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A free tour in Auckland lets guests visit the city's famed Sky Tower.
A free tour in Auckland lets guests visit the city's famed Sky Tower.

Holland America Line is sweetening the deal for travelers who book select 2016 and 2017 cruises by Feb. 29, 2016. Guests who call at AFAR’s favorite ports in Asia, Australia/New Zealand and South America receive two free Journeys Ashore.

Holland America Line is collaborating with experiential travel expert AFAR Media to help cruisers create more personalized experiences and enhance cultural connections with the worldwide ports, cities and countries visited on each itinerary. AFAR selected its top ports in these regions and is rewarding guests who cruise there with two free tours.

Guests who cruise on ms Noordam or ms Maasdam in Australia and New Zealand on select departures between September 2016 and March 2017 can choose two free Journeys Ashore from select shore excursion offerings when the itinerary visits Melbourne, Australia; or Auckland, Picton or Wellington, New Zealand.

AFAR lists Wellington among its favorite destinations.

AFAR lists Wellington among its favorite destinations.

In Asia, guests who cruise on select voyages from October 2016 through April 2017 aboard ms Volendam receive two Journeys Ashore when calling at Kagoshima, Japan; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Jeju City, South Korea; or Nathon (Koh Samui), Thailand.

AFAR recommends exploring Halong Bay, Kagoshima and Koh Samui.

AFAR recommends exploring Halong Bay, Kagoshima and Koh Samui.

On select South America cruises from October 2016 through March 2017 aboard ms Zaandam, guests receive two complimentary tours when calling at Puerto Montt, Chile, and Montevideo, Uruguay.

Montevideo is waiting to be explored!

Montevideo is waiting to be discovered!

Click HERE for full details.

‘View & Verandah’ Promotion Adds Onboard Spending Credit
In addition to the two free Journeys Ashore, Holland America Line is now including an onboard spending credit in the “View and Verandah” promotion. Guests who book select voyages by Feb. 29 are now entitled to receive onboard spending money up to $500 per stateroom. That means guests can save up to $1,500, plus the up to $500 onboard spending money, plus free stateroom upgrades valued at up to $1,000!

Depending on the length of the cruise, guests will receive per stateroom up to $300 on cruises that are seven to nine days, up to $400 on 10- to 14-day cruises, and up to $500 on cruises 15 days or longer.

In addition to the onboard credit, as part of the promotion, depending on departure and ship, guests who book an inside stateroom will be upgraded to an outside stateroom and those booking an ocean-view stateroom will get upgraded to a verandah, representing a value of up to $300 per stateroom.

Select Collectors’ Voyages also are eligible for up to 25 percent off — a savings of up to $3,198 per stateroom — under the View and Verandah promotion. Collectors’ Voyages combine back-to-back cruises to form a non-repeating longer itinerary that provides a more in-depth exploration of a region.

Guests who reserve select Journeys Ashore prior to cruising can take advantage of up to 10 percent savings if booked by March 15, 2016. This date is extended beyond the View and Verandah deadline. More than 1,500 tours will receive the savings.

Will you be taking advantage of two free tours? Tell us which cruise you’re booking!

Denali National Park is a highlight of every 2016 Land+Sea Journey.
Denali National Park is a highlight of every 2016 Land+Sea Journey.

The incredible Alaska landscape is one of the few places in the world that is best seen by combining a cruise with an overland adventure, and Holland America Line’s signature Land+Sea Journeys offer guests more ways to see this remote and off-the-beaten path part of the world. The 13 Land+Sea Journeys options range from 10 to 20 days and are in two distinct series with cruise-first or land-first choices: Yukon and Denali Land+Sea Journeys and Denali Land+Sea Journeys.

New highlights for the 2016 season include a maiden visit to Talkeetna, Alaska, on the Double Denali and Alyeska Journey, allowing more time to view the majestic Denali mountain; ms Nieuw Amsterdam moves to the Inside Passage itinerary and ms Noordam moves to the Glacier Discovery itinerary, making more verandah and suite staterooms available for Land+Sea Journeys guests; and the Base Camp complex at the company’s McKinley Chalet Resort near the entrance to Denali National Park will be ready to welcome visitors, serving as a new gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment.

Stays at Alyeska Resort, top, and McKinley Chalet Resort enhance the Land+Sea Journeys.

Stays at Alyeska Resort, top, and McKinley Chalet Resort enhance the Land+Sea Journeys.

Each Land+Sea Journey combines a three- to seven-night Holland America Line cruise with a one-, two- or three-night stay at Denali National Park. Guests are immersed in Alaska history and culture with visits to places such as Dawson City, Yukon, in the heart of gold rush country; charming Seward, Alaska; the five-star Alyeska Resort; pristine Kluane and Tombstone parks; colorful Skagway, Alaska; and the historic narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route railroad.

Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet, a magnificent 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River, offers Land+Sea Journeys guests their own elegant wilderness retreat featuring seamless hospitality and sustainable Alaskan cuisine. The hotel serves as the ideal base for all adventures at Denali National Park such as flightseeing, ATV adventures, hiking trails, river rafting and more.

The new Base Camp complex at McKinley Chalet Resort will be ready for the 2016 Alaska cruise season. The largest building will be a grand two-story, 7,800-square-foot restaurant showcasing views of the neighboring mountains. Other attractions include the Gold Nugget Saloon; an amphitheater where guests will enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations; cozy fire pits; outdoor seating; three retail shops offering local goods; and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists will display and discuss their works.

Base Camp will be ready to welcome visitors in 2016.

Base Camp will be ready to welcome visitors in 2016.

The Holland America Line Difference Ensures Unforgettable Experiences
The five Land+Sea Journeys that include Yukon and Denali range in length from 10 to 20 days and travel roundtrip Vancouver, British Columbia, or between Vancouver and Anchorage, Alaska. Fours ships offer the experience: ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam. During these trips guests will enjoy scenic cruising along the Inside Passage and/or Glacier Bay before calling at Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines or Skagway, Alaska. In addition to Denali National Park, the overland portion includes Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon. The Yukon Land+Sea Journeys are among Holland America Line’s highest-rated itineraries worldwide.

