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.