Holland America Line Number-One in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

Holland America Line took home three USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards: winner in the categories of Best Ship for Dining and Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship, and second for Best Ocean Cruise Line. USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels and things to do. Nominees in all categories are chosen editorially by a panel of experts, and once the finalists are chosen, readers vote on their favorites.


Best Mid-Sized Ship: Rotterdam

Launched in October 2021, Rotterdam is the newest Pinnacle-Class flagship for Holland America. Over 60% of the guest staterooms have verandahs, and the ship also features single and family staterooms. Live music is the ship’s entertainment focus, and venues include B.B. King’s Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room, Billboard Onboard and Lincoln Center Stage. World Stage features a 270-degree LED backdrop that creates an immersive entertainment experience. Guests have nearly a dozen dining opportunities with a variety of cuisine, including a steakhouse, French seafood, Italian, Pan-Asian, sushi, a pizzeria and deli, Lido Market with food stations, Grand Dutch Cafe featuring Dutch treats, and poolside burgers and hot dogs.

In addition to Rotterdam’s win for Best Mid-Sized Ship, Koningsdam placed second, while Nieuw Statendam came in ninth.

Best Ship for Dining: Koningsdam

Guests sailing on Holland America Line’s Koningsdam have 10 dining options to choose from. In addition to the main dining room, that features dishes from its Culinary Council of celebrity chefs, specialty venues include Pinnacle Grill, a superb steakhouse; Rudi’s Sel de Mer, the finest French brasserie; Canaletto, featuring Italian dining; Tamarind with Pan-Asian specialties; and Club Orange for suite and Club Orange guests, along with casual eateries Nami Sushi, New York Pizza and Deli, Lido Market, Grand Dutch Cafe and Dive-In burgers and hot dogs. Cooking demonstrations bring local cuisine on board through the ship’s Port To Table program.

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Best Ocean Cruise Line

Holland America Line offers guests enriching journeys in distinctively classic cruise style, connecting them to the most fascinating people, places and cultures on earth. Itineraries span the globe with more than 400 ports of call, a number unequaled among premium cruise lines, and more than 500 carefully crafted itineraries. With elegant fine dining and gracious service, Holland America Line’s mid-sized ships welcome guests onboard to discover timeless cruising, refined for a new generation. — USA Today 10Best

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Thank you to everyone who voted for Holland America Line!

Holland America Line is on a winning streak and recently won additional, noteworthy awards:

Global Traveler – Best Family Cruise Line
Holland America Line was named Best Family Cruise Line for the second consecutive year in Global Traveler’s 10th annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards.

VIBE Vista Award – Half Moon Bar
Holland America Line took home a win for “Best Beverage Menu Program — Half Moon Bar” at the 2022 VIBE Vista Awards. The awards recognize the top performers in the beverage industry (restaurants, hotels, casinos and more) through the creation, training, execution, management and on-going positive results of beverage programs.

Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Hot List – Rotterdam
Rotterdam was recognized on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Hot List. Editors at all seven worldwide editions had a hand in scouting and selecting the entries, and it has been expanded from hotel to include restaurants, culture, transportation, destinations and cruises.

TripSavvy – Best Traditional Cruise Alaska
Named as the “Best Traditional Cruise” in TripSavvy’s list of 2022 Best Alaska Cruises, the cruise lines were chosen so readers can find the right cruise for their personality, budget and preferences.


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