Glacier Bay scenic cruising, Fairbanks (right) and Dawson City are just a few Land+Sea highlights.

Glacier Bay scenic cruising, Fairbanks (right) and Dawson City are just a few Land+Sea highlights.

The eight Denali Land+Sea Journeys offered on ms Noordam and ms Zaandam range in length from 10 to 15 days and travel between Vancouver and Fairbanks or Anchorage, Alaska. Included is Glacier Bay scenic cruising where guests can explore the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a park ranger narrates. Ports of call on the cruise portion include Haines or Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, while the overland portion features Denali and Fairbanks. The 15-day option also includes the maiden visit to Talkeetna and a night at Alyeska, Alaska.

Roundtrip Seattle, Washington, options are available on select Yukon/Denali and Denali Land+Sea Journeys.

Wilderness Tours, Cultural & Adventure Activities Bring the Great Land to Life
On double- and triple-night Yukon and Denali and Denali Journeys, the comprehensive six- to eight-hour Tundra Wilderness tour is included for the best way to see epic Denali National Park with its abundance of wildlife and Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. For adventure seekers there also are plenty of optional opportunities to go hiking, rafting, flightseeing and fishing.

The Tundra Wilderness Tour showcases Alaska's wildlife and Denali, Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America.

The Tundra Wilderness Tour showcases Alaska’s wildlife and Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America.

Travel in Signature Style by Land and by Sea
Land+Sea Journeys feature luxurious glass-domed McKinley Explorer railcars with comfortable, forward-facing seats and expert commentary by guides between Denali and Anchorage. In addition, Holland America Line’s exclusive Explorer Coaches create a superior environment for traveling the highway between Skagway and Dawson City with roomy leather seats, lavish legroom and no more than 44 travelers.

Our luxury Explorer Coaches and McKinley Explorer show off Alaska's interior in style.

Our luxury Explorer Coach and McKinley Explorer show off Alaska’s interior in style.

Unique to the Holland America Line cruise experience, Alaska-inspired cuisine is featured throughout both cruise and land components. Optional meal plans include all Land+Sea Journeys and meals on days in Denali and Anchorage. Additionally, knowledgeable interpreters, Journey Hosts, Glacier Bay park rangers and Alaska travel guides are present on most Land+Sea tours and Alaska sailings.

December 2015 UPDATE: Take Advantage of View & Verandah
We want to make your dream cruise even dreamier with our new View & Verandah promotion. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. Check out the offer to see if your dream cruise is included and book now!

The gorgeous scenery of Milford Sound is a highlight of a cruise to New Zealand.
The gorgeous scenery of Milford Sound is a highlight of a cruise to New Zealand.

Whether you live in a place where the snow leaves a powdery blanket on the ground or the sun shines bright, the winter holidays are a time of good tidings and yuletide cheer. From family gatherings and grand feasts to presents under the tree and a visit from Santa, Christmas is a special holiday for those who celebrate.

Have you ever thought about taking your holiday traditions on a Holland America Line cruise where you can have a magical holiday onboard? And without having to do the planning, preparing and cleaning up after, you actually get to relax and unwind during what can otherwise be a stressful time. Oh, and did we mention that you get to visit incredible destinations, too?

The ships are all decked out for the holiday cruises.

The ships are all decked out for the holiday cruises.

On a holiday cruise, the ships are decorated with all of the trimmings including festive trees, poinsettias, garland and stockings, turning them into a charming wonderland. An elaborate gingerbread village created by the ships’ talented culinary team is a feast for the eyes, while the tantalizing holiday menu is a feast for the palate. Santa also makes an appearance with his merry elves.

If you’re looking to combine the traditions of Christmas with a grand adventure, take a look at a cruise aboard Noordam Down Under to Australia and New Zealand. The kids are on school break and there’s more time to get away from home, making it the perfect multi-generational way to spend the holidays.

New to the Australia/New Zealand region this year, Noordam has four exciting departures in December that explore both New Zealand and Pacific Island jewels, all sailing roundtrip from Sydney.

But if it’s the Christmas and New Year’s holidays you’re looking to be onboard for, check out the Dec. 17 “16-Day New Zealand Holiday” voyage.

MILFORD SOUND & FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK

The ship departs Sydney and spends a leisurely day at sea, followed by glorious scenic cruising through Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. Yes, there are fiords in the southern hemisphere! A fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing views around every corner, during the day of scenic cruising guests will see towering Mitre Peak, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins and so much more.

Enjoy scenic cruising through Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park.

Enjoy scenic cruising through Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park.

It’s then four consecutive days of port calls at Port Chalmers (Dunedin), Akaroa (Christchurch), Wellington and then Picton. Another day at sea is followed by calls at Napier, Tauranga (Rotorua), an overnight at Auckland and finally Waitangi (Bay of Islands).

Christmas Day and New Year’s Even and Day are sea days so guests can enjoy all of the holiday festivities without the rush of going ashore.

WHAT TO DO?
New Zealand is home to some wonderful creatures. From penguins and dolphins to seals and sheep, there are so many animals to see! These tours highlight the natural side of New Zealand, but don’t worry, if these tours aren’t for you there’s a wide variety of options that include historic sites, local wine and cuisine, city tours and walking excursions.

DUNEDIN

Adorable yellow-eyes penguins are just one of the native animals seen on tour in Dunedin.

Adorable yellow-eyes penguins are just one of the native animals seen on tour in Dunedin.

At Dunedin, one of the most popular tours includes yellow-eyed penguins. But with a name like Nature’s Wonders: Wildlife Cruise & Penguins, guests will see more than the cuddly creatures. Guests head out on a spectacular tour onboard an 8×8-wheel-drive Argo vehicle that heads out off-road over rolling farmland where you will approach a fur seal colony and a yellow-eyed penguin nesting area, then make way to a sheep farm.

