Holland America’s New ms Eurodam Joins ms Maasdam for 2008 Canada/New England Cruises

SEATTLE, July 17 — Holland America Line’s newest ship, the Signature-class ms Eurodam, makes its North American debut sailing Canada and New England cruises in 2008 and also introducing Quebec City as the line’s new homeport. The 2,104-guest vessel and the ms Maasdam together will offer a total of 21 cruises ranging from seven- to 14-days between May and October. The Eurodam will feature 10-day cruises between New York and Quebec City in the autumn following its launch in Europe in June. The elegant new ship will also offer a 14-day cruise from Quebec City to Ft. Lauderdale, calling at the new port of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

“The Eurodam is an exciting addition to Holland America Line’s Canada and New England cruises along with the new gateway of Quebec,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “The Eurodam will feature new, innovative dining venues, including a new pan-Asian restaurant, and a new style of panoramic stateroom.”

Maasdam Offers More Seven-Day, Boston-Montreal Sailings

The Maasdam complements the Eurodam’s longer cruises with 14 seven-day sailings between Boston and Montreal — two more than in 2007. These cruises depart from May 17 to September 27, offering spring, summer and fall choices.

“The summer Canada and New England cruises continue to be very popular, especially for family vacations,” said Meadows. “Holland America Line has featured them since 2002, and we are the only cruise company offering sailings roundtrip from Boston and between Boston and Montreal.” Meadows noted itineraries of both the Maasdam and Eurodam highlight the remarkable combination of history, culture and scenic beauty in Canada and New England. Guests can explore four centuries of history and French traditions in Quebec City, watch for Beluga whales in the magnificent Saguenay Fjord, bicycle in Acadia National Park, and savor New England’s heritage of landmark lighthouses and fishing villages.

The Maasdam’s seven-day cruises sail between Boston and Montreal and call at Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Quebec City for a full day, and Saguenay Fjord. At each port, guests can opt for shore excursions such as touring Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor by bike or carriage, exploring the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Route near Halifax and taking the popular Anne of Green Gables tour in Charlottetown.

The Maasdam also offers a seven-day, roundtrip departure from Boston on Aug. 9 that sails a different itinerary highlighting the Northeast Atlantic sea coast. Guests visit Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Bar Harbor, Maine.

At season’s beginning (May 4) and end (Oct. 4), the Maasdam departs on either a 13- or 10-day cruise between Montreal and Ft. Lauderdale. The ship calls at Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, Sydney and Bar Harbor on both cruises and adds Charleston, S.C., New London, Conn. and Newport, R.I., on the longer itinerary.

Eurodam Features Four Fall Foliage Cruises & New Newfoundland Port

The Eurodam offers three 10-day cruises between New York and Quebec City departing Sept. 1, 11 and 21. Sailing during the glorious fall color season, the new ship calls at Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City; here guests enjoy a full day and overnight stay.

On Oct. 1 the Eurodam sails a special 14-day itinerary from Quebec City to Ft. Lauderdale, highlighted by the new port of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Here the intriguing heritage of the Maritime Archaic Indians, Beothuk people, Vikings, Basque whalers and European explorers combine with the stunning scenery to fascinate visitors. After scenic cruising of the Saguenay Fjord and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Corner Brook is the first port of call, followed by Charlottetown, Sydney, St. John, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport and New York before two days at sea and arrival in Ft. Lauderdale.

On all of Holland America Line’s Canada and New England cruises, a wide variety of shore excursions offer hundreds of optional tours ranging from soft adventure to culinary experiences. Medallion excursions provide unparalleled access to events and sights not otherwise available. For example, guests can experience a day in the life of a British redcoat at the Halifax Citadel, sail Nova Scotia’s Bras d’Or Lake or enjoy a private luncheon at one of Bar Harbor’s most elegant Victorian summer “cottages.”

Holland America Line offers pre- and post-cruise hotel reservations in Boston, New York, Montreal, Quebec City and Fort Lauderdale for those wishing to extend their vacation in these exciting cities. It also features a one- night New York/Ellis Island hotel/vacation package and a three-night Montreal/Montebello/Ottawa package. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.