Holland America Cruise Line Overview

Escape a world of routine, regimen, and restrictions to enter a carefree, graceful universe where everything seems to exist for you alone. Everywhere, a sense of style and elegance pervades. Grand bouquets, priceless antiques, and original artwork adorn each room. So extraordinarily memorable is the cuisine aboard Holland America ships that the entire fleet has been inducted into the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, a gourmet society founded in Paris and devoted to promoting the pleasures of the table. Explore over 250 ports aboard the five-star fleet and enjoy a uniquely gracious onboard ambience. Such is the world of Holland America's "Tradition of Excellence."

Recommended For

Recommended For

Those who enjoy cruise traditions and want a quality experience in a refined environment but like the facilities and range of choices available on new super liners. Small ship devotees open to trying a large ship. Former budget cruisers ready to move up to higher quality.

Cruise Line Highlights


  • After-Dinner Espresso and Hand-Dipped Chocolates
  • Bouquets of flowers everywhere
  • Craft Class
  • Club Hal just-for-kids program
  • Fabulous 50s and 60s Parties
  • Flagship Forum Lecture Series
  • Lavish production shows & intimate lounge shows
  • No-tipping-required policy
  • Ocean Spa with Relaxing Treatments and Massage
  • Priceless art collections
  • Royal Dutch High Tea
  • Yoga


Holland America Lines charges a daily hotel service charge directly to the on-board account. This amount is $11 per passenger. Additionally, a 15% gratuity is added to all bar purchases.

Note: Gratuity Policies are subject to change.
Updated June 21, 2010


Holland America emphasizes that passengers dress for comfort during the day onboard as well as on shore at the ports of call. Evening wear includes both formal and “smart casual” categories. Slacks and collared shirts for men set a good example of that qualifies at ‘smart casual” while this category includes casual dresses, slacks and informal variations of evening wear for women.

Note: Dress Codes are subject to change.
Updated June 21, 2010