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  • Post: Rotterdam Features World-Class Floating Art Gallery Valued at Over $4.1 Million
    Published On: Nov 04, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 338|
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    Holland America Line ships have long been regarded as floating art galleries for their extensive collections of museum-quality pieces. Rotterdam is no exception, and guests are in for a visually rewarding journey with some of the most thought-provoking, striking and bold pieces in the fleet — including historical works and memorabilia from beloved previous sister ships. Rotterdam’s art collection is ...

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  • Post: A Dream Trip to the Galapagos Islands
    Published On: Aug 01, 2013|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 338|

    The Galapagos Islands are composed of 120 volcanic islands. Their extreme isolation has led to some pretty interesting animal species, and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Shore Excursion Manager Judy Hu dreamed of visiting the island for years. That dream became reality when she led the Galapagos Overland Adventure shore excursion during a 2012 South America Grand Voyage. The reason ...

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  • Post: ‘Samantha Brown’s Places to Love’ on PBS Showcases Holland America Line in Alaska
    Published On: Dec 19, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 2954|

    Celebrated travel expert Samantha Brown doesn’t just know where to travel, she knows how to get there. Holland America Line is partnering with Samantha to show off the splendors of Alaska on her hit PBS show “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” and next summer she’s hosting a cruise to Norway aboard our newest ship, Rotterdam. Holland ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Named Official Cruise Line of Professional Pickleball Association
    Published On: Dec 19, 2022|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 6802|

    Holland America Line is upping our game thanks to an exciting new partnership with the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Imagine a pickleball court where the vast ocean or an Alaskan glacier is the backdrop for your match. As the exclusive Official Cruise Line of the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), that’s what you can find on Holland America ...

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  • Post: New York Event Kicks Off 150th Anniversary Celebrations
    Published On: Nov 30, 2022|Categories: Featured What's New, Industry, What's New|Views: 2386|
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    On Oct. 26, Rotterdam sailed into New York City near the end of its 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Crossing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The voyage was the start of Holland America Line’s yearlong celebration of its founding 150 years ago on April 18, 1873. The crossing, which departed Oct. 15, left exactly 150 years to the day that the cruise line’s ...

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  • Post: Service Dog Sails into Elite Status with Holland America Line
    Published On: Oct 27, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 789|

    Holland America Line’s favorite four-legged friend, Joska the service dog, reached a milestone achievement of 700 cruise days on Rotterdam’s current 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Crossing, making her eligible to receive the Platinum Medallion, the highest past-guest award for cruising days. Joska, a 10-year-old black Labrador retriever, is the ultimate globetrotter and spends most of her days cruising on Holland America ...

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  • Post: Rotterdam Arrives at New York City on Historic Maiden Call
    Published On: Oct 27, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1036|
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    Holland America Line’s Rotterdam arrived at New York City yesterday morning on its maiden call to the city following a transatlantic crossing that departed Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 15. The ship is nearing the end of a 15-day cruise that is recreating the maiden voyage of Holland America Line’s first ship — Rotterdam I — that departed Rotterdam 150 years ...

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  • Post: What To Do in Greater Fort Lauderdale
    Published On: Sep 22, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 511|
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    As summer sunshine turns to fall foliage, we're thinking about one of our favorite cruise departure ports: Greater Fort Lauderdale. Nicknamed the “Venice of America,” this cosmopolitan destination offers 300 miles of winding waterways, a thriving art and culinary scene, and outdoor activities galore. See our list below for recommendations on what to do in Greater Fort Lauderdale before ...

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  • Post: Holland America Becomes First Cruise Line Certified Sustainable for Alaska Seafood by Responsible Fisheries Management
    Published On: Sep 06, 2022|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 602|
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    Holland America Line has been awarded Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification—making it the first cruise line to achieve this distinguished credential by serving only fresh, certified sustainable and traceable wild Alaska seafood. RFM certified all six of the cruise line’s ships that sail to Alaska following an independent audit. “Holland America Line has shared Alaska adventures with our guests ...

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  • Post: Taste the Flavors of Mexico
    Published On: Aug 18, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 233|
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    Mexico is a colorful culture, known for its deep history, rich customs and vibrant flavors. Holland America Line's Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez cruises are designed to showcase the different facets of each port, so whether you want to learn more about the region, take an adventurous tour or get to know the culture, there's something that will meet ...

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  • Post: The Best Shore Excursions for Book Lovers
    Published On: Aug 09, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 168|
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    Today is International Book Lovers day, and while a cruise is the perfect vacation to catch up on a good book lounging on deck overlooking the sea, it's also the ideal way to explore the homes, birthplaces and locales of your favorite author or book. From Prince Edward Island and the home of Anne of Green Gables to Isla Robinson ...

