'Sock Hop' and 'Big Band' Theme Cruises Add Extra Measure of Dancin' AndRomancin' to Caribbean and Transatlantic Cruises

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SEATTLE, March 27 -- Whether your musical tastes lean toward
the kings of swing or "The King," you'll find a Holland America Line theme
cruise in 2001 or 2002 that's just your ticket to a vacation filled with
dancin,' romancin' and fun.

If it's the Golden Age of Swing that zings the strings of your heart, you'll
love tripping the light fantastic on a "Big Band" cruise across the Atlantic
or through the blue Caribbean. Dance contests and other theme events also
will be on the program, in addition to movie classics featuring the big-band
sound airing on stateroom televisions. Each Big Band cruise also will feature
six social hosts. Double occupancy fares start at just $899 (CAN $1,339).

If digging the beat of Elvis' Blue Suede Shoes is more your style, you can
rock 'n' roll on a "Sock Hop" five- or eight-day Caribbean cruise aboard
Holland America Line's ms Westerdam. Each Sock Hop cruise features plenty of
"golden oldies" dancing music, a Fabulous '50s Sock Hop, Rockin' Rolldies
passenger lip-synch show, '50s Trivia Contest and movies capturing that era
such as "Grease" and "American Graffiti." Guests are encouraged to wear '50s
attire to all the events. Double occupancy fares start at just $499 (CAN

Swingin' and Swayin' with the Big Band Sound

For 2001, Big Band theme cruises are scheduled on the following sailings
(bands may be subject to change):

April 8, 16-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Rome aboard the
1,380-passenger flagship ms Amsterdam, featuring the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.

April 15, 12-day cruise from Tampa to Lisbon aboard the classic
1,214-passenger ms Noordam, featuring Peter Jacobs and the Wartime Radio Swing

April 27, 12-day cruise from New York on board the 1,316-passenger flagship
ms Rotterdam, featuring the Harry James Orchestra.

Aug. 22, 16-day "Voyage to the Northern Isles," from Copenhagen to New York
(including Scotland, Iceland and Greenland), aboard the Amsterdam, featuring
Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians.

Dec. 12, 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise sailing roundtrip from Ft.
Lauderdale on board the 1,440-passenger ms Volendam, featuring the Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra.

For 2002, Big Band cruises ranging in length from 12 to 16 days are
scheduled aboard six spring and fall transatlantic cruises aboard the Noordam,
Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Orchestras for specific sailings have not yet been
announced. Big Band theme cruises also are scheduled for eight-day Caribbean
cruises aboard the ms Westerdam Nov. 1, 2002, (the Harry James Orchestra) and
Dec. 13, 2002, (orchestra to be announced.)

Rock Around the Caribbean with the Westerdam

The popular "Sock Hop" theme cruises are scheduled for fall 2001 on board
the classic 1,494-passenger Westerdam sailing from Ft. Lauderdale. Guests on
the five-day sailings will cruise to Key West, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Holland
America's private island paradise in the Bahamas; and British-accented Nassau,
Bahamas. The eight-day cruises also call on Nassau and Half Moon Cay en route
to the Eastern Caribbean: deliciously Spanish San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Dutch-flavored Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and the shopping haven of St. Thomas
in the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John tour option). Sailing dates and
entertainers (who may be subject to change) are:

Oct. 27, eight days, featuring Little Anthony & The Imperials, Diamond Dave
Somerville and TV actors Barry Livingston (Ernie from "My Three Sons) and
Cathy Garver (Cissy from "Family Affair").

Nov. 4, five days, featuring Bobby Rydell, Diamond Dave Somerville, and TV
actor Paul Petersen (teen idol Jeff Stone on "The Donna Reed Show") and
another TV star (to be announced).

Nov. 9, eight days, featuring Bobby Vee, The Crystals and two TV stars (to
be announced).
Nov. 17, eight days, featuring The Crystals and singer Lenny Welch.
Nov. 25, five days, featuring The Platters and Johnny Tillotson.
Nov. 30, eight days, featuring Johnny Tillotson and Bowzer & The Stingrays.
Dec. 8, eight days, featuring Bowser & the Stingrays and The Happenings.
Dec. 16, five days, featuring The Happenings and The Dixie Cups.
About Holland America Line

Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise
Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line,
Seabourn Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Together, these
member lines share a commitment to quality and value, offering cruise
vacations that appeal to the widest range of lifestyles and budgets and sail
to some of the world's most exciting destinations. Holland America
consistently ranks as one of the highest-rated premium cruise lines in the

Holland America Line is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world
in both the 2000 "Travel & Leisure" magazine "World's Best" Awards and the
"Conde Nast Traveler" Readers' Choice Awards. The company also has won its
ninth consecutive "Best Overall Cruise Value" award from the World Ocean &
Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS).

For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit

CONTACT: Erik Elvejord, CTC, or Julianne Chase, APR, both of Holland
America, 206-281-3535, or fax, 206-281-0351.