Holland America Line, one of the oldest cruise lines, has over 140 years experience in the cruise industry. Discover their 14 classic ships that offer captivating holidays around the world, which you can experience with our Fly Cruise Packages from Australia, or board the 'Maasdam' that spends most of her time in the Australian waters.
As a Dutch company, they maintain their heritage and history while offering affordable, cost effective cruises with an elegant and sophisticated design. Holland America Line perfects the balance between their rich European roots and modern design and entertainment.
Holland America Line, traditionally catered to older cruisers, now welcomes cruisers of all age demographic and cruising styles, including family cruising, with a broad range of activities for passengers to enjoy. On board a Holland America Line cruise you can experience everything from video arcades to bingo halls, waterparks to wine tasting, ballroom dance classes and sports bars. This guarantees there is always something for each member of your family or group.
Holland America Line offers around the world sailings giving you the opportunity to explore the world. They offer many accessible cabins for those with mobility concerns, allowing you to cruise without barriers, and discover the world. Cruises on board are suitable for families, younger passenger and senior passengers.
The Holland America Line, set up 140 years ago as a Dutch shipping company, has been one of the leading providers of cruises to spectacular destinations around the world.
With over 500 journeys a year, the Holland America Line is a dream for the curious traveller: the Caribbean, South America, Alaska or the more exotic areas such as the Amazon or Antarctica. The Holland America line offers breathtaking programmes in every port you visit along with award-winning service, luxurious ships, 5-star gastronomy and a wide-ranging entertainment programme.
The Holland America Line was founded in 1873 under the name Netherlands-America Steamship Company as a freight and passenger line. From Rotterdam, the rapidly growing fleet brought mainly European emigrants into a new life in the United States. The first cruise was already offered in 1895, before the HAL shipping company, which was called HAL in 1973, finally stopped its cargo operation in favor of the passenger business. At the end of the 1980s, Carnival Corporation bought the company and integrated it into its extensive cruise portfolio, where HAL is today a premium brand. As before, Rotterdam has still been dominated by its roots, not least by the Hotel New York in the harbor area, the former headquarters of the Holland America Line.
Fifteen ships are the fleet of the Holland America Line, including the more than 2,100 passenger giants Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam, one of the most modern ships in the world. A little bigger is the colossus of the Koningsdam, which has a population of 2,650. From indoor and outdoor cabins with a size of 13 square meters to luxurious suites with a lush 126 square meters of living space, everything is represented on the giant cruisers. There are a number of restaurants for the physical welfare of passengers, where international cuisine can be enjoyed at fixed times or even spontaneously. Italian pasta or a hefty steak from the grill – the “As you wish” food service is the right choice for every palate.
The varied stage program also serves every taste. Add a lively outfit to Livemusik in the lounge or learn new dance moves from the stars of the TV show “Dancing With The Stars: At Sea”. Then relax in the modern wellness area or indulge in the pleasure of shopping in the on-board shops. A casino and the ship cinema complete the entertainment offer. As a true highlight, you will be presented with an art collection with paintings by a wide range of national and international artists – there is no way around for passengers interested in art.
The Holland America Line describes itself as an environmentally friendly company that meets the most modern environmental standards. The company is proud of its ISO 14001 certification, which guarantees international standards at all levels of ships. In doing so, the shipping company is significantly involved in the “Ship to Shelter” program, which collects reusable goods and objects on ships and distributes them to internationally recognized charitable organizations.
With the “On Deck For A Cause” program, the shipping company also supports cancer research. All passengers are invited to take part in a five kilometer race on deck, which will be donated to organizations in six countries. In addition, the line offers cruises at discounted rates to support charitable actions in the US and Canada.