Holland America Line 2021 Member Review Highlights

Cruiseline.com member share their experiences of cruising with Holland America post-pandemic. - Photo by Holland America Line

Holland America Line is back cruising again from the United States! The line resumed operations on July 24, 2021, offering a series of Alaska cruises from Seattle on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The line has since resumed sailing several ships from various ports across the country.  

When it comes to cruising, some of the most common questions on everyone’s mind right now is what is it like to sail right now? To help answer this question and provide you with some insight on what the ‘new world’ of cruising looks like, Cruiseline.com rounded up some of our top tips from members who have sailed with Holland America in 2021. Reviews are divided into the ships that have resumed cruising, so you can better have an understanding of what you can expect for embarkation, new health protocols, and what you can expect onboard. 

Check back here often - we will continually be making updates as more Holland America Line ships come back into service! 

Nieuw Amsterdam - Resumed Cruising on July 24, 2021 

Average Return to Cruising Ranking (As of November 2021): 4 out of 5 Stars 

Embarkation was the quickest and easiest of my 15 cruises. - Swanie on Embarkation 

It's a nice size ship with very few children so it's great for someone who wants a relaxing, restful environment while sailing. - Ship Tip by Dono797

Loved the ship. Felt like a traditional and classic ship and the level of cleanliness was consistent and spotless. Masks were provided and saw staff regularly cleaning common areas, standing by to clean between shows, etc. Sings clearly marked locations on the ship so it was fairly easy to navigate. Felt very comfortable and not too large. - gopher2 on Ship Quality 

Even though this was a late-in-the-season Alaska cruise we were excited to be back cruising. Holland America made this cruise safe and very efficient. As usual, Holland America's crew members provided excellent service throughout. The Nieuw Amsterdam is a beautiful ship and seemed to be very clean and well maintained. - esimpson on Overall Experience

We liked the fact that the kitchen staff were dishing up the food. We enjoyed our meals in the dining room, Pinnacle Grill, buffet, and room service. - Lsimpson on Dining

Great return to cruising. Ship clean. Service is amazing. - bobseddy on Overall Experience

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Koningsdam - Resumed Cruising on October 10, 2021 

Average Return to Cruising Ranking (As of November 2021): 4.1 out of 5 Stars 

The ship was not full - so the pools were never crowded. - DeberaT on Onboard Activities

Everything was clean, updated, and easy to get around! Not having a full ship probably made it easier to get Elevators, etc, but we liked it's elegance! - pamelbers559 on Ship Quality

First cruise back for the ship and crew. 50% capacity, very clean ship, super friendly crew. Best cruise ever. - Gmatraveler on Overall Experience 

This was the first sailing for the season. There were times that service was slow - but the staff was so friendly and were eager to correct any issues. - DeberaT on Service and Staff

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