Holland America Line
For over 140 years, Holland America Line (HAL) has been a name synonymous with five-star cruise holidays. With each of its 500-plus sailings per year, Holland America promises once-in-a-lifetime experiences in each of the seven continents.
About Holland America Line
Holland America Line is a stalwart of the cruising industry, with a history of more than 140 years. The line is renowned for spacious and comfortable cruise ships, complete with five-star dining, award-winning service and superior amenities. Each cruise offers an array of activities, enrichment programs and stimulating worldwide itineraries. As a result, The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences awarded the cruise line the Five Star Diamond Award.
On every ship, through its “Ship to Shelter” program, Holland America Line collects goods for donation to charities. And in 2013, the line launched “On Deck for a Cause”, a five-kilometre fundraising walk held on every cruise. The beneficiaries include cancer organisations in Australia, US, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom.
Holland America Line sails more than 500 times each year, visiting each of the seven continents. Cruises call at a variety of popular and more exclusive ports including: Alaska, Yukon, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Canada, New England, Mexico, the Panama Canal, Asia, Australia, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Bermuda, Hawaii and Tahiti. There are also unique once-in-a-lifetime voyages to Antarctica and the Amazon, as well as sought-after Grand Voyages.
Holland America Line ships
Holland America Line has a fleet of fifteen mid-size ships, including: ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Prinsendam, ms Veendam, ms Rotterdam, ms Maasdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam, ms Volendam, ms Zaandam, and ms Zuiderdam. A new Pinnacle-class ship, ms Koningsdam, is set to join the fleet in 2016.
Culinary Arts Centre
Holland America ships inspire guests to embrace their culinary passion through special workshops, demonstrations and tastings. For anyone with a love of food and wine, this experience is not to be missed. Depending on the cruise, there are hands-on cooking classes, guest chef appearances, wine tasting and mixology sessions, region-inspired culinary workshops, and cooking classes, especially for kids and teens.
Digital Workshop powered by Windows
Even the least tech-savvy guests can go home with a great working knowledge of the digital world thanks to Holland America’s Digital Workshops. Holland America cruises have a Microsoft-trained expert who leads classes on a variety of topics, including how photo editing, uploading and sharing files, how to navigate Windows and how to find the right PC.
Spa, Health and Fitness
Holland America cruise ships offer a fully equipped fitness centre and exercise classes such as yoga, Pilates, low-impact aerobics and more. On the deck, there’s also basketball, table tennis, volleyball, and tennis to get guests moving.
A favourite amongst guests is the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, which offers rejuvenating beauty and wellness treatments in ocean view surroundings. The spa menu includes rituals like facial therapy, hot stone massages, pedicures, therapeutic water treatments and more.
Holland America ships offer an exciting collection of activities designed for kids and teens. There are specially-designed facilities for cruisers aged 3-17, with supervised activities for all age groups.
For children ages 3-7, Club HAL provides storytelling, treasure hunts, ice cream sundae parties and more. The Tween version of Club HAL is for children ages 8-12 and provides entertainment ranging from scavenger hunts to karaoke disco parties and relay races. Teens up to the age of 17 can exclusively enjoy The Loft, where mocktail mixology classes, hip-hop lessons, and teen-only club nights await.
As well as the above experiences, guests can spend blissful hours perusing the onboard art gallery and boutiques. With extensive art collections on each ship, Holland America Line offers a self-guided walking tour via an Art Tour app (available for download onto an iPod, MP3 or portable media player).
On each ship, Holland America’s Signature Shops offer a selection of jewellery, fragrances, watches, liquor and souvenirs with tax and duty-free savings.
On Location Activities
Holland America Line brings cultures to life through a range of regionally inspired activities and entertainment. Think steel drumming in the Caribbean, hula classes in Hawaii, Tai Chi in Asia and beyond. Regional chefs and wine experts also visit the Culinary Arts Centre to add a local flavour to cooking classes, demonstrations and wine sampling.
Every night on board a Holland America ship promises to delight and astound. Guests can choose from live music in their favourite lounge, sing-alongs in the Piano Bar, a relaxing cocktail in one of the chic bars, and dancing in the lively nightclubs.
No matter your style, there’s a fantastic choice of productions in the magnificent show lounge, including concerts, musicals, illusionists, comedians and musicians. And the bars and lounges offer live music by singers and instrumentalists of every variety.
On select ships, guests can groove to the sounds of world-class musicians at B.B. King’s Blues Club. And onboard ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line's newest ship launching in 2016, the Music Walk provides a toe-tapping musical showcase on three stages. Passengers can start the night with dramatic chamber music, before swaying to the blues and finally dancing ‘til the early hours to 50 years of pop.
Each ship features an onboard casino, where passengers can take on Lady Luck and have an evening of fun and games. Not only does the casino offer games for all levels, there are also complimentary gaming lessons for beginners and tournaments for veterans.
Holland America ships also boast a cinema, where guests can kick back and enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters while munching through a box of popcorn –completely free, of course! Select ships also offer open-air showings on a giant screen on deck. And all ships provide access to Ship Flicks, allowing passengers to choose from more than a thousand DVD titles to enjoy in the privacy of their stateroom.
Holland America Line dishes up a wide range of food and dining options on each cruise. The line’s “As You Wish” program means that guests can dine at a different venue and time every evening, or take their reserved spot in the Dining Room at a specific time.
There are restaurants and dining venues to suit every palette and mood, from a five-course meal in the two-tiered Dining Room to a spectacular seafood smorgasbord in the much-lauded Pinnacle Grill. This world-class restaurant offers a mouthwatering menu of seafood and premium beef in a luxurious, intimate setting, for a nominal fee.
No matter where you are, get set to sample and savour regionally inspired menus. Each day Holland America Line’s onboard chefs prepare tantalising dishes using locally sourced produce.
When it comes to choosing the perfect wine to go with your meal, Holland America Line provides a list of exceptional wines. And the convenient Signature Beverage Package means you can simply pay one price, per day.
Holland America ships are celebrated for their comfortable and spacious staterooms and suites. Each stateroom includes the signature Mariner’s Dream bed and elegant amenities, such as a flat-panel TV. Many of the staterooms are ocean facing, and offer teak-lined balconies where guests can dine alfresco. What better way to take advantage of the complimentary 24-hour in-room menu?
There are various styles of stateroom and suite depending on your desires. For complete luxury, guests can choose from the Pinnacle Suite, Neptune Suite, Signature Suite and Vista Suite. There are also comfortable staterooms in the Verandah, Lanai, Ocean-view and Interior collections, with various configurations available to suit group sizes. Also, the specially designed Spa suites and staterooms provide modern spa amenities, like yoga mats, and are within easy reach of the Greenhouse Spa and Salon.
The soon-to-be-launched Pinnacle Class ship, ms Koningsdam, will introduce two new classes of stateroom to Holland America’s guests: Spa Verandah and Family Ocean-view.
Holland America Line curates a menu of onshore excursions to suit each traveller and allow them to connect with the places and people they visit. There is a huge variety of choice, whether guests wish to explore independently with a private driver or join the award-winning guided excursions. Guests can enjoy a unique perspective of each location, with local experts and exclusive opportunities to see and explore off the beaten track.
Adding to the already long list of excursions, The Collections of Holland America Line are shore excursions specially chosen to enhance travellers' understanding and experience of places they visit. Depending on the port, guests can enjoy a cooking lesson with a local chef, a wildlife encounter, a private tour of natural wonders, and many more delights.