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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: 3320|

    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: Service Dog Sails into Elite Status with Holland America Line
    Published On: Oct 27, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 863|

    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: New ‘Culinary Cruises’ Feature Celebrity Culinary Council Chefs
    Published On: Aug 31, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 607|
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    Foodies and culinary novices alike, who are ready for a gastronomic adventure can set sail on a Holland America Line “Culinary Cruise” in 2022 with a member from the line’s Culinary Council. The celebrity chefs will share their expertise and secrets on everything from the correct way to make a sushi roll and how to perfectly temper chocolate to preparing ...

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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: Experience Lively Nights On Board Filled with Music and Dance
    Published On: Apr 29, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 571|
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    Every night on a Holland America Line cruise is filled with the best entertainment and live music at sea. From the incredible Memphis Blues of B.B. King's All Star Band to our talented troupe of Step One performers, evenings are filled with a rich selection of options to suit every taste. Culture, comedy, upbeat tunes, dancing and immersive performances all ...

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  • Post: ‘Alaska Up Close’ Programming Delivers Authentic Experiences
    Published On: Mar 14, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 238|
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    Holland America Line has been exploring Alaska since 1947, and the premium cruise line is putting 75 years of expertise into new “Alaska Up Close” programming — a 360° experience that immerses guests in The Great Land in a way that only Holland America Line can deliver. Through authentic experiences on board and ashore that focus on culture, cuisine and ...

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  • Post: How Many Days Will it Take to Eat Your Way Around a Pinnacle Class Ship?
    Published On: Jan 26, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 291|
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    Holland America Line serves up an incredible variety of dining venues that range from the casual Lido Market to elegant Pinnacle Grill, and everything in-between. While all ships have the Dining Room, Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto options, in addition to a Rudi's Sel de Mer pop-up, our Pinnacle Class ships expand some specialty options, like a stand-alone Rudi's Sel de ...

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  • Post: Kick Off Happy Hour with ‘The Original’ from Rotterdam’s Half Moon Bar
    Published On: Nov 12, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 254|
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    Today is National Happy Hour Day, and there's no better way to kick off the celebration than with a cocktail from our new Half Moon Bar, exclusively aboard Rotterdam. Our newest outlet is an immersive experience looking at the history of Holland America Line and cruising through the lens of a cocktail. Each cocktail comes with a fascinating tale of ...

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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: 385|
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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: Video: Holland America Line Welcomes You Back To Cruising
    Published On: Sep 03, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 241|
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    We know that many of our guests and fans have questions about whether your favorite dining and entertainment venues are open right now. The answer is yes! Our current cruises in Alaska and the Mediterranean have all of the Holland America Line hallmarks our guests have come to love and expect. Enjoy this video with a special Welcome Back message and more ...

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  • Post: Andy Matsuda’s Vibrant Sushi Creations Highlight ‘Nami Sushi’ Menu
    Published On: Jun 18, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 147|
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    Today is International Sushi Day, and Holland America Line has the incredible talents of sushi master Andy Matsuda on our Culinary Council to guide our sushi offerings. Whether at Nami Sushi, Tamarind, in Lido Market or the main Dining Room menu, guest are sure to delight in Andy's incredible creations. Here is just a sampling of the delectable sushi on ...

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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: 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: 145|
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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: Sea of Glamour: Guest Spotlight on Kandes Bregman
    Published On: Mar 23, 2021|Categories: Life on Board, What's New|Views: 160|
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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: Facebook Fans Share Their Most Romantic Holland America Line Cruise Stories
    Published On: Feb 12, 2021|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 137|
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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: 20 Songs That Bring B.B. King’s Blues Club Into Your Home
    Published On: Jul 20, 2020|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 248|

    Evenings on board our ships are all about live music, and Holland America Line offers so many irresistible sounds - from Lincoln Center Stage and Rolling Stone Rock Room to Billboard Onboard and B.B. King Blue's Club. Memorable performances from world-class musicians fill each journey with an unforgettable rhythm all its own. Guests can spend time in one place or ...

