SEATTLE — This year marks the 15th anniversary of Holland America Line’s award-winning Holland America Line Academy for travel professionals. To commemorate the milestone, the cruise line is introducing a new training course and cruise sweepstakes that includes the chance to win a seven-day cruise for two.
Travel partners who complete ‘The Panama Canal and More Specialist Training Course’ by Nov. 30, 2016 will automatically be entered into the 2016 HAL Academy 15 Year Anniversary Sweepstakes, featuring a grand prize of a seven-day cruise for two to any Holland America Line destination in 2017.
In addition to the cruise sweepstakes, travel partners who take the course by Nov. 30 will also be entered into the 2016 HAL Academy Swag Bag Giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive a Cutter & Buck canvas bag containing Holland America Line logo items, including a bathrobe, coffee mug, notebook/pen set, luggage tag, glasses cloth and set of wine glass charms.
Travel professionals can access The Panama Canal and More Course at HALacademy.com. It takes 15-20 minutes to complete and includes information about features and benefits of a Holland America Line Panama Canal cruise. Holland America Line offers 24 full-transit Panama Canal cruises ranging from 15-28 days during the 2016-17 season. Another 17 Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and visit the Panama Canal for one day.
“We are excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Holland America Line Academy, which has grown into a robust and valuable tool for our travel partners,” said Denella Ri’chard, Holland America Line’s senior director of trade communications and engagement. “Travel professional education and training is at the core of everything we do, and we want to ensure our travel partners have the knowledge and information they need to grow their cruise business with confidence.”
By completing these new courses, travel partners earn training credits with Cruise Lines International Association, as well as The Travel Institute for U.S. travel professionals or the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies. Partners also receive a Panama Canal Specialist logo and an online personalized certificate.