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Share your vacation memories and connect with Holland America Line on Twitter!
Share your vacation memories and connect with Holland America Line on Twitter!

Holland America Line loves to communicate with cruisers, and social media continues to offer guests unparalleled access to sharing memories, photos, and feedback. Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Twitter has become a household name. However, despite the fact that the popular social media site has over 288 million active users, for many it remains an enigma.

Currently the fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 year-old bracket, and Holland America Line is here to de-mystify Twitter for anyone looking to get in on the fun! Whether you’re a casual tweeter who would like to learn more or a first-timer looking to join the conversation, read on for tips and tricks to master Twitter and share your love of cruising with the world.

PICK A HANDLE

If you’ve never used Twitter before then you can get started by signing up and choosing a handle. As mentioned in the Instagram 101 blog post, a handle is a nickname that is uniquely your own. Experts recommend using the same handle across platforms, so if you’ve got a catchy name on Instagram try to use it for Twitter too!

FIND AND FOLLOW

Follow @HALcruises for fun facts, postcards from paradise and new & exciting developments with the cruise line!

Follow @HALcruises for fun facts, postcards from paradise and new & exciting developments with the cruise line!

If you’re already on Twitter then you’re most likely following friends, and maybe some key news sources, but you might not know that Twitter can be an outstanding resource for travel tips, connecting with like-minded individuals and keeping up with your interests whatever they might be. For example, Holland America Line follows a host of cruise industry contemporaries, publications, bloggers and enthusiasts. In order to get the most valuable and enjoyable experience out of Twitter, follow a mixture of accounts — from your favorite comedian to hard news sites like the New York Times (@nytimes). To find fun personalities and publications just search in the toolbar based on your interests — i.e. “cruise” — and see what pops up! While you’re at, it don’t forget to follow Holland America Line at @HALCruises!

THE BASICS

You can share a message, photo and link to more information all in one tweet!

You can share a message, photo and link to more information all in one tweet!

You might think it’s tough to get much information from 140 characters … not true! With added links, photos and videos, tweets often read like a headline or call to action allowing users to scan a lot of information in a very short period of time and quickly decide if they would like to know more or engage in a particular topic. For instance, Holland America Line typically tweets with links to stories about onboard entertainment, Rudi’s recipes, interesting itineraries and featured sales.

Want to add a link or photo of your own? No problem! There is an option to add a photo or location every time you tweet. Links can be pasted into the body of the tweet and will automatically shorten so they don’t use up all your characters. It should be noted, however, that a photo and a link take up at least 20 characters each, leaving just 100 to get your message across. But that’s ok, sometimes it’s like a fun puzzle when you master the art of delivering a message with limited letters, punctuation and spacing!

#HASHTAGS TO BE HEARD

Tap into your favorite hashtag for fun on Twitter!

Tap into your favorite hashtag for fun on Twitter!

Chances are you’ve heard that hashtags are an integral part of the Twitter experience. Around the world individuals and organizations establish hashtags to label the topics of their conversations, making them easily searchable and working to facilitate easy communication. Through hashtags people can weigh in live on their favorite television programs, comment on current events, and even have some fun. You’ll notice a bar along the left side of your Twitter feed (if you’re using desktop) that lists a number of trending topics. Those are the people, places and things that the collective “Twitterverse” is talking about in real time.

Want to get in on the fun? Some regular hashtags and trending topics are like games. For instance, Holland America Line loves to tap into #FriFotos, a photo sharing hashtag with a different topic each week. Other fun hashtags include #TravelTuesday, with which folks share their travel stories and favorite destination photos; #TBT (Throwback Thursday), a prompt to re-visit old memories and pictures; and #DidYouKnow, a tag for sharing fun facts!

CHATTING AWAY

Retweet photos & information to share with your followers!

Retweet photos & information to share with your followers!

Hit the retweet button.

Hit the retweet button.

