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What To Do On A Holland America Cruise


Every day aboard a Holland America Line cruise ship brings a wealth of onboard cruise activities and new things to do, along with the freedom to partake in as many — or as few — as you please. It's an opportunity to try something new that surprises you, every day. Dabble, discover, daydream — do everything, or do nothing at all.

Whether you want to workout in the Fitness Center, learn yoga, pamper yourself with a massage and spa treatment, or listen to music and check your email in the Explorations Café, there's a perfect onboard activity for everyone.

In every cruise port, make your cruise vacation even more memorable with our extensive Shore Excursions program of activities. See, explore, discover: arts and cultural activities, athletic expeditions, city tours, shopping and more on our cruises.


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Embrace your culinary passion 

The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine® magazine, offers a groundbreaking experience that combines a love of food and wine with unique and engaging programs. Join us in our theater-style venue and state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for the following experiences:

  • Hands-on cooking classes:
    Unleash your inner chef and learn new culinary skills alongside our award-winning chefs and culinary guests.

  • Appearances by special guest chefs:
    Some of the world’s leading culinary experts will join us on board for live cooking shows, book signings and special menu offerings.

  • Winetasting and mixology:
    Delight your palate with innovative food and wine pairings handcrafted by visiting vintners and our own Holland America Line cellarmasters. On selected cruises, take home Food & Wine® recipe cards and wine tasting notes along with copies of the magazine.

  • Regionally inspired workshops:
    Discover the secrets and unique traditions of regional cuisine, from the flavors of Alaska to pasta making in the Mediterranean. Local market tours are available in selected ports of call.

  • Enjoy the program broadcast:
    Each program can be viewed from the comfort of your stateroom via broadcast.

  • Just for kids
    Workshops and lively demonstrations for kids and teens offering basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety and recipe instruction. Workshops are offered for two age groups: ages 3-7, and ages 8-15; space is limited for workshops. Demonstrations are open to all ages.


Previous Food & Wine® guests include:

  • Jacques Torres - Chocolatier Extraordinaire.
  • Max McCalman - Maître Fromager, Artisanal Premium Cheese.
  • Susan Sokol Blosser - President and wine visionary, Sokol Blosser Winery, Dundee, OR.

Scheduled culinary experts are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Scheduling of classes can be done on board only and cannot be pre-reserved prior to sailing.


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Chef George Geary

George Geary

  • ms Oosterdam
  • 14-DAY SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN
  • Nov 25, 2016
George Geary
Former Pastry Chef, Disney Corp. Culinary Journalist, Author and Educator Corona, CA

Chef George Geary is an award-winning author of nine cook books ranging from baking to sauces to how to create the perfect donut. Previously Geary worked in the film and TV industry creating many of the foods seen on television shows such as The Golden Girls, and in print media for large department stores including Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.


View Culinary Guest Biography

Chef Leslie Sbrocco

Leslie Sbrocco

  • ms Koningsdam
  • 7-DAY EASTERN CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY
  • Dec 23, 2016
Leslie Sbrocco
An award-winning author, writer, speaker, wine consultant and television host

Sure, Leslie Sbrocco can teach you a whole new way to experience wine. But to speak of her as a wine educator is a bit limiting, since you'll likely come away from one of her classes empowered. She's authored two books on wine, hosted the PBS series "Check Please!" and founded both WineToday.com and the women's wine-and-networking group Thirsty Girl. But her greatest gift may be her ability to get you to rethink what's possible in your own life. That, and she'll crack you up. Sbrocco is currently the wine consultant for the Kimpton Hotel Group and Virgin America Airlines.


View Culinary Guest Biography


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Demonstrations & Classes


Hosted by the on-board party planner, classes take place in the Culinary Arts Center, a first-class “show kitchen at sea,” or in one of the many bars and lounges. The line schedules classes throughout the day on both sea and port days to fulfill the demand for the culinary program.

