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AAA agent wins HAL cruise a year for life

Holland America Line
AAA agent Linda Butler, left, won the sweepstakes from among 25,576 entrants. She is pictured with HAL business development manager Jenni BenBassett
Travel agent Linda Butler has sent dozens of clients on Holland America Line cruises. Now it's her turn to go—every year for life.

The agent for the Virginia Beach branch of AAA Tidewater, Va., won the 'Cruise for Life' booking sweepstakes that ran in conjunction with the line’s 'Above and Beyond' promotional program.

As the grand-prize winner, Butler will receive a seven-day cruise for two in a verandah stateroom each year for life. She can choose to cruise in Alaska, Europe or the Caribbean on one of HAL's 15 ships.

Butler said she's finding it hard to comprehend the 'enormity of this incredible prize, but I am very excited and already thinking about where I’ll go first.'

Butler was among 25,576 agents in the 'Cruise for Life' sweepstakes. All travel sellers who made a deposited booking for a HAL cruise that qualified for the 'Above and Beyond' promotion were automatically entered.  

HAL's Eva Jenner, vp North America field, charter and incentive sales, congratulated Butler on her win, adding it is gratifying to recognize the importance of travel partners.