The wildlife cruise was great. The captain pointed out all kinds of birds, seals, and the great albatross(es) … The nesting area for the rare yellow-eyed penguin was very interesting … The fur seal colony was most interesting – young seals frolicking in a small pond. Adult males were fighting. This sheep farm is privately owned by an environmentalist. May he be very successful in protecting the rare animal colonies on his vast property. — Guest NellyDee

AKAROA

Look out for the Hector's dolphin on a tour through Akaroa Harbor.

Look out for the Hector’s dolphin on a tour through Akaroa Harbor.

At Akaroa, stick with the nature theme and take the Akaroa Nature Cruise. A highlight of this scenic cruise is Cathedral Cave, with its massive sea walls that are home to many sea birds, including the spotted shag and little blue penguin. While cruising toward the head of the harbor you may also see fur seals and the playful Hector’s dolphin — the smallest oceanic dolphin in the world.

I absolutely loved this excursion. We sailed right from the ship into Akaroa Harbor. Excellent narration. We saw cormorants, dolphins, penguins, seals, and an albatross. It was the perfect amount of time, dropping us off at Akaroa pier just in time to get lunch and explore the beautiful town. — Guest Nikjil

WELLINGTON
The Seal Coast Safari tour at Wellington offers a unique view of the rugged beauty of the South Coast where a seal colony is situated. Travel is by 4×4 vehicle, and you’ll traverse a large coastal ranch or station — keep an eye out for wild goats and horses as well as deer, ostriches and beef cattle. But the impressive coastline and the seals are, of course, the main attraction on this safari.

A 4x4 vehicle on the tour is a great way to explore.

A 4×4 vehicle on the tour is a great way to explore.

This safari is definitely worth doing if you like wildlife. We saw so many seals! … We were able to see an ostrich in the farmland that we were passing through. Then we headed down the coastline and learned about the faults that run to Wellington. You drive on the beach so be prepared for rough road, but it is all worth it when you see the seals. Don’t get too close and you will be rewarded with fabulous pictures. — Guest CruisinCrazy

AUCKLAND

The gannet colony is an impressive site.

The gannet colony is an impressive site.

With two days at Auckland, there’s plenty of time to explore the wildlife of the region. The Coast to Coast tour takes you by way of the wine growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast. The gannet colony featured on the tour is one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Then visit Haumoana Farm that runs 300 Romney sheep for prime lamb and wool production, 200 cattle, and a small fallow deer unit.

MORE NATURE TOURS ABOUND
The nature tours continue, with the High Country Safari at Picton, the Cape Kidnappers Station & Gannet Safari at Napier and Fascinating Rotorua at Tauranga where you’ll visit Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park to view huge trout and the national bird, the kiwi, at a nocturnal house.

There are two main gannet colonies in New Zealand.

Seeing the gannet colonies is a highlight of a visit to New Zealand.

Between eggnog and caroling, there are an abundance of tours that show why New Zealand is a spectacular place to spend the Christmas holiday.

If you want to celebrate the holidays onboard but prefer to stay closer to home, Holland America Line offers cruises to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and the Mexican Riviera. Not to mention other far-off places like the Far East, South America & Antarctica and more!

Noordam is the perfect home away from home during the holidays.

Noordam is the perfect home away from home during the holidays.

Will you be joining us for the holidays? We ho-ho-hope to see you onboard!

One-year-old Isabelle waves goodbye to her Uncle Vincent who is staff captain on Prinsendam.
One-year-old Isabelle waves goodbye to her Uncle Vincent who is staff captain on Prinsendam.

Taking a cruise vacation is a social event full of memory-making moments both onboard and ashore. From mingling with guests around the ship to taking a fabulous shore excursion and visiting all of the fantastic destinations around the world, there are plenty of opportunities to capture the special moments and share them with friends, family and fellow fans of Holland America Line.

If you want to be social before you cruise, check out “Roll Call” on Facebook, Holland America Line’s way of connecting fellow cruisers before departure. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the Holland America Blog are other outlets that provide a great way for guests to get cruise tips from fellow guests or share vacation stories and photos.

If you want to be part of the sharing, submit your fun photos and stories through social media channels, by clicking “Share Your Story” on the blog or emailing info@hollandamericablog.com. And if you’re out there cruising and tweeting while you sail, hashtag us at #HALcruises or #HollandAmerica, or tag us at @HALcruises. You can even hashtag your ship, like #Eurodam!

The photos and notes in this blog post are just some wonderful examples that show the dedication, fondness and love that our guests and crew have for Holland America Line.

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Well Wishes from Shore to Ship

The beautiful photo above came through email with this sweet note:

My uncle Vincent works as a staff captain on the ms Prinsendam. Every time when the beautiful ms Prinsendam visits the Netherlands (Amsterdam or IJmuiden), I go by bike, together with my mom and dad to the beach/pier to wave my Uncle Vincent goodbye. We always wish him and all of the crew and passengers a safe and secure journey. My mom took a picture of us the last time. — Isabelle Engel (1 year)

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Noordam Carries Historic Tote Bag on Transatlantic Crossing

From left: Captain Jeroen van Donselaar, Nancy and Francis Stiles, and Hotel Director Simon Tanner display the historic tote bag.

From left: Captain Jeroen van Donselaar, Nancy and Francis Stiles, and Hotel Director Simon Tanner display the historic tote bag.

Guests Francis and Nancy Stiles of Pennsylvania brought an unusual piece of history on board a Noordam transatlantic cruise: a tote bag that has been in the Stiles family since 1890 and carried on many sailings. The tote bag traveled on Holland America Line ships including the Rijndam and Statendam in 1929 and made its first transatlantic crossing in 1930 aboard White Star Line’s R.M.S. Homeric.

On this transatlantic cruise 84 years later, Captain Jeroen van Donselaar and Hotel Director Simon Tanner held a commemoration ceremony on the bridge, inscribing the ship’s itinerary on the bag.

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Getting Creative with Tiles

While some guests create tables and kitchen backsplashes with their Holland America Line Delft tiles, guest Ton Rijppaert has found another way to get creative with these favorite give-aways. A former HAL cabin steward from 1964 to 1972, Ton now cruises regularly so he’s amassed quite a collection of tiles and pins.

