Recognizing the growing popularity of multi-generational family travel, Holland America Line has created its Family Reunion Program -- the first of its kind in the industry -- to reward families who cruise together with extra amenities.
Premium cruise leader Holland America Line's new Family Reunion Program offers amenities that benefit the entire family. Available to families booking five staterooms or more on any cruise, the program features such benefits as special group pricing; a Fountain Soda Package for every member of the family (unlimited soft drinks throughout the voyage); a family photo per stateroom; and a choice of either dinner for the entire family in the line's alternative Pinnacle Grill Restaurant or, on Caribbean cruises, free rentals of snorkel gear and swim mats or banana boat rides for all on Half Moon Cay, HAL's award-winning private island.
For families booking ten or more staterooms, the line offers its Head-of-the-Family Reward: one complimentary upgrade from an outside stateroom to a verandah. Family groups will receive the free upgrade to a verandah stateroom for the head of the family if booking only five staterooms or more on a holiday cruise in 2004.
"We are very excited to debut our Family Reunion Program -- it offers choice, extensive value, and a benefit for every member of the family," says Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "Cruising is the perfect family vacation offering something for everyone. Sharing an exceptional meal with the entire family at the Pinnacle Grill or enjoying all the fun beach toys at Half Moon Cay provides an opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories -- all with our compliments."
Holland America Line Offers Something for Everyone
Indeed, Holland America Line's extensive onboard programming is designed to appeal to guests of all ages and interests. Club HAL provides a wide variety of exciting age-appropriate activities for kids ages three to 12, including "kids-only" shore excursions.
Participating youngsters receive an activity program delivered to their stateroom and a Club HAL T-shirt. There is also a program for teens ages 13 to 17, in which they can participate in activities such as their own discos, karaoke, DDR Dance Competitions and hot tub parties.
Moms, dads and grandparents will enjoy invigorating fitness activities with exercise classes, tennis, volleyball, and state-of-the-art golf instruction, and then relish the soothing treatments at the spa and salon. Enrichment opportunities abound with special guest lecturers, art auctions and carefully planned shore excursions.
The whole family will enjoy evenings out in the line's dramatic, multi-tiered show lounges featuring dazzling Las Vegas- and Broadway-style production shows created by more Emmy®, Grammy®, Tony® and Oscar® nominees than any other cruise line. These spectacular musical programs feature vocalists, comedians, illusionists and variety performers -- suitable and entertaining for all ages.
Holland America Line's incomparable cuisine offers something for everyone in a variety of wonderful ways -- from bountiful buffets in the line's award-winning Lido Restaurant to the Northwest-themed dishes of the Pinnacle Grill and the diverse meals served in the main dining room. The line offers the most extensive menus at sea (with more than 500 different food items on a typical 7-day cruise). All Holland America Line chefs are members of the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs gourmet society and are experts at creating Continental cuisine and regional specialties appropriate to each cruising area and traditional favorites.