Holland America Line – Premium Cruise Line

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 About Holland America Line:

With more than 138 years of experience, Holland America Line is recognized as the undisputed leader in the cruise industry’s premium segment.  Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 350 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.

If you are looking for spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries this is a perfect cruise line for you.

Innovative programs and superior amenities have consistently placed Holland America Line among the highest-rated premium cruise lines and have earned Holland America Line the prestigious Five Star diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and one of the highest rate of repeat guests in the industry.

Holland America Line also continues to set new standards for environmental leadership.  Through hard work and dedication, Holland America Line earned its ISO 14001 certification in June 2006.  As the internationally recognized standard for environmental management, ISO 14001 encompasses virtually every aspect of their ships’ operations.  Signature of Excellence is a promise from every Holland America Line employee to every guest- a commitment to provide a truly extraordinary experience and tremendous value.

Best for:

Adults and families taking a multigenerational vacation.  Holland America Line has a broad appeal and offers programs and activities for a wide range of ages such as senior looking for new friends, solo travelers and 40 and 50 somethings looking for a couple’s vacation.  Those looking for a premium vacation experience without glitz.

Those seeking a private island experience:

Holland America’s Half Moon Cay has been ranked “Best Private Island” by Porthole Cruise Magazine for 14 years running and is located on Little San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.  (The island must remain 98% undeveloped as an international bird sanctuary.)  The Cay’s 700-acre lagoon allows guests to feed stingrays and enjoy various water sports, a children’s aqua park and a buoyed personal watercraft course.  Other features include private beach side cabanas with private butler service, showers and misters and eco-tours by glass-bottom boat.


  • Amsterdam (1,380 passengers)
  • Eurodam (2,104 passengers)
  • Koningsdam (2,650 passengers)
  • Maasdam (1,258 passengers)
  • Nieuw Amsterdam (2,106 passengers)
  • Noordam (1,924 passengers)
  • Oosterdam (1,916 passengers)
  • Prinsendam (835 passengers)
  • Rotterdam (1,404 passengers)
  • Veendam (1,350 passengers)
  • Volendam (1,432 passengers)
  • Westerdam (1,916 passengers)
  • Zaandam (1,432 passengers)
  • Zuiderdam (1,916 passengers)

Atmosphere and experience onboard:

Spacious and comfortable ships, high-quality service and five star dining options, with abundant activities and enrichment programs for many interests.

Destinations served:

  • Alaska and Yukon
  • Asia
  • Australia and South Pacific
  • Bermuda
  • Canada and New England
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Grand Voyages
  • Hawaii and Tahiti
  • Mexico
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South America and Antarctica


This premium line has traditionally been known for having an older clientele but has made a shift in recent ears to encompass a more diverse group.  Holland America Line is known for mulitgenerational travel with a variety of activities and programs for all ages.

Policies regarding children onboard:

Reservations will not be accepted for infants 6 months or younger for non-trans-ocean sailings or 12 months or younger from trans-ocean sailings at the time of cruise.  There are no programs for children under 3.  There are children’s programs and babysitting services available on board. For more information:


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