With more than 135 years experience, Holland America Line now has 15 ships that offer nearly 500 cruises from more than 25 countries each year. HAL recently completed a US$525 million, fleet-wide Signature of Excellence upgrade. Other features are the Explorations Café, which is powered by The New York Times, and the Culinary Arts Centre presented by Food & Wine Magazine – a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where celebrated chefs and culinary experts will provide cooking demonstrations and classes.


Commence your evening with drinks and dancing in the Ocean Bar, take in a movie or visit one of the lounges. Try your luck at the Las Vegas-style casino or catch an extravagant Broadway-style production.


Dining choices range from a casual bite poolside to a formal five-course affair in the classic main Dining Room. Holland America Line’s chefs create signature dishes using the freshest produce and highest-quality meats and seafood while knowledgeable wine stewards pair the perfect wine with every dish.


Spend days at sea relaxing by the two swimming pools, or in the bars and lounges, and a Broadway-style theatre. Alternatively, you can relax at the Spa with a sauna, indulge in a massage, go to the beauty salon or visit the gym. There is also a casino, Culinary Arts Centre, library and cinema.


OCEAN-VIEW STATEROOMFlat-panel TV and DVD player, 100% cotton linen, Elemis Aromapure bath products, Complimentary fresh fruit VERANDAH SUITEAll amenities of Oceanview Staterooms, Personalised stationery, Pillow selection, Minibar for easy entertaining in your suite DELUXE VERANDAH SUITEAll amenities of Verandah staterooms, Priority boarding, Priority dining, Neptune Lounge access, Laundry service


Itineraries range from one to 110 days and visit all seven continents, including Australia/New Zealand and Asia. There are flagship World Voyages and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada/New England, Europe, South America, Mexico, Hawaii and Panama.

Established: 1874

Vessels: 15

Star rating: 4 star

Tonnage: 37,983 – 86,273

Passengers: 835 – 2,106


Accommodation, All meals, Entertainment, Port taxes, Government fees, Room service, Children’s club.


This July, Holland America Line launched a new Signature Class vessel in Europe, the 2,106 passenger MS Nieuw Amsterdam – sister ship to the 2,104 passenger MS Eurodam that was launched in June 2008. Holland America Line has just announced that in October 2011, MS Zaandam will be joining MS Volendam in the Asia-Pacific region.

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