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  • Post: Holland America Line Sees Higher Interest for Longer Roundtrip Voyages from U.S. Homeports
    Published On: Aug 29, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1780|
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    With a rise in travelers wanting to explore global destinations without taking international flights, Holland America Line is launching its “See the World from Your Doorstep” campaign, highlighting the cruise line’s leadership in roundtrip travel from U.S. homeports. Those who want to avoid a long-haul flight can sail roundtrip from Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego or Seattle with Holland ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Number-One in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
    Published On: Jul 25, 2022|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 402|
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    Holland America Line took home three USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards: winner in the categories of Best Ship for Dining and Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship, and second for Best Ocean Cruise Line. USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels and things to do. ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Sees a Surge in Demand for Alaska Cruising
    Published On: Jun 30, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 279|
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    With pent up demand and the U.S. Independence Day travel rush approaching, premium cruise line Holland America Line is reporting a surge in cruise interest for Alaska, experiencing the highest booking levels for Alaska cruises during the month of June since before the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are excited to travel again while reconnecting with family and friends in a meaningful ...

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  • Post: How to Prepare for Your Cruise and Embarkation Day
    Published On: Apr 21, 2022|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 3560|

    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: 375|
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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: These Tours Put the Spotlight on the Emerald Isle for St. Patrick’s Day
    Published On: Mar 17, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 107|
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    Today's is St. Patrick's Day, and it's all about the Emerald Isle. From Guinness to the Book of Kells to Irish Dance, there's so much to see, do and enjoy on a visit. On Holland America Line's cruises to Northern Europe or the British Isles, guests can explore Dublin and Cobh — the gateway to Cork — with day-trips to ...

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  • Post: Pen a ‘Love Letter’ to Alaska for the Chance to Win a Cruise
    Published On: Feb 14, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 342|

    Dear Alaska, you amaze me … Fans who declare their love for Alaska in a letter or poem can enter to win one of 10 suites, including a grand prize Neptune Suite, on a 2022 cruise to the Great Land in Holland America Line’s “Love Letters to Alaska” contest. This year, we're celebrating 75 years of Alaska exploration, and the ...

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  • Post: Three Key Reasons to Choose Holland America Line for Your Alaska Adventure
    Published On: Dec 07, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 1042|
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    Alaska is on the bucket list of many travelers, and there are plenty of reasons why: incredible scenery, imposing landscapes, warm and welcoming locals, a step back in time to the days of the Gold Rush, elusive wildlife and endless adventure. You can explore Alaska many ways, but if you're looking to cruise to Alaska, Holland America Line is your ...

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  • Post: Rudi’s Mediterranean Recipes: Greek Meatballs and Tzatziki
    Published On: May 17, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 399|
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    As we get ready to set sail for Greece this summer, our thoughts have us dreaming of the light and flavorful cuisine that awaits at each island. Not only is the food fresh and fun, it's also full of so much tradition that goes back to Ancient Greece. To get your taste buds ready to cruise, here are two incredible ...

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  • Post: Sun-Kissed Landscapes and Ancient Cultures Await on ‘Idyllic Greek Isles’ Cruises
    Published On: May 10, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 394|
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    The wait is nearly over, and we can't wait to get back to cruising this summer. Beginning in August, our return kicks off with some incredible itineraries that weave throughout the gorgeous Greek isles. Greece remains a top pick for travelers looking for a magical and memorable vacation thanks to the islands' stunning landscapes, dramatic ruins and fresh-from-the-sea cuisine. If ...

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  • Post: ‘Have It All’ Inclusive Fare Introduces a New Way to Cruise with Holland America Line
    Published On: Apr 21, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 5900|

    We are excited to announce a new way to cruise with Holland America Line. Introducing "Have It All" — a premium package that allows travelers to get everything they want in one simple fare. Guests who book with “Have It All” receive four popular amenities included in their cruise: shore excursions, beverages, specialty dining and Wi-Fi. Available year-round on all ...

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  • Post: Sea of Glamour: Guest Spotlight on Kandes Bregman
    Published On: Mar 23, 2021|Categories: Life on Board, What's New|Views: 147|
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    Paul Thornton, author of “The Joy of Cruising”, has a new book out called “Cruising Interrupted”, and in it he features Holland America Line guest Kandes Bregman. Paul and Kandes have granted us permission to share an excerpt of Kandes' chapter to give a glimpse into her passion for cruising and Holland America Line. Enjoy the segment, and then be ...