Ton Rijppaert from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, displays his tiles and pins in a photobook.

Ton Rijppaert from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, displays his tiles and pins in a photobook.

I collect HAL tiles (not plates) and pins … At this moment my collection consists of 290 tiles and 80 pins. I have them processed in a photobook. It is a loose-leaf album, so I can effortlessly handle additions. The tiles are shown at actual size. I always take the album with me on our cruises. That is the way I am “creative” with my tiles. During our voyage with the ms Rotterdam from our hometown Rotterdam to Singapore last January I had the opportunity to exhibit my tiles on board the ship (2 times). — Ton Rijppaert

Ton at home with his collection and the wonderful display onboard.

Ton at home with his collection, a new tile and the wonderful display onboard.

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Friends for Life

Crew members who work onboard become like family. Cruising is a 24/7 operation, and there’s a lot of time spent together. Special bonds are formed and lifelong friendships develop. Former Cruise Director Lizabeth Knight can attest to this in her story:

Teresa, left, and Liz onboard Nieuw Amsterdam.

Teresa, left, and Liz onboard Nieuw Amsterdam.

I’m a former HAL Cruise Director and Teresa Papp is a former HAL Event Manager. We were partnered together on the Statendam from 2009 through 2010. It was a tremendous partnership, and we were fortunate to work with a fabulous “family” on the Statendam. Even though we’ve both been officially gone from the company since 2010 we’ve remained close friends, and decided to take a “Family Reunion” cruise this year.

Since the Statendam does voyages that are longer than we can manage in our current lives, we chose a Caribbean cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We were thrilled to find many of our Statendam family members onboard, making it truly a family reunion to remember! Thank you, Holland America Line, for the magical memories – from both the Statendam and the Nieuw Amsterdam! — Lizabeth Knight

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Warm Feelings in Cold Weather

The Shore Excursion department on Zaandam recently received new uniforms for their South America explorations. They were very appreciative of the cold-weather wear.

Judy from Zaandam's Shore Excursion team shows off the new uniforms.

Judy from Zaandam’s Shore Excursion team shows off the new uniforms.

Just a little appreciation for our new uniform! — Judy

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Is that an Original Holland America Line Design?

Chuck and Deborah Humbert.

Chuck and Deborah Humbert.

Chuck Humbert and his wife Deborah were wondering what to do with all of the vintage, complimentary tote bags that Holland America Line gives out. They got creative, and we think the result is fabulous!

Because of the superb quality of the design and fabric, they were recycled by my wife Deborah and her mother into a jacket and vest to be worn at the Mariners Luncheons. Needless to say they do attract attention. Careful attention was paid to the patterns when piecing together the final project lending to a memorable taste of our past cruises.

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A Presidential Dinner

President’s Club Mariners Mark Goldberg and Christopher Smith have made the ms Zaandam their winter home sailing around South America for nearly 100 days.

To honor them and their loyalty to Holland America Line Hotel Director Simon Tanner orchestrated a remarkable dinner in the Neptune Lounge just a few steps from their suite. This was most definitely a memorable evening for these VIP guests!

Left to Right: Christopher Smith, presidents club member; Clarissa Zwart, guest relations manager;  Marc Spijkerboer, culinary operations manager; Mark Goldberg, presidents club member; Anita Szilagyi, shore excursions; Simon Tanner, hotel director, pose with HAL crew members.

Clockwise around the table from bottom left: guest Christopher Smith; Clarissa Zwart, guest relations manager; Marc Spijkerboer, culinary operations manager; guest Mark Goldberg; Anita Szilagyi, shore excursions; and Simon Tanner, hotel director, pose with HAL crew members.

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A Golden Anniversary

Even regular blog contributors and current Grand World Voyage cruisers Jan and Dick Yetke got in on the fun.

We celebrated our 50th Anniversary onboard. Started out with a wake up call in the morning from Guest Relations Manager Christel and her whole front office staff, including Neptune staff, singing a Happy Anniversary song to us!!!! What a wonderful surprise and great way to start the day!!!

A little while later we were out of the cabin attending the Good Morning Amsterdam show and when we returned our door had been decorated with 3 gold balloons and a sign saying Happy 50th Anniversary, Jan and Dick!! It was from the Neptune staff and our cabin stewards. Wow, that was really nice!

Cards arrived all day long from friends on board!!! We received our first large flower bouquet from Captain Jonathan Mercer; Henk and Christel Mensink, hotel manager and guest relations manager; ship officers, staff, and crew!! So beautiful and so much appreciated by us! We felt very special.

Celebrations continued throughout the day with flower deliveries, a cocktail party, fabulous dinner and dessert.

When it was time for dessert, all the dining room staff gathered around the table and they brought the cake and they all sang their Indonesian song which means Happy Life to us!! Another, Wow, for us – so many singers.

The Yetke's 50th Anniversary celebration included balloons, cake and Captain Mercer.

The Yetke’s 50th Anniversary celebration included balloons, cake and Captain Mercer.

Content is king and social media is the new water cooler. We want to hear what you’re doing! If you have fun photos or a great story that you’d like to share with Holland America Line’s social media team, send to info@hollandamericablog.com or hit the icon on the home page that says “Share Your Story.”

Happy cruising — we hope to hear from you soon!

Guest Michael McNerney was grateful for Rizi and Ari, who made his cruise to Alaska extra special.
Guest Michael McNerney was grateful for Rizi and Ari, who made his cruise to Alaska extra special.

Cruises offer guests the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world while being treated to caring service and making memories with loved ones. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, and across the country guests are counting their blessings. In honor of the holiday Holland America Line asked Facebook fans if there was a special crew member, fabulous destination or other Holland America Line experience for which they are grateful.

The question was met with a resounding ‘yes!’ Guests were most thankful for the people that made their experiences so meaningful. Warm memories of exceptional Holland America Line crew members and family gatherings along with anecdotes and images, poured forth. Also noted were the beauty of Venice, heavenly Half Moon Cay, St. Kitts, Hawaii and astounding Alaska.

