HAL racks up a record season Down Under

Tony Archbold said HAL had its largest capacity Down Under for the 2016-2017 season Tony Archbold said HAL had its largest capacity Down Under for the 2016-2017 season

Tony Archbold, who opened Holland America Line’s Australian office and call centre at Carnival Australia’s headquarters in North Sydney in September 2011, has announced a record 2016/2017 season Down Under.

The season was operated by the 1,972-passenger Noordam and the 1,258-passenger Maasdam, giving HAL its largest capacity yet in the region.

Archbold, director of sales for Australia and New Zealand, said the two ships sailed a record 22 full voyages and 32 sectors of full voyages around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Although he declined to give figures, Archbold said the company carried a record number of international passengers during the just-ended wave season.

He said A$31,000 was raised for Cancer Council Australia from HAL’s ‘On Deck for a Cause’ initiative where passengers are invited to make a A$20 donation to take part in a non-competitive 5k walk on every sailing. They receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt and wristband and are invited to a special party.

HAL also hosted a record number of ship inspections for agents and media around Australasia.

Archbold said both ships will return for the 2017/2018 season and highlights will be a 32-day ‘Australia and Pacific Explorer’ cruise operated by Maasdam and a ‘South Australia and New Zealand Discovery' cruise aboard Noordam.

Posted 14 May 2017

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent