Travel has the power to change the world
August 2018 | By Holland America Line | 10 minute read |
For 145 years, Holland America Line has been bringing guests closer to the world’s most fascinating destinations.
Elevate your onboard experience with immersive and enriching activities found only on Holland America Line. Cruise in classic style to more than 400 destinations in the comfort of a well-appointed, mid-size ship. Encounter fascinating lands and cultures to make lasting memories on a Holland America Line cruise.
At Holland America Line, we believe travel has the power to change the world. We consider it our higher purpose to help make the world a better place through opening minds, building connections, and inspiring a shared humanity. Days and nights spent with Holland America Line are filled with endless opportunities for discovery. Breathtaking beaches, exotic wildlife, unique cities and fierce flavors. There’s always more to be discovered, even in familiar places. From culture to cuisine, Holland America Line helps you experience these gems of the world like no other. Of course, the hallmarks of a Holland America Line cruise are as appealing as ever, from the timeless elegance of our classic, mid-sized ships to our superb dining and world-class entertainment to the gracious service of our award-winning crew.
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. Make the most of each destination with Explorations Central™, where you can engage in a variety of location based activities, such as language lessons and expert-led talks on select ships. Explore the natural world with exclusive concerts, films and shows from our BBC Earth Experiences. Revel in thrilling evening entertainment at Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club, and more.
Elegance and sleek nautical lines, blue hulls and a graceful profile refined décor characterized by handsome furnishings. Delight in the joys of a mid-sized ship. We invite you to settle in, unpack and explore. Head to the Promenade Deck to stretch your legs in the open air. Breathe in views from our expansive decks, run your hand along the polished teak deck rail. From these decks, guests have watched the Panama Canal an engineering marvel, and the Chilean Fjords come into view. Continuing on, take a moment to admire a famous Warhol painting or a Ming Dynasty artifact. Revel in an unhurried pace and a refined ambiance shared by fewer guests. Venture ashore to discover astonishing landscapes and cultures.
Return to the familiar, intimate elegance of your Holland America Line ship. The ship’s art collection, from maritime paintings to European antiques, has been carefully curated from around the world. The gleam of the ship’s traditional brass bell. Rich, polished woods. One by one, these details add up, creating an ambiance that is timeless and inviting. Spacious and refined are our ships, they are small enough to feel luxurious yet large enough to offer diverse restaurants, activities and entertainment. And because our ships are purposefully designed to accommodate fewer guests, there’s almost always a sunny corner to call your own. You’ll find coming and going from the ship is easy and convenient. Holland America Line welcomes you aboard to discover timeless cruising, refined for a new generation.
Your private retreat, gaze at ever-changing views of ocean and sky. Sink into the comfort of your pillow-topped bed. Each stateroom is a haven of serenity and space. Your stateroom is graced with all sorts of refined amenities. Among them: our signature Mariner’s Dream® bed, made up with finely woven cotton linens. Most staterooms have ocean views so you can watch each new island, port or city come into view. Many also feature verandahs, where you can enjoy dining alfresco or sunbathing in private. Little extras, luxurious bathrobes hang in the closet — yours for the cruise. Fragrant soaps, lotions and shampoos from Elemis Aromapure and 100 percent Egyptian-cotton towels await in the bathroom. Fresh fruit is replenished daily at your request. Pamper yourself, sleep late one morning and order in breakfast. Or have dinner delivered to your verandah before an evening ashore. From a full meal to a light snack, complimentary In-Room Dining is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day. Turn on your TV to watch the news or our special EXC Channel™, featuring films, documentaries and TV shows about the destinations you’ll visit. You can also choose from hundreds of movies to enjoy. Holland America Line welcomes you aboard.
Taste the World. Our cuisine is inspired by seven of the most influential chefs working today. Dine like royalty, the chefs of Holland America Line’s Culinary Council® have earned many honors, including one-, two- and three-star Michelin ratings; James Beard Foundation and Culinary Arts Institute recognition; even a knighthood! One world, many taste.
For an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable dinner, The Dining Room is your destination. For dinner, choose from comfort classics such as Rosemary Roasted Chicken, as well as regionally inspired cuisine and artfully prepared vegetarian fare. Or rise and shine at the Lido Market with your choice of tantalizing breakfast selections — pancakes, eggs, omelets cooked to order — at Homestead. For lunch, stop by Distant Lands for exciting flavors from around the globe. Pick up a signature sandwich from Breadboard or enjoy a health-conscious dinner from Wild Harvest. Dessert? Sweet Spot offers all manner of temptations. Reserve a table in the intimate Pinnacle Grill for lunch or dinner and celebrate the day’s adventures with cuisine inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest. Treat yourself to responsibly raised choice beef from Washington State’s Double R Ranch or wild-caught king salmon from Alaska.
On select evenings the décor of the Pinnacle Grill transforms to re-create the ambiance of a French bistro—complete with a wait staff attired in long, white aprons—for Rudi’s Sel de Mer (“sea salt” in French) is a lively seafood brasserie offering a contemporary twist on French seafood classics. Our three-course menu features dishes from fresh oysters to Salt Crust Baked Branzino to an authentic bouillabaisse. Celebrate spartire (Italian for “sharing”) in Canaletto, our authentic Italian restaurant. Try Vitella al Forno, a slow-roasted veal tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto; potato gnocchi done to perfection; or a classic Italian pasta: spaghetti pomodoro, garlic shrimp-infused ravioli—it’s up to you. Dive In at this casual poolside grill, we tasted 127 of the best burgers in North America and created our own trademarked secret sauce for a burger that is leagues apart. New York Pizza served up poolside, personal pan pizzas made with a thin crust and a sauce so savory New York Pizza does its namesake city proud. Our talented executive chefs have worked to bring each dish to perfection.
There’s so much to see and do onboard. Hone your video-editing skills, rejuvenate at our Spa, attend an engaging lecture, take a cooking class from a master chef, go to a wine tasting or simply relax and unwind. Through exclusive partnerships, carefully crafted events, onshore adventures and more, we make the heart and soul of our port of calls come alive. As longtime travelers, we love showcasing the world in all of its astonishing wonder. Explore the natural world with exclusive concerts, films and shows from BBC Earth. Our exclusive partnership with BBC Earth is designed to deepen your appreciation through groundbreaking concerts, fun family game shows and trivia contests, children’s activities and special theme cruises. Return home with a few new tech skills, courtesy of Microsoft-trained Digital Workshop hosts on board. Drop in for a fun, free and informative session designed to help you get the most from your digital devices.
We’ve partnered with O, The Oprah Magazine on an exciting initiative that celebrates connection, inspiration and personal growth. Guests can enjoy O-inspired activities — from O’s Onboard Book Club to meditation to travel-friendly fashion advice and great ideas for a lifetime of healthy eating. Open your mind, change your perspective and celebrate you.
We’ve also joined forces with America’s Test Kitchen. The pros at America’s Test Kitchen have spent 20 years testing and tasting what really works. Now they’ve created a series of live cooking shows and hands-on workshops exclusively for us. Just steps apart are three great venues for live music, each with a distinctive rhythm all its own. Find your groove at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Enjoy a classical performance at Lincoln Center Stage or sing along at Billboard Onboard. Enjoy our Music Walk®.
The Greenhouse Spa & Salon™ nurtures every aspect of your well-being with its signature brand of spa rituals and healing treatments. Pamper your skin with a facial made from the finest natural ingredients. Choose from a menu of tempting massages celebrating traditions from around the globe. All exclusively designed to enhance your cruise in remarkable ways.
Enjoy the family trip of a lifetime, with something for everyone on your beautifully appointed ship. Give your family a vacation that everyone will rave about. Holland America Line’s youth activities program, Club HAL, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17. Highlights for kids ages 3 to 6 include “Painting Picassos,” and “Sing-Along Storytime”. Tweens will have plenty to enjoy from ice-cream eating contests to gaming tournaments and theme parties. Teen cruisers enjoy mocktail parties, karaoke and trivia contests, jewelry making, video games, themed events and more. Then come together in the evening over a meal where every family member gets to choose their own delicious entrée.
Personal touches at every turn from the moment you arrive, you are welcomed as a friend. As you settle into your spacious stateroom, your room steward may stop by to ensure every detail is in order, taking a moment to learn your name to greet you personally each day. At the pool, the whir of a blender tells you the bartender has already discovered your preference for an iced daiquiri in the afternoon. In The Dining Room, your salad dressing is on the side, just as you wish. Gracious and warmly attentive. Never in the way, yet always close at hand.
Ours are the service traditions that have always been at the heart of classic cruising—more prized than ever among new generations who know that when it comes to travel, service is the ultimate luxury. Internationally recognized our academy-trained crew members regularly win the industry’s top honors. More importantly, they win hearts with each thoughtful gesture.