Photos shared by Mallemolen Poots, Lucy Goei and Greg Krysia Moyle.

Photos shared by Mallemolen Poots, Lucy Goei and Greg Krysia Moyle.

Several guests mentioned Hunky Dorey, the server with a great talent for remembering names, and Jean-Pierre, the unforgettable dining room host on Volendam. Margadana and Yanuar Dwi — among the best dining room managers at sea — Lawrence the charming singing wine steward and Eric Bob the fabulous dining room supervisor were all praised. Some recalled inside jokes and bonding moments with their buddies onboard. Like Mallemolen Poots who wrote,

“Cheers Bouzie Bouzie from ms Rotterdam! He brought me cold beer and always made me laugh! For bouzie: woensdag gehaktdag.”

Lucy Goei mentioned Paulus from housekeeping who is hilarious. Others were thankful for cabin stewards Wisnu, Jay and Putu that dazzled on Nieuw Amsterdam, along with pairs like Mus and Ali who were ‘the greatest’ on the Alaskan Cruise on Statendam, Ari and Kolich from Oosterdam or DJ and Lu from Ryndam who helped to make Darla Isbell’s 50th anniversary cruise more memorable.

Holland America Line and its guests are grateful for the fabulous crew. Ozgur Turnuklu shared this photo of members of the Rotterdam team.

Holland America Line and its guests are grateful for the fabulous crew. Ozgur Turnuklu shared this photo of members of the Rotterdam team.

Sea days are made all the more pleasant thanks to Holland America Line’s professional entertainers. Jazzy Jeff Davis, the DJ that makes cruising fun; Lucky Lee the awesome entertainer from Noordam’s piano bar and David Anthony, the piano bar singer on Prinsendam who Margaret Chute credited with countless hours of good times.

Many echoed the sentiment that the crew on Holland America Line goes above and beyond to make sure their guests are enjoying their vacations.

Emmy Banning said she is grateful for Henry, the waiter on Oosterdam last September who was thoughtful and insightful. Henry went out of his way to accommodate dietary needs and gave special attention to Emmy’s guest that was recovering from a stroke.

“Full marks for Henry!” she said.

Scott and Marty Lara pose with Stan Kuppens, hotel manager, ms Eurodam.

Scott and Marty Lara pose with Stan Kuppens, hotel manager, ms Eurodam.

The hope is that all goes well in travel, but in case of conflict Holland America Line professionals have been known to rise to the occasion. Scott Lara, an avid mariner, mentioned that he was grateful for Stan Kuppens, the hotel director on ms Eurodam. A friend they were traveling with had to cut her trip short due to a medical issue and Mr. Kuppens went the extra mile to help return her to the states. She recovered quickly and Lara maintains a friendship with Mr. Kuppens to this day.

“Last year on the Eurodam on a Canada to Ft Lauderdale repositioning cruise we had to disembark in Bar Harbor due to a family emergency. Our Cabin Steward Putu helped us get off the ship by assisting with our luggage, some pieces were bigger than he was.” – Michael Lewis

Guests were also grateful for the memories made while cruising and the time spent with loved ones on Holland America Line. Touching stories emerged of togetherness, like Rex Parker who said, “As the holiday season comes upon us I keep thinking of my last trip to Alaska in September 2012 on HAL with my parents. We lost my step-dad earlier this year and as I wrap myself in memories the week we spent cruising Alaska on the Westerdam keeps coming to mind as it was such a fun and special trip for all of us enhanced by the wonderful Westerdam staff and crew.”

Precious memories with Holland America Line shared by David Mellichamp and Linda Hansell.

Precious memories with Holland America Line shared by David Mellichamp and Linda Hansell.

Linda Hansell shared a story of special times onboard with her mother:

“Years ago we had a waiter in training while cruising with my Mom. He was trying so very hard to please. During one of the meals we hid the silver after he had so carefully arranged each piece. You should have seen his face when everything was missing.

“We later cruised on the same ship hoping to find Mom’s friend, and took a picture my Mom treasured of them together, just on the chance he would be there. Luckily, he was.

“I no longer have my Mom, but will always carry fond memories of a very special young man.”

Other guests were thankful for having spent anniversaries, birthdays and vow renewals with Holland America Line. David Mellichamp wrote on behalf of his family. He said that his vow renewal at Half Moon Cay was a day to remember forever thanks to the staff of Westerdam, especially Buzz, Nickie, Diane, Dr. Nancy and Phil.

Family bonding is certainly on the minds of many during this season. Carla Vleugels mentioned her daughter Lynn who is working onboard Volendam as a cadet, and Will Dean Pham who offered props to his parents.

“One of my blessings is my parents who have taken me on Holland America Line three times!!!! And I’m only 14. I also thank the crew, service and food on your line. You guys are just amazing.” – Will Dean Pham

Photos shared by Jackie Buonocore Ferriso, Dianne Dundon Betzel, Joanne Spirito Stigerts and Stephen Fowler.

Photos shared by Jackie Buonocore Ferriso, Dianne Dundon Betzel, Joanne Spirito Stigerts and Stephen Fowler.

All in all folks are grateful for intangibles in their Holland America Line experience. Like Marjorie Shenkir who got something back from cruising.

“I am thankful for Scotty, my personal trainer aboard my Panama cruise Spring 2014. He got me started on the Rennaisance of my life! I’ve never been fitter, happier or healthier!” she said.

Jo Ann Cheek Baker said the fun time she had with Holland America Line left her glowing.

“Three older women, me included, took the eleven day land and sea cruise two years ago. It was the best vacation any of us ever had,” she shared. “Especially the cruise. Just can’t say enough about it only if we had a chance we would do it again. Thank you for making us feel young again. And special.”

Debbie Gulnick summed it up nicely when she said,

“Whenever I am on a Holland America Line ship I always feel at home and there is always someone I know. They are a part of my extended family, and its like going home every time I am on a HAL ship.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”

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Guest Lin Yeazel snapped this beautiful photo of the Pitons on her Caribbean cruise, which is eligible for Explore4 savings.
Guest Lin Yeazel snapped this beautiful photo of the Pitons on her Caribbean cruise, which is eligible for Explore4 savings.

