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Social Responsibility

Giving Back to Our Communities

Holland America Line contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in cash and in-kind shipboard events to a broad range of charitable causes internationally and nationally. We also provide hundreds of reduced-fare cruises annually to support charitable fundraising events throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Reduced-Fare Cruise Policy for Nonprofit Fundraising Events

Holland America Line supports nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. Through our Online Donation & Sponsorship Requests portal, we are pleased to offer a limited number of cruise certificates at a significantly reduced cost to nonprofit organizations in support of their fundraising events. A Holland America Line cruise is a valuable item that offers auction guests or raffle ticket buyers the opportunity to experience a luxurious cruise while supporting your charitable mission.

If approved, your organization will be offered the option to purchase one of the following reduced-fare cruise certificates for a minimum Ocean-view cabin for two guests:

  • Option A: Any Caribbean or Mexico cruise for two of up to 7 days at a reduced rate of $700, no expiration date; some restrictions apply (brochure prices range from $829 – $1,529 per person).
  • Option B: Any cruise for two of up to 7 days to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England at a reduced rate of $1,000, no expiration date; some restrictions apply (brochure prices range from about $829 – $1,539 per person).

Please note, brochure prices vary depending on destination and time of travel.

Holland America Line reserves the right to determine which organizations get approved for a reduced-fare cruise and whether the organization will be offered cruise option A or B, if any. Please note, the individuals who purchase the certificate from you via your fundraiser are responsible for all taxes, onboard charges and hotel service charges.

Apply for a reduced-fare cruise certificate: Requesting nonprofits must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or non-US equivalent.
  • The organization must support environmentalmaritimehealth and human services, or arts and culture causes.

The following organizations and events are not eligible for a reduced-fare cruise certificate:

  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Religious organizations
  • Golf tournaments

Priority is given, but not limited, to organizations serving key port communities from which Holland America Line sails: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Seattle and Vancouver, BC.

If your organization meets the above criteria, please visit the Holland America Line Online Donation & Sponsorship Requests portal to submit your request. To allow time for processing, your request must be made at least 90 days in advance of your event/drawing, and we encourage even earlier submissions. All inquiries will receive a response.

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we regret that we are unable to fulfill all requests. Also, nonprofits must re-apply each year and may not be approved every year, even if they have received a certificate in the past.

Thank you for your interest in Holland America Line. We wish you the very best of luck with your fundraising efforts.

On Deck for A Cause

Holland America Line and the Holland America Line Foundation continue to support charities on the high seas with On Deck for a Cause, a non-competitive 5k fundraising walk on each sailing.

Guests of all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation. A small percentage of up to 20% of this amount may be used to cover program and administrative expenses. Otherwise, after these expenses, all donations will go to the Holland America Line Foundation to be used for charity.

On a day at sea, participants are invited to join in a 5k walk around the ship’s wide teak decks. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants will also receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt and wristband, and a reception follows the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps.