Holland America’s Explore 4 Program

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Holland America Line's MS Westerdam in Alaska.
Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam in Alaska.

Aside from giving us a first-hand account on what it’s like to sail aboard Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam through Alaska, contributing writer, Sergio Ortiz, also got the scoop on the cruise line’s Explore 4 saving program for passengers. To encourage early bookings, HAL has fine-tuned its popular program with four offers on select 2015 and 2016 sailings.

Explore 4 includes free beverages and a Pinnacle Grill dinner for guests booking an ocean-view and higher category stateroom; free or reduced cruise fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom on select sailings; and 50 percent reduced deposits. Suite bookings also receive a $300 onboard spending credit per stateroom ($150 per person) and a complimentary dinner at Canaletto Restaurant.

According to Richard Meadows, executive v. p. of marketing and sales, “This years Explore 4 promotion is the best we’ve had. It’s all about rewarding guests who book their cruise vacation early with our four value-added benefits and great cruise fares. By planning ahead, next year’s cruise becomes an even better value, plus booking ahead helps ensure the best choice of sailing dates and staterooms.” Andrews adds that “travel agents are very important to us because they can offer their clients a singular view of what cruising in Alaska is like. They can also add value to what their clients want if the agents understand the intricacies of Alaska cruising.” For more information, visit hollandamerica.com. To read Sergio’s onboard review of the MS Westerdam, click here.