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(4:26 p.m. EDT) -- An intimate wine tasting at a Nova Scotia vineyard, a food market tour and cooking class in Thailand, an exclusive dinner inside Australia's Sydney Opera House -- these are a few of the many experiences Holland America passengers can enjoy on the line's newly added culinary-themed shore excursions.

As part of HAL's partnership with Food & Wine, the 20 new EXC (Explorations Central) Tours are now available for booking in select ports on Asia, Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada and New England itineraries. The line also revealed new EXC programming last week for its Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal itineraries.

Holland America's EXC programming includes tours and immersive onboard experiences, such as destination-themed activities, menu items and enrichment resources at a dedicated hub in select ships' Crow's Nest lounges.

"We've expanded our exclusive Food & Wine tours due to their overwhelming popularity, as food is a universal language that connects travelers with the cultures they visit in a deeply immersive way," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "We're excited to add this special tour program in several new locations so our guests can discover the diverse flavors of the many different places we visit through these unique and authentic experiences."

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Ports featuring the new EXC Tours include:

Canada & New England: Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; and Quebec City, Quebec. These tours cater heavily to wine lovers, with visits to various local wineries and historic sights.

Asia, Australia and New Zealand: Bangkok, Thailand; Shanghai, China; Singapore; Taipei, Taiwan; Yokohama, Japan; Hobart, Tasmania; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; and Napier and Dunedin, New Zealand. Highlights include the opportunity to visit various markets throughout Asia, wineries in New Zealand and Tasmania, and high-end restaurants in Australia.

Holland America will continue to add new EXC Tours to various ports throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, Hawaii and more.

--By Gina Kramer, Editor