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Holland America Line Cruises

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Koningsdam

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

1,145 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Koningsdam
Koningsdam docked alonside in San Diego. (Photo: Holland America Line)

7 Night
Mexican RivieraDetails

800 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Koningsdam
Koningsdam docked alonside in San Diego. (Photo: Holland America Line)

18 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

800 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 13, 2023
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Noordam
Noordam

14 Night
Australia & New ZealandDetails

794 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 9, 2024
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10 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

533 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 3, 2023
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14 Night
North Pacific CrossingDetails

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 24, 2023
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7 Night
Tropical CaribbeanDetails

197 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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30 Night
New Zealand, Great Barrier Reef & Indonesian Holid...Details

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 20, 2022
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26 Night
Ancient Empires & Spanish FarewellDetails

1,036 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 20, 2023
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11 Night
Thailand, Andaman Islands & MalaysiaDetails

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 3, 2023
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5 Night
Pacific Northwest CruiseDetails

800 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 1, 2023
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27 Night
Grand Africa VoyageDetails

1,006 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 25, 2023
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16 Night
Great Barrier Reef & IndonesiaDetails

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

533 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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14 Night
Holy Land & Ancient KingdomsDetails

197 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 1, 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

Holland America Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Cut backs? No Americas Test Kitchen.

Just wish there was more variety in the main theater.Entertainment in the main theater was only BBC and dancers.Read More
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mamacita123

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Are all cruises having post COVID-19 issues ?

There were just not enough of them to meet demand.It just wasn’t what I thought we paid for.Read More
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tdeeh723

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

First time on HAL

The room at night was a bit noisy, because we were under the Ledo Deck, where the buffet is.My biggest disappointment was the lack of deck chairs around the pools that have any shade from the sun...Read More
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danInNJ

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Great cruise!

I was given an upgraded stateroom location closer to mid ship, a nice high quality robe, champagne on embarkation with my first meal, Group A boarding in San Diego (literally the first person on the ship, east peasy), breakfast and dinner in the private and calm ‘Club Orange' dining room for suite and ‘Club Orange’ guests only, priority tender access in Cabo, and an upgraded room service breakfast menu (basically fresh OJ and one other item not on the regular menu), and a specialty dish each night that is not on the regular main dining room menu.The food is some of the best I’ve had on any cruise ship, not just Tamerine but also Rudy’s, and even the food I’ve had from the main dining room.Read More
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buttermancruise

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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