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Extending the Cruise Experience with Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages

For guests wishing to extend their cruise vacation, the Hotel Procurement & Tour Inventory Team works tirelessly to create hotel and vacation packages that are designed to be enjoyed before or after the cruise. (Note: These packages differ from shore excursions, which are designed to be enjoyed during the cruise.)

With pre- and post-cruise packages, guests experience a seamless transition between sea and land in the world-class cities in which they embark or disembark. These packages also enable guests to extend their travels inland with the same quality and service they expect with Holland America Line.

The procurement team arranges all the details including luggage handling, transportation, hotel stays and expert tour guides so guests are free to immerse themselves in the area – from the Alaska wilderness to the Great Barrier Reef, Italy’s wine country to samba in Rio.

Photo of the Alaskan bear courtesy of Statendam Hotel Director Bert van Mackelenbergh.

A bear in the Alaska wilderness. Photo courtesy of Statendam Hotel Director Bert van Mackelenbergh.

When selecting hotels, properties are vetted for location and quality to ensure they are on par with the elegance of Holland America. Similarly, the team develops tour packages that best showcase the region our guests are visiting, seeking out “wow” factors such as crossing the Arctic Circle in Alaska or a barbecue on the Argentine pampas.

Italy's wine country.

Italy’s wine country.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Guests interested in extending their cruise with a pre- or post-cruise tour, contact a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

  • Mark flake

    Going on Viking saga cruise Aug 28 out of amsterdam. Would like information on precruise package Paris-amsterdam. I.e. hotels etc. Thanks

  • Irene DeChiara

    I want information for post cruise in Fort Lauderdale Jan 25 ship is Ziederdam

  • Julie

    Mark, please email and they will be able to assist. I have passed along your info as well.

  • Julie

    Irene, please email and they will be able to assist. I have passed along your info as well.

  • Mike Weeks

    Doing the Japan & Russia 14 day cruise on Westerdam out of Yokohama which hotels does HAL include in packages

  • Julie

    Hi Mike, at this time we don’t have access to that information at the blog. Please contact HAL Reservations or your travel partner: 855-932-1711.

  • Barbara Roth

    Pre Amsterdam Cruise start on Sept 21,2019 Would like to know if you have a package and what hotel do you book at.

  • Julie

    Hi Barbara, once you book your cruise you can book. We recommend calling reservations because this information is not on the website. 855-932-1711

  • Louie Atchison

    Looking for a nice, not overly expensive and fairly close pre cruise hotel to the cruise port from 16 July,2020 to 18 July 2020 as well as a post cruise stay at the same hotel around 25 Aug 2020 to 26 Aug 2020.

  • Louie Atchison

    Forgot this is a Holland America cruise (35 day Viking Cruise).

  • Julie

    Hi Louie, for pre/post-cruise hotel, you’ll need to call reservations or your travel advisor. Unfortunately we don’t have that information at the blog.

  • Max Wynder

    6 people departing via United @ 5 PM, February 29th. disembarking HA Nieu Amsterdam.PLease detail POST-Cruise options.
    Hank You

  • Julie

    Hi Max, please call reservations for assistance in post-cruise options: 1–877–932–4259

  • James Cornell

    We have scheduled a cruise leaving Venice, Italy on September 4, 2022.
    We have also booked two days in Venice prior to sailing on September 4
    and we are considering five or six days in Switzerland prior to arriving in Venice on September 2. Do you have a package for five days in Switzerland and train to Venice. If not, any suggestions?

  • Julie

    Hi James, we don’t have anything with Switzerland. I recommend contacting a travel advisor who can help you book an amazing pre-cruise addition.

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