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Holland America Line Brings Pickleball Fleetwide in 2023

Pickleball, an indoor and outdoor sport that combines elements of tennis and ping pong, has been around since 1965, but the game has grown worldwide and, most recently, on cruise ships! 

Holland America Line has shared their latest partnership with the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), making the cruise line as the Official Cruise Line of the PPA and allowing guests to play pickleball at sea.

“We like to say that travel unites us, but sports do that as well, and Holland America Line is proud to be the first and exclusive cruise-line partner of the PPA,” says Kacy Cole, vice president of marketing for Holland America Line. “Mirroring its rapid growth as the fastest growing sport in the U.S., pickleball is the most popular sport on our ships. It’s wonderful to see guests’ bond over their shared love of the game — and the ever-changing scenery makes the perfect pickleball backdrop.”

Pickleball At Sea

  • By February 2023, all ships in the Holland America Line fleet will feature pickleball courts with top-deck views and new PPA Tour partner logos.
  • In April 2023, the cruise line’s shipboard instructors will offer complimentary beginner lessons for passengers to learn the rules and basics of the game. 
  • “How to Play Pickleball” tutorial videos will be featured on in-stateroom TV programming.
  • In 2023, guests can purchase branded pickleball starter kits in the ship’s retail shops. 

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Connor Pardoe, commissioner and CEO of the PPA Tour, says, “Pickleball has become immensely popular among travel and leisure business categories because it is uniquely accessible, compatible with a variety of brands, and transcends a wide spectrum of age groups and lifestyles.

“Holland America Line has embraced and committed to pickleball in a very exciting way and will bring engaging, 360-degree collaborations between its cruise line and the sport we all love.” 

Holland America Line’s connection to PPA

  • Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, a ferry ride from Seattle, where the cruise line is headquartered.
  • The brand’s partnership with PPA will make the game available on all ships in the fleet. In exchange, Holland America Line will be featured at PPA tournaments and merchandise.

“To play pickleball is to make new friends, from around the neighborhood or around the world. This ageless sport welcomes players young and old, fast or slow,” says Theresa Haynie, a founding board member of the Seattle Metro Pickleball Association and an International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association instructor. “It’s a fun game to teach and even more fun to learn. Now with pickleball on board ships with this wonderful partnership, cruisers and players have one more adventure to experience and take home with them.”

 

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Julie Rosner is the SEO & Content Strategist for Porthole Cruise and Travel. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Syracuse University. When she is not writing, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, baking, and playing with her Siberian Husky named Ellie.