Holland America Line Develops Multilingual Tours And Tailors Shore Excursions
For International Guests
SEATTLE, April 8, 2013 /CNW/ - To enhance the experience of Holland America
Line's growing mix of international guests, the line now offers multilingual
European shore excursions and enhanced hundreds of existing tours to cater to
Spanish-, Dutch- and German-speaking guests.
The new tours were developed for European travelers who may be more familiar
with these ports and already visited key monuments and traditional sights such
as the Colosseum in Rome or Acropolis in Athens. Now Spanish-, Dutch- and
German-speaking guests looking for something new can opt to book a less
traditional tour — offered in their own language — such as a hiking
adventure, biking through town or visiting the countryside. However, for
European guests who still want to visit popular landmarks, tours also will be
available in the three languages to those destinations. Foreign language tours
are offered when 30 guests who speak a common language are booked on a voyage.
"We have a multicultural mix of clientele and adding these tours in three
languages ensures that all of our guests have an enriching and fulfilling
cruise, both on board and ashore," said Richard Meadows, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line.
"These tours are not just translations of our English-language tours; they
were developed while thinking about the preferences of our international
Tours offered in Dutch include Hiking Ft. Floien in Bergen; an excursion from
Monaco to the city of Villefranche-sur-Mer or a relaxing Kayak along the
Aurlandsfjord in Flam. German-speaking tours include a visit to the ancient
city of Iliada from the port of Katakolon, Greece or a beer cruise on the
Bosporus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey. Spanish-speaking guests might enjoy a 4x4
expedition to the village of Camara de Lobos in Portugal or a beach tour in
The program is expanding and select excursions are offered in German and
Spanish throughout South America.
The international tours are part of Holland America Line's signature shore
excursion experience. When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of
diverse tours including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track
explorations, Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion
Collection excursions. Visit www.hollandamerica.com and view Ports &
Excursions tab for details.
For more information on Holland America Line's cruises and CruiseTours,
consult a professional travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or
visit www.hollandamerica.com or the Plan a Cruise tab at
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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. The line currently has a
new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.
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
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