The Lanai: A Unique Stateroom Experience on a Holland America Line Cruise

Holland America Line is known for graceful mid-sized ships with a generous amount of personal space for guests as they cruise the world. Some cruisers might be surprised to learn that Holland America extends this roomy cruise experience to the promenade deck on five of our ships: Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam, Veendam and Volendam with our Lanai staterooms.


Lanai Stateroom on Deck 6 on Veendam

Along with being spacious, what makes these staterooms unique is a sliding glass door that leads directly onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck for instant access to reserved deck chairs that make it easy to enjoy the gorgeous, panoramic views. Plus, privacy is not sacrificed with one-way mirrored glass.


Lanai stateroom on Deck 3 on Rotterdam.

So now you know that in addition to traditional inside, outside, verandah and suite stateroom categories, Lanais offer a unique option on your next cruise. If you’re interested in enjoying this special experience, book a Lanai stateroom directly on the Holland America website or through your preferred travel professional.


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  1. Kenneth Dick June 29, 2022 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I noted above that the Volendam had a refurbishment in late 2019 per your reply to William, but can’t seem to find blog post/news release that tells what was done. So, what was done (especially to Lanai & Vista categories)? And, when will she next undergo refurbishment and what will be done then?

  2. Elizabeth May 4, 2020 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Greetings from Australia.
    Sadly, our 14 night June 2020 Alaskan cruise was cancelled. We are sooo keen to do this when restrictions are lifted. Do you yet have a date when that might be?

  3. Marie Hollis December 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    About to book side-by-side (non-adjoining) Veranda rooms on the Oosterdam. I’m wondering if the balcony partition either opens or can be removed between the 2 rooms so that we can share the balcony space?

  4. Darlene Franklin October 31, 2019 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Had a wonderful cruise on the Rotterdam from Amsterdam to Rome…we had a Lanai this time instead of a balcony and it was great. Especially for walking around the promenade and for taking pictures; great lounge seats with cushions provided. Excellent staff…can’t say enough about the care we had.

  5. William C Schulz October 7, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    We are going on the Volendam on 11/1/19. Just noticed that this the first cruise after coming out of overhaul. What is being done?

  6. Darlene Franklin September 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I am going on the Rotterdam Oct 5 from Amsterdam; this is my 3rd Cruise with HAC and I am very excited. Looking forward to meeting everyone and enjoying the 14 day Cruise.

  7. Mychell September 19, 2019 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    We are going on our first Holland America cruise on Sept 25. Vancouver to San Diego.
    We booked Lanai rooms on the Volendam. Once we had a cruise with a balcony, we were hooked, and we’re super excited about the access to the promenade deck.
    I was trying to see which activities were which days/nights, so I knew when to plan our dinners or spa appointments around. On other cruise lines you can see the schedule and plan appointments accordingly. Is there somewhere to do that for the HAL Volendam?
    Excited about our trip.

  8. Kelly Siebecke August 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Travelled to Alaska in July 2019, 14 days, MS Amsterdam. We were fortunate to get an inexpensive upgrade to a Lanai stateroom three days before departure. Honestly, we can’t imagine not booking a Lanai from here on out! Loved the access to the deck, especially for those moments when you see something you just have to take a picture of, talking with people either walking by or your stateroom neighbors, sitting just outside your room on the reserved deck chairs, and so on. Being able to see where you are with ease through the floor to ceiling sliding glass door added so much to the cruise experience for us. This was our first cruise ever and we couldn’t have asked for more. Holland America, whenever it’s possible for us to take a cruise vacation, you will have our business from here on out!

  9. Brandy Cochrane August 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    You mention the TVs were not updated on the MS Amsterdam. Did I hear it just went through refurbishment?
    If yes, how did this affect outlets, TVs, amenities, etc
    If no recent refurbishment: I thought I heard the older TVs had a way to watch DVDs…just have to bring your own VCA cords (not HDMI).
    I like to read late at night, and to not bother my husband while he is sleeping, I hope to ask if my deck cushions not be removed, if I bring them indoors each morning. Any chance?

    (I see you recommended bringing a power strip; should that be amended to state “NOT one with a surge protector”, as that type might is confiscated upon boarding because it can cause a problem with the ship’s electric???)

