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Holland America Line

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Holland America Line offers the best in “premium” cruising, onboard stylish mid-sized ships adorned with priceless art and fresh flowers. Onboard enrichment includes a library and internet centre powered by the New York Times, regional cookery demonstrations at the Culinary Arts theatre, and in depth destination programme, as well as special touches like pure Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy bathrobes, salon quality hairdryers and complimentary fruit in all spacious staterooms, many of which offer a private balcony.

As well as launching a brand new class of ship, Koningsdam in 2016 and Nieuw Statendam in 2018, Holland America Line is embarking on some ground-breaking new partnerships which will enhance the onboard and worldwide destination experience for discerning guests

Online Destination Guides, in partnership with AFAR offer the most immersive knowledge of more than 400 destinations, with personalised recommendations for the most authentic attractions, restaurants and shopping experiences

Through BBC Earth’s innovative programming, guests will be taken nearer to the natural world through ground-breaking concerts, films and kids activities, as well as themed special cruises

Holland America Line - classic elegance with a modern twist.

Holland America Line points of difference

  • Spacious staterooms, many with private balcony
  • Nearly one crew member for every two guests
  • Fine dining with casual to formal options
  • Culinary Arts Centre, presented by Food & Wine magazine
  • Greenhouse Spa and Salon
  • Enrichment at sea and explorations ashore
  • Full days ashore and overnights in many ports
Who goes on Holland America Line cruise ships?
Holland America Line cruisers usually run 50 or older and are evenly split between being retired and employed -- the longer the cruise, the older the demographic and the more retired passengers there are. HAL passengers prioritize travel, and most are experienced cruisers. They tend to be foodies and music-lovers (two things for which HAL prides itself), and most are from the U.S. and Canada, though about 20 percent of the passengers are international, with the U.K. and Australia at the top of the list. During the summer and holiday periods, the average age onboard comes down as families, particularly multigenerational groups that include the grandparents and grandkids, take to the ships. This is particularly true of the line's Alaska and Canada/New England itineraries.
Do I have to dress up on a Holland America Line cruise?
Not during the day, but most Holland America Line evenings are designated as smart-casual, so swimsuits, flip-flops, shorts and tank tops are not permitted in any of the restaurants. The line does have more formal evenings (how many depends on how long a sailing you're on) called Gala Nights calling for gala attire. Men usually show up in suits and ties (or jackets and no ties, especially in the Caribbean); women usually opt for cocktail dresses or gowns, or dress slacks with fancy blouses.
Is everything free on Holland America Line cruises?
No. Your cruise fare includes meals in the main dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, the outdoor Terrace Grill and 24-hour room service (except for some for-charge items); the extensive youth program, Club HAL, is complimentary until 10 p.m. every day. Additionally, access to the fitness center, and most culinary lessons and enrichment lectures, movies, performances and live music are complimentary. What will cost you extra is all drinks beyond water, tea, basic coffee and some juices; all specialty restaurants; most fitness classes; spa and salon services; shore excursions; gratuities; laundry and purchases from any of the onboard shops. Passengers cruising in suites get a host of extra privileges and might find that some of the extra-fee options are provided complimentarily.
What are Holland America Line's most popular activities?
Passengers onboard Holland America Line's ships love the line's dedication to traditional cruise activities, including afternoon tea and ballroom dancing, but they also flock to the line's newer options. In particular, the line's live music offerings, including BB King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Lincoln Center Stage, draw a crowd most nights, while the line's culinary demonstrations are usually standing room only. Culinary classes (including some specifically for kids), wine tastings and blendings (on select ships only), and complimentary computer classes fill quickly. Just as popular for many Holland America Line passengers is relaxing in the line's top-deck Crow's Nest. You'll often find people up there reading a book, putting together a jigsaw puzzle or playing cards or board games.
Best for...
Laid-back but curious travelers who explore by day and relish culinary experiences and live music by night
Not the best for...
Thrill-seekers who crave a variety of onboard attractions and endless nightlife
What's Included

Fine Dining

Explore a wide range of delicious onboard dining options - everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind* to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill*. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across the fleet. With their global traditions and diverse culinary interests, they're adding inspired new signature dishes to the menus.

Onboard Activities

Step aboard Holland America Line's beautifully appointed mid-sized ships and enjoy cruising in the classic style with a wide array of engaging opportunities for exploration, entertainment, and relaxation. There's so much to see and do onboard. Attend an engaging lecture, go to a wine tasting* or simply relax and unwind.

Holland America Line Amenities for ALL Staterooms:

Refined amenities and the signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed grace each elegant stateroom offered by Holland America Line. Most of their spacious cruise ship rooms are ocean-facing; many have teak-lined verandahs for dining alfresco or sunbathing in private.

  • Complimentary 24-hour In-Room Dining
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Generous Storage
  • Safes for your valuables
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Elemis Aromapure bath amenities
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary ice service

Holland America Line Neptune & Pinnacle Suite Amenities & Extras:

Upgrade to a spacious suite and treat yourself to a host of luxurious extras, including a private, roomy verandah and light-filled interiors that offer more room to spread out and entertain.

  • Use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge and personal concierge service
  • Cocktail party with the Neptune Lounge Concierge
  • Club Orange private dining venue**
  • Breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill**
  • Priority check-in/disembarkation
  • Priority boarding for tendered ports
  • Priority dining and seating requests
  • Expanded line of Elemis Revitalise-Me bath amenities
  • In-suite coffee/espresso machine
  • Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® audio system
  • Complimentary mimosa with in-suite breakfast
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine at dinner on embarkation day
  • Premium in-room dining breakfast menu
  • Premium bathrobes
  • Exclusive tote bag

*Additional cost. 

**Club Orange private dining venue is open for breakfast and dinner on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam. Neptune and Pinnacle suite guests on all other ships receive priority seating in the Dining Room for breakfast and dinner with an expanded menu. On Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam, breakfast is available for Pinnacle and Neptune suite guests in the Club Orange private dining venue.

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