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  • Post: Experience the Best Beers Around the World
    Published On: Aug 05, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 134|
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    Today is International Beer Day, and Holland America Line has expertly crafted shore excursions around the world that show off the best brews — from Japan to Australia, Belgium to Oregon. The names you know like Guinness take center stage, but those who love the beverage will take delight in learning about the lesser known craft beers and local breweries ...

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  • Post: Rotterdam’s Naming Ceremony Was a Royal Affair
    Published On: May 30, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 5376|
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    It's official! While Rotterdam has been cruising since the fall, today in the city of Rotterdam we formally welcomed her as the flagship of our fleet in an affair fit for a royal! Following a tradition that started in the 1920s, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands christened the ship in a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and ...

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  • Post: What to Pack for Europe: Comfort is Key
    Published On: May 17, 2022|Categories: Cruise Planning, Featured Cruise, Preparations|Views: 1305|

    Europe takes fashion seriously, but that doesn’t mean you have to lug five suitcases across the ocean or teeter around on cobblestones in the world’s most uncomfortable shoes. Our packing list for Europe helps you pack smart, so you’ll be comfortable and stylish on cruise excursions. As our Europe cruises are a week or longer, start with a large suitcase ...

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  • Post: How Are We Celebrating 75 Years of Love for Alaska This Season?
    Published On: May 09, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 235|
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    This season in Alaska, Holland America Line is celebrating 75 years of exploring the Great Land. That is longer than it's been a state! We have an exciting season packed with special events, amazing programming and a strong focus on immersing our guests in Alaska culture, lifestyle and cuisine through authentic experiences on board and ashore. Guests won’t just cruise ...

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  • Post: Celebrating a Lifetime of Cruising Memories in Honor of Mother’s Day
    Published On: May 06, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 125|
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    Sunday is Mother's Day in many places around the world. To celebrate, we asked our Facebook fans to share a favorite memory of cruising with mom, a mother figure or their kids — and the response was overwhelming! We had so many of you share your favorite photos, thoughts and experiences. It's very clear from the comments that family cruising ...

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  • Post: How to Prepare for Your Cruise and Embarkation Day
    Published On: Apr 21, 2022|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 3208|

    It's hard to believe that your cruise is here! Today is departure day, and for the next seven, 10, 12, or maybe even 128 days, you're going to be cruising with us to new and wondrous places. For some of our guests, the ship is the destination and the ports we visit are an added bonus. Regardless, we're thrilled to ...

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  • Post: The Perfect Day in Skagway from Dawn Until Dusk
    Published On: Apr 19, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 323|
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    At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway — but today it has ...

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  • Post: How to Make the Most of Your 24 Hours in Istanbul
    Published On: Mar 03, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 244|
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    Arriving at Istanbul, Turkey, on board a ship is an unforgettable experience. The Bosphorus, dividing Europe and Asia, welcomes passengers and on deck are where the views of Istanbul’s best attractions await. The shores of Asia to the east, the first Bosphorus Bridge to the north and the “old Istanbul” peninsula in the south — home to Topkapi Palace and ...

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  • Post: How to Make the Most of Your Nine Hours in Juneau
    Published On: Feb 08, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 187|

    On Holland America Line cruises to Alaska, guests have an extended evening stay in Juneau to enjoy some of the adventures that are best experienced later in the day. The ships arrive at 1 p.m. and stay until 10 p.m. With the sun setting well into the evening, you can certainly pack your day full of amazing explorations that allow ...

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  • Post: Rotterdam to Sail ‘Rotterdam Naming Celebration’ Cruise in May 2022
    Published On: Jan 28, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 243|
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    Rotterdam is set to get the royal treatment at a naming ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 30, 2022. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother, carrying on a Dutch royal tradition that began in the 1920s. Rotterdam’s special seven-day “Rotterdam Naming Celebration” cruise sails roundtrip from Amsterdam, Netherlands, departing May 29 and also ...

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  • Post: Four Holland America Line Ships Set to Explore Europe in 2023
    Published On: Nov 01, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 1378|
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    Old-world cultures, breathtaking scenery and landscapes steeped in history bring Holland America Line’s 2023 Europe season to life on cruises that were crafted to highlight the best of each region. From April through November, dozens of unique itineraries — ranging from seven to 35 days — will be offered aboard two of the line’s Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam and ...

