Holland America Line

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Holland America Line - Introduction

Holland America Line bridges the gap between old world Dutch heritage and friendly American customer service. They’ve been sailing the high seas since the late 1800s, offering a traditional cruising experience on their sleek midsized ships. With smaller passenger numbers than some other luxury cruise lines, Holland America’s fleet provides a personalised experience including loads of perks.  

Popular Routes

Throw a dart at a world map and it’s probably on a Holland America itinerary! They offer over 500 different itineraries, covering 100 countries across the globe. From the Gold Rush history of Alaska to the glittering skyscrapers of Shanghai, explore the region of your choice. Popular itineraries include Caribbean and Bermuda cruises where you can soak in the sun and swim in crystal-clear waters, along with European cruises exploring the rich culture of this diverse continent. For a true once-in-a-lifetime adventure, try one of the Grand World Voyages, giving you 113 days to sail your way around the globe.

Dining Options

Holland America Line’s teamed up with seven renowned master chefs to create their own ‘Culinary Council’. Leave it to the experts to create particularly delicious dining options! There are plenty to choose from, starting at the main Dining Room restaurant included in all cruising packages. This elegant restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with timeless classics and regionally inspired creations alike. (Not to mention an extensive wine list). The line uses an ‘as you wish’ dining policy, meaning you can choose a dining time you prefer. There are also plenty of specialty and casual restaurants, including these.

  • Pinnacle Grill – Inspired by the natural abundance of America’s Pacific Northwest region, the Pinnacle Grill uses high quality ingredients like sustainably raised beef and wild salmon in its grilled dishes.
  • Tamarind – Water, wood, fire and earth combine in a show-stopping fusion menu exploring the rich cuisine of Southeast Asia, Japan and China. There’s also a specialty sushi menu created by top chef Andy Matsuda on offer.
  • Canaletto – Are you craving a bit of seafood ravioli or chicken cacciatore? Canaletto offers all the Italian comfort food and modern classics you fancy, naturally finished off with tiramisu and gelato.
  • Rudi’s Sel de Mer – The drool-worthy creation of master chef Rudi Sodamin, this charming brasserie brings a contemporary update to classic French cuisine. Steak frites and coq au vin are complemented with oysters on the half shell.
  • Grand Dutch Café – Enjoy a warm coffee or cold beer with a light bite at this casual café. You’ll find a selection of Dutch specialities to try.
  • Lido Market – Adjacent to the Lido pool, this marketplace gives you plenty of grab-and-go options including freshly baked breads, pastries, salads, hot and cold dishes, and more.

Drinks Packages

Whether you want to put the finishing touch to a fine dining experience or cool down after an afternoon at the pool, choose from a full range of beverages. Holland America Line offers a range of different beverage packages, including the following.

  • Quench Package – The most basic all-inclusive drinks package offers juices, bottled water, mocktails, non-alcoholic beer and specialty coffee drinks.
  • Elite Package – The top tier of beverage packages, the newly added Elite Beverage Package includes all your favourite premium spirits, wines, beers, cocktails, coffees and non-alcoholic options. This includes super chic cocktails crafted by Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, like the Hemingway Daiquiri and Ritz Cocktail.
  • Coca-Cola Package – Refresh yourself with unlimited fountain sodas. On some ships this includes over 100 unique Coca-Cola flavours, so you can try something new!
  • Water Package – Stay hydrated with 12 litre bottles of premium water.
  • Cellar Master Package – Do you want to enjoy a spot of wine tasting on your voyage? This package includes five bottles along with a Pinnacle Grill dinner, gift set and premium wine tasting experience.

Entertainment

This modern cruise line has forged plenty of partnerships with some of the world’s most exclusive entertainment outlets to keep you engaged onboard, including BBC Earth and Oprah Magazine. Start your entertainment journey in the Mainstage area, where you can take in Broadway-quality music, song, dance, and comedy performances every evening. Classical music fans won’t want to miss the Lincoln Center Stage, with chamber music providing a stirring soundtrack to your night.

Sip specialty cocktails while enjoying the funky, soulful jams of B.B. King’s All Stars at the B.B. King’s Blues Club, or clap along to all the classic rock hits as part of the Billboard Onboard experience. Ready to test your luck? Visit the Vegas-styled casino where you can try your hand at video poker or slot machines.

Amenities and Activities

Pick up a new recipe or two in America’s Test Kitchen, explore the wonders of nature along with BBC Earth Experiences, or learn to edit and share your holiday snaps in the photography workshops. Onboard art collections include a selection from Amsterdam’s world-class Rijksmuseum, which also offers instruction to create masterpieces of your own.

  • Spa and Wellness

Visit the Greenhouse Spa & Salon to treat yourself to a hot stone massage or relaxing pedicure. Lush skin treatments, hydrotherapy pools, and heated chairs make this the ultimate way to pamper yourself while at sea. You can also top up your energy levels in the full-service fitness centre, with a selection of yoga, cycling, cardio and Pilates classes. And naturally, there are multiple swimming pools to keep you refreshed during your cruise!

  • Family Activities

Holland America Line caters for all ages, so little ones can keep busy with the child-friendly facilities onboard. This includes the Club Hal kids’ club, treating them to age-appropriate parties, arts and crafts and games. Teens can chill out at the Loft where they can make new friends and take specialty classes.

  • Stateroom Amenities

All rooms are outfitted to the highest standard with Egyptian cotton linens, flat panel TVs and DVD players, fresh fruit and a mini bar. Suites offer even more touches of luxury with fresh orchids, turn down truffles and high-end bath products. Many rooms and suites include teak-lined verandas to enjoy the sun.

Service Charges

A daily hotel service charge is added automatically to your shipboard account, currently at an amount of $13.50 to $15.00 depending on your stateroom and itinerary. A 15% bar service charge is also added to all bar or wine purchases.

Dress Code

Smart casual attire is the dress code for most evenings, so leave those distressed jeans, shorts and beachwear behind when it’s dinnertime and opt for a collared shirt with slacks or nice dress instead! Take part in the glamorous atmosphere of Gala Nights by dressing to impress with your finest formal wear.