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What is Holland America Line ?

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Seattle-based Holland America Line, which has been sailing for nearly 75 years, visits 400 ports in 114 countries every year. In October 2021 it welcomed its latest ship, the seventh to bear the name Rotterdam since the lines very first vessel of 1873. The 2,668-guest newcomer joins sisters Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam as the joint largest in the fleet. Apart from all the "dam" names, Dutch heritage also shines through in some of the $4million-worth of artwork to be seen onboard. If sounds are more your thing, live music venues include the rolling stone rock boom, billboard onboard and BB King's Blues Club. For foodies, there are French, Asian, steak and Italian dishes on offer in a wide range of restaurants.

Why choose this cruise line?

Holland America Line cruises are well-known for their good food - and passengers can choose from an array of complimentary and speciality restaurants onboard.

Along with fine dining, the line offers excellent entertainment and enrichment programmes, including Music Walk comprising live music venues, as well as regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings.

HAL cruises are fairly good value for money, with the majority of restaurants and facilities free of charge, although there are some extras. The line has introduced a Club Orange programme – named after the Dutch House of Orange – offering exclusive benefits to guests in certain suite categories, with some available for purchase by other passengers. Perks include priority check-in, a private dining venue and a concierge hotline.

HAL has been named Number One for cruises to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, and the Panama Canal & Central America in Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.

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Reviews for Holland America Line

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By Glenda on 12/06/2022

It’s been a long time since my last cruise, due to illness and loss. I have never forgotten how lovely it was, a smaller ship but perfect! Food was amazing, service fantastic, crew was so friendly an...

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By Christine on 17/05/2022

Fabulous cruise nearly perfect. Service dining drinks package and entertainment first class. Rooms fine but a little small. Emberk disembark could have been smoother and faster. Food excellent no...

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By Edward on 16/05/2022

Wow. HAL pulled all stops to make the ship look fantastic over Christmas

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By Theo on 24/03/2022

Great service and the food is decent quality. In my opinion the ship needs some modernising.

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Who should travel with Holland America Line?

Holland America Line cruises are ideal for mature and seasoned travellers who want to relax and see the world. The cruise line’s fleet of ships have become known for their personalised service, premium amenities and fine dining.

Most of the activities and entertainment onboard are geared towards more mature cruisers – so do not expect water parks or gaming arcades – although its ships do include kids and teens clubs for families.

- READ MORE: How Holland America Line caters for big and small cruisers -

In a bid to attract a slightly younger audience, the addition of HAL’s signature Music Walk (a set of entertainment venues) onboard its ships has certainly livened up nightlife and given the fleet a more youthful persona.

And yet, you’ll find that the typical demographic for a Holland America Line cruise are North American passengers of retiree age.

HAL: Most of the activities and entertainment onboard are geared towards more mature cruisers. Credit: Holland America Line

Holland America Line cruise destinations

HAL ships sail to destinations across the world, but one of the cruise line’s most popular destinations is Alaska.

The ocean-going cruise line also sails to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and Tahiti, the Mediterranean, Mexico, Northern Europe, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, Antarctica and transatlantic.

Holland America Line Dining

Already known for a wide range of superb cuisine ranging from regional specialities and itinerary-based dishes to traditional favourites, HAL has taken this to the next level with new dining choices and venues for guests to enjoy.

In the elegant Main Dining Room, which offers set and 'as you wish' dining, guests will find classic favourites and vegetarian choices, as well as regionally inspired cuisine prepared by chefs - all backed by HAL's Culinary Council, an elite team of seven world-renowned chefs.

In the intimate steakhouse Pinnacle Grill, (available on all ships) tables are set with crisp linens and dazzling stemware. The menu features a selection of 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks plus as well as classic steakhouse dishes and innovative recipes. There are also regionally inspired cuisine and vegetarian dishes.

The Pan-Asian Tamarind, onboard Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam offers exotic menus that evoke the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, with dishes that honour the elements of water, wood, fire and earth.

A new partnership with Top Sushi Chef, Andy Matsuda of the Los Angeles Sushi institute, sees his signature sushi rolls being introduced for guests to enjoy at Tamarind.

Other speciality joints are French restaurant Rudi's Sel de Mer and Italian spot Canaletto.

For casual alfresco dining by the pool, Dive-In includes gourmet burgers plus lighter fare, like a grilled chicken breast sandwich and vegetarian-friendly Portobello mushroom stack. Plus crisp Italian salads and made to order thin-crusted pizzas.

Other casual eateries include the Lido Market, New York Pizza, Grand Dutch Cafe and Explorations Cafe.

HAL: In the intimate steakhouse Pinnacle Grill, tables are set with crisp linens and dazzling stemware. Credit: Holland America Line

Holland America Line Entertainment

There's plenty of live music and entertainment to keep you busy on a HAL cruise.

