Category — Holland America
Next week is the finale of Season 17 of ABC’s now classic reality competition Dancing with the Stars. This show has captured the imagination of men and women across the country. For nine years now the show has drawn more than 10 million viewers per episode. Perhaps the viewers tune in to reconnect with a celebrity from their youth, or to check out the sparkly costumes, but something tells us it’s the amazing dances that keep them coming back.
Holland America took note of this intense interest and for the past year has offered a program called Dancing with the Stars: At Sea. Onboard, passengers have been treated to dance classes and a few special cruises have featured some of the professional dancers from the show, like Kym Johnson, Mark Ballas and fan favorite Tristan MacManus, along with some of the celebrities like Shawn Johnson and Joey Fatone. [Read more →]
November 18, 2013 No Comments
By Don Dean, Senior Director of Finance and Human Resources, The Cruise Web, Inc.
In early May, my wife and I had the opportunity to sail on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam to Alaska. Alaska is a fantastic destination, and I could go on about it for some time. However, today I really want to focus on Holland America, which falls into the premium cruise category. If you are a regular reader of our Newsletter, you may recall last October’s issue in which Rosalind Smith, our Business Development manager, shared her summary of the various cruise lines market segments of contemporary, premium, and luxury. Rosalind wrote a fun description of the categories by using an analogy of the cruise lines to shoes. I would like to go a little more in depth on the premium cruise experience.
As the market segment name implies, premium is that one-step up in your cruise experience. On the ms Oosterdam, we were part of a Holland America event for the top agencies for Holland America (yes, our Alaskan cruise was a business trip complete with business meetings). When on such a cruise, I am always a little suspect that while trying to impress us, our experience may not be the same as the other passengers. Consequently, I participate in onboard activities with the other passengers without sharing my affiliation to the cruise industry. I use this as an opportunity to do my own market research, and I inquire about the experience of the other passengers. [Read more →]
August 20, 2013 No Comments
Holland America was awarded with the gold 2012 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award for their leadership in environmental stewardship in May. The award comes from the U.S. Coast Guard and honors outstanding achievements in marine environment protection. [Read more →]
June 20, 2012 No Comments
Holland America introduced a new vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu of 22-dishes including appetizers, salads, entrées and soups this month. The cruise line will also offer 30 new vegetarian options on their traditional menu. [Read more →]
May 18, 2012 2 Comments