Ranging from seasonal cuisine to fruit and vegetable art, the flavorful and fun classes enable guests to learn from Holland America Line’s own professional culinary staff and discover the finer art of entertaining during their cruise. Itinerary themed) cooking demonstrations focus on the ship’s sailing region and bring the local flavors on board. When in Alaska, the program offers “Flavors of the Northwest” and “Fresh Ketch.” Guests sailing on Caribbean itineraries may learn how to make jerk chicken or shrimp scampi, while those on Mediterranean cruises could prepare pasta with chorizo sauce or a warm crostini with classic caponata and mozzarella.


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Signature Cooking Classes and Demonstrations


Each Culinary Art Center features a theater-style venue, with two large plasma video screens and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn from Holland America Line’s own professional culinary staff. Offered on all sailings and ranging from itinerary based cuisine to fruit and vegetable art, the flavorful and fun classes enable guests to discover the finer art of entertaining during their cruise. Sign up for an intimate hands on cooking class or attend one of the very popular cooking demonstrations in the theater.

three chefs

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Wine Tasting and Mixology

In conjunction with the Holland America Line Beverage team the Culinary Art Center offers a Signature Cocktail program where guests can learn how to prepare world class cocktails from one of the ship’s bartenders. Wine tastings hosted by the Cellar Master and Party Planner are also available on every cruise. You can enjoy two different tasting levels – Navigator Wine Tasting or Premium Wine Tasting.


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Learn Digital Photography, Video Editing, and Essential Windows Skills

Guests on Holland America Line cruises can learn how to display and share their vacation memories through the Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. This enrichment program, available on all ships, offers complimentary, informative sessions that are led by a Digital Workshop Host on a variety of relevant topics such as:

  • How to edit, enhance, and take better photos
  • How to upload and share files on the Cloud with friends and family using OneDrive
  • How to navigate and master the innovative features of the latest Windows operating system
  • How to find the right PC for your lifestyle and budget

Click on the Digital Workshop link on the right to see the blog detailing many topics covered in the Digital Workshop as well as other topics that may be interesting.


The jargon-free interactive classes include:

  • Make movies with Windows 10
  • Store and share with OneDrive
  • Get creative with Photo Gallery
  • Learn to use your digital camera
  • Find the right device for you
  • Use Windows 10 Mail and Calendar
  • Share stories with Windows 10
  • Keep your photos organized
  • Learn to navigate Windows 10
  • Get fit with Windows 10
  • Make Windows 10 your own
  • Entertain with Windows 10
  • Safe and sound with Windows 10
  • Manage your email with Outlook.com
  • Search anywhere and everywhere
  • Organize and collaborate with OneNote
  • Be there with Skype
  • What's new in Windows 10
  • Do more with Microsoft Edge
  • Get to know Cortana

Guests can choose to attend all or just some of these 45-minute workshops, each of which will be offered at various times and days throughout each cruise. Multiple workshops will be held every day. In addition, Q&A Time with your Digital Workshop Host will be available every day.


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Refresh, Relax and Rejuvenate

Of all the fascinating places you can visit on a Holland America Line cruise ship, none rejuvenates and relaxes like the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, featuring heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Choose the blissful pampering of a facial therapy or let the trained fingers of a massage therapist soothe your muscles while working fragrant oils into your skin. Enjoy therapeutic water treatments as you steam in a thermal suite or bathe in herbs, all the while cruising to exotic destinations and enjoying the indulgences that are a signature feature of luxurious Holland America Line cruises.

Relaxing treatment rooms onboard our cruise ships also offer breathtaking views where guests can enjoy exotic skin, body and hair treatments ranging from hot stone massages and pedicures to hair styling and facials. Facilities include:

  • A hydrotherapy pool bubbling with warm, therapeutic sea water. Available on select ships only.
  • Heated ceramic lounge reminiscent of an opulent Turkish bath except ms Prinsendam.
  • Private treatment rooms, including couple's massage rooms.
  • Massage therapy inspired by an exotic blend of cultures — from Hawaiian Lomi Lomi to the Thai Herbal Poultice Massage.
  • The latest exotic skin, body, hair and nail treatments.
  • Knowledgeable, professional therapists trained to guide you through your spa experience.

