ORANJESTAD - Princess Cruise Line, the largest provider of cruise passengers to Aruba recognizes the tour companies at the end of every cruise season whose tours scored the highest passenger ratings. Princess offers seventeen different types of tours and excursions in Aruba from seven different companies. Atlantis Submarines, owned and operated by de Palm Corporation won the Princess Cruises' high-volume tour, and De Palm Tour's Jeep Adventure won the low-volume tour award for the season. To mark this occasion, a ceremony was held yesterday on board the Crown Princess where representatives from the cruise line presented the awards to members of De Palm's staff. This is the second time Atlantis Submarines has won this award and the first time for the jeep adventure tour.
Atlantis Submarines has been operating in Aruba for over twenty two years and as the submarine's senior pilot, Gio Lo A Njoe says, "the 48-passenger submarine is the best way for visitors to explore the ocean and all its wonders, to depths of one hundred and thirty feet without getting wet. That's very unique". The Canadian-built battery operated submarine is certified by both Green Globe and The American Bureau of Shipping, making it both environmentally friendly and safe.
Martin Dijkhoff, who will retire in June, has been the lead supervisor for all de Palm's off-road tours for the past twelve years and his passion for the product is one of the reasons the jeep tour has been successful. "Our visitors get to explore a different side of Aruba when they go on our jeep tour and it pleases me to see them come back from the tour happy and excited," says Dijkhoff.
De Palm Tours has been serving Aruba's tourism industry for over fifty years and during this time has developed several highly successful product lines which include bus tours, jeep tours, sailing and snorkeling cruises and a private island attraction, de Palm Island.