If you are looking to plan the next family vacation and can’t quite decide what might be the right fit; look no further, Holland America cruises has something for the whole family to enjoy. From Alaska, to Canada, to the Caribbean, to Australia, the ships are sure to be setting sail off to one of your dream destinations. Prices for cruises can range from approximately $399 per person to $1,300 or more per person depending on the time of year and where you want to go. Holland America offers specials pretty much all year long on the website: http://www.hollandamerica.com; so be sure to check that out before booking your cruise.
The accommodations in the staterooms include Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, Egyptian cotton towels, flat screen TV’s, and bathrobes. In the suites, guests will get fresh flowers delivered daily to their room, concierge service, and oversized bath towels. There are a variety of dining options, from room service to a nightly five-course meal. Guest will also enjoy all of the activities that are offered aboard the ship, such as spa service, pools, fitness programs, wine tasting, and for the youngsters, there is a youth program. There is no need for the older kids to think they will be bored as the youth programs are divided by age; the kids group is for ages 3-7, the tween group from ages 8-12, and the teens from 13-17. Kids will enjoy scavenger hunts, hip hop dance classes, cooking classes, ice cream parties, talent shows, and so much more.
The green conscious guests will feel right at home aboard Holland America Lines. The cruisers have done a fabulous job with taking the necessary measures to be more energy efficient and have also reduced waste. The vessels have done things as simple as implementing a towel reuse program to more sophisticated extremes as installing a black water treatment system. For those of you that don’t know what black water is–it is the waste water from toilets. Some other areas of improvement are:
- Reduced 8 tons of daily waste by working with their supply chain
- Trained their staff on eco-friendly efforts
- Staffed their ships with environmental officers
- As mentioned earlier, implemented a towel reuse program, meaning guests are encouraged to use a towel twice before sending to be laundered
- Installed low-flow showerheads and faucets
- Have a system in place to treat bilge water through two systems before discharging
- All cleaning agents are non-toxic
- Detergents used in laundering are made from soy, and banana and orange extracts
- A tinted film was put on room windows to maximize the efficiency of air conditioning
- Ships plug-in for power at ports, rather than continuing to run the ship’s engines
Other, more technical, aspects have been taken into factor too; for example, new route schedules that are shorter and calculate the tide schedule to maximize fuel use and using silicone paint on the hull of the ships which eases the ship through the water, allowing for the engines to run more efficiently.
What more could a traveler ask for? You’ve got comfortable room accommodations, plenty of activities, relaxation, a variety of dining options, kid’s activities, and a green ship to boot.