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  • Post: Zuiderdam Resumes Service from Port of San Diego
    Published On: Dec 24, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 268|
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    It's been an exciting week for Holland America Line as Zuiderdam returned to service from Port of San Diego and became the cruise line's sixth ship back in service. Zuiderdam’s crew celebrated the return in holiday spirit with sleighbells ringing and Santa and his elves on hand to open embarkation and welcome guests back on board. Zuiderdam joins Koningsdam, which ...

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  • Post: HAL’s Zuiderdam and Zaandam Rescue Crew of Sinking and Stranded Boats
    Published On: Jan 09, 2015|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 397|

    On two recent cruises, both Zuiderdam and Zaandam were called upon to assist vessels in need of assistance. At 2:10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away and the closest ship in the ...

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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: 2297|

    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: Not Home for the Holidays
    Published On: Oct 12, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, When to Travel|Views: 1597|
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    On a cruise over the holidays, reconnect with loved ones and rejuvenate yourself. Spend time lazing by the pool while we prepare a holiday feast. Explore sun-drenched ports while we make the ship clean and tidy for the celebrations. Admire the gingerbread villages, mistletoe and ornament-adorned trees around the ship, all while enjoying daytime enrichment and nightly entertainment. Worried your ...

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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: 629|
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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: 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: 634|
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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: One Year Back to Cruising Since End of Industry-Wide Pause
    Published On: Jul 25, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 298|
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    Holland America Line’s guests and team members celebrated an important milestone this weekend, marking one full year of a return to sailing after the cruise industry pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nieuw Amsterdam was the line’s first ship back, resuming cruising July 24, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. The ship reached the one-year mark while in port in Whitter, Alaska. ...

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  • Post: Westerdam’s Return to Service Marks Holland America Line’s Completion of Full Fleet Sailing Again
    Published On: Jun 13, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 316|
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    Our fleet is complete! Westerdam returned to service Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Port of Seattle in Washington, marking the last ship in the fleet to resume operations. To commemorate the occasion, Holland America Line held a ceremony in the terminal attended by the ship’s captain and senior officers, with flag-waving fanfare from team members lined up to greet guests ...

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  • Post: Oosterdam and Zaandam Return to Service
    Published On: May 13, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 332|
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    It's been a busy and exciting week for Holland America Line. Two more ships are back in service, with Oosterdam restarting in Trieste (Venice), Italy, and Zaandam setting sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To commemorate both occasions, Holland America Line held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the terminal to open embarkation, attended by the ship’s captain and senior ...

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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: 147|
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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: Noordam Returns to Service in Fort Lauderdale
    Published On: Apr 25, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 425|
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    After more than two years since the industrywide pause began due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holland America Line’s Noordam returned to service Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship embarked guests for a 21-day Panama Canal transit to Vancouver, Canada, that will position it in Alaska through September. To commemorate the occasion, Holland America ...

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  • Post: Canadian Cruise Procedures Clear Way for Full Alaska and Canada/New England Seasons
    Published On: Mar 07, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 463|

    Publication of procedures for the safe resumption of cruises to Canadian ports allows Holland America Line to complete preparation for a full season of Alaska explorations and Canada/New England sailings. Holland America Line will sail itineraries as scheduled that include Canadian homeports and ports of call from late spring through fall. “The completion of this guidance by Transport Canada, Canada ...

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  • Post: Test Your Holland America Line Knowledge on National Trivia Day
    Published On: Jan 04, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 433|

    It's National Trivia Day, and Holland America Line is a brand full of fun and interesting facts with a history of nearly 150 years. How well do you know our cruise line? Test your knowledge and see how you do! Question 1: How many years has Holland America Line been exploring Alaska? Answer: It will be 75 years in 2022! ...

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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: 1085|
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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: Take Your Pick of Cruises Around the World on Travel Deal Tuesday
    Published On: Nov 30, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 155|
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    Today is Travel Deal Tuesday, and Holland America Line's Black Friday Sale is available on a variety of cruises around the world. Whether you're looking to explore the glaciers of Alaska, beaches of the Caribbean, ancient ruins of the Mediterranean, fjords of Norway or colorful cultures of Mexico, chances are you can get there on a Holland America Line cruise. ...

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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: 1515|
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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: Transit the World’s Most Epic Engineering Marvel on Panama Canal Itineraries in 2022-23
    Published On: Sep 14, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 298|
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    The Panama Canal has been called one of humankind’s greatest engineering achievements, and for the 2022-23 cruise season four Holland America Line ships will feature itineraries that include a full transit between Atlantic and Pacific oceans. On board, guests get a front-row seat on the eight-hour daylight journey through the Panama Canal, often cited as a rite-of-passage experience by avid ...

