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Holland America Line Cruises

8,303 Reviews
7 Awards
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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

7 Night
Western CaribbeanDetails

1,152 Reviews
Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 27, 2023
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Eurodam
Eurodam

3 Night
BahamasDetails

1,152 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 15, 2023
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

14 Night
Panama CanalDetails

535 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 18, 2023
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Noordam
Noordam

5 Night
Pacific Northwest CruiseDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 2, 2023
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  • Access to hard-to-reach ports larger ships can’t
  • Enriching cultural programs and local events
  • Relaxed itineraries with more late nights and overnights

Azamara Club Cruises

18 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

815 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 13, 2023
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10 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

535 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 3, 2023
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7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

535 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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14 Night
Panama CanalDetails

535 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 4, 2023
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14 Night
Ancient Mysteries & EgyptDetails

210 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 17, 2023
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7 Night
Tropical CaribbeanDetails

210 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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5 Night
Pacific Northwest CruiseDetails

815 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 1, 2023
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17 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

815 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 7, 2023
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7 Night
Southern CaribbeanDetails

910 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 12, 2023
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7 Night
Alaskan ExplorerDetails

1,077 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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5 Night
Eastern CaribbeanDetails

65 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 29, 2023
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Holland America Line Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

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