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 MIAMI, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with a European shipyard for the construction of a new cruise ship for its Holland America unit.
 The new vessel, to be built by Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, is expected to cost approximately $225 million with an anticipated spring 1996 delivery.
 Fincantieri already has built Holland America Line's Statendam, which began service early this year, and the Maasdam, which made her inaugural voyage last week. It also has Holland America's Ryndam under construction, which will be delivered in the fall of 1994. At 55,451-gross registered tons and carrying 1,266 passengers, the as-yet-unnamed vessel will be a fourth sister to this trio.
 "We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the Statendam and the early reviews on Maasdam are nothing short of rave," said Holland America Line's President Kirk Lanterman. "Holland America passengers have come to expect a very high level of comfort and sophistication in our ships and this new series unquestionably exceeds those expectations, successfully carrying on our 120-year tradition of excellence," he added.
 Corrado Antonini, CEO of Fincantieri, said his company was delighted to be continuing to build for Holland America. "Carnival Corporation is the largest company engaged in the cruise business and we are most happy that we will be continuing our relationship with its Holland America subsidiary through this new vessel," he said. Antonini also noted that just eleven months ago, Fincantieri was selected by Carnival Corporation to build a 95,000-ton vessel -- the largest passenger ship ever constructed -- for its Carnival Cruise Lines unit.
 Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., to be renamed Carnival Corporation, comprises the world's largest cruise line based on number of passengers carried. In addition to Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line, its other units include Windstar Cruises, FiestaMarina Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line, which combined operate 20 ships in the Caribbean, Alaska and other worldwide destinations. Carnival Cruise Lines' new 70,000-gross-registered-ton SuperLiner the Sensation entered service in late November. It has contracted for the construction of two more 70,000-gross-registered-ton, 2,600-passenger ships, the Fascination and Imagination, which are scheduled for delivery in 1994 and 1995, respectively, as well as a 95,000-ton ship which will be the largest cruise ship ever built, scheduled for delivery in 1996. Holland America Line's 1,266-passenger Maasdam began service Dec. 3, and the line has another vessel under construction, the 1,266-passenger Ryndam scheduled to be delivered in late 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Tim Gallagher for Carnival Corporation, 305-599-2600 ext. 776; or Julie Chase for Holland America Line, 206-281-3535/

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