For rejuvenation through exercise, Holland America Line spas offer fitness classes to help you achieve optimum health and vitality. Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycling and cardio circuit training are available for participants at all levels. Take advantage of treadmills, stationary bikes, stairsteppers, rowing machines, weights and weight machines. Staffed with professionals, the tranquil Greenhouse Spa & Salon invites guests to embrace sensory indulgence on a luxurious cruise vacation to remember.

Because the Greenhouse Spa & Salon is such a popular destination, we encourage you to book spa appointments in advance from your My Account page. After you sign in to your account, click "My Reservations," then "View My Itinerary" to browse available spa treatments and services. You can also book appointments once on board. To order Greenhouse Spa products online, visit www.timetospa.com.


Spa Suites & Staterooms

 Nieuw Amsterdam Spa Ocean-view stateroom

Stay in a Spa Suite or stateroom and enjoy exclusive spa amenities throughout your cruise vacation. These suites and staterooms feature modern spa amenities such as yoga mats and an iPod® docking station all while cruising to exotic cruise destinations. Also available are exclusive spa treatments from the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Learn More



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Hula dancer

Culinary Arts demonstration

Holland America Line Goes "On Location"


From steel drum lessons in the Caribbean, to tai chi with a master in Asia, to Celtic fiddlers in the Canadian Maritimes—Holland America Line’s "On Location" program brings local culture to life showcasing unique entertainment and enriching activities as well as the cuisine of each region.

"On Location" provides so many experiences for guests to enjoy, like taking a Tango lesson in Argentina, a hula class in Hawaii or searching the southern sky with an astronomer in the South Pacific, the options go on and on. The Culinary Arts Center also comes alive as visiting chefs from along the route add local flavor to cooking shows and hands-on classes. Guests may choose to prepare the perfect salmon in Alaska, make sushi in Asia or learn to enhance dishes with the spices of the Caribbean. Wine lovers can pair food with the perfect wine as experts from vineyards in Europe, Australia and Chile host tastings.

There will also be a new sizzle to Holland America Line’s menus each day. Our onboard chefs will create dishes using locally sourced ingredients, which will delight our guests with an enticing array of regional cuisine.


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Recreation and Fitness
  • Fully equipped Fitness Center
  • Classes in low-impact aerobics, yoga and Pilates
  • Basketball, ping pong, tennis, volleyball, walk-a-mile
  • Golf putting greens on the ms Prinsendam
  • Golf shore excursions in selected ports

Fitness Center and Onboard Recreations

Holland America Line makes it easy for you to stay fit and trim while on your journey with fully equipped fitness centers (minimum age for guests using the fitness center is 16 years old) and sports courts. Fitness centers aboard each ship include exercise and weight training equipment, and sports courts may include tennis, volleyball or basketball. Our broad, generously proportioned teak decks are perfect for walkers and joggers, and when you are finished exercising, cool off in one of our pools. To maintain or achieve optimum health, work with one of our qualified personal trainers or take one of our fitness classes lead by knowledgeable instructors. Fitness classes may include:

  • Pathway to Yoga: Yoga is an ancient Hindu practice that offers a pathway to enlightenment through specific postures and breathing techniques. We offer a variety of Yoga styles in classes for students of all levels.
  • Mat Pilates: Developed in the 1920s by the legendary personal trainer Joseph Pilates, the Pilates method is an exercise system that combines posture and controlled moves. Our class is mat based and appropriate for students of
    all levels.
  • Cardio Ki-Bo Circuit Training: A great combination of Chi-releasing moves including boxercise, kickboxing and aerobic conditioning. We place emphasis on technique and help push you to your cardiovascular limit.


