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  • Post: Following Eurodam on the Webcams
    Published On: Oct 16, 2008|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 504|

    Blog reader Bruce's parents sailed on Eurodam's last Canada/New England cruise , and he followed their progress via various port webcams. He shared several screen captures with us. Eurodam at St. John, New Brunswick, in the morning after arrival (left) and in the evening before departure. Eurodam departing Boston, Mass.

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  • Post: Eurodam on the Bar Harbor Webcam
    Published On: Oct 09, 2008|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 127|

    Eurodam is anchored off of Bar Harbor, Maine, today, and you can see the ship live on the webcam by clicking on this link.

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  • Post: Guests Donate $450,000 to Ukraine Relief
    Published On: Feb 01, 2023|Categories: What's New|Views: 45|

    A fundraising effort by cruise line passengers, which took place on the high seas around six different continents, has resulted in a $450,000 donation for Ukraine relief. Funds were raised through Holland America Line's On Deck for a Cause campaign, and the check was presented on Jan. 31, 2023, to the global humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief. For 10 ...

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  • Post: Make the Most of Onboard Credit
    Published On: Feb 01, 2023|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 66|

    Whether it’s $100, $200, $300 or more, Onboard Credit can make a sweet vacation even sweeter. While some credits are designated for certain activities (e.g., shore excursions), others give you the opportunity to spend it in multiple ways. From rejuvenating at the spa while enjoying ocean views to making magical memories during once-in-a-lifetime excursions, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Strengthens Commitment to the Best Live Music at Sea
    Published On: Jan 13, 2023|Categories: Activities, What's New|Views: 2105|

    Holland America is making exciting enhancements to its entertainment lineup across the fleet as the premium cruise line continues to build on its reputation for featuring the best live music at sea. “A decade ago we committed to offering the premier collection of live music venues at sea, and the changes we are making over the next several months are ...

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  • Post: Australia’s Kookaburras and Hockeyroos cruise into 2023 with Holland America Line
    Published On: Jan 08, 2023|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1414|

    At Holland America Line, we have a world-class team that’s passionate about bringing people together to make unforgettable memories. And we love partnering with others who feel the same way. That’s why we’re proud to announce our partnership with Australia’s flagship national field hockey teams. As a leading premium cruise line with a fleet of 11 ships that sail ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Wins 29 Awards in 2022
    Published On: Jan 03, 2023|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 2220|

    From travel professionals and editors to the most discerning consumers and prestigious organizations, 2022 was a year of recognition for the Holland America Line team members who work hard to bring guests the best service at sea. Travel Weekly’s readers named Holland America Line the best world cruise itinerary, making it the 29th travel award received for the brand this ...

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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: 3197|

    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: 7041|

    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: 2463|
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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: Westerdam Aids Students’ Literacy Project in Papua New Guinea
    Published On: Oct 03, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 181|
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    A middle school project to deliver books to a library halfway around the world is almost complete, thanks to some good timing and an alert travel advisor. Students from Odyssey Middle School in Bainbridge, Washington, brought over 400 books to Holland America Line’s ship Westerdam on Sunday for delivery to a new literacy library in Papua New Guinea. Students at ...

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  • Post: New Canadian Procedures are a Win for Guests Cruising to Alaska and Canada
    Published On: Sep 26, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 590|
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    Holland America Line is pleased with the recent announcement of the lifting of Canadian pandemic border restrictions. Under the new guidelines, Canadian border vaccination and testing requirements are no longer necessary, which is an important step for the cruise industry in simplifying the travel process for itineraries to Alaska and Canada. Under the new procedures, there is no longer a ...

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  • Post: New Health Protocol Search Tool Makes Cruise Preparation Easier
    Published On: Sep 23, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 817|
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    Holland America Line recently relaxed our health requirements on most voyages, which opened cruising to a wider range of guests. Now we’re making it easy to find out what protocols are required for your cruise. With a new Health Protocols Tool on Holland America Line’s website, booked guests can simply enter their booking number and the exact vaccination and testing ...

