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Holland America Line Cruises

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About Holland America Line Cruises

Caters to the 50+ set who enjoy fine dining, live music and a more subdued vibe -- no whiz-bang attractions here, though partnerships with Lincoln Center and Billboard raise the bar on entertainment; sails globally with ships ranging in size from 835 to 2,650 passengers.

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Eurodam
Eurodam

1 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 28, 2023
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam

7 Night
Alaskan Inside PassageDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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6 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 2, 2022
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1 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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16 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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10 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 7, 2022
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51 Night
South Pacific Australia & New Zealand CollectorDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 2, 2022
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14 Night
Passage To SpainDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 8, 2023
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10 Night
Southern Caribbean SeafarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 20, 2022
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28 Night
New Zealand & South Australia Discovery CollectorDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 8, 2022
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14 Night
Australia & New ZealandDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 11, 2023
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7 Night
Alaskan Inside PassageDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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10 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 3, 2023
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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.

Why go with Holland America Line?

  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Impressive, immersive itinerary options, particularly in Alaska
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs

Best for: Laid-back but curious travelers who explore by day and relish culinary experiences and live music by night

Not for: Thrill-seekers who crave a variety of onboard attractions and endless nightlife

Holland America Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

This was an absolutely wonderful experience from start to finish!

The service on the Lido Deck was great.We have not had service like this on the other crusie lines that we have been on.Read More
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Cruiser2044

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Fabulous cruise on the Zuiderdam

I should add there were only 1200 passengers on board which was great for us - no big lines and no fighting for elevators.We had been to Alaska once before on the Osterdam sailing from Seattle and enjoyed that trip so we figured let's do the inside passage from Vancouver this time and fly from our local airport vs.Read More
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mahi mahi

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Lots of issues - Mixed bag

Highlights: Excellent service Food generally very good - we ate at Lifo buffets for lunch and dining room for dinner Five in good good but way too slow - individual orders Activities decent for what is on ship - good entertainment team with Tamika, Gage and Alejandro Excellent Exec talks on Alaska Good ports except Vancouver - see below BB King Memphis Group was a highlight - great singers Very good room service overall Lowlights Minimal activity level for active people - ship is geared to seniors Extremely slow dining room service, particularly at window seats Casino small - 50 slots and a few tables - payouts typical for ship - lots of issues with machines and electronic funding Several of entertainment got sick while on board so some shows changed or cancelled No kids program in case you are parent and wondering We generally cruise RC or Norwegian so knew this would be a different cruise.Overall, though, the ship is low energy level and just does not have a lot to do for us.Read More
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Prescurrie

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Poor organization and guest communication skills

Customer service said the Port Valet would disembark at 8:00AM as noted in the letter regardless of the D group card.Soon after departing Seattle at the start of the cruise a passenger had a medical emergency which delayed arrival at our first port of call which resulted in a lot of excursions being canceled or rescheduled.Read More
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WillieEd

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

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