Holland America Line Celebrates 15 Years Of Delivering A Top Private Island Experience

Tue Feb 5, 2013 10:00am EST

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New two-story Beach Villas, glass-bottom boat added to a robust slate of
activities on Half Moon Cay
SEATTLE,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning Half Moon Cay, Holland
America Line's private Bahamian island, celebrated its 15th anniversary this 
Caribbean  cruise season, and to commemorate the milestone the cruise line has
enhanced island offerings and features.  

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Guests to the island will notice five new, colorful, two-story Beach Villas
available for rent during each call. The luxury hideaways boast exclusive hot
tubs on the second floor and provide private accommodations for guests while
they relax and experience the island's highlights. Other beach cabanas were
refreshed, and the Grand Cabana received new decor and a slide from the cabana
deck straight into the ocean.  

"For 15 years, Half Moon Cay has continuously been recognized as the most
popular private island in the  Caribbean, and to celebrate this milestone we
have added several new features," said  Richard Meadows, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Our guests already rate Half
Moon Cay as their favorite  Caribbean  port call, and these new enhancements
will make the island even more enjoyable."   

A new glass-bottom boat that carries 290 guests also was introduced for tours
and features underwater viewing of the island's colorful reefs and sea life. The
horseback riding tour is one of the island's most popular, and six horses were
recently added to the herd so more can enjoy the ride.   

The enrichment of the island's features extended to the Bahamian Church, which
has been repainted and outfitted with new pews and interior artwork. The
island's private chapel is nestled in a garden overlooking the sea and provides
the perfect setting for cruise guests to enjoy a unique, romantic wedding
ceremony or vow renewal.   

Over the past 15 years, Half Moon Cay - with its beautiful, crescent-shaped
white-sand beach and warm, blue-green waters - has evolved into an idyllic
playground for cruise guests while retaining the scenic natural beauty of the
1,700-acre uninhabited Little San Salvador Island. Recently it was named best
private island for the 12th consecutive year by Porthole Cruise Magazine.

On the island guests can find solitude just a short walk down the beach or
rollicking fun at Captain Morgan's Bar. Half  Moon Cay  offers shore excursions
ranging from a swim with stingrays to a horseback ride and swim. The 700-acre
lagoon offers water sports on its protected waters. New amenities and shore
excursions have been gradually added to Half Moon Cay over the years, always
with an eye to protecting the island's natural beauty and preserving its status
as an important migratory-bird sanctuary.

Great Values Available through  April 2013

Travelers who want a  Caribbean  vacation of a lifetime that includes Half Moon
Cay can take advantage of current Sail & Save savings.  For example, guests
sailing aboard the  March 16ms Eurodam  cruise enjoy 50 percent savings on fares
starting at  $499  per person, double occupancy.  Taxes are additional. 
Families also see great values with free or reduced third and fourth fares for
persons in the same stateroom on select sailings.   

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

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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 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies.  One- to 110-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,  Bermuda,  Alaska,  Mexico,  Canada/New
England,  Europe  and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order
from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than  $500 million, that showcase 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 provide
cooking demonstrations and classes - Explorations Café powered by The  New York
Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all
new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.  

World's Leading Cruise Lines
Holland  America Line  is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess
Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and
a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people
to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.  Visit us at  www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

 CONTACT:  Sally Andrews          
 PHONE:    800-637-5029           
 FAX:      206-262-5934           
 EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com  

SOURCE  Holland America Line

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