Now that you know how to find and join conversations and share information, how about taking it one step further and finding your community! Retweeting is a great way to share the information of others with one quick click. Even strangers appreciate a retweet — unlike Facebook and some other social media channels, people generally use twitter to share and find information from the community.

Want to take it one step further? Join a Twitter chat! Twitter chats are hosted by publications and organizations to connect the community on a particular topic. For example, Travel + Leisure holds a chat every Tuesday using the hashtag #TL_Chat. Topics vary from week to week covering a range of topics from destinations to cruises to air travel tips. Holland America Line recently participated in National Geographic’s Travel Twitter Chat that was put on in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior and featured National Parks.

NatGeo

The one tweet, alone, earned 56 retweets and 110 favorites! To join a chat just follow the host and answer the questions as they come using the agreed upon hashtag.

Twitter Tip: If you add a period in front of the @ handle that you’re including (ie: .@NatGeoTravel), your tweet will appear on all of their followers’ news feed, too! That could mean a lot of exposure for your tweet.

Are you ready to get into the Twitter game? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to follow @HALcruises!

Amy Maleh submitted her "Perfect Day" in Greece.
Amy Maleh submitted her "Perfect Day" in Greece.

Holland America Line’s “Perfect Day Cruise Sweepstakes” is well underway on Facebook, and one lucky fan will win a seven-day cruise for two in a verandah stateroom!
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wine

Try a selection of different wines onboard by purchasing a wine package.

Among the many delights of a Holland America Line cruise are the thoughtful and unexpected touches that make your vacation especially memorable. Guests, as well as their friends and family traveling together, are invited to indulge and get into the spirit of creating special moments with our onboard gift program. Holland America Line offers the perfect gift for everyone, from flowers to wine, photo and specialized celebration packages, offerings for couples and more.

While Holland America Line features more than 150 unique items, below is just a sampling of the different packages and indulgences that are part of our cruise experience.

The Cellar Master Package gives guests a premium wine tasting experience throughout the length of the cruise. The package includes two wine tasting events conducted by our Cellar Master, an evening of fine dining in the Pinnacle Grill, five vintage bottles based on personal preference, a HAL commemorative bottle and a wine gift. Guests also can choose from three, five and seven-bottle packages.

With a Beverage Package, guests can enjoy a bottle of their favorite spirit onboard. From Vodka to Scotch to Gin, Holland America Line has more than 40 different spirits to choose from. A Spirit Package also adds three cans of a mixer for guest to make their favorite cocktail. Those who prefer beer can order a 6-pack of domestics like Miller Genuine and Budweiser, or imports like Corona and Heineken.

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Jul 2013

Thanks to guest Jaap van Tuyll for sending in these two photos of Maasdam in some stunning settings.

Torshavn

Maasdam at Torshavn, Faroe Islands.

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Adventure traveler and Dutch TV personality Charlotte Van Hoorn was on board Zaandam for an Alaska cruise and will be sharing her adventure with us.

Thanking the HAL crew with these snapshots for welcoming my first time cruiser friends so warmly. Beverage Manager Hans Becker well represents the personal charm of HAL’s officers. It was a happy surprise to reconnect with him from another voyage and he added so many touches to our group events that made the journey a total success. As a Canadian of Mexican and German heritage, he has the diverse cultural experiences that make it easy for him to connect with so many guests. I forgot to ask how many languages he speaks, but with his world-wide training, he is fluent in planning the beverage stock needed to satisfy guests’ desires as the demographic changes as the ship sails through the oceans continent to continent. Personally, it sounds like a dream job, but he also enjoys a respite in his home on the lake near Toronto with its cultural and outdoor sports available.

Beverage Manager Hans Becker.

Beverage Manager Hans Becker.

Back aboard with Cellar Master Anton and others of his staff, we enjoyed the well-planned beverage events and Captain van Maurik’s receptions beautifully catered as thanks for repeat guests as members of the Mariner Society. Safe sailing, Zaandam, and enjoy the photos of one happy crew.

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