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  • Post: What To Do in Greater Fort Lauderdale
    Published On: Sep 22, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 548|
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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: 619|
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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: Holland America Line Simplifies COVID-19 Procedures
    Published On: Aug 15, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 5604|

    Holland America Line is updating its “Travel Well” COVID-19 protocols and procedures, including requirements for vaccinations and pre-cruise testing that meet public health goals while recognizing the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation. These changes will go into effect for cruises departing on or after Sept. 6, 2022. Under the simplified procedures, for most voyages up to 15 nights, vaccinated ...

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  • Post: Rotterdam’s Naming Ceremony Was a Royal Affair
    Published On: May 30, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 5956|
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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: Celebrating a Lifetime of Cruising Memories in Honor of Mother’s Day
    Published On: May 06, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 134|
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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: VeriFLY and mBark Make Getting On Board Quicker and Easier
    Published On: Mar 18, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 922|

    Holland America Line is enhancing the preboarding guest experience and making embarkation easier by adding the use of mBark facial recognition and the VeriFLY vaccine verification program in all U.S., Canadian and European homeports. mBark is a mobile system that enables guests to check in for their cruise in less than 10 seconds, while the VeriFLY digital wallet for COVID-19 ...

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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: VIDEO: Dr. Brenda Answers Your Top Questions on Our Health Protocols
    Published On: Sep 27, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 290|
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    What are the policies for vaccinated guests? What recommendations do you have for guests traveling internationally? Dr. Brenda Barnetson, senior director of clinical services, answers your top questions on health protocols for Holland America Line cruise departures from the U.S. and Europe. For more details about our TravelWell® health protocols, please visit the Holland America Line website.

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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: 424|
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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: Holland America Line to Restart Cruising From Greece in August
    Published On: May 05, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 243|
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    After an unprecedented pause in cruising, Holland America Line is excited to announce that we will be restarting operations this summer with sailings roundtrip from Piraeus (Athens), Greece, aboard Eurodam. Guests looking to explore the gorgeous Greek isles will have two incredible, seven-day itineraries that will be offered in August and September, plus a cruise from Piraeus to Venice, Italy, ...

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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: You Can Still Experience Alaska This Summer with Holland America Line Land Vacations
    Published On: Mar 04, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, When to Travel|Views: 307|

    For those ready to travel again, there’s no better place to start than Alaska, offering opportunities for travelers to see glaciers up close, spot bucket-list wildlife, explore national parks and see Denali – North America’s tallest mountain. This summer, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises offer many ways for travelers to experience Alaska through Gray Line Alaska, Princess Alaska Lodges ...

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  • Post: Uncovering the ABC Islands
    Published On: Jul 22, 2020|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1610|
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    We invite you on a whirlwind tour of the sundrenched ABC Islands. Part of the Leeward Antilles in the southern Caribbean, islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao feature diverse natural habitats that call for adventure. The stories below show the importance of these special surroundings to the people who live there and offer a glimpse of how you can experience ...

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  • Post: Updated Statement Regarding Westerdam
    Published On: Feb 06, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1059|

    Update: 3/4/2020 4 pm Pacific Time Holland America Line has consistently stated there was no evidence or indication of any cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Westerdam. All guests and crew have been reported clear of COVID-19. We believe the one “positive” result was a false-positive, as repeated testing of the guest have been negative and not a ...

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  • Post: New Holland America Line Gift Cards Make It Easy to Give the Gift of Cruising for Any Occasion
    Published On: May 09, 2019|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 334|

    Looking to make Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduation extra special? With the new Holland America Line Gift Cards, it’s now easy and convenient to give the gift of a cruise and other memorable experiences on board. In addition to new cruise bookings, gift cards can also be applied to an existing cruise booking. Holland America Line Gift Cards offer ...

