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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Europe Cruises the Best Value With Current Exchange Rate

With the fluctuating exchange rate of the Euro, Americans looking to get the most for their money while traveling in Europe will appreciate the value of cruises. With only minimal shoreside expenses such as souvenirs, consumers have found that planning a cruise isa proven money-saver as well as a stress-reducer. To meet the increasing demand for European holidays, cruise lines are offering diverse cruise itineraries and incredible savings on a premium cruise vacation experience for the 2007 Europe season.

A recent comparison of a 10-day land tour versus a cruise vacation revealed that a family of four could save up to 45 percent by booking a 10-day Mediterranean cruise over a 10-day deluxe escorted land vacation. The evaluation included typical expenses such as accommodations, transportation between cities in Europe, food, entertainment and tours. Estimated costs for a family of four totaled $11,359 for the 10-day cruise vacation and $20,728 for the deluxe escorted Europe land vacation."When you look at the overall experience, more travelers are catching on to the fact that cruising, especially in Europe, is an incrediblevalue," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Cruise Line. "There's no easier way to avoid the common travel headaches than by taking a cruise.

For example, guests wake up in a new port each day, but only unpack once. They are pampered with the finest cuisine and amenities, and are able to better plan their expenses than on a land-based vacation." In 2007, the line will sail its longest Europe season ever, visiting more than 136 cities, including 13 maiden ports of call. European cruises runs from March 12 through Nov. 3, 2007, and range from 10 to 56 days. Holland America is cruising to more regions in Europe than ever before, including the Baltic, Scandinavia, Norwegian fjords, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Croatia, Greece and the Black Sea. Guests seeking longer vacations in Europe can select from Holland America's "Collectors' Voyages" cruises of 20 to 32 days made by combining two shorter itineraries with little or no port repetition and significant discounts on cruise fares. Guests booking "Collectors' Voyages" receive up to 27 percent additional savings as well. Holland America Line currently is offering the significant savings on verandah staterooms. Guests can save $850 per person by booking a verandah stateroom for $2,199 on the 10-day, Westerdam May 10 or 30, or June 9, 2007 cruises sailing roundtrip from Rome. For cruise brochures or for more information, contact Holland America, or to read the ship reviews, read the itineraries, view photo's and deck plans,
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About Holland America Cruise Line

Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to more than 320 ports. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Its recently completed $225 million fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements added features such as 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 Cafe powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds. For cruise brochures or for more information, contact Holland America, or to read the ship reviews, read the itineraries, view photo's and deck plans, visit .

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