Cruise Line On Deck to Help Komen

Cruise News Blog reports that Holland America Line has launched On Deck for the Cure, an onboard, non-competitive 5K fitness walk to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

With a goal of having 500 walks over the next year, HAL will ask passengers to make a $15 doImg_fleet_venation to walk around the boat up to 12 times to reach 5k.  Each participant receives an On Deck for the Cure t-shirt and Komen "Sharing the Promise" pink ribbon wristband as well as an invitation to a pink lemonade reception following the walk.  HAL hopes to raise $250,000 for Komen.

Komen is a leader in cause marketing and this is yet another example of how identifiable their "pink" branded programs have become. 

On Deck for the Cure is a winner for HAL as well.  It helps distinguish them from competitors, combats the image that cruise ships are decadant floating buffets and allows passengers to connect with each other--and the cruise line--in a meaningful and memorable way.

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