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July 19, 2006

Holland America Line Announces New Luxury "Explorer Coaches" in 2007

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Enhancements to Coaches, Onboard Programs and Service

Seattle, WA, July 11th, 2006 - Guests will enjoy even greater comfort as Holland America Tours creates a new fleet of 39 coaches for the 2007 Alaska season. Having more legroom, spiffy leather seats, an enriched narration program including topical handouts, exclusive visuals designed to inspire and educate guests while en route to the next Great Land destination, guests will ride in style. Also, newly introduced are two new "Tombstone Explorer Coaches™" for popular Tombstone Park excursions.


"This fleet of 39 coaches in 2007 is an extension our Signature of Excellence enhancements, creating a more premium environment for our guests," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We truly want to provide extraordinary comfort and an emotionally compelling on-board experience by integrating the special touches encountered on Holland America Line cruises into our Great Land products and services."

Three new MCI LX coaches will join the fleet in 2007 and 36 existing vehicles will be retrofitted, updated and improved to the standards set by the new coaches, creating a new fleet. Seating on motor coaches operating on the Great Land and Direct-to-Denali tours will be reduced from 54 to 45, providing 50 percent additional legroom - equivalent to the legroom on a domestic first-class flight.

The coaches will be equipped with leather seats with a fabric insert containing the Holland America Line logo, aisle carpeting and a mini-galley offering cold snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Each coach will have six new LCD monitors and every seat will be equipped with a headset and eight-channel audio. For those traveling with electronic equipment, the convenience of a battery charging station will be located in the galley. The exterior of each Explorer Coach will have a dramatic design depicting one of three Alaskan wildlife themes -whales, bears or moose.

Enhanced CruiseTour Narration Programs in 2006

Holland America Line and Gray Line of Alaska have also made innovative enhancements to the motor coach experience on all CruiseTours and Gray Line of Alaska package tours for 2006. The redesigned narration program reinforces, visually and in print, the stories of the Great Land that driver/guides and tour directors tell guests. Having more than 27 props, as well as 29 topical handouts and 49 Highway Journals with full-color photos, a list of the day's events and feature stories relating to guest experiences are just the start. Tour directors also use "show and tell" boards for discussion about indigenous Alaskan wildlife, plants and local arts and crafts. For example, one board explains the Athabascan beadwork of Shirley David-Jimerson who designed a beaded Forget-Me-Not on moose hide, especially for Holland America Line and Gray Line of Alaska.

A number of exclusive visuals and DVDs including several segments from "Alaska Magazine Television," including "Arctic Black Gold," "The Slush Cup" and "Working Girls of the Yukon" will be shown on specific tours aboard the motor coaches. Holland America Line was a major sponsor of this public television series. Slide shows, created from historic and current photos, will also be shown.

Also exclusive to Holland America Line is a new documentary by Marten Berkman, "The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race." The film offers an incredible inside view of what it takes to race 1,000 miles in the depths of sub-arctic winter.

New Coaches in Tombstone Park Increase Comfort and Viewing Pleasure

CruiseTour guests have the unique opportunity to travel the famous Dempster Highway in two new 23-guest "Tombstone Explorer" coaches on Great Land Klondike CruiseTours 1 - 6 and Glacier Discovery CruiseTours 27 and 28. Deployed from Dawson City, the coaches allow for optimum viewing on the Tombstone Park excursion, "Exploring along the Dempster," starting July 2006. The coaches feature domed rooftop and huge side windows, air-conditioning, camera and viewing screen to improve wildlife viewing, low clearance and they are wheelchair friendly. The coaches are modern replicas of touring coaches used in Glacier and Yellowstone National parks.

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Posted by Denise at July 19, 2006 08:59 AM

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