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Holland America Line’s Culinary Council Holds First Meeting Aboard Noordam

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Seattle, Wash., Jan. 11, 2011 — Holland America Line’s Culinary Council held its first meeting last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and then gathered for a luncheon aboard ms Noordam. The Council, which recently was formed to enrich all aspects of Holland America Line’s culinary offerings, is composed of Council Chairman and Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, along with renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres, Charlie Trotter and Marcus Samuelsson.

The Culinary Council met to share insights on the line’s menus and Culinary Arts Center enrichment program, as well as to coordinate their personal dishes that will be featured in dining venues across the fleet later this year. The group also had the opportunity to tour Noordam’s galley and were able to observe the ship’s culinary operation. A media luncheon hosted by Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse, along with the chefs, concluded their time on board.

The Council is slated to meet regularly with Holland America Line executives to provide guidance on the line’s culinary initiatives.

Holland America Line is known for its innovative and leading programming and partnerships, providing guests with a premium and enriching cruise experience. The line has garnered numerous accolades and awards and is consistently among the highest-rated cruise lines in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards and Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Travel Awards. In addition, Culinary Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin was named Best Cruise Line Master Chef by Porthole Cruise Magazine and is a member of the Academy Culinaire de France, Maîtres Cuisiners de France and Honorary Member Club des Chefs des Chefs.

For more information and cruise fares, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

Editor’s note: Event photos are available here: http://www.cleanpix.com/cleanpix/portal/WNfg-qNp-H8X.

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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 350 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- 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.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 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.

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