If you thought Ireland’s landscape was as green as it gets, pack your bags for a cruise to New Zealand and see why this beautiful island country should earn the name Emerald Isle as well.
You’ve read it before, you’ve heard it touted several times and yes, it’s true … Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on earth with so much to offer. Alaska is full of wonder, and if you’re looking for a cruise destination that has it all, pack your bags and join Holland America Line this summer on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to The Last Frontier.
Holland America Line has extremely loyal guests called Mariners. They return time and again, year after year. They travel for weeklong vacations and 100-plus-day Grand World Voyages. They are our greatest ambassadors and true members of the Holland America Line family. But you don’t need to sail on a dozen cruises to become a Mariner — even guests who have sailed on one Holland America Line cruise instantly become a Mariner.
We enjoy celebrating special moments with all of our guests — both new and returning — and recently we’ve had some special milestones celebrated onboard by some of our valued Mariner Society members.
Statendam’s Hotel Director Bert van Mackelenbergh sent in the above heartwarming photo of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, two Holland America Line Mariners, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on board. Captain Eric van der Wal and Bert joined them for a photo to congratulate the “newlyweds.”
Dolly Smith is a long-time, extremely loyal guest of Holland America Line. She started sailing on HAL in 1985 and by the end of 2014 she will have sailed on 23 Holland America Line Grand Voyages — including many Grand World Voyages.
Multigenerational travel continues to be on the rise, with more families taking cruise vacations together. Parents and kids, grandparents and grandkids, and grandparents, parents and grandkids … and aunts, uncles and cousins!
Journalist Cynthia Boal Janssens recently took a cruise on ms Oosterdam with her family and blogged about it for All Things Cruise. Here are some excerpts from her daily blogs so you can see how Cynthia enjoyed cruising with her family. And if you want to read her blogs on the All Things Cruise site, click HERE.
We are going to Seattle to spend a few days before boarding a Holland America cruise on the ms Oosterdam to Alaska. We will be meeting up with my daughter Jennifer, her husband Steve, and their three children: Vivian, 12, and Dominic and Cynthia, 9-year-old twins.
For several years I have been planning to sail to Alaska when they reached this age…not yet teens, but old enough to venture around the ship on their own and to be awed by the majesty of Alaska.
Multigenerational cruising is all the rage, haven’t you heard? So we are giving it a try. How is it sharing a cabin with a grandchild or two? Will they like the children’s programs as much as I hope they will? Will their parents get some much-needed rest and alone time?
We have some activities planned and are open to other possibilities.
If you’re still thinking about sailing on one of our “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” theme cruises, there are still two left! Join us in the Caribbean on Nieuw Amsterdam Jan. 5, 2014, or on the Champions Cruise Jan. 12.
Dancing with the Stars: At Sea rocked the Oosterdam from Holland America Line, and we were there to take it all in and most importantly report on it in our Live Cruise Review, as well as capture it on video. Now watch our cruise ship review starring Shawn Johnson, Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan, Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson. — Jason Leppert