The ultimate guide to Holland America Line

Holland America Line was born to voyage, that’s why we have created your go-to guide for everything you need to know about Holland America Line

*The article has been created in partnership with our sponsor, Holland America Line*


About us

For 145 years, we’ve been introducing guests to new places and new cultures, and we’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of travel. We’ve seen how it opens minds, builds connections and fosters an appreciation of our shared humanity. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience, because travel is more than an itinerary, it has the power to change us and our world, journey by journey.

Carefully Crafted Journeys

Balance. Depth. Authenticity. These are the elements we bring to more than 500 itineraries, stopping in 100 countries, the world over. Cruises include both popular and less-travelled ports in Alaska, Europe, South America and Antarctica, to Cuba and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Our Explorations Central (EXC) program adds meaning and context, making your journey an even richer experience.


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Explore the oceans with Holland America Line with Nieuw Amsterdam


Spacious, Mid-Sized Ships

Holland America Line holds true to the timeless elegance of ocean travel. From the moment you step aboard one of our 14 spacious, modern, mid-sized ships, you’ll feel the difference, with classic nautical lines, beautiful appointments and warm, hospitable service.

Immersive Culinary Journeys

Explore a wide range of delicious onboard dining options – everything from a burger and fries by the Lido pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind and the ultimate in refined, luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across our fleet. With their global traditions and diverse culinary interests, they’re adding inspired new signature dishes to our menus.

Exclusive Onboard Activities

Every day brings a wealth of onboard activities and new things to do, along with the freedom to partake in as many – or as few – as you please. Through exciting new partnerships with America’s Test Kitchen; O, The Oprah Magazine; BBC Earth Experiences; Digital Workshop powered by Windows you can continue exploring on board.


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There is so much more to just exploring the ocean


The facts

Holland America Line turns 145 in 2018

Holland America Line is celebrating its 145th anniversary in 2018, marking its place in history as one of the most experienced cruise lines in the world. Within 25 years of its founding in 1873, the company owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships and operated between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, over time the company became known as Holland America Line.

Exc in-depth voyages – cruise farther, delve deeper

Holland America Line have created an innovative and customised approach to cruising. EXC In-depth Voyages aboard the 1200-guest Maasdam enable guests to explore the most fascinating corners of the globe through the prism of their own personal interests and passions.

Oprah Winfrey named godmother of Holland America Line’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam

Oprah Winfrey has been named as godmother of Nieuw Statendam, launching in December 2018, celebrating our shared belief in the transformative power of travel. Choosing a godmother for a new vessel is a time-honoured maritime tradition that is thought to bring good luck and protection to the ship and all who sail on board.

MCKinley Chalet Resort in Denali National Park

Holland America Line’s very own McKinley Chalet Resort in Denali National Park


Holland America Lines takes more Australians to Alaska than any other cruise line

Not only have we been taking guests to the Great Land (more than 70 years, longer than Alaska has been a state in fact), but more Australians choose to discover Alaska than with any other cruise line. But we don’t just cruise the beautiful waterways, we also own lodges, trains and buses, meaning you can truly immerse yourself in the spectacular wilderness areas of this picturesque state.

Club Hal – Yes, we cater for kids!

Common misconception about Holland America Line is that children aren’t catered for, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Holland America Line’s youth activities program, Club HAL, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by full-time, professionally trained staff.


Alaska cruise plus Yukon Territory

11 days / from $3094  per person

For the ultimate holiday to the Great Land, combine an Alaska cruise with Denali National Park and the wild frontier of the Yukon Territory. Ride on the McKinley Explorer glass-domed railcars; pan for gold; and cruise the Yukon River on a sternwheeler. The Y4C: 11-Day Yukon & Double Denali land and sea journey aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam from Vancouver to Anchorage includes professional Journey Hosts; a full day of scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park; transportation throughout your journey, including McKinley Explorer luxury domed railcars between Anchorage and Denali; and overnight accommodations, including Holland America Line’s very own McKinley Chalet Resort in Denali National Park. There are Multiple Departures from May to August 2019.


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