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August 8, 2017

All About Holland America Line
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All About Holland America Line:

Holland America Line Cruise Specials

Holland America Line Shore Excursions

Holland America Line Reviews

Holland America Line Deck Plans

Best for:

Adults and families and multigenerational groups who want a classic cruise vacation with modern amenities on mid-size ships. For those who want a deluxe experience, the high-end
Holland America Line suites provide concierge service and other luxuries associated with more expensive cruise lines. Holland America Line has a broad appeal and offers programs and activities for all ages, from high-tech computer sessions to conventional Vegas-style entertainment.

Atmosphere and experience onboard:

For many years,
Holland America Line has been named "Best Overall Cruise Value" by the World Ocean & Cruise Line. The award recognizes the line's ongoing Signature of Excellence ships – the ms Maasdam, ms Statendam, ms Ryndam, ms Veendam and ms Rotterdam.

The fleet's Signature Class vessels have cabins on the upper decks, spa staterooms with special amenities and healthy room-service menus and adults-only sundeck areas called The Retreat, which feature tented (for rent) cabanas equipped with fruit trays, bottled water, iPods and other goodies.

Though some ships– notably the ms Rotterdam and the ms Amsterdam -- are "fancier" than others, with high-end artwork and ornate decor, all ships now feature the Mariner Dream Bed and high-end linens, flat screen TVs and bathroom enhancements. The new bar concept, Mix, encompasses three specialty lounges serving champagne, martinis and spirits and ales. The new Showroom at Sea features Broadway entertainers and the new resort pool, the Retreat, has an upscale pizzeria and a giant LED screen for evening movies.

An increasingly popular feature on all
Holland America Line ships is the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, which has been described as a "world class show kitchen at sea." In 2014, the center's enrichment program included a roster of celebrity chefs, epicures and authors, including New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and Food Network "Next Iron Chef" competitor, Jehangir Mehta.

The atmosphere on a
Holland America Line cruise is livelier and somewhat more relaxed than in the past. Though still wedded to fixed meal times, lunch hours have been extended when the ships are in port and alternative dining venues now offer more choices.


This premium line has traditionally been known for having an older clientele but has made a shift in recent years to appeal to a younger crowd by adding such features as alternative restaurants, concierge service for the higher-end accommodations, Internet cafes with Wi-Fi, spa cabins, indoor-outdoor pools and specialty bars and lounges;. With its upgraded children's programs,
Holland America Line is attracting multi-generational family groups, especially during its summer sailings to Alaska and its one-week Caribbean itineraries during school vacations.

Policies regarding children onboard:

Reservations will not be accepted for infants 6 months or younger for non-Transocean sailings or 12 months or younger for Transocean sailings at time of cruise. There are no programs for children under 3.
Holland America Line programs cover three age groups: 3 to 7; 8 to 12 and 13 to 17. Expanded children's facilities include teen lounges, gaming stations and parent-free zones with computers. There are babysitting services available on board.  

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Featured Holland America Shore Excursion

Available on Holland American Line's Amsterdam December 20, 2017
15-Night Panama Canal Holiday.

Emerald Tour- Price: $69.00pp

Travelers from around the world visit Cartagena to admire its beauty. But there's more to Cartagena besides its sights. Did you know Colombia is the world's largest emerald producer? Find out all about Cartagena's emerald history on this fun tour.

This Cartagena emerald tour will make you a gem expert in no time. During this adventure, you'll be led by an emerald professional who will share their knowledge with you. This individual will help you spot legitimate Colombian emeralds and provide some insight on buying the best ones during your travels. In fact, you'll have the chance to do some shopping during your lesson! There is also an opportunity for some sightseeing.

Take a break from traditional Cartagena sightseeing tours and do something different. Book your tour now and enjoy a unique look at Cartagena's history.

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