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Explorations Café

The Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times offers a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through one of the most extensive libraries at sea, view a wide array of audio and video programming, or simply read the morning paper. Guests can also enjoy fresh pastries and their favorite espresso drink provided by Torrefazione Italia. Additional highlights include:

  • Internet stations featuring news and email, with free access to The New York Times online edition (wireless hot spots also available for those traveling with laptops)
  • Destination-related content provided by The New York Times, as well as unique travel-related New York Times crossword puzzles
  • Large jigsaw puzzle tables
  • The Explorations Speaker Series on longer voyages, feature guest lecturers and discussions on varied topics related to the history, culture and cuisine of ports of call


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Art Tours

Holland America Line is known for the extensive art collections onboard each ship. Now, fine art goes high tech when you sail with Holland America Line. We invite you to enjoy the self-guided walking tour for each ship which highlights the art onboard an eclectic collection that is valued at tens of millions of dollars.

Narrated by well-known radio hosts Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, the 30- to 40-minute tours include walking directions, interviews with artists, background music and thumbnails of some of the artwork. Download the ship-specific art tour onto your personal iPod®, MP3 or portable media player before you embark on your Holland America Line cruise. Pre-loaded art tours are also available on board.

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ms Amsterdam

Art Tour icon A significant collection of maritime paintings and ship models can be found onboard ms Amsterdam, offering an insight into maritime history. You will discover two striking fabric murals by textile artist, Barbara Bruckman, Ming Dynasty figures from 17th-century China and a magnificent Astrolab clock in the atrium. Also, a beautiful inlaid marble table crafted by artisans in the town of Pietrasanta, Italy. Sports fans will be delighted by the display of signed baseballs including a ball signed by legendary Yankees outfielder Joltin' Joe DiMaggio!


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ms Eurodam

Art Tour icon Following in the Holland America Line tradition, the ms Eurodam features an exquisite art collection based on the theme, "The Dutch Golden Age — An Inexhaustible Tradition". Highlighting works by Dutch masters and contemporary artists, some of the pieces featured will include 17th-century watercolor maps by famed cartographer Johannes Vingboons, photo-realistic oil paintings by artist Jan van 't Hoff and The Nightwatch, Two Minutes Later, a contemporary reinterpretation of Rembrandt's famous painting.


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ms Maasdam

Art Tour icon The wooden figurehead in the Lido restaurant is a stunning example of maritime art that can be found throughout ms Maasdam. Other intriguing art featured on the self-guided art tour are two abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room, display cases filled with a collection of seven iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of Edo period. Also of interest is the set of marvelously detailed gilt and lacquered chests and an 18th-century ebony cabinet from England with reversed painting behind glass.


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ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Art Tour icon An important collection of antique and contemporary art celebrating the historic connections between New York and Amsterdam through the centuries can be found onboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. You'll find a magnificent mural called "Nieuw Amsterdam" by Harald Vlugt showing the historical ties between Nieuw Amsterdam and New York. There are major works by Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichstenstein as well as iconic photographs of the famous from Elvis to Paul Newman by paparazzo Ron Galella. Elsewhere there are examples of contemporary Dutch art and two intricate, inlaid marble tables crafted by artisans in the town of Pietrasanta, Italy. The atrium centerpiece is "Skyline Reflections", a massive abstract sculpture New York's iconic profile.


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ms Noordam

Art Tour icon Onboard ms Noordam you will discover museum-quality paintings such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. One of the most valuable pieces of furniture onboard the ship is a remarkable inlaid chest flanked by carved wooden 17th-century Baroque columns. Made in Germany in 1885, the chest is inlaid with ebony and precious stones.


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ms Oosterdam

Art Tour icon The stunning Waterford® crystal world globe in the Atrium on board ms Oosterdam is seven feet in diameter and was created using mouth blown and hand-cut lead crystal. Art pieces also include works by contemporary artists and nautical antiques. A rigging master's wooden ship model dating from 1810 and the dry card compass from the Galatea, the British yacht that competed in the 7th America's Cup yacht race, grace the Crow's Nest. At the Pinnacle Grill entrance is a jewel encrusted nautilus shell by Rodolfo Sanz and in the Lido Restaurant, an enormous painting by Robert Kushner.