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  • Post: These Shore Excursions Allow You to Bring Out Your Inner Artist
    Published On: Oct 25, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 153|
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    Today is International Artists Day, and Holland America Line takes great pride in the art collections we have on board our ships. The museum-quality pieces are admired for their unique mediums and stunning depictions of everything from nature to music. If you want to channel your own inner artists, we also feature shore excursions in ports around the world that ...

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  • Post: Learn to Cook Like a Local on These Five Hands-On Culinary Shore Excursions
    Published On: Sep 24, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 189|

    Tomorrow is #NationalCookingDay, and the world’s most renowned gastronomic hot spots can be discovered on a Holland America Line cruise. What better way to immerse yourself in a new destination than with an authentic culinary tour and hands-on cooking experience. Explore food, wine and culture on an amazing culinary-themed shore excursion in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine, or on ...

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  • Post: Does Rio Boast the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World?
    Published On: Aug 30, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 235|
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    Today is #NationalBeachDay, a holiday that honors all of the beautiful beaches around the world. While Holland America Line certainly visits some of the most stunning beaches on the planet, when it comes to quantity of perfect powder, Brazil is at the top. Guests can visit these postcard-worthy beaches on a Holland America Line cruise to South America or on ...

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  • Post: Five Stunning Places to Snorkel on a Holland America Cruise
    Published On: Aug 19, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 158|
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    Holland America Line takes you to some of the world’s most secluded waters — many protected in national marine sanctuaries or parks or as UNESCO World Heritage sites. These gorgeous bodies of water are perfect for watersports, including snorkeling. Snorkeling, an easy-to-learn water activity, is ideal for most ages. Simply don a snorkel, mask and fins and relax to explore ...

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  • Post: Explore the Colorful Cultural Heritage of Mexico on a Cruise in 2022-23
    Published On: Jul 09, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 201|
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    When it comes to vacation, a cruise to Mexico has it all: vibrant cultural heritage, ancient ruins, incredible food, and natural splendors from arid deserts to balmy rain forests. Holland America Line offers the best Mexico cruises for a fully immersive experience, one beyond the sun and surf. If you are passionate about food, a cruise to Mexico is a ...

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  • Post: Insider Tips on What to Do in Three Mediterranean Ports
    Published On: Jul 07, 2021|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 194|
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    To say we are beyond thrilled to welcome guests on board Holland America Line this month in Alaska is definitely an understatement! And next month we return to the Mediterranean with cruises aboard Eurodam. Did you know that our very first Mediterranean cruise departed on Feb. 2, 1910, onboard the s.s. Statendam I from New York to Rotterdam and also ...

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  • Post: Top 5 Hidden Gems You Must Visit on a Mediterranean Cruise
    Published On: Jun 07, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 412|
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    When Eurodam sets sail in the Mediterranean this summer, the ship will visit an impressive collection of ports throughout the region. From weeklong explorations to more in-depth 12-day voyages, the ship will explore several countries and the ports that showcase the culture and customs of each locale. While guests are eager to visit well-known destinations like Athens, Venice, Mykonos and ...

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  • Post: Eurodam Extends Mediterranean Season and Adds Five 12-Day Cruises
    Published On: May 25, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 216|
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    For travelers looking to get back to cruising on longer voyages in the Mediterranean this summer, Eurodam is extending its season and offering five 12-day itineraries roundtrip from Venice, Italy; between Venice and Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Venice and Barcelona, Spain; or from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Following a series of four cruises to Greece in summer 2021, Eurodam will ...

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  • Post: Journey to the Land of ‘Ancient Wonders’ This Summer on a Cruise to Greece
    Published On: May 13, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 388|
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    This summer, Eurodam will offer three incredible Greece itineraries beginning in August. In addition to "Idyllic Greek Isles", the ship will cruise on an “Ancient Wonders” itinerary departing Aug. 22. Not only will Eurodam visit Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece, but it also will explore Haifa, Israel. Read on to see what makes these gorgeous ports some of the ...

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  • Post: April 6 Designated ‘National Food Faces Day’ in Honor of Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s Pop Art Sensation
    Published On: Apr 06, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 124|
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    When was the last time you played with your food? If you’re ready to get creative in the kitchen, join Holland America Line April 6 to celebrate the first annual National Food Faces Day. Designated in the National Day Archives, the day commemorates the culinary pop art created by the brand’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, whose birthday is April 6. ...

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  • Post: 2022 Grand Africa Voyage is a Sweeping Expedition of Colors and Contrast
    Published On: Feb 03, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 410|
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    Africa is a continent of riches, from the rolling grasslands of the savanna to the pristine beaches of the Seychelles. Travelers on the 2022 Grand Africa Voyage aboard Zaandam are in for an experience unlike any other, and with Holland America Line at the helm it will be a memorable journey. Overnight calls in port allow for extra time to ...

