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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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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

14 Night
Mediterranean RomanceDetails

1,029 Reviews
Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 22, 2022
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Eurodam
Eurodam

1 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

1,137 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 28, 2023
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

11 Night
The Atlantic CoastDetails

528 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 18, 2023
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

528 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Virgin Voyages

1 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

1,137 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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10 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

180 Reviews
Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 7, 2022
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7 Night
Alaskan Inside PassageDetails

1,004 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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7 Night
Alaskan Inside PassageDetails

1,004 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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4 Night
Pacific Coastal CruiseDetails

1,137 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 9, 2022
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7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

528 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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14 Night
Passage To RomeDetails

1,029 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 10, 2023
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9 Night
The Atlantic CoastDetails

528 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 1, 2022
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16 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

785 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
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8 Night
Gems Of SpainDetails

1,029 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
May 22, 2023
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14 Night
Japan Taiwan & The PhilippinesDetails

1,067 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 27, 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

Great experience, still prefer Virgin Cruises.

But due to being a new cruise line and limited destinations, we booked the Viking Saga cruise on the new Rotterdam ship.The ship has wonderful decor.Read More
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cruisingcouple83

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

Wonderful week on the Rotterdam!

Our cabin was extremely comfortable and spacious with excellent air control and a good size balcony.The food was excellent and plentiful, good choices.Read More
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Postoffice

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

The Alaskan Triangle

This is not a cruise line unless you’re 70 or older and enjoy cafeteria food.It felt more like a ferry than a cruise.Read More
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claybball1

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Group of 10 young and older adults

I love soup, and the buffet had a new and excellent soup every day, so I mostly stuck to soup and a salad, which was wonderful.We were there every night watching the fabulous band, so we definitely tried everything on their menu…a few times.Read More
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PattiPB

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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