If you’re thinking about booking a 2015 or 2016 cruise and want to take advantage of the Explore4 savings, time is ticking and you have until Oct. 31, 2014, to make your reservation.

Select sailings are eligible for the “Explore4” benefits that include a free Signature Beverage Package and free Pinnacle Grill dinner for guests booking an ocean-view and higher category stateroom, free or reduced cruise fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom on select sailings and 50 percent reduced deposits. Suite bookings also receive a $300 onboard spending credit per stateroom ($150 per person) and a free Canaletto dinner in addition to the other four offers. Guests can receive all of the offers when booking a qualified itinerary.

Guests looking to take advantage of the “Explore4” program can choose select itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Alaska and Alaska/Yukon Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico/Hawaii, Panama Canal and South America/Antarctica.

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Suite Travelers Receive an Added Perk
Guests who book a cruise in a suite category stateroom will receive all of the above offers, plus an additional $300 onboard spending credit per stateroom ($150 per person) and a free Canaletto dinner. Canaletto is the line’s alternative dining venue that showcases cuisine from regions throughout Italy and a new “small plate” menu designed around contemporary new serving styles with flavorful dishes designed for sharing.

Good Things Come in Fours for Holland America Line Cruisers
Guests who book an ocean-view or higher category stateroom receive a free Signature Beverage Package valued at $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) per day and includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portion of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys.

“Explore4” offers also include a complimentary dinner at the award-winning Pinnacle Grill for guests who book an ocean-view or higher stateroom. The Pinnacle Grill features a tantalizing menu highlighting steak and seafood dishes like filet mignon and broiled Alaska king salmon, yet also includes favorites like roasted pumpkin risotto and grilled lamb chops.

With free or reduced cruise fare for third and fourth guests on select sailings, a family of four can take a vacation to Europe, a tropical sailing to the Caribbean or longer journey to an exotic destination. In the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico, fares for seven-day cruises start from $799 for the first and second guests in an ocean-view stateroom, and the third and fourth guests sail free. A seven-day European cruise starts at $1,199 for an ocean-view stateroom for the first and second guests, and the third and fourth guests sail free.

By taking advantage of the 50 percent reduced deposit offer, guests will have more flexibility and time to pay the final deposit on their cruise.

Explore4 Cruise Itineraries
If your looking to take advantage of Explore4 savings but aren’t sure which cruise to book, here are a few options of eligible itineraries.

ALASKA:
While several Alaska itineraries are available for Explore4 savings, here is one cruise that is filled with scenic beauty, adventurous shore excursions and an opportunity to learn about the state’s culture and history.

7-DAY GLACIER DISCOVERY NORTHBOUND
Set sail on ms Oosterdam from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seward, Alaska, for a seven-day journey that calls at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. The cruise also features spectacular scenic cruising through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay.

Guest Dale Wood combined his Alaska cruise with an overland tour and took a Double Denali Land+Sea Journey, which is eligible for Explore4 offers.

My wife and I booked a 14-day Double Denali tour, which we did in Sept 2014. We flew into Fairbanks and the adventure began. The next morning it was 37 degrees, which was pretty cold for us since we are from Las Vegas, Nevada. During the land portion we saw moose, caribou, grizzly bears, dall sheep, golden eagles. We even had one of the rare days where Mt. McKinley was in full view! In Anchorage along the Seward Highway we even saw beluga whales! The Alyeska Resort was marvelous and first rate. At the wildlife conservatory we even saw the end of the rainbow! Sorry folks, but when we left the pot was empty… — Dale Woods

CARIBBEAN:
Several Caribbean itineraries are eligible for the Explore4 savings. Here’s one exciting and tropical option for you to consider.

11-DAY SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN WAYFARER
Noordam sets sail for turquoise waters and balmy breezes on this 11-day voyage roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Along the way the ship calls at Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries and Soufriere, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; St. Johns, Antigua; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas.

Always dragged our feet about taking a Caribbean cruise. But the 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer turned out to be terrific. Amazed at how different each island is, how good the shore excursions were and how relaxing the ambiance was. Caught this photo of the Noordam in “full frontal” view coming from Anse La Raye, St. Lucia. And lucky we saw the rainbow over the Pitons. These islands are stunningly beautiful. — Guest Lin Yeazel

Lin got a great photo of SHIP during her cruise in the Caribbean.

Lin got a great photo of Noordam during her cruise in the Caribbean.

EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN
From the North Cape to the Mediterranean, Explore4 offers dozens of cruises in Europe. Whether you want to cruise the fjords of Norway or bask on the beaches in Greece, there’s an itineraries for everyone. Here’s one example of an eligible Explore4 European voyage.

10-DAY MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE
Ryndam departs Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for Barcelona, Spain, on this 10-day adventure around Iberia. Guests will visit the memorable cities of Leixoes (Porto) and Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar, British Territory; Almeria and Cartagena, Spain; and Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands.

Guests Evelyn and David Stahl took a similar cruise on Ryndam from Dover to Barcelona and had a great time!

Loved the itinerary on Ryndam’s trip from Dover to Barcelona. The accommodations, service, staff and cuisine were outstanding. — Evelyn and David Stahl

Evelyn and David had a great time on their cruise and enjoyed beautiful weather and scenery.

Evelyn and David had a great time on their cruise and enjoyed beautiful weather and scenery.

HAWAII

The Hawaiian Islands are some of the most beautiful locales in the world. A cruise to Hawaii on Holland America Line combines these stunning ports with plenty of relaxing days at sea where guests can take advantage of the shipboard programming and amenities such as the Greenhouse Spa, Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine, Digital Workshops presented by Windows, fitness center, “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” programming, lectures and so much more!

17-DAY CIRCLE HAWAII

Photo by Inez.

Photo by Inez.

