Holland America

Good day all,

Some of you know I went on a family trip to Hawaii during the Hurricane. It was a family trip, with as many family member we could scare up.

Now we are starting to plan the next Family trip.

So. My project is a cruise... go figure....

Alaska from Vancouver return.

I would like thoughts and comments on Holland America versus NCL.

A 7 day return to Vancouver on HAL is about 70% of the price of a B2B from Vancouver to Seward and back to Vancouver. NCL  offers free drink packages and dining packs each way, or excursion credits  and wifi. I am looking to book probably 5 or 6 cabins.

Now I want to hear from folks that have done both. Bear in mind that we as a group can party a bit. Nothing to wild but we do enjoy socializing with each other.

Thoughts and comments?

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Alaska

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HAL is old time cruising.  Most of HAL clients are seniors.  HAL has very good food but set for senior diet,  nothing to out of the norm,  nothing to spicy but good quality and great service.  Hal does not have all the entertainment or activities as the floating amusement parks have.

 

For a family of mixed ages I'd think NCL would be a better fit because of the options they offer.   If all going are older and want great service and a higher end experiance then I'd say go HAL.

 

You know I'm not an NCL fan,  but for a family I'd say go NCL.

Well I will take a stab at this. Holland America is definitely an older crowd than NCL and things close up earlier on Holland than on NCL. You will have more bar entertainment on NCL than you will on Holland. 

 Holland I believe have reduced the live acts in the lounges. Their solo guitarist is gone, the last cruise they still had the Adagio strings and if memory serves some ships have BB king bands. 

 I don’t think you would have any problems with you party group on either line. Wish I could offer more.

Any and all input is welcome.

So HAL is for the older cruiser. Good to know.

We hope, if this works out, to bring our toddler granddaughter with us and maybe the other grandkids and their parents. My sisters and I are the oldest, the rest of the pack ranges from 30 to 50.

I am not a fan or NCL but I am of HAL.  Yes, a lot of older passengers go on HAL but shorter cruise have more of a mix.  For an Alaskan cruise, I woud recommend HAL.  They were the first to cruise to Alaska and know the area inside and out.  The food and service on board is fine.  I am sure that which ever cruise line thatyou use, you will have a great cruise.  This is one of my favorite destinations.  

HAL caters to a more mature clientele.   Quiet, well behaved seasoned passengers.  They have a few cool traditions when sailing to the glaciers.   They serve hot split pea soup and a hot chocolate while on deck.  The sidewalks roll up after 11pm.  The ships don't have a lot of "toys" to play with.  Just pools, bars, dining - low key.  But I like it.

 

NCL - far more diverse age group.  Caters more to younger families and the ships have a lot more amenities to keep all ages entertained.  And I like this line too.

 

Both are nice lines, but distinctly different personalities.  If you're traveling with kids or young adults  - NCL.  If its all adults who don't stay up all night - HAL.

I've never been on NCL, but I just had to jump in.  HAL is NOT the cruise line of "older cruisers".  My husband and I are in our mid-40s and absolutely love HAL.  We've seen all sort of of people on board--from young newlyweds on their honeymoon to seniors to tweens and younger.  HAL is the best at sailing to Alaska.  Service is great.  Food is great.  No, it is not a party ship.  So, if you are looking for a spring break-like experience, then HAL is not for you.  If you are looking for a great experience and classic cruising, I would encourage you to try HAL.

Glad you wrote that LaCastillo, I totally agree with you. We have been sailing with HAL for over 10 years and have not been disappointed. Every cruise we have been on has people of all ages. It is not a party cruise though so if you want to party all night please pick another cruise line.

Holland has a little older clientele.  Ships have less bells n whistles, no rock climbing or go-carts,  NCL has more of those more modern amenities.   I've like both.

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