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Holland America Line Cruises

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Caters to the 50+ set who enjoy fine dining, live music and a more subdued vibe -- no whiz-bang attractions here, though partnerships with Lincoln Center and Billboard raise the bar on entertainment; sails globally with ships ranging in size from 835 to 2,650 passengers.

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31 Night
S. America Inca & Panama Canal Discovery

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Buenos Aires
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Holland America Line
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DAY 1: Auckland

43 Night
New Zealand & South Pacific Crossing Collector

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22 Night
S. America & Antarctica

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San Antonio
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DAY 1: Barcelona

14 Night
Spanish Farewell

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Barcelona
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Cartagena, Malaga ...
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14 Night
South America Passage

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San Antonio
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12 Night
Mediterranean Empires

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Venice
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Katakolon, Athens ...
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29 Night
Mediterranean Romance & Spanish Farewell

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Venice
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Dubrovnik, Kotor ...
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7 Night
Alaskan Inside Passage

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Vancouver
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Juneau, Skagway ...
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Holland America Line
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14 Night
Australia & New Zealand

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Auckland
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Tauranga, Gisborne ...
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26 Night
British Isles & Jewels Of The Baltic

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Amsterdam
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St. Peter Port, Cobh ...
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15 Night
Australia & New Zealand

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Sydney
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Eden, Burnie ...
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14 Night
Japan Explorer

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Yokohama
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Kobe, Okinawa ...
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18 Night
Wayfarer / Eastern Caribbean

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Fort Lauderdale
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St. Maarten, St. Lucia ...
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14 Night
Jewels Of The Baltic

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Amsterdam
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Aarhus, Rostock ...
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21 Night
Norse Legends & Jewels Of The Baltic

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Amsterdam
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Eidfjord, Molde ...
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10 Night
Mediterranean Dream

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Rome
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14 Night
Greek Enchantment & Aegean Sunsets

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Venice
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Split, Korcula ...
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24 Night
Jewels Of The Baltic & Iberian Adventure

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Amsterdam
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Tallinn, St. Petersburg ...
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12 Night
Greece And Adriatic Antiquities

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Athens
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Istanbul, Mykonos ...
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30 Night
South Pacific Crossing

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San Diego
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Honolulu, Maui ...
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Holland America Line
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14 Night
New Zealand Discovery

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Sydney
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Milford Sound, Dunedin ...
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32 Night
Australia Circumnavigation

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Sydney
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Airlie Beach, Townsville ...
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7 Night
Canada & New England Discovery

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Montreal
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Quebec City, Charlottetown ...
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28 Night
South Pacific Crossing

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Sydney
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Noumea, Mare ...
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22 Night
S. America & Antarctica

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Buenos Aires
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Montevideo, Punta del Este ...
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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Dining
  • 2019 Best Entertainment
  • 2019 Best Itineraries
  • 2018 Best Value for Money
  • 2017 Best Dining
  • 2017 Best Dining
  • 2017 Best for Solo Travellers
  • 2016 Best Cruise Line Standard Cabins
  • 2016 Best Cruise Line Cabins

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated Alaska Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Asia Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Mexican Riviera Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Panama Canal & Central America Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated South America & Antarctica Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Alaska Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Asia Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Panama Canal & Central America Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated South America & Antarctica Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations

Who goes on Holland America Line cruise ships?

Holland America Line cruisers usually run 50 or older and are evenly split between being retired and employed -- the longer the cruise, the older the demographic and the more retired passengers there are. HAL passengers prioritize travel, and most are experienced cruisers. They tend to be foodies and music-lovers (two things for which HAL prides itself), and most are from the U.S. and Canada, though about 20 percent of the passengers are international, with the U.K. and Australia at the top of the list.

During the summer and holiday periods, the average age onboard comes down as families, particularly multigenerational groups that include the grandparents and grandkids, take to the ships. This is particularly true of the line's Alaska and Canada/New England itineraries.

Do I have to dress up on a Holland America Line cruise?

Not during the day, but most Holland America Line evenings are designated as smart-casual, so swimsuits, flip-flops, shorts and tank tops are not permitted in any of the restaurants. The line does have more formal evenings (how many depends on how long a sailing you're on) called Gala Nights calling for gala attire. Men usually show up in suits and ties (or jackets and no ties, especially in the Caribbean); women usually opt for cocktail dresses or gowns, or dress slacks with fancy blouses.

Is everything free on Holland America Line cruises?

No. Your cruise fare includes meals in the main dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, the outdoor Terrace Grill and 24-hour room service (except for some for-charge items); the extensive youth program, Club HAL, is complimentary until 10 p.m. every day. Additionally, access to the fitness center, and most culinary lessons and enrichment lectures, movies, performances and live music are complimentary.

What will cost you extra is all drinks beyond water, tea, basic coffee and some juices; all specialty restaurants; most fitness classes; spa and salon services; shore excursions; gratuities; laundry and purchases from any of the onboard shops.

Passengers cruising in suites get a host of extra privileges and might find that some of the extra-fee options are provided complimentarily.

What are Holland America Line’s most popular activities?

Passengers onboard Holland America Line's ships love the line's dedication to traditional cruise activities, including afternoon tea and ballroom dancing, but they also flock to the line's newer options. In particular, the line's live music offerings, including BB King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Lincoln Center Stage, draw a crowd most nights, while the line's culinary demonstrations are usually standing room only. Culinary classes (including some specifically for kids), wine tastings and blendings (on select ships only), and complimentary computer classes fill quickly.

Just as popular for many Holland America Line passengers is relaxing in the line's top-deck Crow's Nest. You'll often find people up there reading a book, putting together a jigsaw puzzle or playing cards or board games.

Why go with Holland America Line?

Traditional cruising experience with modern touches

Best for: Laid-back but curious travelers who explore by day and relish culinary experiences and live music by night

Not for: Thrill-seekers who crave a variety of onboard attractions and endless nightlife




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