Holland America Line

There are many similarities to Princess and P&O on this line’s ships, which are mainly what would be considered today as medium-sized. They were pioneers of Culinary Arts programmes with visiting chefs giving cookery lessons and demonstrations in purpose-built auditoria, and the standard of food is generally high – from freshly-squeezed orange juice in the breakfast buffet to the imaginative dishes on the elaborate Le Cirque nights in its Pinnacle Grill steakhouses. Much of the artwork around the ships reflects the company’s Dutch heritage, which dates back to a Transatlantic service founded in 1873. Entertainment on board is less exciting, but that does not appear to be a problem for the many group bookings and multi-generational family parties. HAL’s Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas is, without doubt, the best private resort operated by any cruise line. Koningsdam, launching in 2016, will be the line’s first new ship since Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010, and its oldest and smallest vessel, Prinsendam, still commands its highest daily rates.. Sailing further afield each year, the Dam ships are in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, Pacific, Asia, Mexico and Hawaii in the winter, in Europe, Alaska and Canada and New England in summer and autumn. Gratuities not included.