Cruising has long been known as a great vacation value, especially for families, extended multigenerational family groups and groups of friends traveling together with their families. Share a world of fascinating cultures, natural wonders and amazing adventures when you bring your crew to meet our crew on a Holland America Line cruise.
On board, everyone has the freedom to pursue their passions, their way. Younger travelers can join kids their own age on a treasure hunt with Club HAL while you get a crash course on Mediterranean architecture at an Explorations Central presentation. Later, the entire family can come together to share the day’s highlights over freshly made pasta at Canaletto. In port, enjoy family-friendly shore excursions — from whale-watching in Alaska to touring the original Legoland in Denmark. And, at the end of each fun-filled day, unwind in spacious, comfortable accommodations that fit your family perfectly.
A variety of entertainment options, daily activities and dining venues let everyone in your family craft their ideal day. We offer supervised, age-appropriate games, sports and activities on board for kids and ‘tweens, while teens can enjoy an exclusive venue and special events. Elsewhere, the whole family can learn to make the chewiest brownies on the planet at a live cooking show or explore the natural world with BBC Earth Experiences.
On Alaska cruises, Holland America Line offers a Junior Ranger Program in Glacier Bay. Kids can interact with National Park rangers and earn their Junior Ranger Badge on this fun and educational day at Glacier Bay National Park.
At Half Moon Cay, our award-winning private island in the Bahamas, we feature Waterworks with a mini waterslide, water nozzles, sprayers and colorful and climbable sea creatures that make up an aquatic playground for kids. The island also features private cabanas, villas and a grand cabana that are ideal for a family retreat.
Family-Friendly Shore Excursions:
With Holland America Line you’ll find a range of shoreside experiences to suit the interests and activity levels of everyone in your family. Swim with sting rays in Mexico or the Caribbean, spend a day at the original Legoland in Northern Europe, go on a whale-watching quest or dog-sledding adventure in Alaska and so much more. Our award-winning shore excursions give you new ways to discover destinations together.
Some of our favorites include:
Family Fun: Time-Travel Through Rome
From Civitavecchia, an engaging actor and guide brings the city of Rome to life, illuminating the complex history of Ancient Rome and how its empire expanded at breakneck speed. Throughout the day, younger travelers can take part in an interactive theatrical performance and play games to learn about the secret history of Rome’s iconic monuments, like the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Discover Alaska’s Whales in Juneau
Among a small group of guests, you’ll board a heated research vessel for an up-close viewing of humpback whales. Your guide will discuss the biology, habitat and behavior of these majestic giants. Whale sightings are guaranteed, and you’ll also likely see seals, porpoises and other marine animals.
Vision of the Fjords in Flam
By land or by sea, Flam offers spectacular sights for the whole family. Sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nærøyfjord, you’ll marvel at epic mountainsides and waterfalls. On shore, an equally picturesque motorcoach ride takes your family through one of Norway’s longest tunnels to the remote settlement of Gudvangen.
A Day at Legoland in Aarhus
The world-famous Legoland amusement park, a short trip from Aarhus, will have everyone in your family feeling like a kid again. The whole park is made entirely of Legos, with millions of colorful bricks snapped together in a perfect blend of imaginative fun, clever design and keen attention to detail. Explore the intricate scenery and dynamic rides before grabbing a souvenir to bring back home.
Dining For Everyone:
Enjoy a variety of flavors as varied as the destinations we visit with onboard dining experiences designed by our dedicated Culinary Council of world-renowned chefs. Half portions of menu items and a special kids’ menu with favorites like pizza, mac and cheese and fresh fruit are available at any of our dining venues. Plus, kids 12 years old and under eat for half price at our specialty restaurants or free when ordering from the kids’ menu.
Flexible Stateroom and Suite Options:
Our staterooms and suites come in an array of sizes and configurations to fit your family. Family-friendly options include sofa beds, Murphy beds and connecting rooms. Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam also feature dedicated family staterooms with beds for five guests, extra closet space and two bathrooms — one with a bathtub, shower, sink and toilet and one with a shower and sink.
For parties larger than two adults planning to travel in the same stateroom, our reduced fares for kids or extra guests beyond the first and second guest per room offer an exceptional value. Fares vary by departure date and stateroom category purchased, and during select promotions they may be free. (Whether cruise fares are reduced or free for these additional guests per stateroom, the cost of taxes, fees and port expenses per person still applies.) Many of our award-winning shore excursions also offer reduced pricing for kids.
For travelers looking to explore the world together as a family, for adventurers looking to bring history to life for their children, for those who want to introduce the next generation to cultures and customs of different lands … look no further than a Holland America Line cruise.