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  • Post: Celebrating King’s Day – A Traditional Dutch Holiday
    Published On: Apr 24, 2020|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 264|

    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: Special Dietary Needs? It’s Easy to Cruise with Holland America Line
    Published On: Jan 22, 2018|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 1454|

    No matter where you go on a cruise, food is an important part of the onboard experience, and it's also a gateway to the cultures we visit. Today, more people are traveling with dietary restrictions, and we don't want that to deter anyone from enjoying their vacation! Onboard all of our ships, we have plenty of options to make sure ...

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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: 2021|

    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: Let Us Entertain You: Nightlife on a Holland America Line Cruise
    Published On: Nov 01, 2017|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 519|

    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: Did You Know All of These Activities & Experiences Are Included in Your Cruise?
    Published On: Jul 08, 2016|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 708|

    Holland America Line guests are seekers, doers and wanderers. From trying new activities and learning new things to spending time doing a favorite hobby, we know our guests want to be enriched as well as inspired during their cruise. With that in mind, every day aboard a Holland America Line cruise brings a wealth of onboard events, along with the ...

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  • Post: Koningsdam Lookbook: A Sweet Selection of Staterooms & Suites
    Published On: May 06, 2016|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 512|

    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: A Suite Perk: The Neptune Lounge on Holland America Line
    Published On: Jul 25, 2014|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 5320|

    Whether you’re opting for a romantic cruise in the Caribbean, a long-awaited Grand Voyage or a multigenerational family reunion, suite accommodations offer the highest level of comfort and relaxation. …

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  • Post: Calving: Breakaways in Glacier Bay
    Published On: Aug 22, 2013|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 206|

    Photo courtesy of Controller Yono Sudarto. Alaska: the last frontier. The untouched quality of Alaskan wilderness lends itself to a sense of adventure and exciting natural occasions. Alaska Inside Passage cruises offer guests incredible views of one of the most exciting natural attractions in the state, glacier calving. Glacier calving is a natural event that occurs when large ...

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  • Post: ‘Dancing with the Stars: at Sea’ and an Alaska Cruise Review
    Published On: Aug 20, 2013|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 266|
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  • Post: Having Fun on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
    Published On: May 14, 2013|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 297|

    Thanks to guest Kathy Rankin for sharing some of her memories from her cruise. Below are some of my 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise photos from my Mexico trip. Most of the pictures were taken during several excursions in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, along with the Virgin Party aboard Zaandam. This was my first trip with Holland America Line. ...

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  • Post: New Smoking Policy on HAL Ships
    Published On: Jun 15, 2011|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 1121|

    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: Thanksgiving Day Around the Fleet
    Published On: Nov 29, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 219|

    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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  • Post: Fun and Tradition When ‘Crossing the Line’
    Published On: Jul 21, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 304|

    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: Nieuw Amsterdam’s Thermal Suite
    Published On: Jul 16, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 918|

    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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  • Post: It’s Queen’s Day in the Netherlands
    Published On: Apr 30, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 261|

    Hallo HALbloggers, Today, April 30, is marking the Netherlands' national holiday Konninginen dag (Queen's day). Today we celebrate the birthday of Queen Beatrix. It's not Her Majesty's official birthday, she was born on January 31, 1938. April 30 was the birthday of Her Majesty's mother, Queen Juliana. When Queen Juliana abdicated, Her Majesty ordered that April 30 stays Queen's Day ...

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  • Post: Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits
    Published On: Sep 01, 2009|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 195|

    Our Barber Shop used to be a very unwelcoming place … Now it's a place to relax and get pampered by our famous barbers. You can choose your new look from the large hairstyle menu available on the walls. Of course, the artist was Bangkit! Ioana Cheregi is the crew purser aboard Ryndam.

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  • Post: Celebrating Easter on Rotterdam
    Published On: Apr 14, 2009|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 152|

    We were at sea and celebrated Easter with a Grand Show Buffet in the Dining Room Lower level during this Grand World Voyage. Of course, it wouldn't be Easter without some Easter bunnies. The Rotterdam dinning room team really got into the mood of the holiday. Komang Sumartha is Rotterdam's assistant dining manager.

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