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Cruises with Holland America Line

If you're looking to visit varied destinations onboard luxury ships, Holland America Line provides the perfect combination of traditional cruising and innovative features. Whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or in a group, every aspect of HAL cruises has been expertly thought out so that all you have to think about is making memories.

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Holland America Line: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 723
  • Fleet: 11 Ships
  • Destinations: 27

Whether you're looking forward to delicious cruise ship dining, sun-drenched afternoons spent relaxing by the pool or evenings in one of the many entertainment venues, no day of your cruise will be the same with Holland America Line.


Onboard each of their ships, Holland America Line showcases an elegant dining experience that will allow you to sample unique dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. From main restaurant dining to casual venues and intimate speciality restaurants, you can eat somewhere different every evening. What's more, with the choice between pre-set restaurant sittings or flexible dining times, you can eat in a way that best suits your needs. While venues vary between ships, here are some of the fleet's most popular restaurants:

Restaurant Cuisine Complimentary or Speciality?
The Dining RoomInternational and regional dishesComplimentary
Lido MarketDishes from around the worldComplimentary
PinnacleUS Surf & TurfSpeciality
Dive-InFast-food favouritesComplimentary
TamarindAsian fusion cuisineSpeciality
CanalettoAuthentic Italian faresSpeciality
New York PizzaMouth-watering slices like they do in the Big AppleComplimentary


Once evening arrives, you can choose where to spend your night from an array of venues, each offering something different.

Live Music

From rock and roll to the best of Memphis blues and even live chamber music, here are the venues where you'll find yourself whiling away the evening listening to some of the best tunes at sea:

  • B.B. King's Blues Club
  • Billboard Onboard
  • Cantaré
  • Lincoln Center Stage
  • Postmodern Jukebox
  • Rolling Stone Rock Room
  • World Stage

Bars and Lounges

With everything from cocktail or champagne bars to a casino, you can spend each evening of your cruise somewhere different:

  • Casino
  • Gallery Bar
  • Mix
  • Notes
  • Piano Bar
  • Explorer's Lounge


From fascinating lectures to relaxing spa treatments and even simply unwinding in one of the public spaces, guests can stay as busy as they like during their cruise:

  • BBC Earth Experiences- learn more about the natural world with unique concerts and films
  • Gym- equipped with all the latest equipment, never miss a workout during your cruise Greenhouse Spa & Salon- treat yourself to a massage, facial and much more at this luxurious venue
  • Port to Table- make the most of the flavours of each region you visit with exclusive cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings
  • Shopping- see if there are any duty-free bargains which take your fancy at the onboard boutiques


While Holland America cruises may not be at the top of your list when you think of cruise lines for families, this doesn't mean the children have been forgotten about! With both kids' clubs and port day excursions that cater for families, a HAL cruise is the perfect way to make memories together.

Club Age About
Kids Programs3-6 yearsEngaging activities such as sing alongs, theme parties and painting
Tweens Programs7-12 yearsFeaturing everything from ice-cream eating competitions to parties and gaming
Teens Programs13-17 yearsOlder teenagers can enjoy mocktail parties, karaoke, video games and more.
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Holland America Line Ships

Comfortable and sophisticated yet packed with activities and entertainment, wherever you choose to sail Holland America Line's fleet of ships is guaranteed to take you there in the utmost style.

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Holland America Line Destinations

Whether you choose a no fly cruise, a fly cruise or a cruise and stay, Holland America Line will take you to some of the most desirable locations across the world from North America to Europe or Australia.

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Top FAQs

  • After you have checked in for your cruise and it is fully paid for, Holland America Line will provide your cruise documents, known as Express Docs. This can be sent to your own email address as well as to your cruise consultant. Your luggage tags can be printed after checking-in, from the Holland America website.

  • As standard, all entertainment - from theatre productions to live music - is included in the cost of your Holland America Line fare.

  • Holland America Line ships have a relaxed attitude to dress code. Smart casual wear is expected while dining in the restaurants, and Gala nights require formal attire (cocktail dresses and suits).

  • Shore excursions are not included in your cruise fare.

  • There is no luggage limit when cruising with Holland America Line, however it is advisable to adhere to any airline luggage restrictions if you will be flying before or after your cruise.

Life Onboard

  • Guests with life-threatening allergies must complete Holland America Line's 'Special Requirements Information' form. You should declare any intolerances or dietary needs at the time of booking, and once you are onboard to the restaurant manager.

  • Yes, each ship in the fleet has designated smoking areas where guests can smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and e-cigarettes. Smoking is not permitted in staterooms or on verandahs, or other public areas of the ship.

  • Yes, there will be one Gala night on every 7 day cruise, two on cruises up to 13 days, and three on cruises of up to 20 days. Guests can choose whether or not they want to take part, and if not they can dine in the buffet or order room service.

