Holland America Line honoured in the 2012 Porthole Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards


The 2012 Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards honoured Holland America Line with eight fantastic accolades for their itineraries and facilities.

In December, the cruise line won Best Alaska Itineraries, Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay – the line’s Bahamas island, and Best Shore Excursions. It also won Best Canada/New England Itineraries, Best Central America Itineraries, Best Computer Facilities, Best Medical Facilities and Best Facilities for Physically Challenged Passengers.

In order to win these awards, Holland America had to impress ordinary the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, as they were the ones who made the decisions with their all important votes.

“The readers of Porthole are discerning and well-travelled…and they appreciate the exceptional cruise experience both on board and ashore that Holland America Line continues to deliver on a consistent basis.”

— Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine

Speaking of the awards,  Richard Meadows, executive vice president for marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line said:

 “Holland America Line is honoured to be recognized by the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine for our specially crafted itineraries, shore excursions and overall cruising experience…We are committed to delivering the ultimate premium cruise experience and these awards validate our efforts and dedication to continued excellence.”

Details of the awards:

Best Private Island Honour for Half Moon Cay

Once again the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine have awarded Half Moon Cay as the Best Private Island in the industry. The island has been awarded this for a remarkable twelfth year in a row! It’s understandable why Half Moon Cay has persistently won this award, considering its luxurious 15 air-conditioned private cabanas situated on the beach front. It has a 700 acre natural lagoon, a fantastic Island Bar called Captain Morgan on the Rocks and a range of treks and walks around the island for passengers who want to do some sight-seeing.

Best Alaska Itineraries

With this round of readers’ choice awards, Holland America has once again cemented its reputation as hosting the Best Alaska Itineraries. It has a reputation for fantastic cruises in the region and in 2013, Holland America will host seven cruises in Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park and Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Similarly, the line also won honours for its Canada/New England voyages. During 2012, three of America Holland’s ships, ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam and ms Veendam sailed 27 cruises along the eastern coast of North America.

Computer and Medical Facilities 

Another of the awards won by Holland America Line was for its great computer facilities, notably its Digital Workshop. This workshop powered by windows show passengers how to edit their photos, create a slideshow and get involved in blogging. This is a great opportunity for holiday-makers to learn new skills while away and make sure that the memories of their trip are stored in the best and safest way possible.

In terms of the line’s medical facilities, it was their great flexibility and modernity which won Holland American this award. The cruise line’s state of the art medical equipment, designed to meet a range of passenger needs, has rightly won recognition.

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