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  • Post: Make Our Top-Rated Banoffee Pie on National Pi Day
    Published On: Mar 12, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 403|
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    Sunday is National Pi Day (March 14 ... 3/14 ... 3.14), but at Holland America Line we prefer the pie you can eat! Did you know the top three favorite pies served on board are Dutch Apple Pie, Blueberry Pie and Banoffee Pie? What, you might ask, is Banoffee Pie? Banoffee is a classic English dessert that gets its name ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Extends Cruise Pause to Include Europe Departures Through June 2021
    Published On: Mar 09, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 436|

    While Holland America Line continues to work with government and port authorities to develop its plans to return to cruising, the company is extending its pause of European cruise operations to include departures through June 30, 2021. The pause will impact cruises departing in May and June on Nieuw Statendam, Volendam and Westerdam, along with the Collectors’ Voyages associated with ...

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  • Post: Cruise Pause Extended to Include All Departures Sailing to or From a Canadian Port in 2021
    Published On: Feb 24, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 206|
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    As Holland America Line continues to review and assess its plans around the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the company is extending its pause of cruise operations to now include all sailings that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port in 2021. This will include several Alaska, three Canada/New England ...

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  • Post: Two Wine Paring Suggestions from James Suckling on National Drink Wine Day
    Published On: Feb 18, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 366|
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    It's National Drink Wine Day, and that means red, white and rose are in the spotlight today! Holland America Line Wine Curator James Suckling gave us a few tips when selecting wines for a fish dish and a casual burger. A classic combination with something like Dover sole in Rudi's Sel de Mer would be a Chardonnay or Chablis, but ...

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  • Post: Facebook Fans Share Their Most Romantic Holland America Line Cruise Stories
    Published On: Feb 12, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 128|
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    Valentine's Day is the holiday for romance, and it goes hand-in-hand with the romance of cruising. To celebrate, we asked our Facebook fans to share some of their most romantic moments on a Holland America Line cruise, and we received some beautiful stories. From milestone celebrations to weddings to meeting the love of your life, all things are possible on ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Celebrates 75 Years in Alaska in 2022
    Published On: Jan 15, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1539|
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    In 2022 Holland America Line is celebrating 75 years of Alaska exploration — longer than any other cruise line — and bookings are now open for its award-winning cruises and Land+Sea Journeys. Throughout the decades, the premium brand has cultivated its knowledge to create perfectly crafted Alaska adventures that offer travelers preferred access, exclusive overland transportation and immersive onboard experiences ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Extends Pause in Cruise Operations
    Published On: Jan 06, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 262|
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    As Holland America Line continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the company is extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures through April 30, 2021. This includes Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Canada/New England departures. The ...

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  • Post: Six Holland America Line Ships Offer Award-Winning Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruises in 2021
    Published On: Oct 21, 2020|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 840|

    If you're missing Alaska as much as we are, it's time to start planning your Alaska getaway for 2021. We're offering a full season of cruises and Land+Sea Journeys that showcase our more-than 70 years of experience, insider knowledge and preferred access. From April through September, six Holland America Line ships will take guests on authentic Alaska experiences throughout the ...

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  • Post: Four Ships to Leave the Holland America Line Fleet in 2020
    Published On: Jul 15, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1091|

    Holland America Line announced that Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam will be leaving the fleet and transferring to undisclosed buyers. The ships have been sold in pairs, with the S-Class Maasdam and Veendam transferring to one company in August 2020, while the R-Class Amsterdam and Rotterdam will move to another company in fall 2020. Holland America Line will cancel cruises ...

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  • Post: Koningsdam to be Featured on Mighty Cruise Ships
    Published On: Mar 29, 2019|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 241|
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    If you’re a fan of Holland America Line, and of documentaries, we have some news for you! Koningsdam will be the focal point of the first episode of season three of Mighty Cruise Ships: Koningsdam airing this Sunday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on the Canadian network Discovery Canada. After airing in Canada, the episode will also air in the United ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Turns Up the Heat with Five New America’s Test Kitchen Cooking Shows for 2019
    Published On: Jan 18, 2019|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 212|

    From foodie newbies to seasoned cooks, Holland America Line is encouraging guests to embrace their love of cooking alongside the experts at America’s Test Kitchen with five new shows starting this month. The new 45-minute presentations — covering everything from tacos and takeout to dinner for two and sweet treats — join the 14 current shows and feature a mix ...

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  • Post: Fact & Lore of Half Moon Cay: The History
    Published On: Jul 30, 2018|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1049|

    Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas. Know for its pristine beaches, abundance of family-friendly activities, private villas and cabanas, and unparalleled beauty, there’s a reason why it’s our most popular port in the Caribbean. This series of “Fact & Lore” blog posts about Half Moon Cay takes you deeper into the island’s history, ...

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  • Post: Recharge in Secluded Luxury at The Retreat on Your Next Cruise
    Published On: Dec 18, 2017|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 1872|

    As many cruisers know, Holland America Line combines personalized service and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with innovative and engaging onboard amenities. One of the amenities that best shows Holland America Line's unique ambiance is "The Retreat." Currently on Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam, The Retreat is an outdoor area that is perfect for guests looking for a quieter, ...

