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Holland America Line Named Tops for Dining, Itineraries and Entertainment in 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise reviews site and online cruise community, announced the winners in its 2019 Editors’ Picks Awards in the United States and Australia. Holland America Line’s excellence was recognized in three categories: Best Dining and Best Itineraries in the United States and Best Entertainment in Australia.

The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards highlight the best cruise lines of the year across dozens of categories, as chosen by the site’s international team of editors. In 2019 Cruise Critic celebrates the 12th year of bestowing the honors.

Best Dining (Ocean Category) – U.S.

Rudi's sel de mer lobster

“Holland America’s culinary scene stands out from the rest with the help of diverse chef partnerships. Advisers of the line’s celeb-chef-packed Culinary Council lend favorite recipes from seafood to chocolate. Dining expertise seasons everything from the tasty new Nami Sushi menu inside pan-Asian restaurant Tamarind, to the classic Pinnacle Grill and standout main dining menus fleetwide.”

Best Itineraries (Ocean Category) – U.S.

View of Tian Tan Buddha in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

“Holland America not only covers serious territory at sea, traversing popular ports in the Caribbean, Europe and Canada/New England, but it’s also constantly adding bucket-list trips. In addition to the line’s Grand Voyages, circumnavigations and world cruises throughout Africa, Asia and Australia, Holland America has debuted its In-Depth Voyages — sailings that explore remote destinations, like Papua New Guinea — with expedition-style immersion.”

Best Entertainment – Australia

BB Kings

“Holland America Line takes live music to the next level with B.B. King’s Blues Club, featuring musicians from the famous Memphis venue; Rolling Stone Rock Room, starring a five-piece rock and roll band; Billboard Onboard, where pianists play chart-topping hits; and Lincoln Center Stage, showcasing chamber music. The two-storey World Stage theatre, on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, also impresses with shows on a 270-degree wraparound LED screen.”

Cruise Critic is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 160,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world’s largest online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

  • Patrice Pallone

    In response to the announcement of these Cruise Critic awards for itineraries, dining & entertainment….I especially appreciate Holland America’s itineraries, overall; the expanded menus on Grand Voyages (including regional options & themes); & Lincoln Center Stage, where available. Congratulations!

  • Audrey Kumar

    My Cruise ? is & will always be HollandAmericaLine. In fact I’m right now on a Pacific Adventurer Cruise & loving it.
    Keep up the good work HAL & all the best.

  • Doug Simpson

    Any update on when Zaandam will be getting the Billboard Onboard venues? Thoroughly enjoyed BO on other ships, our favorite nighttime activity. Hoping to have during our upcoming Voyage of the Vikings this summer.

  • Julie

    Hi Doug, good news! Billboard Onboard will be added during the April drydock along with Lincoln Center Stage.

  • Sandra Ganert

    Just wondering what the entertainment is on the Maasdam for the 14 day Alaskan cruise.

  • Julie

    Hi Sandra, unfortunately we don’t have the entertainment schedule at the blog. You can try the reservations team.

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