SEATTLE, Nov. 8 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line has won nine Readers'
Choice Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine for 2007, including Best
Accommodations, Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay, the line's exclusive
Bahamian port call, and Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line.
The annual poll of readers also voted Holland America Line the winner in
the following categories:
-- Best Alaska Itineraries
-- Best Canada/New England Itineraries
-- Best Central America Itineraries
-- Best Overall Facilities for Physically Challenged Passengers
-- Best Medical Facilities
-- Best Art Auction Program
"It's very rewarding for Holland America Line to receive these awards
from experienced cruise travelers," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive
vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "We are especially proud
of winning Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay again as it celebrates 10
years of operation as our top-ranking Caribbean cruise call."
"The readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine have once again voted Holland
America Line as the winner of numerous Readers' Choice Awards categories,"
said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine. "Our savvy
cruisers appreciate quality service and experiences, and Holland America Line
clearly delivers both."
Winning Best Accommodations is a direct result of the line's Signature of
Excellence commitment according to Meadows. "Since our initial announcement,
Holland America Line has spent more than US$425 million enhancing our premium
cruise experience with a focus on the stateroom amenities first," said
Across the fleet, standard stateroom amenities now include flat-panel
television sets, lighted make-up mirrors, professional grade hair-dryers,
stainless-steel ice bucket and tray, high-thread-count linens, large fluffy
cotton towels, deluxe bathrobes and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
Half Moon Cay won its seventh Best Private Island acknowledgement from
Porthole readers. Here guests can experience both natural wonders and enjoy
the extensive activities and facilities offered in the 50-acre resort portion
of 2,400-acre Little San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Opened in December
1997, the island's offerings have steadily expanded to also provide a full
beachside water park for children, private beach cabanas, exclusive over-water
bungalow and an array of shore excursions that include horseback riding by
land and sea, personal watercraft adventures and an opportunity to swim with
Holland America Line won the Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line award for a
commitment to responsible environmental practices through a comprehensive,
fleet-wide program and innovations. The program emphasizes waste reduction and
recycling, use of cleaner-burning propulsion technology in the line's new
ships and cutting-edge technologies such as shore power and an emissions
reducing test project on ms Zaandam. Holland America Line's ships currently
meet or exceed all provisions of the international regulations governing the
environmental management of marine operations.
Known for its longer, port-intensive cruise itineraries, Holland America
Line picked up three awards for best itineraries in Alaska, Canada/New
England, and Central America. In Alaska, the line operates three major
cruising itineraries -- Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruises, Glacier Discovery,
and Alaskan Explorer Cruise -- that showcase the highlights of Alaska with
distinctive options to suit the various wishes of Alaskan-bound travelers.
The line's Canada/New England cruises from May through Oct. showcase the
area's historic seaports, international cities, and natural sights such as
Saguenay Fjord and Acadia National Park. Central America itineraries combine
cruising and transiting the Panama Canal with ports and shore excursions in
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua.
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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 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314
ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America,
Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular
sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe
and Panama Canal.
In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company
features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225
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, teens-only
activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs
and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
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The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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