Zaandam visits the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands on a 17-day trip from Vancouver to San Diego, Calif. The ship enjoys several days at sea before reaching Hawaii where guests will have an overnight at Honolulu and then sail on to Nawiliwili, Lahaina, Kona and Hilo. More sea days are on the return route to San Diego where guests can relax and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. Guest Inez Siegers had a great time on this itinerary.

It was my first time ever to travel to the Hawaiian Islands by ship, on board the beautiful ms Zaandam. I wanted plenty of sea days, which I got. My experiences on board, while sailing and on shore exceeded my expectations. What was a step back in time for me was going for anchor at Lahaina! That too was a first for me. I couldn’t help but think how in the past all the sail ships arriving at the Hawaiian Islands had to go for anchor. I tried to catch this photo from the Front Street in Lahaina, how it might have looked some centuries ago – granted the ship would have to have been made of wood … — Inez Siegers

There are plenty of other destinations eligible for Explore4, like South America and Antarctica, Mexico, Bermuda and Canada/New England, making it the prefect time to book your next Holland America Line cruise. But don’t delay or you’ll miss the Oct. 31 deadline.

Have you already made your Explore4 booking? Tell us where you are going in the comments below!

Shore excursion @halcruises in Pisa. The famous leaning tower. The guided tour in the cathedral was great! - Lisanne @atg_nl
Shore excursion @halcruises in Pisa. The famous leaning tower. The guided tour in the cathedral was great! - Lisanne @atg_nl

Holland America Line’s Jocelyn Wu, special events coordinator – public relations, just disembarked ms Noordam with a group of journalists. She and many of the writers chronicled their cruise through the Mediterranean on Facebook and Twitter through fabulous photos and fun captions.

Journalist Gail Jennsen was onboard writing a story for Avid Cruiser and she’s tweeting photos of her adventure at @fourthirtyam. Anita Dunham Potter sailed to cover the Noordam cruise for her website, Expert Cruiser. She’s tweeting with @ExpertCruiser. Photos and tweets from Dutch journalist Lisanne Kerstens, who is writing for Around the Globe, can be found at @atg_nl.

Come along on their amazing photo journey and witness the culture, charm and beauty found on a cruise through the Mediterranean.

First stop, Rome, Italy. The ship departs from the port of Civitavecchia, and arriving a few days early enables plenty of time to see all that Rome to offer.

The Pantheon.

Jocelyn admires Rome’s Pantheon.

Welcome aboard!

Welcome @halcruises MS Noordam! #Hollandamerica - Lisanne

Welcome @halcruises MS Noordam! #Hollandamerica – Lisanne

At Naples, Italy, the sun rose over Mt. Vesuvius, and Anita captured the moment beautifully.

Good Morning from @HALcruises #Noordam in Naples it's a lovely day and check out Mt Vesuvius! - Anita

Good Morning from @HALcruises #Noordam in Naples it’s a lovely day and check out Mt Vesuvius! – Anita

The group took a tour that visited the Ruins of Pompeii, perfectly preserved since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

The ruins of Pompeii. Shore excursion with @HALcruises. Beautiful preserved archeological site. - Lisanne

The ruins of Pompeii. Shore excursion with @HALcruises. Beautiful preserved archeological site. – Lisanne

From Naples, the group took a shore excursion that visited the stunning isle of Capri.

Taking the ride up from Anacapri. A great souvenir from Capri is their famous sandal. - Anita

Taking the ride up from Anacapri. A great souvenir from Capri is their famous sandal. – Anita

The next call was at Palermo, Sicily, and some of the group learned how to prepare an authentic Sicilian dish on the A Taste of Sicily: A Cooking Lesson tour.

Sicilian cooking lesson at agritourismo farm Antica Masseria from Baroness Di Salvo. - Anita

Sicilian cooking lesson at agritourismo farm Antica Masseria from Baroness Di Salvo. – Anita

Lisanne took a different tour and visited the Teatro Politeama.

Nice shore excursion @HALcruises in Palermo today. This is Teatro Politeama at the main square. - Lisanne

Nice shore excursion @HALcruises in Palermo today. This is Teatro Politeama at the main square. – Lisanne

Another incredible stop on the cruise was a call at Livorno. From here, guests can take the “Tuscan Landmarks: Florence & Pisa” tour and visit two incredible places. In Florence, a half-day walking tour includes many of the city’s masterpieces. At Pisa, the group explored the Piazza dei Miracoli — site of the Leaning Tower, the cathedral and the baptistery.

After visiting Pisa, top left, Jocelyn went to Florence and went to the Piazza del Duomo.

Before visiting Pisa, top left, Jocelyn went to Florence and explored the Piazza del Duomo.

The ship continued to make its way through the Med with a call at Calvi, Corsica, where Anita captured a gorgeous sunrise and Gail discovered that it’s one of her favorite ports.

Calvi, Corsica, was a favorite call on the cruise. Anita shared this stunning photo on Twitter. @ExpertCruiser

Anita shared this stunning photo on Twitter. @ExpertCruiser

I've fallen deeply in love w Calvi, Corsica. I've only traveled in northern France and I must say, I've missed out. - Gail

I’ve fallen deeply in love with Calvi, Corsica. I’ve only traveled in northern France and I must say, I’ve missed out. – Gail

At Monte Carlo, Gail made her way to out of the city on a tour to Nice and Eze.

Day 8: Nice & Eze introdcued me to Cote D'Azur, Provence, French Riviera. I'm hooked. - Gail

Day 8: Nice & Eze introdcued me to Cote D’Azur, Provence, French Riviera. I’m hooked. – Gail

Anita admired the yachts in the harbor and went to the palace to see the changing of the guard.

Changing of the guard at Monaco palace no Prince or princess sightings. - Anita

Changing of the guard at Monaco palace. No prince or princess sightings. – Anita

Marseille, France, was the next port of call, and Gail and Lisanne enjoyed shopping in the markets and seeing the beautiful architecture. Gail called the region:

“A storybook dreamscape.”

Soap made from honey. Soap made from olive oil. Soap made from lavender. Check. Check. Check. - Gail

Soap made from honey. Soap made from olive oil. Soap made from lavender. Check. Check. Check. – Gail

Marseille was charming and thoroughly enjoyed by Gail.

