Holland America Line boasts a signature of excellence aboard its midsize cruise ships, and has recently improved public areas and staterooms with extensive new décor and amenities, as well as cultivating its many onboard enrichment programs.
Holland America’s five-star fleet is made up of 15 ships with one crew member for approximately every two guests and this modern cruising experience preserves timeless traditions delighted in by guests.
Holland America gives guests many opportunities to indulge in a broad spectrum of activities including art tours, spa treatments, workshops, and special youth programs. In the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine, you can take hands-on classes and seminars hosted by renowned guest chefs.
Through Digital Workshops Powered by Windows, you can take sessions on digital photography, video editing, and web skills hosted by a Microsoft-trained expert. If you want to know what’s going on in the rest of the world, Holland America’s Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, offers internet stations and an extensive library in addition to pastries and a selection of coffees.
As You Wish dining by Holland America allows guests to choose the restaurants and seating schedule they prefer. In the Main Dining Room, you can spoil yourself with elaborate five-course meals or sit down to fresh seafood at the Pinnacle Grill and pore over Holland America’s wine list featuring many “Excellent” choices rated by Wine Spectator.
If you’re looking for that sugar rush, you can sink your teeth into some treats at the Chocolate Dessert Extravaganza. Or, if you’d prefer to relax in your room, feel free to call up and order complimentary 24-hour room service.
After dinner, feast your eyes on exciting productions in the lounge like musicals featuring Broadway veterans, concerts, and performances by illusionists and comedians. Holland America is also home to a number of venues where you can enjoy cocktails and dance until dawn. At Mix, three diverse bars offer menus of martinis, champagne, and beer to suit every taste.\
If you want to kick up your heels, head over to Northern Lights Nightclub or Oceanbar, where the live band plays tunes from the Great American Songbook. Perhaps you’d rather just sit back and watch a movie in the ship’s theatre with complimentary popcorn or search through a catalogue of DVDs at Ship Flicks for stateroom delivery and viewing.
For the kids
Youth programs are offered on Holland America ships for children ages 3-17. At Club HAL – Kids, children ages 3-7 can make their own personal pizzas, take part in a pirate treasure hunt, or enjoy an ice cream social. At Club HAL – Tweens for ages 8-12, kids can compete in Xbox and Wii tournaments, join scavenger hunts, or rock out at a karaoke disco party. At the Loft and the Oasis, teens ages 13-17 can take yoga classes, hip-hop classes, or learn how to mix a menu of mocktails.