The Lincoln Center Stage, showcases top musicians performing multiple programs of chamber music most evenings, as well as afternoon recitals during leisurely days at sea.

B.B. King's All Stars bring the best of Memphis music to sea, playing everything from funky and fast to soulful and smooth tunes.

Live bands perform iconic rock hits in the Rolling Stone Rock Room while The Step One Dance Company, comprised of six elite dancers, tours the Holland America Line fleet presenting works from notable choreographers.

There's also venue the World Stage which boasts a two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screen.

HAL: B.B. King's All Stars bring the best of Memphis music to sea. Credit: Holland America Line

Holland American Line Cabins

Accommodation onboard HAL's ships range from inside cabins to the very best suites depending on your needs and budget.

All cabins include:

  • Complimentary 24-hour In-Room Dining
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Generous Storage
  • Safes for your valuables
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Elemis Aromapure bath amenities
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary ice service

Neptune and Pinnacle Suite - Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a private verandah, flooded with light. The spacious suite hosts a large sitting area and two lower beds which can be converted into one king-size bed, the signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses.

Amenities include access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge, a private concierge and an array of complimentary services.

Neptune Suite - Approximately 465-502 sq. ft. including verandah - Inc. Dual vanity sink, shower or Whirlpool bath and shower,

Neptune Spa Suite - Approximately 465-502 sq. ft. including verandah - Features spa amenities such as yoga mats and access to spa treatments from the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.

Pinnacle Suite - Approximately 1,290 sq. ft. including verandah - Include a living room, dining room, sofa bed, guest bathroom, pantry with microwave and refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah with whirlpool.

Signature Suite - Approximately 393-400 sq. ft. - These spacious, elegant suites feature a sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah.

Vista Suite - Approximately 260-356 sq. ft. Including verandah - includes two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, the signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a mini-bar.

AFT-View Vista Suite - Approximately 260-356 sq. ft. Including verandah - All the perks of the Vista Suite plus a shower with premium massage head and a refrigerator. The obstructed verandah has a partially restricted view.

Verandah Suites - 228-405 sq. ft. Including verandah - Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed and a shower with premium massage showerheads. The Obstructed Verandah has a partially restricted view.

Ocean View - Approximately 175-282 sq. ft. - Includes two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage showerheads, a host of amenities and an ocean view.

Family Ocean View - Approximately 222-231 sq. ft. - Accommodation for five guests includes two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed and one upper bed—all are signature Mariner's Dream™ beds with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus one sofa bed for two persons. There are two bathrooms: one with bathtub, shower, sink and toilet, one with shower and sink.

Spa Ocean View - Approximately 175-282 sq. ft. - Offers spa amenities such as yoga mats and exclusive spa treatments from the nearby Greenhouse Spa and Salon.

Single - Approximately 127-172 sq. ft. - Perfect for guests travelling solo includes a number of modern amenities and an ocean view.

Inside - Approximately 143-225 sq. ft. - Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed premium massage showerheads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms.

Spa Inside - Approximately 143-225 sq. ft. - Features spa amenities such as yoga mats and access to spa treatments from the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.

Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Verandah and Inside Stateroom Tour

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Cruise inclusions

  • All standard dining in the ship's complimentary restaurants, which include the Dining Room, Lido Market, Dive-In and New York Pizza. Room service and afternoon tea at tea time are also included in the cost of your cruise
  • Use of the on-board sports facilities and swimming pools
  • Access to a wide range of entertainment, including full-scale theatre productions
  • Freshly squeezed juices at breakfast time

Unique selling points

Flexible cancellation - Holland America Line is giving consumers the confidence to make travel plans through the summer with the extension of its Flexible Cancellation Plan to September 30, 2022. As part of its “Worry-Free Promise,”

Holland America Line also will continue to implement best practices for COVID-19 health safety including operating vaccinated cruises and requiring a medically-supervised negative COVID-19 test prior to cruising.

Under the Flexible Cancellation Plan, which was originally offered for cruises departing through the end of April, guests who make a new booking by March 31, 2022, for itineraries that depart on or before Sept. 30, can cancel for any reason and receive a Future Cruise Credit in the amount of any cancellation fees that normally would be incurred. T&C's apply

For additional reassurance, Holland America Line’s Cancellation Protection Program can be purchased for new cruises or Alaska Cruisetour bookings or existing bookings as long as it is purchased before the date cancellation fees begin to accrue.

With this plan, guests can cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before cruise departure and receive refunds between 80% to 90% of eligible amounts paid. The cost varies by cruise fare and is nonrefundable. T&C's apply.