New Delhi, March 08, 2013: Holland America Line recently received two coveted awards from the National Tour Association (NTA) and Alaska SeaLife Center. The awards were given in recognition of the line’s exceptional cruise experience and commitment to stewardship and sustainability. The premium line was named Favorite Cruise Experience in the NTA’s Distinguished Dozen awards and was the recipient of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s 2013 Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability Award.
“These awards are gratifying because they acknowledge both the exceptional experience we strive to provide each guest and our commitment to sustainability,”
For its commitment to the environment, Holland America Line was recognized with the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability Award, sponsored by Jason Brune. Holland America Line took top honors in this category of the annual Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards for its leadership in establishing practices to protect and sustain the waters where the line sails. The Alaska SeaLife Center also credited the line’s measurable achievement in reducing emissions while promoting sustainability in Alaskan waters, along with its partnerships in southeast Alaska to involve guests in collecting and recording research data maintained by Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Program.
Commenting on the occasion, Richa Goyal Sikri, Director, STIC Travel Group (exclusive representatives for the cruise line in India) said, “We are proud to represent a fantastic product like Holland America Line in India. The cruise line has been a leader in Alaskan cruising for over 65 years and offer the best cruise product for Alaska. Compared to 2012 our Alaska bookings for the summer have already seen a growth of 40% and we are hoping to finish the season with at least an 80% growth over last year.”
During the 2013 Alaska season, Holland America Line will offer 7, 10- and 14-day cruises on seven ships that highlight the best of the region’s wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history. The line’s popular CruiseTours extend the Alaska experience by combining a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage Holland America Line cruise with in-depth overland tours that range in total length from 10 to 20 days. All sailings offer a comprehensive vegetarian menu on board with 52 dishes.
Unique to the Holland America Line cruise experience, Alaska-inspired cuisine is featured throughout both cruise and land components, and knowledgeable interpreters, tour concierges and Alaska travel guides are present on most CruiseTours and Alaska sailings. At Glacier Bay National Park, National Park Rangers provide extensive commentary and guided programs.
About STIC Travel Group:
Established in 1973 and inaugurated by the then Minister of Civil Aviation & Tourism (Honorable Dr. Karan Singh), STIC has today become one of the largest travel groups in India with offices in all major cities across the country. It represents twenty of the world's best travel, aviation, tourism, cruise and hotel brands exclusively in India, and is focused on bringing the best of the world to India's doorstep. STIC has been representing Holland America Line in India as its exclusive representative since 1997.
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc. (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-
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