Feb. 20, 2006, 7:00 am US Eastern Timezone


Syndicated Radio Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams Says,
"You can have Alaska while cruising elsewhere!"

"Radio Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams Checks Out HAL's MS Noordam at Pre-Inaugural Festivities"

(Boston, February 20, 2006) Radio's Leading Travel Expert, Stephanie Abrams, admires the Baked Alaska served in the gourmet Pinnacle Grill where Bulgari china and Frette linens complete the look of elegance with artistic decor and unique seating design on board the newest Holland American Cruise Line ship, the MS Noordam, at a pre-inaugural inspection of the ship by travel industry VIP's in Boston Harbor on February 18, 2006. Stephanie will be on board the ship in NYC on February 22 for the official inaugural ceremonies. Actress Marlee Matlin is the Godmother of the new ship.

The Noordam will be sailing from NYC from October, 2006 to April, 2007 offering 10 and 11 day Caribbean Cruises. Its home port is Rome where it will be sailing from May through September with 10 and 20 Mediteranean cruises. Eighty-five percent of the staterooms have ocean views and two-thirds have private verandas.

One can count on Holland American's Signature of Excellence with focus on the 5 Pillars of thier brand: dining/ accommodations/ service/activities/ destinations. As part of providing for the interests of every passenger, HAL has partnered with the New York Times in the on-board Explorations Cafe where passenger find an extensive library, music listening stations, expresso and pastry bar, and NYTimes content, crossword puzzles, pictures, books and internet content.

The Mariners Dream Staterooms on board the new ship are spacious and provide Euro-top mattresses with the kind of comfort you'll want to take home with you! Premium bedding and bath towels and luxurously thick bathrobes add to the feeling of total luxury. Flat screen TV's with DVD players enhance the total experience of life at sea the way you want it!

In the ship's Culinary Arts Center, passengers enjoy the partnership of HAL with Food & Wine Magazine. Kitchen cooking classes an demonstations, often with celebrity chefs and cookbook authors, heighten the culinary experience for those passengers truly interest in the artistry of the kitchen.

Your HAL cruise experience wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Greenhouse Spa, rated Best at Sea, where you'll find a larger than expected fitness center, more message and treatment rooms than ever, and a full service salon. It's easy to imagine leaving all your tensions ashore and finding complete relaxation in a therapeutic treatiment room with sea views.

There's no more valuable skill than knowing how to live well! A good place to continue your journey to that goal is on Holland American's MS Noordam.


Stephanie B. Abrams