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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.
Holland America's 15 ships offer a variety of lodging types ranging from standard Inside staterooms to spacious suites. Each accommodation option features daily housekeeping services and comes with standard amenities like Elemis bath products, complimentary fresh fruit (upon request) and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Guests also have access to 24-hour in-room dining, turndown service and shoe shines.
Inside staterooms aboard Holland America ships can be found on the main and lower decks. These rooms measure between 141 and 293 square feet and house two single beds (that can be converted into one queen-sized bed). Some Inside cabins also come with small sitting areas. Though they do not contain a window, these accommodations do come equipped with flat-panel TVs and DVD players, Elemis toiletries, Egyptian cotton towels and makeup mirrors.
In terms of amenities, Ocean View staterooms do not differ drastically from Inside staterooms. Occupying between 127 and 319 square feet on the lower, main and upper decks, these cabins also feature two twin beds that can be combined to form a queen-sized bed and small sitting areas. Unlike Inside cabins, these accommodations come with additional perks like minifridges, corner bars and bedside USB ports. What's more, each Ocean View stateroom offers ocean views from a sizable window or porthole.
Verandah staterooms are located on the main and upper decks. They cover around 212 to 379 square feet and, like Inside and Ocean View staterooms, contain two single beds (convertible to a queen-sized bed). These accommodations also come with small sitting areas and Ocean View cabin perks, plus private furnished balconies accessible via sliding glass doors that double as floor-to-ceiling windows. On three of Holland America's ships – ms Veendam, ms Rotterdam and ms Maasdam – you may book the equivalent of a deck-level Verandah stateroom, known as a Lanai stateroom. Found on the Lower Promenade deck, these 181- to 256-square-foot rooms have standard Inside stateroom amenities and sliding glass doors that lead directly to the public deck, where you'll find reserved lounge chairs.
Holland America ships house four types of suites: Vista, Signature, Neptune and Pinnacle. Vista Suites measure between 283 and 400 square feet, while Signature Suites occupy between 273 and 456 square feet. Both Vista and Signature suites are only available on select ships. Neptune Suites clock in at 465 to 1,296 square feet, and Pinnacle Suites cover anywhere from 1,150 to 1,357 square feet. All suites contain premium duvets, sitting areas and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a furnished balcony. Suites can easily accommodate families and larger groups thanks to extra beds or sofa beds. If you choose to stay in a Neptune or Pinnacle suite, you'll also have access to private concierge services, as well as the ship's private Neptune Lounge, which features a library, a flat-screen TV and refreshments throughout the day.
If you're looking for a soothing ambiance, reserve a Spa stateroom or suite. These cabins are similar to other category staterooms or suites in terms of their size and standard amenities. However, they earn a "Spa" label thanks to their proximity to the onboard Greenhouse Spa & Salon, not to mention a few in-room extras like yoga mats and iPod docking stations. Plus, these cabins offer access to exclusive spa services, which can be booked for an additional fee.
What's Included in the Price
Holland America Line entertains cruisers with a variety of onboard options, including enrichment opportunities, physical activities and more.
Ship activities range from art tours to winemaking demonstrations. Spend your time at sea practicing cooking techniques in America's Test Kitchen or perfecting your photography and blogging skills in the Digital Workshop powered by Windows. If you need a break from learning, you can work up a sweat at one of the onboard sports venues, where you can play basketball and volleyball. You can also soak up the sun by the pool. For an additional fee, you can partake in treatments at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon or participate in a class or personal training session at the fitness center.
Although Holland America cruises primarily cater to travelers ages 50 and older, those traveling with children can take advantage of Club HAL. The kids club provides supervised activities – including storytelling, arts and crafts projects, scavenger hunts and themed parties – for guests ages 3 to 17.
All Holland America ships feature a casino; alternatively, you can mingle with fellow passengers in one of the bars or lounges, or enjoy Broadway-style performances in the theater. Several ships in the fleet also feature the B.B. King's Blues Club, where a blues band performs nightly.
When it comes to dining, Holland America sets itself apart with its flexible "As You Wish" meal plan. "As You Wish" offers you the choice between assigned dinner times or a more flexible schedule – at no extra charge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the main Dining Room, with set dinner times at 5:45 and 8 p.m. Alternatively, you can arrive at any time between 5:15 and 9 p.m. to be seated at the first available table. The Dining Room takes dinner reservations, but walk-ins are also welcome (though you may have to wait for a table). You must choose flexible or pre-set dining times when you book your cruise, and the fare covers all meals served at Lido Market, Dive-In and New York Pizza. Room service and afternoon tea at Tea Time are also included in the cost of your cruise.
Aboard each ship, you'll also find the Pinnacle Grill, which offers high-end lunch and dinner service. Another specialty restaurant, Canaletto, offers Italian-inspired meals. Additional specialty dining venues can be found on other ships. Meals at specialty restaurants require an additional fee, and prices vary by venue. Holland America recommends making dinner reservations for specialty restaurants prior to boarding, while lunch reservations for the Pinnacle Grill can only be made on board.
Food and Drink Packages
Holland America offers a few dining packages that can save cruisers some coin if they plan to dine at specialty restaurants multiple times during their vacation. These include the Signature Dining Package ($35 per person for one night at the Pinnacle Grill and one night at Canaletto), the Distinctive Dining Package ($50 per person for one dinner each at the Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto and Tamarind) and the Evenings in the Pinnacle Package ($52 per person for two nights at the Pinnacle Grill). See the cruise line's website for specifics on other dining packages and details.
Freshly squeezed juices are available in Lido Market during breakfast hours, but unless otherwise specified, beverages are not included in the cost of your cruise. Several drink packages are available. The Quench Beverage Package offers unlimited nonalcoholic beverages and specialty coffees for $17.95 per person, per day. The Coca-Cola Package covers unlimited fountain drinks for $8 per person, per day. The Water Package provides 12-liter bottles of water for $32. The Signature Beverage Package offers standard wines, beers, liquors, sodas, coffees and cocktails (up to an $8 value each) and costs $44.95 when booking online (it's an additional $5 if purchased on board). The Elite Beverage Package includes premium spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, coffees, nonalcoholic drinks, bottled water and sodas (up to a $15 value each) for $54.95 per person, per day. And starting at $252 per person, the Cellar Master Package consists of five wine bottles, a standard and premium wine tasting, a dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, a wine accessory gift set and a Holland America Line commemorative bottle of wine.
Cruisers may also purchase drink cards for $25, $50, $100 or $250, plus a 15 percent gratuity charge. Guests are allowed to bring up to 750 milliliters of wine or Champagne in their carry-on luggage at the beginning of the trip and will not be charged a corkage fee if the beverage is consumed in their stateroom. Drinking it (or bottles purchased in port) in the onboard restaurants will cost an $18 corkage fee.
In the evenings, passengers are required to follow a dress code in all public areas. There are two different dress codes: "Smart Casual" and "Gala." On "Smart Casual" nights, you can wear pants (including non-distressed denim), T-shirts, sweaters and skirts. On "Gala" nights, men are expected to wear collared shirts and slacks, and women are asked to don slacks, dresses or skirts. You will not be allowed to enter the restaurants in the evening if you are not adhering to the dress codes.
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