Holland America Line is a premium cruise line with a rich heritage in luxury passenger sea travel, having first crossed the Atlantic in the late 1800s. The fleet of mid-sized ships represent the epitome of classic cruising with a contemporary touch – think vintage-style navy blue hulls, wraparound teak decks and impressive art collections, combined with top-class modern dining and entertainment options. The atmosphere is refined and elegant, and Holland America Line has a reputation for exceptional service, attention to detail and authentic Dutch hospitality. This extends to children, and the superb kids’ facilities contribute to this being a cruise line for all generations. Ships cruise all over the globe with many extended itineraries on offer, and fans of Holland America Line appreciate its long-held traditions such as the exquisite afternoon tea.
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Activities And Entertainment
One of the signature experiences offered by Holland America Line is the traditional afternoon tea at sea, where you can enjoy a deliciously civilized introduction to Dutch sweet treats and savoury morsels. Other activities on offer include America’s Test Kitchen, where you can be part of live, onboard cooking shows and have a hands-on culinary experience; Blend, where you can create your own wine in the only purpose-built, wine-blending venue at sea; a digital workshop where you can brush up on your photo editing skills; or the deluxe Greenhouse Spa and Salon where you can enjoy a little pampering. Entertainment is just as engaging, with the best of Memphis blues in the B.B. King’s Blues Club, thrilling performances on the theatrical World Stage, film nights and more.
Dining And Bars
You’ll find an array of fine dining options on Holland America Line, from casual Italian to five-course dinners in the stunning two-tier main dining room. What’s more, you can choose between traditional dining at a specific time or flexible ‘anytime’ dining. Guests can also experience ‘An Evening at Le Cirque’ where for at least one night per voyage, the Pinnacle Grill turns into a pop-up version of the legendary New York City French restaurant founded by Sirio Maccioni. On these special evenings, the menu, wine selections, table decorations and the restaurant setting are tailored to create an authentic dining experience. For something more casual, you can always take advantage of the 24-hour room service or enjoy a burger and fries by the Lido pool.
From that first espresso in the morning to a smooth nightcap at the end of a full day, Holland America Line’s beverage packages are designed to offer convenience and value. At the top end, the Elite beverage package includes unique cocktails by Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff such as the Hemingway Daiquiri, in addition to premium spirits, wines, beers, coffees, non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water and sodas. Guests can alternatively purchase the Signature beverage package, or the Quench beverage package which features unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, with a number of other options also available.
All of the cruise ships within the Holland America Line fleet – with the exception of ms Prinsendam – offer the youth activities program, Club HAL, which has a good variety of entertaining things to do for guests aged between 3 and 17. All activities are supervised by permanent, full-time staff. From pirate treasure hunts and pyjama parties for the 3- to 6-year-olds, to karaoke parties and Wii tournaments for the tweens, there’s loads of fun for younger guests on a Holland America Cruise.
Holland America Line Fleet
From the intimate ms Prinsendam to the grand ms Koningsdam and ms Nieuw Statendam launching late 2018, each ship within the majestic Holland America Line fleet has its own unique features. This is where you can meet the fleet – peruse the deck plans, take a look at the well-appointed staterooms, private verandahs and public rooms, and enjoy learning all there is to know about these incredible vessels.