HAL offers more languages on shore excursions

By Tom Stieghorst
Holland America Line said it will add Spanish-, Dutch- and German-speaking guides on more shore excursions, particularly in Europe.

Foreign language tours are offered when 30 guests or more who speak a common language are booked on a cruise, HAL said.

"These tours are not just translations of our English-language tours; they were developed while thinking about the preferences of our international guests," said Rick Meadows, HAL senior vice president of marketing.

Tours offered in Dutch include hiking Fort Floien in Bergen; German-speaking tours include a beer cruise on the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul. Spanish-speaking guests might enjoy a four-wheel-drive expedition to the village of Camara de Lobos in Portugal or a beach tour in Valencia, Spain.

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