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About Holland America Line

Multigenerational families and experienced travelers love these sophisticated, if staid, ships. The understated professionalism of the crew and staff stands out: If minimalism and competence help you relax at a time when travel comes with considerable anxiety, you’ll rest easy on a cruise with Holland America. The well-stocked New York Times-branded libraries have a way of making larger ships feel homey, and live entertainment includes the B.B. King’s Blues Club and “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom dancing lessons on sea days.

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Best for

Multigenerational families and (generally older) seasoned travelers.

Not for

Kids or kids at heart. If you’re seeking sporty recreation or a constant party, a Holland America cruise will seem staid.

We love

  • The expertise of Holland America's crew and staff. 
  • Elite excursions — like an after-hours tour of St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum —give you “backstage” access.
  • Port-focused itineraries that overnight at docks encourage guests to explore places on their own, engaging with cities rather than speed-dating them.  
  • The intimate public spaces, such as the Silk Den, Pinnacle Wine Bar, Explorer’s Lounge, and well-stocked New York Times-branded library have a way of making larger ships feel homey. 
  • The co-branded live entertainment options, including the B.B. King’s Blues Club and “Dancing With the Stars” lessons, are a nice touch.
  • Holland America's generously sized staterooms are 25 percent larger than competitors’ cabins. 

We could live without

  • Holland America's Lido deck dining: It’s charmless, crowded, and one of few lunch options.
  • When it’s too cool for the pool, some teens and tweens could feel under-stimulated without the bowling alleys, skating rinks, and rock-climbing walls that keep kids amused on other lines.

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What Cruisers Say

  • LoreL says ...

    The staff really went above and beyond. When you stood still for a moment someone came and asked if you needed help. Everyone was smiling and willing to help you in any way.The room steward was excellent Read Full Review
  • LorettaM says ...

    We had an inside cabin and it was just fine. Still had awesome service, very clean room, all we needed. Read Full Review

15 Holland America Line Ships


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One of the great things about taking a cruise on the Amsterdam, one of the world's largest luxury cr...

Sails to:
Alaska Alaska - Inside Passage Canada, New England, New York Coastal - West Coast Panama Canal, Central America
Sails from:
Amsterdam, Netherlands Auckland, New Zealand Boston, Massachusetts Callao (Lima), Peru Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Montreal, Quebec San Diego, California Seattle, Washington Singapore Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia


Price: $    Ship Size: L
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The Eurodam was the first in a new class of ships aptly called the Signature Class - an evolution in...

Sails to:
Alaska - Inside Passage Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western Coastal - West Coast
Sails from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida San Diego, California Seattle, Washington Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia


Price: $$    Ship Size: L
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First of the new Pinnacle-class ships and set to debut in February 2016,the Koningsdam will be Holla...

Sails to:
Alaska - Inside Passage Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Coastal - West Coast
Sails from:
Buenos Aires, Argentina Callao (Lima), Peru Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida San Diego, California Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

Ship Size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers


  • $$$$: $1500 and up
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