Prepare For Your Cruise

Whether it's your first time on a Holland America Line cruise, or you're a 4-Star Mariner, this handy check list will ensure you don't miss a step.

You're Booked! Now What?

Confirm your cruise booking details

  1. Log in to review your booking.
    • Verify that your legal name and date of birth match your travel documents.
    • Provide up-to-date contact information.
  2. Ensure you have the proper travel documents for the countries you are visiting.
  3. Before your cruise, download Navigator® Your essential cruise companion! Log in, and immediately start using Navigator. Once you've completed Online Check-In at, retrieve your digital boarding pass via the app to expedite embarkation at the pier. You can also complete your health assessment and book shore excursions prior to your cruise. 
  4. Review Holland America Line's Health and Safety Tips. Cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination.

Set up your travel arrangements to the ship

  1. Book your flights.
    • Get specially negotiated low airfare by booking through Holland America Line Flight Ease. View More Details
    • Booking your flight independently? Log in to your Cruise Planner to provide your flight details.
  2. Book hotel stays and airport transfers.
    • Spend some time before and/or after your cruise in the cities you depart from and arrive to. Travel to and from the cruise terminal stress-free by pre-arranging airport transfers. Log in to your Cruise Planner to make arrangements.

Plan Out Your Days Onboard And In Port

  1. Book Shore Excursions.
    • Get the most out of your time in each port with a seamless, stress-free shore excursion. Book your shore excursions in advance for the best selection and receive our Best Price Guarantee. Log in to your Cruise Planner to view and book your excursions.
  2. Make your specialty dining reservations.
    • Seating is limited for our specialty restaurants—especially our one-night-only pop-up restaurants that you don't want to miss. Get your preferred dates and times by making specialty dining reservations in advance. View all dining options or log in to your Cruise Planner to make reservations.
  3. Purchase your onboard amenities.
    • Celebrating a special occasion—such as a birthday, anniversary, or simply a much deserved vacation? Make your cruise experience extra special. Purchase beverage packages, spa treatments, pre-paid Internet packages, and other gifts and treats. Log in to your Cruise Planner to view all available options.

Prepare to board

  1. Check in for your cruise and print your luggage tags.
    • Log in to your Cruise Planner to check in, get your boarding passes and print your luggage tags.
    • Or, use the Navigator app to get your digital boarding pass.
  2. Pack for your vacation!
    • Visit our What to Pack page for packing tips and a packing checklist. 
      In the event of unexpected travel delays and emergencies, please remember to bring additional prescription medication for at least 2 weeks beyond the length of the cruise. Also bring a list of the names, strengths and dosages of all medications in case refills are required.

After your cruise

View your cruise history, manage your account, check your Future Cruise Deposit balance and past cruise statements or even start planning your next cruise.