Holland America Line Makes Summer Cruising in Alaska and Europe an Affordable Family Vacation

Limited-time savings include free upgrades, kids sail free and air credits

Seattle, Wash., March 14, 2012 — Holland America Line is making an Alaska CruiseTour or European cruise a more affordable vacation option this summer with limited-time savings and special offers.

Guests who book select 2012 Alaska CruiseTours or European itineraries by March 31, 2012, are eligible to receive up to a $500 air credit per stateroom or a shipboard credit of up to $200 per suite, as well as complimentary stateroom upgrades from an inside stateroom to an oceanview or from an oceanview stateroom to a verandah. Families looking to take a summer vacation can take advantage of an exclusive offer that lets kids between the ages of two and 17 cruise free on select Europe itineraries when sailing as a third or fourth guest in a stateroom.

“Savvy travelers know that cruising is an incredible value when it comes to vacation options,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “But when you add these extra incentives it makes it possible for more guests and families on summer holiday to enjoy an unforgettable cruise experience.”

For the summer Europe season, seven Holland America Line ships sail 44 unique itineraries that span from the northern tip of Norway to the Black Sea and eastern and western Mediterranean. Five new maiden ports of call and four new itineraries make their debut, and guests can enjoy overnight visits in 17 cities, including Hamburg, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; St. Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Dublin, Ireland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Venice, Italy; and Bordeaux, France.

Families with less time who are looking for a cultural and scenic adventure can opt for a seven-day sailing to the fjords of Norway or a Mediterranean adventure. Roundtrip cruises sail from Dover (London), England; Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; and Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Additional Holland America Line Europe itineraries enable guests to be among the few to cross the Arctic Circle, transit Germany’s Kiel Canal, explore the ancient pyramids of Giza, and take a dip in the famous “Blue Lagoon,” Iceland’s unique geothermal seawater.

In summer 2012, the line will have seven ships sailing three different Alaska itineraries, as well as nine CruiseTours that combine a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage Holland America Line cruise with in-depth overland tours. Ranging in total length from 10 to 20 days. CruiseTours are designed to highlight the best of Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history.

New for 2012, three new CruiseTours highlight Denali National Park with the only three-night Denali experience available; the line’s first-ever round-trip Seattle, Wash., CruiseTour departures; and one-night Denali adventures. Six tours also feature Canada’s Yukon Territory with its Klondike Gold Rush heritage and pristine national parks such as Kluane National Park and Tombstone Park.

Europe cruise fares begin at $699 per person, double occupancy. Alaska CruiseTours start at $999 per person.

For cruise brochures or for more information on the Alaska CruiseTours and European itineraries, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.