(TVLW) – World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS) members named Holland America Line as the Best Overall Cruise Value in the industry once again. The premium line was honored with the distinction for the 16th year in a row.
“I’m delighted and honored to again have Holland America Line recognized by the members of the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society,” said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer. “Our investment in Signature of Excellence enhancements has helped keep Holland America Line at the top of the premium cruise market and we will continue to advance our brand in the coming year with the addition of the new ms Eurodam.”
WOCLS is a 25-year-old organization comprised of thousands of experienced cruisers who average taking two cruises a year. The society reviews all cruise lines annually and noted in its monthly publication, Ocean and Cruise News, that, “Holland America Line passengers continue to mention the excellent value that the line provides and with the most recent completion of their Signature of Excellence program, they easily win again within this category. Further adding to the sense of value is the consistency of the product across its entire fleet of ships.”
Thomas Cassidy, editor of Ocean and Cruise News, wrote, “Some of the elements that combine to make Holland America Line the best overall cruise value include its effort to continually improve, such as its fleet wide Signature of Excellence upgrades, the impeccable appearance of its ships, its friendly well-trained Indonesian and Filipino crew, the extra effort to properly train and supervise its staff, the more extensive choice of dinner menus in its restaurant, alternative restaurant and Lido, and all the little extras such as canvas tote bags, hot hors d’oeuvres at cocktail time, chilled beer glasses, a no-charge ice cream bar and later lunch hours when in port.”
Totaling more than $425 million, Signature of Excellence enhancements added features such as the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.
Holland America Line also received top marks in the High-Deluxe, 5-Star, Large Ships category during the annual Best Cruise Value awards by the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society.
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:CUK) ]
Holland America Line’s fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314 ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. For more information, contact a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com/.
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