Holland America Line Unveils Eurodam News Blog

SEATTLE, Aug. 6 — Holland America Line’s Eurodam News Blog is live as of today, Monday, Aug. 6. The site, which is located at www.eurodamnews.com, is designed to be the primary portal for news and information about ms Eurodam, the line’s next newbuild, currently under construction in Italy and due to be delivered in June 2008. The Eurodam News Blog is designed to provide unique insights into every aspect of the new ship. Regular posts will cover a wide variety of topics, from interior decor to new public rooms to entertainment and dining venues and menu developments. In addition, it will feature profiles of the officers and shipboard staff who are responsible for ensuring that the vessel is ready to receive its first passengers next July.

“The Eurodam News Blog is an innovative, new way for Holland America Line to engage guests and others in the building progress and unique features of our 14th ship,” said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “This weblog is our first foray into the world of Web 2.0 and social media, and provides another tool to communicate with journalists, guests, travel agents and cruise enthusiasts.”

The site has a Blog Board composed of top Holland America executives from various departments who are involved in the shipbuilding process and are the principle sources of the site’s content. Visitors are encouraged to register and post comments and questions, to which members of the Blog Board will respond within their specific area of expertise.

When it is delivered in summer 2008, Eurodam will be the first in Holland America Line’s next class of premium cruise ships–the Signature Class. The 2,104-guest, 86,700-gross-ton Panamax Eurodam is under construction at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard for an estimated cost of $450 million.