Top Reasons to Cruise With Holland America Line

View of Holland America Line's Rotterdam cruise ship.

When it comes to cruises, there are key decisions to make before you embark on your adventure. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do when you get there? How will you spend your time on board when you’re not exploring the shore? No matter the destination or shore excursion you choose, we can help you get there. Here are the top reasons to cruise with Holland America Line:

View of Amalfi Coast in Mediterranean.

Explore Flexible, Thoughtfully Crafted Itineraries

From weekend getaways to cruises lasting more than 130 days, we offer flexible itineraries to help you see the world from your doorstep. Our cruise itineraries are also thoughtfully crafted, from destination programming that helps you learn more about the places awaiting you, to opportunities for authentic, in-depth experiences on shore.

That includes visiting breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites that represent the best of human heritage and the natural world. These sites and wonders are recognized for having outstanding universal value to humanity. With more than 500 itineraries that visit 100 countries with awe-inspiring destinations around the globe, just choose your adventure for an unforgettable journey.

Savor Fresh Destination-Inspired Cuisine

Whether you’re sailing to the Great Land on an Alaska cruise, exploring the rich history of Europe, taking in the incredible sights of Asia, or cruising somewhere in between, you’ll experience fresh cuisine inspired by the destinations you’re visiting.

View of Holland America Line's Alaska salmon dish.

This includes 80 types of fresh fish being served across our thoughtfully crafted itineraries through our Global Fresh Fish Program. That’s delivering fresh on a global scale! With native fresh fish and ingredients sourced directly from those who know them best, our destination dining tells the story of each region through unique flavors. This means your taste buds will delight in the cruise dining experience, where our cuisine goes beyond the plate.

View of Holland America Line's Eurodam cruise ship.

Relax on Our Perfectly Sized Ships 

Relax and explore cruise ships that are large enough to offer a wealth of entertainment and dining options, but small enough to reach ports that megaships can’t. Our elegant fleet of ships provide spacious staterooms, expansive views, fine dining, excellent entertainment, and enriching and relaxing onboard activities to make your vacation from the everyday nothing short of extraordinary.

Relish Award-Winning Personalized Service

In addition, you can look forward to personalized service from our dedicated crew members. For 150 years, Holland America Line has sailed sea to sea in service of others. We care deeply about providing exceptional service throughout your cruise adventure, and that commitment has been recognized by others. Most recently, Holland America Line received the 2023 Cruise Critic Editor’s Picks Best Service Award. From personal cruise consultants that help you plan epic and memorable vacations, to stewards that know your name and dining preferences, we’ve got you covered.

See More Glaciers & Enjoy More Opportunities to Experience Wildlife in Alaska

Do you want to connect with the magnificent creatures, culture and spirit of the Great Land? With Holland America Line, you have more access to Alaska wildlife than with any other cruise line. Experience the wonders of the wild as National Park Service Rangers and onboard wildlife experts guide you through wildlife-watching opportunities.

View of whale breaching waters in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Enhance your adventure with an Alaska cruisetour, taking you deeper into the wilderness where Alaska’s Big Five roam. You’ll also see more Alaska glaciers than with any other cruise line, getting a close-up view from our ships. Whether you’re sailing along the shore or embarking on an unforgettable shore excursion, you’ll experience the best of Alaska.

View of Holland America Line's private island, Half Moon Cay, in Bahamas with cruise ship in background.

Soak Up Sunshine at Half Moon Cay, Our Award-Winning Private Island

No matter which itinerary you choose, a Caribbean cruise will have you soaking up sunshine in paradise, especially at Half Moon Cay, our award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

From stingray encounters and horseback riding to kayaking and chilling in cabanas, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your day at Half Moon Cay. In fact, you may just wish you could stay here forever.

For 150 years, we’ve been introducing guests to new places and new cultures. We’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of travel, helping guests dive into new experiences, build connections and foster an appreciation of the shared humanity that unites us the world over. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience from sea to sea. After all, travel is more than just an itinerary – it has the power to enrich our lives through every sailing.

Are you ready to choose your next adventure? Connect with one of our Personal Cruise Consultants to help you plan your ultimate cruise vacation.


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  1. LA Adams April 9, 2024 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    My first cruise was with HAL out of Boston, then a Christmas cruise to Hawaii which was fantastic. I’ve an artic one booked and in discussion for a grand voyage to Tahiti. I’ve tried NCL as there is a local port, but HAL hits the mark. I’m impressed with what is on offer. I wished they sailed out of NYC. Keep up the great work.

    • Julie April 10, 2024 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Hi LA, thank you for choosing to cruise with Holland America Line. We appreciate you! The Arctic cruise will be amazing, and you can’t go wrong visiting the gorgeous isles in the South Pacific. We look forward to having you on board again soon.

  2. J Busscher April 1, 2024 at 7:45 am - Reply

    We just booked our 7th HAL cruise. Love the food, the ship size, and it seems like the excursions are more competitive with private excursions than are many cruise line competitors.

    • Julie April 3, 2024 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      We look forward to having you on board again for lucky 7!

  3. Denise Mulvey March 28, 2024 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    We are somewhat new to cruising. Started with Holland American and plan to stay with them.
    Wonderful accomodations, spectacular service

    • Julie March 31, 2024 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, Denise! We love to hear this!

  4. Barbara Peckinpaugh February 25, 2024 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I have done 17 cruises with HAL only one other line and I will always stay with HAL. I love them!

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