Holland America Line Wins Eight 2012 Readers' Choice Awards From Porthole
Premium Cruise Line Earns Accolades for Top Alaska Itineraries, Best Private
Island and Best Shore Excursions
SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Holland America Line, a leader in premium
cruising, has earned top honors with eight 2012 Readers' Choice Awards from
Porthole Cruise Magazine, one of the world's leading consumer cruise travel
publications. The awards include Best Alaska Itineraries, Best Shore
Excursions and Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay, the line's exclusive
island in the Bahamas.
Porthole Cruise Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards are determined by thousands
of the publication's readers who vote on their favorite cruise lines in a
variety of categories.
"The readers of Porthole are discerning and well-traveled," said Bill Panoff,
publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine, "and they appreciate the
exceptional cruise experience both on board and ashore that Holland America
Line continues to deliver on a consistent basis."
Holland America Line's 2012 Readers Choice Awards include:
-- Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay
-- Best Alaska Itineraries
-- Best Canada/New England Itineraries
-- Best Central America Itineraries
-- Best Shore Excursions
-- Best Computer Facilities
-- Best Medical Facilities
-- Best Facilities for Physically Challenged Passengers
"Holland America Line is honored to be recognized by the readers of Porthole
Cruise Magazine for our specially crafted itineraries, shore excursions and
overall cruising experience," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president,
marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "We are
committed to delivering the ultimate premium cruise experience and these
awards validate our efforts and dedication to continued excellence."
Half Moon Cay Receives Best Private Island Honors For the past 12 years,
Porthole Cruise Magazine's readers have named Half Moon Cay the industry's
Best Private Island. Celebrating its 15(th) anniversary this winter cruise
season, Half Moon Cay features 15 beach-front, air-conditioned private
cabanas, a natural 700-acre lagoon, a new Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island
Bar and fun-filled excursions for nature lovers and adventurous travelers
Top Itineraries Earn Top Honors In addition to winning the Best Shore
Excursions award for its diverse and enriching selection of tours, Holland
America Line maintained its leading position as the cruise line with the Best
Alaska Itineraries. In 2013, the line will sail seven ships on unique
itineraries highlighted by scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park,
Hubbard Glacier and Alaska's famed Inside Passage.
Holland America Line also received top honors from Porthole for its Canada/New
England voyages, which explore the historic seaports and stunning fall foliage
of the region. In 2012, Holland America Line offered 27 cruises on three ships
— ms Maasdam, ms Eurodam and ms Veendam — to ports along the eastern coast
of North America.
Rounding out the honors garnered for top itineraries are the line's Central
America voyages, a series of sailings that explore the region's natural
beauty, indigenous cultures and full transits of the Panama Canal.
Computer Facilities, State-of-the-Art Medical Facilities Holland America Line
won Best Computer Facilities for its Digital Workshop powered by Windows. The
enrichment program offers complimentary sessions that are led by a
Microsoft-trained "techspert" on a variety of topics such as photo editing,
making a slideshow, photo enhancing and security.
Completing the awards, Holland America Line received recognition for its
accessibility and medical facilities. Holland America ships accommodate guests
with a variety of special needs and feature state-of-the-art shipboard medical
For cruise brochures or for more information, consult a travel professional,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500
cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to
110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska,
Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and
all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.
World's Leading Cruise Lines Holland America Line is a proud member of World's
Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise
Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a
passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's
Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation
experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise
vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at
CONTACT: Sally Andrews
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