Live-Streaming Event With Nearly 4,000 Travel Professionals Airs to Huge Success – Event Kicks Off Holland America Line’s Fall Travel Professional Road Show & Webinar Series
President Orlando Ashford and Sales Executives Eva Jenner & Denella Ri’chard gave away three Nieuw Statendam cruises and revealed exciting brand news
Seattle, Wash., Sept. 18, 2018 — On Sept. 13, 2018, Holland America Line kicked off a series of twenty-one road shows, PartnerSHIPS seminars and online webinars for travel professionals with a special live streaming event from the company’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The fast-paced, informative and interactive presentation was hosted by Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford, Vice President of Sales Eva Jenner and Senior Director of Trade Communications and Engagement Denella Ri’chard.
During the event, Holland America Line awarded three lucky travel agents a verandah stateroom for two guests each aboard Nieuw Statendam’s four-day Bahamas cruise departing Dec. 19, 2018. Winners were Dianne Starnes of Montrose Travel in Newport, California; Gene Ebanks of Carrousel Travel in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Margie Newton at CruiseOne and Dream Vacations in Wauconda, Illinois. Nieuw Statendam is Holland America Line’s newest ship debuting in December 2018.
“This live-streaming event was the perfect way to ramp up excitement for our upcoming road shows and make some big announcements about our brand,” said Jenner. “The cruise giveaways were our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our travel professionals for taking the time to join us and learn more about Holland America Line. Now we look forward to getting on the road and meeting with our travel partners in person, which is key to nurturing the successful relationships we’ve built with our agent community.”
Throughout the months of September and October, Holland America Line is hitting the road with Live with Holland America Line, a series of roadshows aimed at making sure travel professionals have the most up-to-date information and tools to sell the premium cruise line’s products. A traveling team of Holland America Line executives, including Orlando Ashford and Eva Jenner, will host events in 21 cities through November.
Several smaller seminars also will be hosted by local business development managers for travel professionals who cannot attend a roadshow presentation. A series of online webinars also will be available for travel professionals who cannot attend a roadshow or live seminar presentation.
Holland America Line’s first wave of nine roadshows is scheduled to make stops in Seattle (Sept. 19); Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Sept. 20); San Diego (Sept. 26) and Los Angeles (Sept. 27), California; Atlanta, Georgia (Oct. 2); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Oct. 4); Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Oct. 16); New York City, New York (Oct. 17); and Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 30). During these nine roadshow events, travel professionals who register and attend in person will be eligible for a chance to win a cruise aboard Nieuw Statendam. One winner will be drawn during each event, and the travel professional must be present to win.
An additional 12 roadshows will take place in Dallas and Houston, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; Kansas City, Kansas; San Francisco, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Boston, Massachusetts; Long Island, New York; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Dates will be announced at a later date. Fun prizes and promotional giveaways will be awarded at each of these 12 roadshows.
The schedule of smaller seminars, as well as the webinars, will be announced at a later date.
Nieuw Statendam Takes Center Stage
Hot on the list of topics is Nieuw Statendam, currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. When it sets sail in December, the 2,666-guest, 99,500-ton ship will reflect the ongoing evolution of Holland America Line. From familiar elements that reflect a rich heritage and classic style to state-of-the-art enhancements that chart a bold new course forward, guests on board Nieuw Statendam will delight in details that are artfully inspired and perfectly presented to create the ultimate Pinnacle-class experience.
Best. Nieuw. Most. More
Holland America Line’s new Caribbean campaign — "BEST. NIEUW. MOST. MORE." — aims to educate travel partners on the top reasons to choose Holland America Line for their clients' Caribbean vacation. During the roadshows and seminars, Holland America Line will break down the four pillars: BEST Private Island for Half Moon Cay; NIEUW Statendam Premiere Season; MOST Diverse Choice of Ports; and MORE Space, Fewer Crowds.
Learn How to Utilize PartnerSHIPS to Successfully Sell Holland America Line
With PartnerSHIPS, all of Holland America Line’s trade programs and services are rolled into a single platform, making it easier for travel professionals to have full access to an at-a-glance menu of resources. The roadshows and seminars will show travel professionals how to use the tools that come with the PartnerSHIPS program.
For more details on the roadshows, seminars and webinars, visit Holland America Line’s travel professional website, GoHAL.com.
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during an America’s Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.