for Top Itineraries, Best Private Island and Most Eco-Friendly
Wash., Nov. 6, 2017 —
Holland America Line dominated Porthole
Cruise Magazine's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards
with eight honors. Readers from Porthole, one of the world's leading consumer
cruise travel publications, recognized Holland America Line in areas that
covered everything from destinations to onboard and shoreside experiences.
The awards include Best
Canada/New England and Northern Europe Itineraries; Best Shore
Excursions; Best Spa Facilities; Most
Eco-Friendly Line; Best
Medical Facilities; Best Facilities for Guests with
Disabilities; and Best Private Island for
Half Moon Cay, the line's exclusive island in the Bahamas.
"As Holland America Line continues our journey of brand
evolution and innovation, it is an incredible honor to be recognized by the
readers of Porthole who are the most discerning and well-experienced cruisers
in the world," said Orlando Ashford,
president of Holland America Line. "We're working hard to make sure that we excel in
all areas of the cruise experience, and these recognitions tell us we're on the
right path. Thank you to Porthole and all of the readers for these eight
Porthole Cruise Magazine's annual Readers' Choice
Awards are determined by thousands of the publication's readers who vote both
online and via paper ballot on their favorite cruise lines in more than 50
"Every year Holland America Line impresses our readers
in a variety of categories, and by the number of awards it's clear that the
cruise line delivers an all-around fantastic experience," said Bill Panoff,
publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. "Congratulations to
Holland America Line for once again earning the most awards. Our readers know
what they like and they know what makes an exceptional cruise, and Holland
America Line continues to capture their votes."
Half Moon Cay: Best Private Island in its 20th
the past 17 years, Porthole Cruise
Magazine's readers have named Half Moon Cay the industry's Best Private Island.
In 2017 the island is celebrating its 20th anniversary with special events, upgrades and new facilities. Half Moon
Cay is an idyllic playground for cruise guests and features the finest beaches in the Caribbean, a natural 700-acre
lagoon, incredible two-story villas and private cabanas, as well as a variety
of fun-filled shore excursions for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and
Best Shore Excursions
America Line guests can participate in incredible EXC Tours (shore excursions)
that are designed to help guests deeply connect with the people and places they
are visiting. To help make the most of time ashore, Holland America Line's
expertly curated EXC Tours provide a wide variety of ways to explore and learn
about the cultures of each port of call. Guests looking for a more tailored
experience can delve deeper into The Collections tours and choose a shore
excursion that has a particular focus.
Top Itineraries Earn Top Honors
America Line earned a win for its Canada/New England itineraries. Stretching
from April through October, the line offers the longest Canada/New England
season in the industry. In 2018, four ships will feature cruises from seven to
15 days, with many able to combine with a Bermuda, Cuba or back-to-back
Canada/New England cruise to form a longer Collectors' Voyage. Whether on a gorgeous summer day or during the stunning fall
foliage season, Holland America Line visits the region at the most beautiful times of the
The line's northern Europe cruises garnered an additional honor for top itineraries. While visiting some of
the most charming, scenic and historic ports, guests can marvel at the
fjords of Norway, attend an evening ballet at St. Petersburg, Russia, or
traverse the Arctic Circle to welcome the splendor of the midnight sun. In
2018, Holland America Line will have four ships sailing throughout the region
from April through September.
America Line's Greenhouse Spa and Salon is a heavenly retreat that nurtures
every aspect of well-being with renowned spa rituals and healing touches.
Guests can relax and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul with a massage,
facial or a dip in the hydropool. With the introduction of the two-story spa on
ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line took the shipboard spa experience to
a whole new level of pampering. It is the first in the fleet to feature a
Medi-Spa and Barber Shop. The serene Spa Staterooms and Suites on select ships
are spacious havens of peace and quiet, conveniently located steps away from
the spa facilities.
Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line
Holland America Line understands the great responsibility in safeguarding
the oceans and environment. Through the "Our Marvelous Oceans" partnership with
Marine Conservation Institute that began in 2010, Holland America Line educates
guests and crew about marine conservation issues, including marine protected
areas. Responsible energy, water and waste management are important components
of the company's sustainability strategy. Six of the
14 Holland America Line ships use shore power at the ports of Quebec, Seattle,
San Diego and Vancouver.
State-of-the-Art Medical Facilities and Facilities for Guests with Disabilities
again, 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
facilities and equipment.
About Porthole Cruise Magazine
Porthole Cruise Magazine is published bimonthly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The nation's leading consumer cruise publication, it features cruise and
destination articles for both first-time and experienced cruisers. Available on
newsstands as well as by both print and digital subscriptions, each issue
includes ship reviews, cruise destination features and other editorial about
cruise trends, food and wine, spas and well-being, entertainment, kids'
activities, and other onboard amenities. To learn more, visit Porthole.com.
For more information, contact a
travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit 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 14 ships offers more than 500
cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies
around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's
cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica
explorations, South America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic
Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular
sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda,
Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed ms Koningsdam in 2016 and
has a second Pinnacle-class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December
2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was
The company is
undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the
leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives
and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion
and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through an exclusive
partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during an America's Test Kitchen show;
at Explorations Café presented by The New York Times; and by taking a Digital
Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at
venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues
Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with
menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary
Council, comprising world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our