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  • Post: Spring 2022 Return-to-Service Dates Announced for Final Three Ships in the Fleet
    Published On: Sep 08, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 458|
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    By late spring 2022, Holland America Line will have a complete fleet back to cruising with the restart of operations for Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. Noordam will restart with a March 14, 2022, cruise in Japan; Oosterdam will begin cruising May 1 in the Mediterranean, and Westerdam will return to service May 8 in Alaska. The ships will join Eurodam, ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Announces Fall 2021 Cruise Plans
    Published On: Jun 21, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 566|

    Holland America Line is gearing up to restart cruising out of Port of San Diego in California beginning with a season of cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and along the California coast aboard Koningsdam and Zuiderdam. The cruise line has expanded the season with the addition of six new cruise departures for Zuiderdam and two new cruises on Koningsdam, offering a ...

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  • Post: Happy Mother’s Day to Our Cruising Moms
    Published On: May 08, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 188|
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    Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms and like-a-moms out there celebrating tomorrow. To honor the special moms in our lives, we asked our Facebook fans to post their favorite photos and memories of cruising with their mom, kids or a mother figure. We received some amazing photos and wonderful stories, and we're sharing a selection. Thank you for ...

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  • Post: Celebrating King’s Day with Orange Party Memories
    Published On: Apr 27, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 926|
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    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 recognition of this, King’s Day is celebrated across our fleet. ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Celebrates 148th Anniversary
    Published On: Apr 16, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 264|
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    As Holland America Line moves closer to the 150th Anniversary of our founding in 2023, this past year has taught us the importance of celebrating the smallest of milestones. So, we’re proudly commemorating our 148th Anniversary Sunday, April 18, 2021. As one of the longest-serving and most experienced cruise lines in the world, Holland America Line has grown into an ...

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  • Post: Visit Exotic Locales, Ancient Cultures and Untouched Wonderlands on 2022-2023 Cruises
    Published On: Mar 10, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 272|
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    Holland America Line’s exotic itineraries explore far-flung destinations coveted by globe-trotters, and cruises in 2022 and 2023 are now open for booking. From Asia, Australia and New Zealand to South America, Antarctica, Hawaii and Tahiti, travelers looking for an out-of-the-ordinary adventure can choose cruises ranging from 14 to 50 days on four Holland America Line ships. From September 2022 through ...

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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: 317|

    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: 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: 215|
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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: Holland America Line Names Captain Werner Timmers Master of Rotterdam
    Published On: Feb 01, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 952|
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    Holland America Line has named Werner Timmers, a captain with nearly 40 years sailing for the cruise line, to take the helm of Rotterdam when the ship enters service in July 2021. Captain Timmers joined Holland America Line in 1984 and has worked on all classes of ship within the brand, most recently as master of Koningsdam. Captain Timmers will ...

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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: 142|
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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: Holland America Line Celebrates 75 Years in Alaska in 2022
    Published On: Jan 15, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1567|
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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: 284|
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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: Recipe: Learn How to Prepare the Perfect Salmon Dish from America’s Test Kitchen
    Published On: May 04, 2018|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 622|

    Reminiscing about a past cruise? One of the easiest ways to relive a Holland America Line vacation is by recreating a meal from your cruise that will awaken your taste buds and spark memories from a recent getaway. With Holland America Line's America's Test Kitchen partnership, it's even easier to create a culinary staycation in your own home. During ATK's ...

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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: 2024|

    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: America’s Test Kitchen Recipe: Wild Mushroom Pasta Filling and Brown Butter & Pine Nut Sauce
    Published On: Aug 24, 2017|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 424|

    Wild Mushroom Filling and Brown Butter & Pine Nut Sauce: From America’s Test Kitchen to Yours Food allows us to experience the world and bring a piece of it into our homes. Inspired by the rich, earthy flavors often found in Italian cooking, both the Wild Mushroom Filling and Brown Butter & Pine Nut Sauce can be used in any ...

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  • Post: The Panama Canal: 7 Pros of Cruising One of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World
    Published On: Sep 18, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 492|

    The Panama Canal is an incredible man-made marvel that can be uniquely experienced on a Holland America Line cruise. If it's not on your bucket list, it should be! There's an incredible wave of awe that comes over every cruiser transiting the lakes and locks of this spectacle that made the list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. ...

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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: 729|

    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: Alaska Season is Underway, So Let’s Get Packing
    Published On: May 13, 2014|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 638|

    The wait is over! Holland America Line ships are back in Alaska for a full season of cruising to some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the state. …

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  • Post: The Deadliest Catch in Ketchikan
    Published On: May 29, 2009|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 235|

    Ketchikan provided an opportunity to take the afternoon excursion on the Aleutian Ballad from the Bering Sea. We had a gorgeous day today, really a gorgeous week in Alaska, and off we sailed from our dock. The boat is owned by Dave with Steve and Kiwi giving him a hand in the workings of the tour. The boat was originally ...

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