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Cruising with Holland America

Holland America Line caters to affluent adults with midsize ships that carry between 835 and 2,666 guests. Each ship provides high-quality service with two or three crew members for every passenger. In 2019, Holland America Line's ships will travel to destinations around AustraliaMexico, the CaribbeanCanada, southeast AsiaEuropeSouth America, Antarctica and more. On Holland America cruises – which depart from U.S. cities like New York and San Diego and can last anywhere from one to 113 days – you can pass the time with enrichment programs like digital photography, cooking demonstrations and mixology workshops, or work up a sweat in spin or Pilates classes before unwinding at the spa.

Though they vary by itinerary, Holland America Line's shore excursions are primarily adult-oriented, with activities ranging from animal encounters to bike tours and even helmet diving. Meanwhile, Holland America Line's "As You Wish"-style dining allows flexibility when it comes to mealtimes. You can mingle with fellow passengers over a five-course dinner in the main Dining Room, sample fresh seafood in the Pinnacle Grill or take advantage of 24-hour room service.

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Holland America Line caters to affluent adults with midsize ships that carry between 835 and 2,666 guests. Each ship provides high-quality service with two or three crew members for every passenger. In 2019, Holland America Line's ships will travel to destinations around AustraliaMexico, the CaribbeanCanada, southeast AsiaEuropeSouth America, Antarctica and more. On Holland America cruises – which depart from U.S. cities like New York and San Diego and can last anywhere from one to 113 days – you can pass the time with enrichment programs like digital photography, cooking demonstrations and mixology workshops, or work up a sweat in spin or Pilates classes before unwinding at the spa.

Though they vary by itinerary, Holland America Line's shore excursions are primarily adult-oriented, with activities ranging from animal encounters to bike tours and even helmet diving. Meanwhile, Holland America Line's "As You Wish"-style dining allows flexibility when it comes to mealtimes. You can mingle with fellow passengers over a five-course dinner in the main Dining Room, sample fresh seafood in the Pinnacle Grill or take advantage of 24-hour room service.

Pros & Cons

  • Small guest capacities make ships feel spacious

  • Around-the-world voyages available

  • Cruisers praise kids and teen programs

  • More expensive than competitors like Carnival and Norwegian

  • Wi-Fi costs extra

  • Limited onboard activities compared to lines with bigger ships

Rankings

Holland America Line has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

4.01Scorecard
  • 3.9Expert Rating »
  • 3.9Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »

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ms Koningsdam
Launched in 2016, the 2,650-passenger ms Koningsdam is one of Holland America's newest ships and the first in the more contemporary Pinnacle Class. Passengers can participate in everything from cooking classes to duty-free shopping, or ...
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On Board

Holland America Line's refined atmosphere mainly attracts older travelers who can afford to pay the line's higher prices and prefer a more traditional cruise experience, complete with afternoon tea and ballroom dancing. The company has made strides in attracting families, offering Club HAL programs for guests ages 3 to 17.
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On Shore

Shore excursions offered by Holland America vary greatly by itinerary and ship. You can expect sightseeing expeditions (like a bike tour in Barcelona, Spain ), soft adventures (like snorkeling in the Cayman Islands ) or culinary explorations (like a food tour of Kona, ...
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Before You Book

  • You are required to make a deposit within five days of booking to claim your spot. The amount will be determined based on the total cost of your cruise. (Note: A second deposit is required for all Grand Voyages.) Full payment is due within 75 days of your cruise departure date, although exact payment deadlines may vary depending on the cruise.
  • Expect to pay an additional $14.50 to $16 per person, per day for gratuities.
  • To avoid paying a cancellation fee, you must cancel your cruise between 57 and 120 nights before your trip, depending on the itinerary, time of year and cruise length you choose. If you miss this deadline, you will forfeit your deposit and a percentage of your fare. The amount you lose will depend on how close the cancellation date is to the date of departure.
  • If you purchase a Cancellation Protection Plan, you will be guaranteed a refund of 80 to 90 percent of the eligible amount you've already paid should you need to cancel – as long as you cancel more than 24 hours before departure. Certain plans can also include lost baggage and medical coverage.
  • To coordinate special needs requests, such as medical equipment rentals, call Holland America's Accessible Cruising department at 1-800-547-8493 or submit a Special Requirements Information form at least 45 days prior to departure. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, contact the Ship Services department at 1-800-541-1576 no fewer than 90 days before embarkation.

Before You Board

  • Holland America strongly encourages using the cruise line's Online Check-In tool to complete the immigration questionnaire and retrieve your boarding pass prior to embarkation. Passengers can also check in at their ship's departure port; necessary guest information must be given to the cruise line at least 90 minutes before embarkation. 
  • You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after you return from your cruise. If you are a U.S. citizen on a closed-loop cruise (one that starts and ends in the United States), you will be allowed to board as long as you have a government ID, such as a driver's license or a resident card, along with proof of citizenship. Some itineraries also require visas and vaccinations. To learn more about vaccine requirements for various countries, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites.
  • No luggage restrictions apply, but Holland America recommends passengers consult airline baggage policies and pack accordingly.
  • You may book shore excursions online through the My Account portal up to three days prior to your sail date or by calling the Shore Excursions department at 1-888-425-9376. You may also cancel your shore excursion without a penalty up to three days before you depart.
  • If you'd like to make reservations at your ship's specialty restaurants, sign into your online account or call the Ship Services department at 1-800-541-1576. Reservations are given on a first-come, first-served basis, so Holland America suggests travelers book dining reservations as soon as possible.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.