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Holland America

Holland America

Overview of Holland America

Holland America Cruise Line continues to upgrade and enhance their ships so that they continue their Signature of Excellence and ensure the satisfaction of every passenger! This investment is an investment in the continued happiness of every guest, and reflects the dedication of the Holland America Cruise Line to extraordinary service and providing top-of-the-line amenities. These amenities include the most luxurious and comfortable staterooms you've ever laid eyes on! Enjoy the painstaking detail that Holland America places at your service - whether it's chocolate on your pillow, a personal bathrobe, or extra-fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. The staterooms are spacious, and many have verandahs; each room features daily housekeeping, televisions with DVD or VCR players, Staterooms also feature plenty of storage, complimentary fresh fruit, ice, and shoeshine service, premium linens, a nightly turndown service, and even complimentary 24-hour in-room dining!

Holland America offers a premium service; you'll know you're in good hands from the moment you board your cruise! Warm greetings, gracious staff, and special training ensure that your trip goes without a hitch! Each ship has one crew member for every two guests, and everyone is dedicated to helping to make your vacation memorable!

One of the ways that Holland America stands out from its competitors is through its enrichment program. Its ships feature the Culinary Arts Center, which is presented by Food & Wine magazine! At the Culinary Arts Center, you'll enjoy a demonstration kitchen with a Master Chef who will show you how to make all of the delicious meals that you enjoy in the dining rooms! There are also digital workshops, art tours, and travel guides that provide insight into the areas you are going to explore when your ship reaches port! Another way that Holland America stands out in the industry is with their Single Partners Program for guests who are traveling alone - they will make everyone feel welcome, and provide unique opportunities to meet fellow cruisers! They even offer dance partners for single ladies! The staff will help you seat yourself with other single guests at dinner, too, so you can meet as many people as you want!

Onboard recreation is an amazing thing to behold with Holland America Cruises. These ships are outfitted with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and offer aerobics, yoga, Pilates, basketball, ping-pong, tennis, volleyball, golf putting greens, and even golf shore excursions! Work up a sweat, or relax and soothe your body and mind - everything is possible! The Greenhouse Spa and Salon is a heavenly spa area that will rejuvenate your muscles and mind. Fragrant oil treatments, hot stone massages, pedicures, facials and more are all offered here. Enjoy private treatment rooms, as well as knowledgeable, professional therapists! Each ship also has unique pool areas that have hot tubs, lounge chairs, and even poolside bars! So relax in the sun, make a splash in the water, and enjoy your cruise vacation! There is an Internet Café where you can check your email, and send pictures home to your friends and family. Check out the art galleries and exhibits, too! Holland America also provides supervised youth programs like Club HAL® for the children aged 3-7, and The Loft and The Oasis for teens! Supervision is safe and managed, and all activities are age-appropriate; these include drawing contests, story telling, puzzles, bingo, golf putting, disco parties, karaoke, video games, card games and more! There is even a Kids and Teens Culinary Arts Center Program where they can learn basic cooking techniques, and how to follow recipe instructions. Holland America also makes provisions for passengers with special needs - both children and adults!Special events are also a specialty of Holland America Line - you can plan your wedding, renew your vows, or throw an anniversary party!

Holland America offers fine dining and a variety of restaurants and venues to enjoy! Delicious and innovative menus range from casual bites by the pool, to a romantic five-course meal in a formal setting! Only the highest quality meats, produce, and seafood are served. Five-star meals are just the beginning - once you see the style and décor, experience the professional serving staff, and enjoy your meal, you'll know what a real dining experience really is! The main dining rooms are graced with fine art and antiques, and your meal is served on fine china; menus are divers and unique, and each night is a new experience! You can also choose to eat at a set time and place, or decide for yourself with a flexible open schedule! The Pinnacle Grill features intimate dining, Sterling Silver Beef®, and fresh seafood. Enjoy a delectable meal paired with an extensive wine list! The Lido Restaurant is great for breakfast and lunch. They also have made-to-order dinner entrees! The Terrace Grill on deck is another great spot for a casual meal; Explorations Café has pastries and espresso, and there's a Daily Afternoon Tea service! Enjoy late-night snacking, chocolate dessert extravaganza, an ice cream bar, and hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour! Meals can also be prepared for those with special dietary needs - vegetarian, diabetic, or gluten-free are a specialty! The ships also offer 24-hour room service, so you can dine in-room (and the best part is, it's complimentary!).

Entertainment on board a Holland America Cruise ship is one-of-a-kind! Nights are full of amazing choices and experiences. What better way to cap off a perfect cruising day, than to take in a spectacular show in one of their beautiful theaters. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of champagne as award-winning entertainers, many with Broadway credits, perform dazzling musical numbers, mind boggling illusions and uproarious comedy. Schedules for shows are typically twice a night - one earlier and one later in the evening, so you can choose when you'd like to enjoy the spectacle! These ships also have an on board movie theater with fresh popcorn, as well as the option to choose movies from the movie library for private in-suite viewing! Head out for a "night on the town" and enjoy the variety of bars and lounges! The Ocean Bar offers cocktails and dancing, while the Crow's Nest is a nightclub. Explorer's Lounge offers a great atmosphere for after-dinner cocktails and music, while the Piano Bar will give you a great sing-along show! The Northern Lights Disco is another hot spot, while the Queen's Lounge is a great lounge/theater venue. Finally head to the Sports Bar to catch your favorite teams on ESPN International! The casinos on each ship feature table games like poker, craps, roulette and blackjack, as well as slots, bingo, and even a cruise lottery where you can win a seven-day cruise! There are also tournaments to join with great cash prizes!

Holland America
Holland America
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Holland America Fast Facts
Classification Premium
Ships in fleet 13
Children Program Yes
Past Guest Mariner

Holland America Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to DepartureCancellation Charge Per Guest
75 to 57 Days Before TravelAn Amount Equal to Deposit Requirement
56 to 29 Days Before Travel50% of Gross Fare
28-16 Days Before Travel Days75% of Gross Fare
15 Days or Less Before Travel100% of Gross Fare
  • For most cruises and cruisetours, a refund (except for amounts paid for Cancellation Protection Plan) will be made for written cancellations received by Holland America at least 76 days before the date on which you are to commence travel.
  • For certain cruises and cruisetours, different cancellation policies apply. Please consult brochure for your cruise or cruisetour to confirm the applicable cancellation policy.
  • Cancellation fees apply to the entire cruise booking, including cruise fare, non-commissionable fare, air add-ons, ground transfers, pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel and tour packages.
  • Name changes and departure date changes are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to cancellation fees.