  10. Peggy Knorr August 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Can the Lanai room patio doors be locked from the outside if we want to go for a walk and exit from that direction instead of the main door?

  11. Barbara July 24, 2019 at 2:28 am - Reply

    We have a Lanai suite on the Veendam sailing from Barcelona to Venice. Could you tell me if there is a refrigerator in the room please?

  12. Carol May 4, 2019 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Hi we are going on the Volendam in a lanai cabin I was wondering what deck they are on , and do they have the bath or shower. thanks

  13. Fran December 25, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

    We had a Lanai stateroom on the Rotterdam in August2018. Our first as we usually get a balcony suite, and it was wonderful. Great for people watching, access to the promenade and the view was wonderful for taking photos without the balcony partitions. There is a lot of activity if the tenders are used, but I found it interesting to see how well the staff got things done. No refrigerator in the room, but we requested one at a small fee. We would like the same accommodation on our next cruise.?

  14. KWinSC December 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    My wife and I upgraded to the Lanai room on the MS Amsterdam 12/16-12/23. It was well worth the money. It was our most enjoyable and relaxing cruise yet. I highly recommend it! Yes you should close the drapes at night. LOL no doubt about. Daytime is all good.

  15. Bonnie October 19, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Do the cabins on ms Amsterdam come equipped with upgraded TVs and improved programming?

  16. Beth September 27, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Just reserved 34 days on Maasdam from Auckland to San Diego in Lanai room. Are the deck chairs and pads there all day into the evening? We enjoy using the chairs mostly in the evening and on other cruises we have seen these chairs removed late in the day.

  17. Flo September 21, 2018 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Hi, Re: Lanai 346 on Maasdam
    Electric outlets, I am not clear from your response, we have 1 CPAP machine that will use the outlet close to his bed. Are there 3 others I can use for my computer and camera chargers? Do they need adapters? Thanks.

  18. barbara merritt September 15, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    will there be deck chairs on the lower promenade deck for passengers who do not have a lanai cabin ??

  19. Michael Harless August 19, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I have a question, How many electric outlets are in the room, and what news channels are available and is there a decent internet service? Our recent cruise with another cruise line left us desperate for all three.

  20. Sherlyn August 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Are most of the lanais mid ship?

  21. Natalie Boos August 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Are there screen doors, preferably ones that lock so that we can have security AND some ocean breeze in the evenings? Thanks

  22. Mark Herrett July 26, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Our next cruise is on the ms Volendam in a Lanai stateroom. My mom is disabled and I’m hoping that our lifeboat station is right outside our sliding glass door. She will be in a wheelchair or her scooter. Looking forward to seeing Alaska again for a fourth time on HAL.

  23. Isabella July 9, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    If sliding door is mirrored glass, why is closing drapes needed.

  24. Julie July 2, 2018 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    The lanai staterooms describe “reserved deck seating”. Is deck seating reserved for each lanai cabin? If so, is it one or two chairs for each lanai cabin? My other experience with HAL was a cabin with private verandah so would like to clarify the “outside” situation with a lanai stateroom. Thank you!

  25. Sharon Howe June 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Hello: I will be sailing on the Amsterdam in one of their Lanai cabins. I was able to search to see what my cabin looked like last year, but it appears that lanai cabin pictures have not been taken yet as I believe they were only made when the Amsterdam was refurbished. I would love to see my cabin. Love HAL and especially The Amsterdam

  26. anton slijk May 28, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

    lanai cabin description incorrect . sliding doors suggest more than one

  27. Catherine May 19, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Had a Lanai cabin on the Veendam and loved the convenience of it….just be sure to close your drapes!!

  28. Elizabeth Marian Sloane December 11, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I was once honored to receive an upgrade to the Lanai category. It was a long time ago before the Lanai staterooms were so popular. I was very grateful for the experience which was wonderful. If you can afford it, go for it.

  29. Barbara Harrleson December 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve cruised with Holland American several times. Will be on the Veendam on Dec.22,2017. Just wondering if there was any vacant cabins left for a up grade. Have never been upgraded before in all my 26 cruises. I book with Cruise Web (Rashell O’Neal) for all my Cruises. Just asking.

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