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HOLLAND AMERICAN LINE'S NEW MS STATENDAM OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN FLOATING-OUT CEREMONY

 HOLLAND AMERICAN LINE'S NEW MS STATENDAM OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED
 IN FLOATING-OUT CEREMONY
 SEATTLE, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's newest luxury liner, the ms Statendam, was officially launched today in a floating-out ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the company said.
 The 720-foot-long cruise ship -- hull and superstructure painted in Holland America Line's trademark dark blue and white -- was towed from its building dock to a nearby quay, where it will be finished. Construction of the Statendam is proceeding on schedule, with preliminary sea trials scheduled for September.
 The floating-out was preceded on April 2 by a coin-beneath-the- mast ceremony, a "good luck" tradition dating back to the days of wooden sailing ships.
 A coin once was placed on a ship's keel under the mast, a tradition that has been updated for today's modern ships.
 A U.S. quarter embedded in clear resin was placed in the mast of the Statendam -- the final module installed on the ship. The coin box will be visible to passengers, along with a stainless steel plaque explaining its significance.
 The Statendam, the fifth Holland America ship to bear the name in the company's 119-year history, is scheduled for delivery in late 1992. The ship represents a new generation of "world class" luxury liners for the 1990s, featuring the latest technological design, but also continuing many popular features found in the present fleet.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Skinner or Juli Chase of Holland America Line, 800-547-6397 or 206-281-3535/ CO: Holland America Line ST: Washington IN: LEI SU:


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