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ms Prinsendam

Art Tour icon Art onboard ms Prinsendam includes a remarkable abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship by contemporary Norwegian artist Nicholas Widerberg. The sculpture actually moves slightly with the movement of the ship. Also featured in the art tour are a series of paintings by impressionist painter Neil Pinkett, one of Cornwall's most prominent artists, an outstanding collection of Roman Amphorae from 50 - 150 AD and murals of striking angel portraits silk screened with gold leaf and accented with bold colors.


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ms Rotterdam

Art Tour icon On board ms Rotterdam you will find exact replicas of the huge clay army discovered buried in Xian, China. Other art pieces include remarkable clocks and time pieces, contemporary art by recognized artists, and antiques that represent the rich seafaring heritage of Holland America Line. A highlight of the tour is a beautiful 18th-century ship model carved from bone, which according to Frits Lowmeijer, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam, "would be nice to put it in our collection."


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ms Veendam

Art Tour icon A floral theme is expressed through the art and decor onboard ms Veendam, from classic paintings of still life flowers to the stylized flowers in the small panels on the ceiling of the Piano Bar. During the art tour you will also discover a large collection of museum quality ship models, including valuable prisoner of war models made from bone. Other art pieces of interest are the round ceiling murals by Irish artist Wout Muller and rare tosei gusoku samurai armor from late 17th-century Japan.


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ms Volendam

Art Tour icon Art tour highlights onboard ms Volendam include a huge painting of a tulip by Tim Maguire, which has a wonderful luminous quality. You will also find an exquisite water color painting by Albert Herbert and a glass sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, who is known for creating monumental glass works. History enthusiasts will be enthralled by the display cases of rare pre-Colombian art including a female figure in earthenware found near Jalisco that dates from about 100 BC and an exceptional jaguar vessel found in Central America around 1500 AD.


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ms Westerdam

Art Tour icon Artist Susanna Holt's lifesize bronze dolphin sculpture graces the pool area onboard ms Westerdam. Art pieces range from a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway at the entrance to the dining room that measures 92 inches by 69 inches to a 5-inch-long bone tobacco pipe carved in the shape of a woman's head. The most valuable piece is a painting of the Port of Rotterdam, and the oldest is a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador.


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ms Zaandam

Art Tour icon An intricate 19th-century vase from the Meissen porcelain factory in Germany is one of the fascinating art pieces that can be found on board ms Zaandam. Other pieces of note include a glass sculpture by Italy's leading glass artist, Luciano Vistosi and a collection of museum-quality ship models. One of the themes on Zaandam is music. You'll find a grand organ in the center of the atrium and musical instruments, such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, used as art objects throughout the ship.


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ms Zuiderdam

Art Tour icon A painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist and icon, Andy Warhol, is one of the notable art works on board ms Zuiderdam. Art featured in the tour also includes medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright, cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building, and a massive floral painting by Charles Ben. You will also discover a large collection of antiques and centuries-old paintings throughout the ship.


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The Signature Shops


Discover a world-class shopping experience only steps away. The Signature Shops on board offer a great selection of fine jewelry, watches, fragrances, premium liquor, exclusive Holland America Line souvenirs and more all at tax and duty free savings. You’ll find many famous brands with designer names specially selected with you in mind. Our knowledgeable specialists will gladly answer all your questions and are dedicated to providing you with excellent service, helping to make your cruise vacation, relaxing and enjoyable.


Merabella Luxury Collection


Merabella Nieuw Amsterdam

This exclusive jewelry boutique offers a luxury shopping experience paired with unprecedented designs. Selected for their beauty and timeless elegance, our collection includes stunning designs from Le Vian, Tara Pearls, Effy Couture, Forevermark and many more. Guests can meet with the Merabella Manager on board to learn about these exquisite jewelry pieces. Merabella is available on all ships except for the ms Prinsendam.



