Make it the Most Wonderful Time of the Year on a Holland America Line Holiday Cruise

While the holiday season is among the most joyous times of the year, it often comes with excessive cooking, cleaning, decorating and hosting family and friends. This year, why not simply relax your way through the holidays? On a Holland America Line Holiday Cruise you can leave all of the planning to us while you and your loved ones disconnect to reconnect and celebrate your most memorable holiday yet.

Interested? Read below to find out what makes a Holland America Line holiday cruise the perfect choice.

If you want a more relaxed holiday, set sail on a cruise where your holiday will involve memorable meals prepared by our expert chefs, a pampering spa treatment at your leisure, incredible entertainment and fantastic music, shoreside adventures, lounging on deck, catching up on a good book and so much more. Your holiday will not involve any cooking, cleaning, planning, decorating, shopping (unless you want to!) and grueling after-party clean-up.

You’ll also have a variety of dining options so you can celebrate the holidays by mixing it up with a range of cuisines. For an exceptional traditional meal, the main dining room serves up a multi-course extravaganza with all the trimmings. If you want a more intimate affair, make reservations at one of our specialty restaurants. Depending on the ship, you can cruise around the world at Asian fusion Tamarind, Italian Canaletto, Pacific Northwest-inspired Pinnacle Grill or the French Seafood Brasserie Rudi’s Sel de Mer. The best part … no clean-up!


Say cheers during our many onboard holiday activities.

Your stateroom will be made up for you every day, no need to clean and tidy, and we have all of the amenities you need to have the best holiday celebrations possible.

Another added bonus to a holiday cruise is that we take care of the decorating. From the moment you step onboard, you’ll feel the holiday cheer as you see our beautifully decorated ships. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with gingerbread villages, lights, trees, expertly wrapped gifts and wreaths.

Afraid you’ll miss out on your favorite holiday activities? Not to worry! We’ll keep you busy with holiday-themed activities. You can sing carols by the piano, delight in new holiday traditions with a yule log parade, watch holiday movies, listen to an international choir and attend a range of religious services.

Your younger family members will also get to enjoy the most wonderful time of year onboard at Club HAL, where they’ll make seasonal crafts and make last-minute gift wishes to Santa. And Father Christmas might even make an appearance! Hanukkah activities will be available on early December cruises.

Santa Dive-In

Parents can add some cheer to their holidays during the Christmas Eve Party, and on Dec. 31 there is a New Year’s Eve Ball on the ship’s lido deck, complete with party favors and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. Cheers to that!

There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than to be surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. Whether you’ve come on board with your own family and friends, or you’ve come to celebrate with shipboard guests who have become like family, there’s always someone around to celebrate with on a Holland America Line holiday cruise. Table for two or table for eight, the holidays onboard are a family affair where you can share in the season’s delights while visiting new places, enjoying delicious food and recharging for the year ahead.

For your holiday cruise, explore destinations from the man-made wonder of the Panama Canal to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, from the sunny beaches of the Caribbean to the icy spires of Antarctica. Wherever you cruise, our uniquely crafted itineraries are sure to be a hit with every family member, as each port of call offers a range of experiences for every interest.

Whether your ideal holiday involves quiet time on your suite’s verandah, seeing penguins or scuba-diving in crystalline waters, there’s no better way to celebrate than on a Holland America Line Holiday cruise. Below is a selection of Holland America Line Holiday itineraries that are sure to give you the holiday cheer:

While the holidays are quickly approaching, there’s still time to book a Holland America Line Holiday cruise! Let us do all the work this season so you can sit back, relax and refresh for a fantastic 2019!


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