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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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Zuiderdam
Zuiderdam

14 Night
Panama CanalDetails

985 Reviews
Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 13, 2022
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

524 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam

10 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 7, 2022
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Volendam
Volendam

74 Night
Grand South America & Antarctica VoyageDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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1 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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14 Night
North Pacific CrossingDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 25, 2022
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34 Night
South Pacific CrossingDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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12 Night
150th Anniversary TransatlanticDetails

Leaving:Rotterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 15, 2022
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7 Night
Mexican RivieraDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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7 Night
Mexican RivieraDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 25, 2023
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4 Night
Pacific CoastalDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 11, 2022
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128 Night
128-day Grand World VoyageDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2024
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10 Night
Panama Canal SunfarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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7 Night
Southern CaribbeanDetails

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14 Night
Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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16 Night
Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 13, 2022
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21 Night
Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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5 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 28, 2022
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71 Night
Grand Africa VoyageDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 10, 2022
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14 Night
Great Alaskan ExplorerDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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7 Night
Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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18 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 10, 2022
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40 Night
Grand South America & Antarctica VoyageDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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2 Night
Pacific Northwest CruiseDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 28, 2022
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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

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Holland America Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Nice rooms, excellent food, super-clean, but mediocre entertainment.

I would have created a roaming of entertainment venues, incorporating the large theater room, simultaneous comedy, disc jockey dance venue, plus the live music stages.TV reception was not good and limited channels.Read More
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JaVee

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Lack of Service, Unlike Holland America of Old

The food at the Pinnacle Grill was great, but the food in the dining room was mediocre.From the start of our first evening dinner in the dining room, there was a definite lack of service.Read More
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CRUZIN SUSAN

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Lots to like despite shortcomings

Every drink was good or great.But for the mechanical problems with the room, this was an A- experience or better and a good value for what we paid.Read More
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Red Butler

6-10 Cruises

Age 30s

Bring a jacket

Their staff was excellent, both dining, front desk and housekeeping.What I didn't expect, nor was I advised by Holland America is their policy on the current Covid outbreak.Read More
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K Buta

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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