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Wedding Cruises and Renewal of Vows at Sea...Creating and Recreating Memories


wedding couple


Weddings

Whether you prefer a simple ceremony and a small, elegant reception or lots of family and friends at a larger celebration, a wedding cruise on one of our elegant ships will launch a lifetime of memories. Choose to get married on board, under the palms on an exotic Caribbean island beach or on top of a majestic Alaskan glacier. No matter what your preference, our wedding cruises coordinator is ready to help you tailor a wedding package to meet your needs and help you and your loved ones have the ultimate onboard experience. Wedding cruise packages include:

  • A personalized ceremony
  • Wedding coordinator services
  • Flowers, cake, champagne, a photo album and a keepsake wedding certificate
  • Services such as photography, music, receptions and pampering appointments can also be added to customize your wedding cruise package

Wedding Facts

  • The average price of a small wedding with up to 10 guests at a traditional land location like a hall, club house or hotel, including officiant, cake and champagne, flowers and photography, in 2007, was $10,250.
  • For the same above, but also including a personal professional wedding coordinator to make sure the special day goes perfectly, a cruise ship onboard wedding with V.I.P. boarding, only costs an average of $2,500. That’s a 310% saving of $7,750.
  • The average cost of a wedding with reception in the US and Canada, but not counting honeymoon or gifts was $27,690. The average cost on board our ships or in port costs around 10-15% of that amount.
  • Weddings on board Holland America Line ships or in our various port cities (including international) equals a tremendous value accompanied by a once in a lifetime experience.

Wedding cruise packages are available on each ship in our fleet and start at $795 for a simple ceremony for two for North America and Caribbean sailings and $1,900 for European sailings. To arrange a North American or European wedding cruise, please use the following contact information:

North America/Caribbean & Europe:

Royal Ocean Events, Inc. 4803 Haviland Street, Suite 1 Delta, BC V4K 2V6 Canada PH: (604) 940-1181 or 1-888-475-5511 FAX: (604) 940-6216 info@royalwed.com


Renewal of Vows On Board

For couples that would like to say their wedding vows while at sea, Holland America Line offers an onboard Renewal-of-Vows package. As part of the package, the guests will receive flowers in their stateroom, and invitations are made available to invite guests to the ceremony and celebration. The couple also receives:

  • A 10x7 activity sheet
  • Dinner for two one evening in the Pinnacle Grill
  • A celebration featuring music, champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres served by Holland America Line's five-star staff

Onboard honeymoon, anniversary and renewal-of-vows packages may be booked through Holland America Line's Ship Services Department, (800) 541-1576.

Renewal of Vows at Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay Chapel

Guests that visit Half Moon Cay, the company's own island paradise, on Holland America Line Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises may renew their wedding vows on the island in a private, traditional Bahamian chapel nestled in a garden overlooking the sea. This is a more casual ceremony than on board and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical attire. Champagne and cake are served after the ceremony. Each couple is photographed on the island and the photo is delivered to their stateroom in a souvenir frame. Arrangements for renewal of vows at the chapel may be made through the Guest Relations Manager at the Front Office on board the ship.


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Wedding Cruises and Renewal of Vows at Sea...Creating and Recreating Memories


wedding couple


Weddings

Whether you prefer a simple ceremony and a small, elegant reception or lots of family and friends at a larger celebration, a wedding cruise on one of our elegant ships will launch a lifetime of memories. Choose to get married on board, under the palms on an exotic Caribbean island beach or on top of a majestic Alaskan glacier. No matter what your preference, our wedding cruise coordinator is ready to help you tailor a wedding package to meet your needs and help you and your loved ones have the ultimate onboard experience. Wedding packages can include:

  • A personalized ceremony
  • Wedding coordinator services
  • Flowers, cake, champagne, a photo album and a keepsake wedding certificate
  • Additional items such as photo packages, music, receptions and pampering appointments can also be added to customize your wedding cruise package

Wedding Facts

  • The average price of a small wedding with up to 10 guests at a traditional land location like a hall, club house or hotel, including officiant, cake and champagne, flowers and photography, in 2007, was $10,250.
  • For the same cost as the land wedding above, but also including a wedding coordinator to make sure the special day goes flawlessly, a cruise ship wedding only costs an average of $2,500. That’s a 310% saving of $7,750.
  • The average cost of a wedding with reception in the US and Canada, but not counting honeymoon or gifts was $27,690. The average cost on board our ships or in port costs around 10-15% of that amount.
  • Weddings on board Holland America Line ships or in our various port cities (including international) equals a tremendous value accompanied by a once in a lifetime experience.

