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Holland America Line

Holland America Line

Overview

With 137 years of experience, Holland America Line is recognized as the undisputed leader in the cruise industry’s premium segment. Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports of call in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 114-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. As part of its social responsibility initiative, the leading premium cruise line contributes over a million dollars each year in cash, in-kind shipboard events and useable goods to a broad range of charitable organizations nationally and internationally. Additionally, the line provides over 2,000 reduced-fare cruises annually to support charitable fundraising events throughout the United States and Canada. The innovative On Deck for the Cure program has raised more than $1.5 million in donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Over the course of the company’s long history Holland America Line has carried more than 10 million passengers from Europe to the New World and to vacation destinations across the globe.
With its festive-yet-casual atmosphere and a variety of dining and adventures both onboard and onshore, Carnival Cruise line has risen to become the most popular cruise line in the world. Known for its 24 Fun Ships, its All for Fun, Fun for All mentality creates some of the most spectacular experiences and itineraries, complemented by modern and elegant amenities you’d find in world-class hotels. A cruise with Carnival opens an avenue of fun and entertainment for all ages, with each ship featuring swimming pools, casinos, onboard duty-free shops, Las Vegas-style entertainment, a Nautica Spa and Camp Carnival – which is summer camp for kids – allowing you to make the most out of your cruise holiday.

Accomodation

Carnival provides a wide variety of accommodation choices to suit all types of budgets. From the ship’s cosy interior cabins and ocean view rooms – to balcony staterooms and extraordinary suites, you’ll find your ideal environment so that you can relax and recharge after a whole day of fun and adventure. For guests with kids, interconnecting rooms are available to make staying onboard not only fun, but also convenient for everyone.

Activities

With its signature Carnival WaterWorks, you and your family can enjoy incredible waterslides onboard, bringing the fun to a maximum. However, if you think Green Thunder waterslide’s 10-metre vertical drops are a bit too extreme, you can opt for other activities such as mini-golf or swimming to keep you busy. Want to break a sweat? Guests can also enjoy modern gym equipment, plus yoga and Pilates classes at Carnival’s state-of-the-art fitness centres, while sporty types could easily find their game at the Sports Court. Plus, a 360-degree ocean view jogging track can beat the record for the best view you’ve had during a run.

Relax and Retreat

If your primary goal is to have a restful retreat on board, then Carnival’s child-free Serenity Retreat has got you covered. Unwind by the poolside with a cocktail in one hand and a day bed on your back. Follow it up at Spa Carnival, where professional therapists help you eliminate all your stress with massages, facials, and all your favourite pampering services.

Family Fun

If Serenity Retreat is a child-free zone, then Carnival’s choice of camps are their parent-free zones. These summer camp-esque venues make learning onboard fun and convenient, while at the same time allowing you to enjoy the most out of your holiday. However, if you want to join the kids, you can enjoy activities as Hasbro, The Game Show, which are life-sized board games you can enjoy; The Main Show Lounge for daily shows with early performances; Build-a-Bear Workshop at Sea for kids and kids-at-heart, allowing you to create your own cuddly creations; and interactive story-time with Seuss at Sea, featuring the wonderful and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Teens can also have their own fun and hang out at Circle C (for ages 12-14) and Club O2 (for ages 15-17). Movies, sports, video games, and organized parties will make your teen busy for the rest of the trip!

Dining

You’ll be spoilt for choice aboard a Carnival Cruise, as a motley of choices for dining opens up your palate to the flavours of the world. Whether you want to enjoy some classic US barbie, or sample exotic delicacies from the other side of the planet, Carnival’s chefs will keep you satisfied. Fine dining and ultra-romantic experiences await at Nouveau, or you can catch the freshest Japanese cuts at Bonsai Sushi. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri will take your tastebuds to a wild ride at Guy’s Burger Joint with fresh-off-the-grill burgers and hand-cut fries, and Cherry on Top’s delightful chocolates and dessert offerings will make your heart (and sweet tooth) happy.

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