Marseille was charming and thoroughly enjoyed by Gail.

Lisanne tweeted these photos of Marseille on @atg_nl.

Lisanne tweeted these photos of Marseille at @atg_nl.

Barcelona, Spain, was the last call of the cruise and the port of disembarkation. Barcelona is another city where a spending a few days after (or before) a cruise would provide time to explore all that the city has to offer, and perhaps attend a futbol game!

Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia is a "must see" when visiting Barcelona. Three shots from left: Jocelyn, Gail and Lisanne. Gail wrote on Twitter ... #bucketlist!

Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia is a “must see” when visiting Barcelona. Three perspectives, from left: Jocelyn, Gail and Lisanne. Gail wrote on Twitter … #bucketlist!

The group went to a Futbol game - one of the most popular activities in the city.

The group went to a Futbol game – one of the most popular activities in the city.

While making their way through the Mediterranean, the group also took every opportunity to indulge in local cuisine!

Jocelyn, bottom left, enjoyed the variety of local culinary indulgences around the Med.

Jocelyn, bottom left, enjoyed the variety of local culinary indulgences around the Med.

And sweet treats are a must on any cruise to Italy!

"Yum, gelato!" said Anita.

“Yum, gelato!” said Anita.

To read upcoming stories about their cruise, check their websites. Anita can be found at www.expertcruiser.com; Gail is writing for www.avidcruiser.com; and Lisanne’s story will be at www.aroundtheglobe.nl.

When you travel, do you take time to post photos to social media, or do you prefer to wait until you get home to show your friends and family where you’ve been?

Be sure to follow Holland America Line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see even more fabulous photos that show the true cruise experience.

Noordam took home a silver Magellan Award in the Premium Ship category.
Noordam took home a silver Magellan Award in the Premium Ship category.

Travel Weekly magazine announced the recipients of its 2014 Magellan Awards, and Holland America Line received eight of the prestigious honors. The line won five gold awards in the following categories:

  • Blog: Holland America Blog
  • Restaurant Design: Canaletto Small Plates
  • Television Commercial: for “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable”
  • Direct Mail: 2014 Winter Mariner Magazine
  • Advertising/Marketing Campaign: Discover HAL’s Alaska.

Three silver awards were bestowed on the line in these categories:

  • Entertainment: B.B. King’s Blues Club program
  • Direct Mail: Holland America Line Cruise Atlas
  • Premium Ship: ms Noordam.

The Magellan Awards honor a broad range of industry segments, including hotels and resorts, travel destinations, cruise lines, online travel services, airlines and airports, travel agents/agencies, tour operators and car rental companies. Entries are evaluated by a panel of respected travel industry professionals against standards of excellence established by Travel Weekly, which has been published since 1958 and is written for U.S. travel agents, tour operators, corporate travel executives and travel industry suppliers.

The Holland America Blog took home a gold in the category of Blog. As loyal readers know, the Holland America Blog is designed to provide unique insights into every aspect of the company and features regular posts written by company executives, shipboard officers and guests that cover a wide variety of topics. The cruise diaries chronicle a voyage from the eyes of a guest, while the Captain’s Logs see the cruises from the eyes of our masters. On the blog visitors can learn more about special programming like “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” or the Culinary Arts center, and so much more.

Canaletto's popular Small Plate menu took home a gold Magellan.

Canaletto’s popular Small Plate menu took home a gold Magellan.

Taking home a gold award in Restaurant Design for Canaletto Small Plates, the alternative Italian eatery recently introduced a “small plates” course in addition to the pasta and large plates. With several new dishes, the variety of options encourages guests to share their plates, as is often done in the Italian culture.

The winter edition of Mariner Magazine brought home a gold.

The winter edition of Mariner Magazine brought home a gold.

Holland America Line’s marketing and advertising efforts took home three gold awards. The gold award for Television Commercial for the “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable” campaign honored the spot that shows off the line’s premium shipboard experience combined with its global itineraries. A gold in Direct Mail was earned for the 2014 Winter Mariner Magazine edition, a high-end glossy publication for members of the line’s past-passenger loyalty program. The gold for Advertising/Marketing Campaign was earned by the Discover HAL’s Alaska program that communicated through brochures, advertising, posters, postcards, social outlets and more that there is no better way to experience the wonders of the Great Land than with Holland America Line.


The “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable” campaign won a gold Magellan Award.

The silver award–winning B.B. King’s Blues Club is on six ships in the Holland America Line fleet. World-class musicians from the B.B. King’s Blues Club Band create a dynamic energy in the ships’ Queens Lounge that has been transformed with a special stage and portraits of the blues guitar legend, illuminating the prominence of Memphis blues and its influence on everyone from Sam & Dave and Otis Redding to the Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond.

A live performance at Eurodam's B.B. King's Blues Club. Photo by Barbara Fox.

A live performance at Eurodam’s B.B. King’s Blues Club. Photo by Barbara Fox.

Holland America Line’s silver-winning Premium Ship ms Noordam exemplifies the classic style of cruising with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements. The newest addition is the B.B. King’s Blues Club at sea that replicates the soulful club’s namesake on land. The ship also features the line’s signature Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant, Canaletto restaurant, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, the pampering Greenhouse Spa and Salon, and more.

Noordam's many amenities made it a silver winner among top premium ships.

Noordam’s many amenities made it a silver winner among top premium ships.

The award-winning cruise atlas.

The award-winning cruise atlas.

A silver award was earned in the Direct Mail category for the Holland America Line Cruise Atlas. A compendium of itineraries, amenities and ship information, the 2014-15 cruise atlas featured stunning photography, descriptive copy, detailed maps and an abundance of information to put everything in one place for the excited cruiser.

Since 2008, Travel Weekly has been recognizing excellence in travel with the annual Magellan Awards, and Holland America Line has received more than 40 awards in various categories since the Magellan Awards’ inception.

Congratulations to all winners!

If you could give Holland America Line any award, what would be it? Would it be best in Alaska? Best for romance? Best for culinary excellence? Tell us below!

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