Wedding packages are available on each ship in our fleet and start at $999 for a simple ceremony for two for North America and Caribbean sailings and $2,999 for European sailings. To arrange a North American or European wedding, please contact our wedding vendor that specializes in cruise ship weddings:

Royal Ocean Events, Inc.
5048 48th Ave
Delta, BC V4K 1V8 Canada
PH: (604) 940‐1181 or 1‐888‐475‐5511
FAX: (604) 940‐6216
info@royalwed.com
Website: Royalwed.com


Renewal of Vows On Board

For couples that would like to renew wedding vows while at sea, Holland America Line offers an onboard Renewal-of-Vows package. As part of the package, the guests will receive flowers in their stateroom, and invitations are made available to invite guests to the ceremony and celebration. The couple also receives:

  • A 10x7 photo
  • Keepsake certificate
  • Dinner for two one evening in the Pinnacle Grill
  • A celebration featuring music, champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres served by Holland America Line's five-star staff

Onboard honeymoon, anniversary and renewal-of-vows packages may be booked through Holland America Line's Ship Services Department, (800) 541‐1576.

Renewal of Vows at Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay Chapel

Guests that visit Half Moon Cay, the company's own island paradise, on Holland America Line Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises may renew their wedding vows on the island in a traditional Bahamian chapel nestled in a garden overlooking the sea. This is a more casual ceremony than on board and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical attire. Champagne and cake are served after the ceremony. Each couple is photographed on the island and the photo is delivered to their stateroom in a souvenir frame. Arrangements for renewal of vows at the chapel may be made through the Guest Relations Manager at the Front Office on board the ship.


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Shoreside Shopping Program


A Holland America Line cruise would not be complete without experiencing some of the world's best duty-free shopping. Holland America Line's Recommended Shopping Program will assist you in finding the finest treasures in selected ports of call with significant savings below U.S. retail prices. Each recommended store listed on the shopping map has been chosen on the basis of price, selection and reputation.

Check your onboard daily listing of all activities, for the location and times of the live Port & Shopping Talk, highlighting port information, Holland America Line's 30-day recommended shopping guarantee, participating store locations, specials, raffles, giveaways and more. Customs information, shopping maps and VIP discount coupons will be provided at the talk, as well as at the Shopping Desk on board.

For additional shopping information, while on your cruise, tune in to the All Ashore port and shopping programming on your in-stateroom TV, as well as your complimentary copy of Holland America Line's in-stateroom publication Compass, also found in your stateroom.


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Single Partners Program


Each Holland America ship hosts a gathering for Solo Travelers early during their cruise. And there are plenty of things for solo travelers to do that make it fun and easy to meet fellow cruisers. From cooking classes to computer instruction, dance classes to games, there's something for every interest and skill level.

You can count on our gracious staff and crew to make everyone feel welcome. Guests may even request to be seated with other singles at dinner. Many of our Single Partner Program guests have become fast friends and some even book future Holland America cruises together.

Single guests who agree to share a stateroom with another nonsmoking guest of the same sex pay only the per-person, double-occupancy rate. (If we can't find a partner for you, you cruise solo at the agreed-upon double-occupancy fare.) Single guests who prefer not to share a stateroom may book a double stateroom for 150 to 200 percent of the double occupancy fare, depending on the cruise and stateroom category. This program applies to selected staterooms on all ships in our fleet. The Single Partner Program is not available on Grand Voyages or Alaska Land+Sea Journeys.

