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Category: Baltic & Northern Europe

Learn to Cook Like a Local with In-Home Culinary Tours In Ports Around the World

Learn to Cook Like a Local with In-Home Culinary Tours In Ports Around the World

While Holland America Line cruises are about relaxation and indulgence, they’re also about providing guests with an enriching travel experience. We want our guests to gain a deeper understanding of each destination’s unique culture so everyone can truly savor their journey. One undeniably authentic and enjoyable way to get to know a culture is by…   read more of “Learn to Cook Like…”

Why Choose HAL? Readers of Porthole Name Holland America Line Tops in Nine Categories

Why Choose HAL? Readers of Porthole Name Holland America Line Tops in Nine Categories

With nine top honors Holland America Line once again dominated the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine, one of the world’s leading consumer cruise travel publications. The awards include Best Alaska, Canada/New England, Asia/Pacific and Northern Europe Itineraries; Most Eco-Friendly Line; Best Shore Excursions; Best Medical Facilities; Best Facilities for Guests with Disabilities;…   read more of “Why Choose HAL?…”

Lookbook: Cruising to Alaska, Europe & the Med with a Holland America Line Guest

Lookbook: Cruising to Alaska, Europe & the Med with a Holland America Line Guest

Holland America Line guest William Norton and his wife have been cruising with us for more than 15 years. During that time, they’ve taken many adventures around the globe, and William has captured them in beautiful photographs. If you’re not sure where you want to cruise, perhaps William’s photos will entice you toward one region…   read more of “Lookbook: Cruising…”

Been There, Done That? Try An ‘Encore Collection’ Journeys Ashore on Your Cruise

Been There, Done That? Try An ‘Encore Collection’ Journeys Ashore on Your Cruise

Think you’ve seen it all during your cruise? Think again! With Holland America Line’s Encore Collection of Journeys Ashore tours in each port, guests who have visited a port before or who are looking for something off the beaten path will have the possibility to discover what lies beyond the attractions everyone knows about. From…   read more of “Been There, Done…”

Holland America Line Takes Delivery of ms Koningsdam from Fincantieri

Holland America Line Takes Delivery of ms Koningsdam from Fincantieri

Exciting news! Holland America Line took delivery of ms Koningsdam today, officially making it the first Pinnacle-Class ship in the fleet. The signing ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following the signing, the Dutch flag was raised on the ship for the first time. Koningsdam is registered in the Netherlands. The ship…   read more of “Holland America…”

11 Memorable Highlights on a Cruise to Northern Europe

11 Memorable Highlights on a Cruise to Northern Europe

Holland America Line cruises to destinations across the globe to bring cruisers the most authentic, enriching and memorable travel experiences possible. One of these destinations is Europe, and while most people’s minds instantly jump to the Mediterranean, there’s another region of this enticing continent that is not to be overlooked. Northern Europe features diverse and…   read more of “11 Memorable…”

Giddy Up For These Exciting Equestrian Shore Excursions Around the World

Giddy Up For These Exciting Equestrian Shore Excursions Around the World

Call all horse-lovers and those who just seek an adventure! Saddle up for a gallop across the globe! From the warm beaches of the Caribbean to breathtaking mountains of Iceland, Holland America Line offers many shore excursions for cruisers to go horseback riding. Whether you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or just someone looking for a little…   read more of “Giddy Up For These…”