Porthole Cruise Magazine recently announced their 2018 Readers’ Choice awards, and we are proud to say that Holland America Line took home five! Readers of Porthole, one of the world’s leading consumer cruise travel publications, recognized our cruise line in areas that covered everything from top shoreside experiences to onboard facilities.
Holland America Line won in the categories of Best Shore Excursions, Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay, Most Eco-Friendly Line, Best Medical Facilities and Best Facilities for Guests with Disabilities.
Half Moon Cay: Best Private Island
For the past 18 years, Porthole Cruise Magazine’s readers have named Half Moon Cay the industry’s Best Private Island. Half Moon Cay has evolved into an idyllic playground for cruise guests and features the finest beaches in the Caribbean; a natural 700-acre lagoon; incredible two-story villas and private cabanas; delicious dining venues like Lobster Shack; a new children’s waterpark; and a variety of fun-filled shore excursions for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and explorers. Cruisers can visit Half Moon Cay on nearly all of Holland America Line’s Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Best Shore Excursions
Holland America Line guests can participate in incredible EXC Tours (shore excursions) that are designed to help guests deeply connect with the people and places they are visiting. To help make the most of time ashore, Holland America Line’s expertly curated EXC Tours provide a wide variety of ways to explore and learn about the cultures of each port of call. Guests looking for a more tailored experience can delve deeper into The Collections tours and choose a shore excursion that has a particular focus.
Holland America Line recently introduced new tours in partnership with Food & Wine magazine. These exceptional excursions around the globe show the culinary side of destinations in some very special ways, combining food and culture with entertaining and unique experiences. Guests can learn how to make authentic Italian pizza in Naples or shop with a renowned Barcelona chef and create an extraordinary meal together.
Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line
Holland America Line is committed to safeguarding the oceans and environment. A comprehensive environmental management program encompasses fleetwide practices to reduce waste; promote recycling, reuse and conservation; introduce innovative technology; and comply with international environmental guidelines.
Responsible energy management is one of the most important components of the company’s sustainability strategy and is achieved by ensuring ships are designed and operated as efficiently as possible while identifying opportunities to reduce emissions through the use of new technology. Eleven of Holland America Line’s 14 ships are equipped to use shore power.
State-of-the-Art Medical Facilities and Facilities for Guests with Disabilities
Once again, Holland America Line received recognition for its accessibility and medical facilities. Holland America ships accommodate guests with a variety of special needs and feature state-of-the-art shipboard medical facilities and equipment. Holland America Line offers a number of services to guests who may need extra support, including from eight to 30 accessible staterooms on each ship, in-room equipment for assistance, computer and entertainment tools for those needing them and a tender transfer system to accommodate guests using wheelchairs.