We offer dance partners for single ladies on the following sailings:

  • ms Rotterdam 01/07/2016 — 91-Day Passage to the Far East
  • ms Amsterdam 01/05/2016 — 115-Day Grand World Voyage
  • ms Amsterdam 09/25/2016 — 53-Day Tales of the South Pacific
  • ms Prinsendam 01/04/2016 — 67-Day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage
  • ms Prinsendam 03/11/2016 — 55-Day Grand Mediterranean Voyage


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Youth Programs

On Holland America ships, we provide a wide variety of exciting youth and teen friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17. With supervised fun for our younger guests, the entire family can have the cruise vacation of their dreams.

Safe and Managed Supervision

You can feel at ease knowing that your child's onboard experience is safe and well-managed. Our commitment is to create an environment for all children that is safe, nurturing and empowering.

All Club HAL® activities are supervised by full-time staff and are designed to be kid friendly and age appropriate. Youth Staff hold degrees in education, childhood development, recreation, leisure studies or related fields.

Holland America Line has a zero tolerance policy with respect to child abuse.

Club HAL is proud to be accredited by Praesidium, Inc., the national leader in child abuse prevention. Our decision to exceed national standards of care comes from our strong commitment to protect our staff and Club HAL participants. Safety is always our primary concern in Club HAL. Strict policies and procedures are in place to facilitate effective monitoring and supervision in order to protect youth from abuse. At no time are adults permitted to remain in the Youth Center unless attending to a special needs child during activities.

Accredited by Praesidium Inc.

Programs Available
  • Club HAL® — Kids*: Children, ages 3-6, can participate in such activities as pirate treasure hunts, storytelling, "Little Artists" crafts, ice cream sundae parties and a farewell pajama party.
  • All children participating in Club HAL must be at least three years of age at the time of sailing and completely toilet trained. No diapers or pull–ups are permitted in the Youth Center. Youth Staff cannot assist children in the restroom.
  • Club HAL® — Tweens*: Tweens, ages 7-12 take part in Xbox tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts, karaoke disco parties and participate in the award-winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Alaska Program.
  • The Loft for Teens*: Teens, ages 13-17 enjoy mocktail mixology classes, late night sporting competitions, hip hop classes, guys verses girls scavenger hunts, tech classes and teen-only night club events. When there are more than 100 children on board, a HAL Talent Show is offered. (The Loft is not available on Prinsendam.)
  • Culinary Arts Center: Hands-on cooking classes for kids and teens offering basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety and recipe instruction. Workshops are offered for two age groups: ages 3-7, and ages 8-15. Parents must register their children on board at the Front Office.

*On the ms Prinsendam, youth activities are offered for ages 5-17. All other ships offer youth activities for ages 3-17.

Parents/Guardians should note that each program features age specific events and children are required to participate in the program designed for their chronological age. No exceptions will be made.

Daily Programs

Times may vary based on the number of children on board and staffing:

Kids and Tweens

  • Sea Days: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Port Days: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Teens

  • Sea Days: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  • Port Days: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (non-hosted) and 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Special Needs

Club HAL recognizes that some children may have special needs. All children are invited to attend activities based on their chronological age. Club HAL has many staff trained to work with children with special needs. Guests should make Holland America Line aware of this when booking their reservation.

Additional Family Services

Holland America Line is dedicated to making your family's cruise vacation memorable and happy for each member of your family. We serve a wide variety of kid-pleasing food, including a variety of appetizers, salads and soups, and standard items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and chicken, plus chef's specials like beef tacos, grilled cheese, fish and chips and spaghetti. Baby food and a limited number of high chairs, booster seats and cribs are available on board. These items must be requested in advance of boarding. Special kid-friendly birthday parties can also be arranged with advance notice.

Babysitting Services

Limited babysitting services are available through the Front Office for a small surcharge for children 5 years of age and under. This service is provided by staff on a volunteer basis, and may not always be available. Babysitting services are not offered while the ship is in port.