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  • Post: The Lanai: A Unique Stateroom Experience on a Holland America Line Cruise
    Published On: Nov 15, 2017|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 936|

    Holland America Line is known for graceful mid-sized ships with a generous amount of personal space for guests as they cruise the world. Some cruisers might be surprised to learn that Holland America extends this roomy cruise experience to the promenade deck on five of our ships: Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam, Veendam and Volendam with our Lanai staterooms. Lanai Stateroom ...

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  • Post: Moose, Bears & Caribou, Oh My! Getting to Know ‘The Big Five’ Animals of Alaska
    Published On: Oct 28, 2016|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1127|

    While the Alaska cruise season is coming to a close, we're sure you're already dreaming of booking your Alaska adventure for 2017. After all, Holland America Line is celebrating our 70th year in The Last Frontier next year so it's the perfect time to go. One of the highlights of every Alaska cruise is the wildlife. Not only can you ...

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  • Post: Meet Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford
    Published On: Jul 15, 2015|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 321|

    Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford has spent his working life leading human resources teams for various companies, so it’s not surprising to hear him say, “People are our most important asset.” How Ashford intends to leverage employees’ strengths to propel Holland America Line into the future is the topic of an interview he conducted recently with Seatrade Cruise News. ...

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  • Post: Caribbean: Eastern vs. Western vs. Southern. Which Cruise Is Best For You?
    Published On: Mar 16, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 995|

    Travelers new to cruising might not know that the Caribbean presents itself in very different ways. There are several common options -- from the ease of the eastern Caribbean to the adventure of the western and exotic charm of the southern Caribbean, each itinerary has its own characteristics. Comparing and contrasting these destinations can give you an idea of what ...

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  • Post: Five Reasons to Take One of These Six Repositioning Cruises
    Published On: Aug 14, 2014|Categories: Travel Inspiration, When to Travel|Views: 697|

    For those not familiar with a “repositioning cruise,” it’s moving a ship from one sailing region to another, like moving from a season in Alaska to a season in Australia. The cruise that takes the ship from Alaska to Australia is a repositioning. …

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  • Post: Seattle and Vancouver Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages
    Published On: Jan 29, 2014|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 759|

    During a Holland America Line cruise to Alaska, the sights and sounds of the Frontier State are front and center during the seven-day voyage. …

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  • Post: Port Highlight: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Published On: Oct 09, 2013|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 446|
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    As highlighted in the above video, Holland America Line’s seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises feature the gorgeous port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in addition to Grand Turk, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay. Puerto Rico is the largest island that the ships visit on this exciting itinerary. Rich in history and culture, it is always a guest favorite. Dating back ...

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  • Post: History of the Panama Canal: Part 2
    Published On: Sep 12, 2013|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 246|

    We left off the last post when it was decided that Panama would serve as the location of the canal. Frenchman Bunau-Varilla then went to Washington, D.C. He got there before the official delegates of the new Republic of Panama arrived and negotiated a treaty between the U.S. and Panama allowing the U.S. to build a canal. The treaty provided ...

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  • Post: Captain’s Log: Ascension Island
    Published On: Apr 19, 2013|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 159|

    I know this island well, one might say ‘intimately’, for not only did I call here on the ‘Mail’ run, but I also spent over a week here, after abandoning my ship, along with 83 others, we were brought back here by the tanker which sighted our lifeboats and rescued us. Having nothing but a rather dirty-white uniform to my ...

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  • Post: New Smoking Policy on HAL Ships
    Published On: Jun 15, 2011|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 1045|

    Holland America Line just announced that in keeping with the majority of guest preferences, a change is being made to the shipboard smoking policy on its fleet of 15 ships effective for sailings departing on or after January 15, 2012. The new smoking policy now designates staterooms as nonsmoking areas in addition to the indoor public areas already defined as ...

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  • Post: Fun and Tradition When ‘Crossing the Line’
    Published On: Jul 21, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 279|

    The Westerdam crossed the equator at 10:08 a.m. (one hour past GMT) and commemorated the special event with a “Crossing the Line” ceremony. To a completely packed Lido aft deck, the Westerdam ‘troop’ translated the event in German for our guests and made this a very festive and playful occasion for all! It was a hit! ‘Pirates’ and ‘doctors’ all ...

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  • Post: Kayaking in Sitka, Alaska
    Published On: Jul 29, 2009|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 140|

    Zaandam called at Sitka, Alaska yesterday. This year is an anomaly economically and weather-wise. It is July in Alaska and the weather we had in May was both brighter and warmer. I am guessing mid to high 50’s today with gray skies and drizzle. The touring goes on regardless of weather and we are in the Tongass National Rainforest, the ...

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