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Holland America Line Cruises

8,852 Reviews
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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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  • Who goes on Holland America Line cruise ships?

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Zaandam

5 Night
Pacific Coastal Cruise

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Zaandam

7 Night
Alaska Inside Passage

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Zaandam

7 Night
Alaska Inside Passage

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Eurodam

1 Night
Pacific Northwest

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AmaWaterways

4 Night
Pacific Coastal Cruise

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Pacific Northwest

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Pacific Northwest

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7 Night
Canada & New England Discovery

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4 Night
Pacific Coastal Cruise

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Alaska Inside Passage

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Canada & New England Discovery

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Glacier Discovery Northbound

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Alaska Explorer

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Australia & New Zealand

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Circle Hawaii

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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

Terrible Food Choices and Selling of your personal

We have had an extremely wonderful Restaurant Manager in the orange club and she has been phenomenal this whole experience.I am very thankful that we have an orange level and that insured a nicer dining experience.Read More
Cruising Campbell

many10+ Cruises

Age 46s

Warning Cabin 3396 Zaandam

The staff are generally excellent and the ship is a great size.Senior food and beverage staff will lie to your face and tell you they are not aware of any issues.Read More
Ozcruizin

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 59s

Empires of the Med

HA had Great port of calls scheduled with usually the right amount of time in each.The weather and seas were great, we only had a couple of rolling nights during the open ocean transits but the M/V Oosterdam rode nicely.Read More
A Florida Man

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 59s

The worst food

Service was so slow and food quality so poor in the dining room that we only went twice and cancelledI did not enjoy any option I tried from dining room, room service or buffet.Read More
JacJak

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 51s

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