  • Yes, in a nod to their Dutch heritage, at least one evening on every cruise will hold an Orange Party. The House of Orange is Holland's Royal Family, and so this colour is most associated with the country. Guests who would like to attend are asked to wear orange coloured clothes and accessories to celebrate.

  • Holland America Line are able to cater to vegan and vegetarian diets, though it is recommended that you declare any dietary requirements at the time of booking, and once onboard.


  • There are three different kid's clubs available, depending on your child's age. Clubs are split into ages 3-7, 8-12 and 13-17, and are all supervised by friendly, expert staff.

  • Babysitters are available during sea days at a rate of $10 per hour for the first child, and $7 per hour for additional children. Please be aware that this service may not always be available.

  • Staff will do their best to assist and accommodate children with special needs, however, it may be the case that they are unable to provide one on one attention.

  • Prams are allowed onboard however Holland America Line ask that you mention this at the time of booking, so they can take into account the extra weight that will be brought onboard.

  • Baby food and nappies must be requested in advance from the Ship Services Department, and will incur a charge.

Holland America Line Covid-19 safety measures

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccination Requirements

Guests embarking on a Holland America Line cruise must be able to show that they have been fully-vaccinated against coronavirus at least 2 weeks before their sail date. Proof can be given as the original vaccination card, a record of vaccination provided by a health care provider or a digital Covid-19 certificate.

Covid-19 Testing

Before travelling, guests must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or lateral) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Guests embarking in Europe in 2021 are also required to undergo mandatory testing at the cruise terminal paid for by the cruise line.

Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure and can be checked on the cruise line pages here.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Health and Safety Procedures


Holland America already boast rigorous cleaning procedures which will be further enhanced as they return to service. This will include stateroom cleaning up to twice a day and frequent cleaning of high touch points and public venues such as the spa, restaurants, bars and lounges. There will be further deep cleaning in staterooms should a guest show flu-like symptoms. Frequent handwashing will be encouraged with hand sanitiser stations throughout each ship, including at the entrance to restaurants and bars. In addition, the Lido Marketplace will still offer a fantastic array of cuisine, but service stations will be attended by staff.


As well as ore-embarkation health checks, guests will be thoroughly trained on Covid-19 health and safety measures to ensure that high standards are maintained onboard.

Face Masks

If social distancing can't be facilitated, or local health authorities require it, masks must be worn during a Holland America Line Cruise. They are also required in cruise terminals at embarkation and disembarkation.

Excursions and Going Ashore

By working with local health authorities and tour operators, Holland America Line will make sure that guests can safely head ashore, only on excursions that meet the cruise line's stringent health and safety protocols.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Passport and Insurance Requirements


Prior to sailing guests must have appropriate insurance with cover for pre-existing medical conditions worldwide, or the countries the guest will visit during their cruise. Medical and repatriation coverage for no less than £2 million and cover for the cost of emergency evacuations from the ship must also be included.


Even for sailings which do not leave British waters, all guests must have a passport with a minimum of six months validity to travel.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Cancellations and FCC Vouchers

Cancelled Cruises

Cancelled: all sailings departing through to June 2021 with the exception of-

  • US Sailings: sailings consisting of 8 days or longer that call at a US port are cancelled until 1st November 2021.
  • All 2021 cruises onboard Oosterdam, Noordam, Westerdam, Volendam and Zaandam
  • Rotterdam cruises from 1st August until 19th September 2021
  • Nieuw Statendam cruises from 3rd September until 7th November 2021
  • Cruises on Noordam are cancelled until 14th March 2022
  • Cruises on Oosterdam are cancelled until 1st May 2021
  • Cruises on Westerdam are cancelled until 8th May 2021

The cruise line has sold the following ships from the fleet - Amsterdam, Maasdam, Veendam and Rotterdam. All cruises on these ships are fully cancelled through to 2022.

If affected, we will be in touch soon with details on your options.

Future Cruise Credit

Those whose cruise has been affected by cancellations will receive Future Cruise Credit as follows:

  • If you have paid for your cruise in full you will receive 125% FCC of the base cruise fare paid to Holland America Line
  • Those who have not paid in full will receive FCC worth double the deposit paid for the cruise, with a minimum value of £100 and maximum value of the base cruise fare.

Please note that FCC is valid for 12 months from the date issued and can be used on sailings departing up to and including 31st December 2022.

These offers apply only to the cruise element of bookings where are the tour operator of the holiday.

Flexible Booking Terms

Book any cruise that departs through 31st December 2021 by 30th September 2021 and you can cancel for any reason up to 30 days before departure and automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit in the amount of non-refundable fees collected by Holland America Line (the remainder will be refunded to you). You can use the Future Cruise Credit when you're ready to book your next cruise holiday.

T&Cs apply - please see the itinerary page for details

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