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  • Post: Denali: On Land Before My Alaska Cruise
    Published On: Mar 25, 2019|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 210|

    Midnight check-in in Anchorage: The world is quiet, yet I’m filled with anticipation for the start of my Alaska Land+Sea Journey. All I want is a good night’s sleep, and I get that before I head downstairs for the bus to whisk me and the other Holland America Line guests away to meet the McKinley Explorer. It’s early morning; still, ...

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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: Journeys Ashore Spotlight: ‘Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure’ Truly Is an Adventure
    Published On: Nov 18, 2016|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 219|

    Holland America Line asked Guest Roland if he would send in an article about his recent Journeys Ashore experience in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on his recent Westerdam cruise, and he was more than happy to oblige! Roland took the "Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure" and it certainly is a great option for guests who like an adrenaline rush in ...

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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: Holland America Line Announces New Partnership with America’s Test Kitchen
    Published On: Sep 20, 2016|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 273|

    Holland America Line is turning its culinary programming up a notch with the introduction of dynamic shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running public television show America’s Test Kitchen, the most popular how-to-cook show on TV. Holland America Line is a sponsor of America’s Test Kitchen on public television, and is proud to make this experience possible at ...

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  • Post: Koningsdam Lookbook: A Sweet Selection of Staterooms & Suites
    Published On: May 06, 2016|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 489|

    All the buzz about Koningsdam's staterooms has been focused on the new Family and Single stateroom categories — both a first for Holland America Line! The Family Staterooms can accommodate up to five people, while the Single Staterooms are perfect for the solo traveler. However, the ship also has several other stateroom categories, ranging from modest insides to the grand ...

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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: 532|

    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: Caribbean: Eastern vs. Western vs. Southern. Which Cruise Is Best For You?
    Published On: Mar 16, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 994|

    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: Cruise Bookings Open for ms Koningsdam with Family & Solo Staterooms
    Published On: Dec 01, 2014|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 1433|

    Guests can now make bookings for the highly anticipated Premiere Voyage and Premiere Sailings of Holland America’s Line’s ms Koningsdam, due for delivery in February 2016. Open for reservations today, Dec. 1, the first sailings of the line’s new flagship will be one seven-day cruise followed by a series of six 12-day itineraries throughout the Mediterranean.   “Since Holland America ...

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  • Post: Shore Excursions Uncover the Mystical Mayan Civilization on Mexico Cruises
    Published On: Sep 10, 2014|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 235|

    When it comes to ancient ruins, there's more to explore than just Europe and South America. Mexico boasts some of the most incredible and significant ruins in the world. The Mayan civilization spanned more than 2500 years, and hundreds of ruins in Mexico have been documented. In fact, there are so many sites that it's believed that more than 4,000 ...

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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: Cruises to Bermuda are Back!
    Published On: May 05, 2014|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 184|

    In 2015, Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. …

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  • Post: 12 New Shore Excursions Debut on Alaska Cruises
    Published On: Jan 30, 2014|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 185|

    Alaska is a land of possibilities when it comes to sightseeing. There’s something for history buffs, nature lovers, photo enthusiaists, thrill-seekers and those who simply want to have a look around town. …

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  • Post: Our Alaska CruiseTours are now Called Land+Sea Journeys
    Published On: May 13, 2013|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 235|

    HAL fans, if you’re thinking about taking one of of popular Alaska CruiseTours, we wanted to share with you that we rebranded them and they are now called Land+Sea Journeys! This change reflects substantial program updates designed to appeal to the desires of today’s travelers. Now our guests will have more opportunities than ever to explore and personalize Great Land ...

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  • Post: Nieuw Amsterdam’s Thermal Suite
    Published On: Jul 16, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 878|

    Here are photos of the Thermal Suite in Nieuw Amsterdam’s Greenhouse Spa and Salon where guests can steam or enjoy a hot stone massage. Special thanks to Steve J. Garrod, HAL employee and webmaster for shipcafe.net, for the photos. …

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