Another of the elder statesmen when it comes to cruise travel, Holland America Line have been recognised as a leading light in cruising for over 140 years. Holland America have a fleet of 14 modern classic ships and offer more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Over the years, Holland America have been defined by a mission they are very much committed to: Through excellence, we create one-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.
As well as being one of the most luxurious liners on the seas, Holland America Lines are also very proud of their environmental programme. Throughout the years, this has been an important aspect of their business and safeguarding their guests, crews, ships and the environment in which they live and operate is not only the right thing to do, but it is essential to the successful conduct of their business. Some of this work involves giving back to communities and organisations around the world from cleaning up local parks to walking 5kms onboard to raise money for charity.
With a fleet of 14 exclusive cruise liners, Holland America has the world covered in terms of destinations. Each of the ships, whilst being unique offer the same high standard of amenities and services throughout. You can revel in spacious cruise ship rooms, breathe in the expansive views and relax in easy elegance. Whilst all of the Holland America liners are modern vessels, they feature rich woods, beautiful floral arrangements and handsome furnishings that create an inviting atmosphere in which to relax and unwind.
Each ship sails with nearly 1 crew member to every 2 guests which means you can expect a high level of personalised service throughout your time onboard. With wraparound teak decks, panoramic views and an abundance of spacious private verandas, each of the Holland America fleet is decked in luxury. A cruise with Holland America is like taking a 5-star hotel with you out to sea. From the exclusive dining to the onboard facilities to the exclusive staterooms – everything about a Holland America cruise oozes class.
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As you would expect from a luxury cruise line like Holland America, the onboard experience reflects the 5-star experience you get throughout. What makes Holland America a little different is the onboard activities they offer. Whilst they have all the typical amenities you would expect from a luxury cruise like a fantastic spa, evening entertainment and exquisite dining options, the onboard activities are what makes a Holland America cruise stand out.
The onboard Culinary Arts Centres offer up a variety of fun, interesting and engaging sessions that are pretty unique. From the guest chef schedule which includes some of the hottest chefs in the world to the signature cooking classes which let you get hands on there’s something for everyone. We also love the wine tasting and mixology classes which teach guests how to make cocktails as well as sampling some delicious wines. Another pretty unique activity onboard is the Digital Workshop powered by Windows where you can learn digital photography, video editing and web skills whilst cruising.
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With over 500 sailings a year, Holland America have got you covered no matter where in the world you want to explore. Here are just a few of the destinations you can visit with Holland America:
• Mediterranean • Spain • Croatia • Italy • Greece • Alaska
• Australia • New Zealand • South America • Caribbean • Polar Regions
• Argentina • Uruguay • Falkland Islands • Chile • North America
• France • Holland • Belgium • UK • Germany • Russia • Estonia
• Finland • Sweden • Norway • Canada • Bermuda • Burma • Thailand
• Singapore • Hong Kong • China • Japan • Hawaii • Indonesia
• Mexico • Peru • South Korea
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Compelling Worldwide Itineraries
In 2008, Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to more than 320 ports. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
Guests will have more destination choices in every corner of the world that will bring them not just to new and exciting locations but into the culture and heart of each place to create a truly memorable and unique experience.
Five Star Fleet
From the moment you step aboard one of our mid-sized ships you will recognize the Holland America Line difference. We sail with nearly one crew member for every two guests, providing the gracious, award-winning service that defines classic cruising. Our ships feature spacious wraparound teak decks, panoramic views, abundant spacious private verandahs and large staterooms. All our ships have recently completed extensive Signature of Excellence enhancements to staterooms and public rooms. With elegant fine dining and enriching activities, welcome aboard a Holland America Line ship and discover timeless cruising, refined for a new generation.
Providing Passage to the New World
Holland America Line was founded in 1873 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company (NASM), a shipping and passenger line. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line. The company's first ocean liner was the Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York City on Oct. 15, 1872. The one-way voyage took 15 days. Following that first voyage, Holland America Line has seen a series of benchmark moments in its history.
By its 25th anniversary, Holland America Line owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships, and also provided service between Holland and the Dutch East Indies via the newly constructed Suez Canal.
The line was a principal carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States until well after the turn of the century, carrying 850,000 to new lives in the New World.
In 1895, the company offered its first vacation cruise; its second leisure cruise, from New York to the Holy Land, was in 1910.
In 1971, Holland America Line suspended its transatlantic passenger trade and turned to offering cruise vacations full time.
In 1989, Holland America Line Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp., the largest cruise company in the world.