),
Hawaii/Asia/Pacific (20), South America (17) as well as one Grand
World Voyage.

As a part of its renowned Tradition of Excellence, Holland America
Line is investing $225 million in the Signature of Excellence
initiative providing unparalleled product and service enhancements to
its fleet. The comprehensive enhancements focus on five areas vital to
Holland America's guest experience: spacious, elegant ships and
accommodations; sophisticated five-star dining; gracious, unobtrusive
service; extensive enrichment programs and activities; and compelling
worldwide itineraries. Enhancements have been started on all ships and
will be completed by the end of 2006. For more information, consult a
travel agent.
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