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

22 Night
Around Italy's Boot: Cote D'azur & Venice Overnight

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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

31 Night
Panama Canal Inca & South America Discovery

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Westerdam
Westerdam

23 Night
South Pacific Crossing

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17 Night
Circle Hawaii

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28 Night
Adriatic Dream & Passage To America

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14 Night
Britain Scotland & Ireland

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14 Night
Australia & New Zealand

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37 Night
Grand World Voyage

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14 Night
North Cape & The Midnight Sun

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Australia & New Zealand

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4 Night
Private Island & Bahamas Escape

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13 Night
Jewels Of The Baltic

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4 Night
Pacific Coastal Cruise

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Pacific Northwest

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28 Night
Panama Canal & Eastern Caribbean

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Holland America Line Cruises 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

A wonderful 9 days onboard Rotterdam!

Originally we had two connecting verandah's but they gave us the opportunity to upgrade a few days before the cruise and only had 1 signature suite left so my daughter and I stayed in that room and my husband and son took the verandah on 8.We knew there was a risk booking a verandah guarantee room and sure enough, it was in a less than ideal location on the ship directly below the Sea View Bar and Sea View Pool where you could smell smoke on the balcony at all times and the noise of chairs moving in the morning was annoying, according to my husband.Read More
KathrynwithaK

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 45s

Nice time on the Rotterdam

In all we had a nice time but a pinnacle class ship would not be our first choice.This was our first cruise in many that we opted for a balcony cabin rather than a Neptune Suite and we were very pleased with our cabin.Read More
Mr. Boston

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 63s

Our good and Oops!

Great food in all places Great service all around Ports, we love the Aqua Trax at Halfmoon Cay.Tour guy Homberto was great.Read More
Zeecook

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 65s

Nieuw Amsterdam Food, NeptuneSuite/Lounge, Sundeck

The lounge has excellent fresh fruit (much better than room service fresh fruit) strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, pears 2 types of cereal for breakfast, an assortment of pastries, bagels or toast in the morning.Also if you need to bring back coffee and snacks to your roommate, take the tray that’s underneath the water pitcher in your room with you to the Lido or the Neptune lounge.Read More
Murphysmessage

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 62s

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