Holland America Line has been completely named because the Official Cruise Line of the Skilled Pickleball Affiliation (PPA) and is dedicated to increasing its pickleball expertise at sea for visitors.
All ships in the Holland America Line fleet function pickleball courts with superb top-deck views that can be refreshed by February 2023, together with including new PPA Tour associate logos. Starting in February and rolling out fleet-wide by April 2023, complimentary newbie classes can be supplied by shipboard instructors who will educate visitors the principles and fundamentals of taking part in pickleball, together with the place the “kitchen” is and what it means to hit a “dink” shot.
“We wish to say that journey unites us, however sports activities do this as effectively, and Holland America Line is proud to be the primary and unique cruise line associate of the PPA. We’re excited to supply our visitors an elevated pickleball expertise as they journey to spectacular and scenic cruise locations,” mentioned Kacy Cole, vice chairman of selling for Holland America Line. “Mirroring its fast development because the quickest rising sport within the U.S., pickleball is the most well-liked sport on our ships. It’s great to see visitors bond over their shared love of the sport — and the ever-changing surroundings makes the proper pickleball backdrop.”
Together with shipboard activations, “The best way to Play Pickleball” tutorial movies can be featured on in-stateroom TV programming. Company will be capable of buy branded pickleball starter kits within the shipboard retail outlets beginning in 2023.
“Pickleball has turn out to be immensely in style amongst journey and leisure enterprise classes, as a result of it’s uniquely accessible, appropriate with quite a lot of manufacturers, and transcends a large spectrum of age teams and life,” mentioned Connor Pardoe, commissioner and CEO of the PPA Tour. “Holland America Line has embraced and dedicated to pickleball in a really thrilling approach and can convey participating, 360-degree collaborations between its cruise line and the game all of us love.”
Along with shipboard activations, Holland America Line can be featured on branded signage at land-based PPA tournaments throughout the U.S., PPA merchandise and tour promotional supplies.
Holland America Line shares a deeper reference to PPA past the sport — pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, a brief ferry experience from Seattle the place Holland America Line is headquartered.
“To play pickleball is to make new pals, from across the neighborhood or all over the world. This ageless sport welcomes gamers younger and previous, quick or sluggish,” mentioned Theresa Haynie, a founding board member of Seattle Metro Pickleball Affiliation and an Worldwide Pickleball Educating Skilled Affiliation teacher. “It’s a enjoyable recreation to show and much more enjoyable to be taught. Now with pickleball on board ships with this glorious partnership, cruisers and gamers have yet another journey to expertise and take house with them.”
For extra details about Holland America Line, seek the advice of a journey advisor, name 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or go to hollandamerica.com.