Holland America Line

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About Holland America Line

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Best Line for Suites

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.

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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Service and Staff

81% Loved it!
"As always ion Holland America, the staff was TERRIFIC! Never in the way but always at hand. I especially enjoyed the towel zoo we acquired..." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

80% Loved it!
"They have it down to a science. Much better than most." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

70% Loved it!
"My stateroom was great, I practicaly lived on the balcony. We we at the front ofthe ship next to only one cabin, so there was no noise problems...." Read More

Ship Quality

69% Loved it!
"Very clean, always someone cleaning something. Could use more waste baskets throughout the ship, for example, by the elevators." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

66% Loved it!
"Fantastic ports of call with plenty of time to sight see in each port." Read More

Food and Dining

64% Loved it!
"Food was fantastic. Wait staff wonderful. I actually tried a few new dishes, and if I did not care for them, my waiter happily replaced it..." Read More


49% Loved it!
"OOps, too much time in the casino, missed a few shows. But the shows I saw were great. The casino staff was suburb. Ready to teach any game..." Read More

Onboard Activities

44% Loved it!
"Well stocked game room, library; great lectures. I didnt get to HALF the things I wanted to do onboard." Read More

Children's Programs

34% Loved it!
"this wa the best my child was in good hands she was in a childrens spot for infants to teens" Read More

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