Holland America Line is celebrating this week after scooping no fewer than eight different accolades in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2013 reader’s choice awards.
The magazine is one of the world’s leading cruise publications, so being presented with so many awards is certainly a notable achievement for the line. Holland America has been recognised by the magazine’s readers for having the Best Alaska, Canada/New England and Central America Itineraries, Best Shore Excursions, Best Private Island, Best Private Island Cabana, Best Medical Facilities and Best Facilities for Physically Challenged Passengers.
Holland America Line’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Guest Programmes, Richard Meadows was justifiably proud of his line’s achievement, saying: “To be recognised by the well-travelled readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine in so many categories is an honour and testament to our dedication to providing an exceptional cruise experience. “We work continuously to enhance our offerings, whether it’s adding beach villas at Half Moon Cay or introducing new land and sea Journeys in Alaska and it’s rewarding for our efforts to be recognized.”
It’s interesting to note that, for the past 13 years, the magazine’s readers have voted Half Moon Cay the industry’s best private island. The line has claim to over half of this paradise island, where its cruise passengers have the run of a 700-acre lagoon, the chance to swim with stingrays and their own exclusive watering hole, the Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island Bar. The island’s private cabanas also received an award and prove popular with guests seeking their own luxury retreat during their stay and offer private terraces, air conditioning and refrigerator.
Holland America Line’s Alaska itineraries are unique and visit such ports of call as Glacier Bay National Park, Hubbard Glacier and the region’s famously beautiful Inside Passage, while it certainly has the beautiful Canadian and New England Coast covered, offering 48 different cruises around the region.
By Simon Brotherton