Amsterdam for Kids

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Amsterdam Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.1
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.5
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.2
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.9
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.1
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.1
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    4.0
    4.0
  • Service
    4.5
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.2
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Amsterdam?
  • Pro: Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size
  • Con: Not much variety of dining
  • Bottom Line: Great value for bucket-list itineraries

Amsterdam for Families

Editor Rating
Families
3.0

As part of the Signature of Excellence initiative, Holland America revamped its kids' program with Club HAL. It caters to kids in three age groups with separate activities and even private, parent-free hangout zones for the teens. Onboard activities are free; charges are only incurred after 10 p.m. at an hourly rate of $5 per child. While Amsterdam certainly has activities (like Ping-Pong tournaments and a polar bear swim) for the younger set, the line doesn't seem to attract young families.

Club HAL Kids, for 3- to 7-year-olds, offers indoor games, puzzles and storytelling. Club HAL Tweens entertains kids, ages 8 to 12, with scavenger hunts, the ever-popular Ping-Pong matches and basketball.

Teens, ages 13 to 17, have access to The Loft, a lounge area on the Sports Deck adjacent to the basketball court. The Loft is stocked with games and computers, along with snacks and drinks. Teen-friendly activities include karaoke parties and trivia contests. There is also The Oasis, a teens' outdoor retreat, perched high on the Sky Deck and adorned with faux palm trees.


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