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  • Post: Book Your Dream Cruise to These Locales on National Plan a Vacation Day
    Published On: Jan 26, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 127|
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    Today is National Plan for Vacation Day, and if you're dreaming of getting back to travel, we have you covered. Holland America Line has opened bookings for a wide selection of cruises in 2022 and even 2023, so you can stop dreaming and start planning your next cruise vacation. But where to go? If you're still undecided, here are some ...

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  • Post: Around the World in 127 Days on Holland America Line’s 2023 Grand World Voyage
    Published On: Jan 21, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1795|

    Holland America Line’s Grand Voyages are made for dreamers, adventurers and explorers seeking to discover new cultures and illuminating experiences. The quest for destination immersion continues with Holland America Line’s 2023 Grand World Voyage - now open for booking. There’s no better way to see the world than on a Holland America Line Grand World Voyage, recognized as the 2020 ...

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  • Post: Celebrating King’s Day – A Traditional Dutch Holiday
    Published On: Apr 24, 2020|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 165|

    April 27 is King’s Day in the Netherlands, a traditional holiday held each year to honor the birthday of the reigning Dutch monarch. At Holland America Line, we take great joy in celebrating King’s Day each year given our roots in the Netherlands and ties to its royal family. In fact, members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 11 ...

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  • Post: ‘Top Chef’ Winner Kristen Kish Joins Holland America Line’s Award-Winning Culinary Council
    Published On: Oct 15, 2019|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 146|

    Holland America Line is adding “Top Chef” season 10 winner and acclaimed restaurateur Kristen Kish to its award-winning Culinary Council — a collection of elite, international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to dining experiences across the fleet. Kish’s playful yet refined cuisine will be featured on the menus in the Dining Room, showcasing French and Italian traditions with a ...

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  • Post: All You Need to Know for Your Cruise is on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Page
    Published On: Oct 03, 2019|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 982|

    What do I need to pack for my Alaska cruise? Do I need visas for my trip? Can I bring my own wine on board? These are questions you might have before embarking on your Holland America Line cruise. Did you know that on HollandAmerica.com there is a "Frequently Asked Questions" page that has the answers to our most commonly ...

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  • Post: Let Us Entertain You: Nightlife on a Holland America Line Cruise
    Published On: Nov 01, 2017|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 439|

    On a Holland America Line cruise, our goal is to provide our guests with an all-around memorable experience. From our destinations and dining to our staterooms and service, we go above and beyond to provide top quality in each and every aspect of your voyage. A major highlight of cruising with Holland America Line is our fantastic entertainment options. Whether ...

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  • Post: New Photos Show Off Westerdam’s Enhancements Including EXC and Rijksmuseum at Sea
    Published On: Jun 21, 2017|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 676|

    When Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam emerged from a 12-day dry dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, in late April, the ship debuted major renovations that added many new public spaces and amenities, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. Westerdam also received the popular Music Walk venues ...

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  • Post: Giddy Up For These Exciting Equestrian Shore Excursions Around the World
    Published On: Mar 11, 2016|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 166|

    Call all horse-lovers and those who just seek an adventure! Saddle up for a gallop across the globe! From the warm beaches of the Caribbean to breathtaking mountains of Iceland, Holland America Line offers many shore excursions for cruisers to go horseback riding. Whether you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or just someone looking for a little excitment, “tack up” and hold ...

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  • Post: Are Seeing Penguins on Your Bucket List? Take These Tours Down South
    Published On: Aug 21, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 329|

    Holland America Line cruises travel all over the world, and some of the most unique and exciting shore excursions are the many wildlife tours highlighting native species unique to an area. If you’re cruising to South America or Australia and New Zealand, keep your eyes peeled for an adorable little bird unique to the South Pole. With their tuxedo-like coloring, ...

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  • Post: South Pacific 101: Cruise Through Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
    Published On: Apr 13, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 517|

    You've booked a Holland America Line cruise to the South Pacific ... or you're thinking about it. You've read the itineraries pronouncing the tropical island names as you imagine yourself sunbathing in a tiki hut over sparkling waters and drinking from a coconut. With more than 20,000 islands, 35 million inhabitants and 28 official languages, each of Oceania's islands is ...

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  • Post: Thanksgiving Day Around the Fleet
    Published On: Nov 29, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 190|

    Here are some scenes from Thanksgiving Day celebrations throughout the HAL fleet. Enjoy! Amsterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld submitted these photos from the ship’s on board festivities: …

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