Holland America fleet
Review of Holland America
One of the oldest shipping companies, the Holland America Line (HAL) was founded in 1873 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company (NASM) – a mail and cargo passenger ship operator between Europe and the Americas, offering its first sea vacation in 1895. Nowadays, the Holland America company’s best assets include the Westmark hotel chain (in Alaska-Yukon region), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses and logistics), and the best Caribbean Private Island. The line’s very own Little San Salvador Island, widely known as Half Moon Cay, is at about 160 kilometers southeast of Nassau, and is an exclusive port of call for all HAL and Carnival passenger ships. The Westmark chain allows Holland America to dominate completly the Alaskan cruise tours market, offering the most various and cheap land and sea Alaska sea travel packages.
One of the best cruise lines for couples, the first among the best lines for Alaska, and offering the cheapest Alaska land and sea packages, Holland America is a feature brand of the Carnival Corporation & plc – the world’s largest ship travel operator. One of the main operating companies in the Carnival group, Holland America is also a member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines Alliance (WLCLA), along with Carnival, Cunard, Costa, Seabourn, Princess, and Windstar. Headquarters: Holland America Line, 300 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA, 98119 USA.
Also one of the best lines for adults, Holland America fills in the category of large, premium-deluxe, mainstream, classic lines, and since 1989 is fully owned by Carnival Corporation. HAL carries more than 700,000 passengers a year, calling on more than 300 ports in more than 100 countries on all continents, with nearly 500 traditional and Transoceanic voyages a year. The length of the itineraries range from 2-day itinerary to 110 days on the annual Round the World Voyages of ms Prinsendam, ms Amsterdam, and ms Rotterdam. The majority of Holland America sailings are 7-day sailings, and many ranging from 10 to 21 days.
With go along with their fantastic ships and itineraries to award-winning service, the experience onboard the fleet of Holland America Line is unparalleled in cruise industry. 'Home aboard' accommodations make passengers feel as if they are cruising in a room prepared by a family member - whether it's an Oceanview Stateroom or a Penthouse Veranda. Broadway and Las Vegas style shows, health and beauty enhancing services, University at Sea and Holland America's Club HAL programs provide an excellent experience for both kids and adult cruisers.
HAL cruise ships names
In the Holland America Lines over 130 years of maritime history there are some quite charmingly special traditions and truly unique practices. One of them is that all HAL ships go with the “dam” suffix.
Absolutely all Holland America ships names are named with the “dam” ending. They usually bear names of famous Dutch landmarks, the 4 compass points, or some of the most prominent river dams in Kingdom of the Netherlands. And this special list of “Dutch landmarks” includes rivers, mountains, sea, city/town and the four directional bearings, of course.
Some HAL cruise ships names have been reused (some of them several times) with the ship’s retirement. This practice of renewing ship names allows the Holland America company to emotionally connect its glorious past with its amazing business growth in our times.
Holland America ships classes (ordered high to low)
- Signature-class are Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. These two have an enhanced Vista design. In addition to Vista-ships, they both have 1 deck between Lido and Observation, allowing more space for cabins (mostly spa staterooms) and additional public venues (“Tamarind”, and “Silk Den”).
- Vista-class are Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Noordam. “Green Planet Award” (2006) for their high environmental standards.
- Single-class is Prinsendam
- Rotterdam-class (R-class) are Rotterdam, Volendam, Zaandam and Amsterdam
- Statendam-class (S-class) are Statendam, Maasdam, Ryndam and Veendam. They were the 1st in the HAL’s fleet to have the atrium are, 2-deck dining room, show lounge, Lido pool (retractable glass roof).
SOE (“Signature of Excellence”) program upgrades – multimillion dollar ship enhancements to older vessels, with new venues, stateroom categories, amenities, etc.
Itinerary of Holland America
The list of Holland America cruise 2016-2017 destinations features Alaska, Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe (Mediterranean), Australia, Asia, Canada New England, Transatlantic (repositioning), South America, Caribbean, and Round The World Cruises. Here you will be able to easily compare all Holland America cruise line itinerary changes – all the new HAL itineraries and new cruises on a single page. The comparison on all Holland America destinations by ship will give you all home-port and itinerary changes in the HAL’s sailing program.
Holland America cruise itinerary changes
|HAL Ships Names||Departure Ports – Holland America Itineraries|
|ms Amsterdam||115d World (Florida to South America, AU NZ, Asia, Africa, Brazil, plus the 2nd 75d World Tour from Vancouver (Asia and Pacific Islands to Los Angeles).7d Alaska from Vancouver
(December special) 15-17d Panama Canal California to Florida (leaving from San Francisco and San Diego to Fort Lauderdale).
|ms Eurodam||7d Caribbean
10d Canada New England (Fall) 10d NYC-Quebec City, and the reverse).
April – October 2016
In 2017 ms Eurodam will replace Westerdam sailing from Seattle.
|ms Maasdam||Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
7-14d Canada New England from Boston and Montreal
(Oct-Nov) Transatlantic (21d Florida-Rome, 21d Rome-Florida, 42d roundtrip).
(Jan-Feb) South America
|ms Nieuw Amsterdam||Mediterranean (itinerary changes)
7d Caribbean from Lauderdale
Transatlantic repositioning (Florida-Barcelona, Barcelona-Florida.
|ms Nieuw Statendam||Entering service in Nov 2018 - Pinnacle-class ship (100,000 tons) currently under construction in Italy|
|ms Noordam||new Mediterranean itinerary
Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
Transatlantic Florida-Barcelona, Rome-Florida.
|ms Oosterdam||7d Alaska from Seattle (Tracy Arm, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria). Australia from Sydney
repositioning from Alaska to Australia New Zealand, and reverse.
April – October 2016
In 2017 HAL shifts Oosterdam from Europe to Alaska.
|ms Prinsendam||68d Around South America from Fort Lauderdale.(Nov) 26d Florida to Amazon Brazil.Transatlantic USA Europe (Spring and Fall).Europe
(December special) 14d Southern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale (no changes).
|ms Rotterdam||Europe from Amsterdam (departing from Rotterdam)
World cruise (90d from Rotterdam (88d from Southampton).
(Nov) 35d Transatlantic roundtrip to Caribbean from Europe (departing from Rotterdam) and 33d from departing from UK (Southampton).
|ms Ryndam||transferred to P&O Australia and renamed Pacific Aria|
|ms Statendam||transferred to P&O Australia and renamed Pacific Eden|
|ms Veendam||South America cruises
7d Canada New England (Boston-Quebec City, and the reverse Quebec City – Boston), special 7d roundtrip Boston.
(July) Transatlantic with Iceland and Greenland
from San Diego CA
Panama Canal repositioning
|ms Volendam||7d Alaska from Vancouver (Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan).34d Around Australia (50d combined with Sydney to Singapore).Asia cruises
|ms Westerdam||7d Alaska from Seattle (Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria).Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
(special) 30d roundtrip to Hawaii and Tahiti from San Diego, California.
relocation (Spring) Panama Canal (Florida-Alaska), San Diego – Vancouver, Vancouver-Seattle, and the reverse in Fall.
During October 2016 - February 2017, ms Westerdam will sail thirteen 7-day round-trip cruises from San Diego, including 2 special holiday departures in December 2016.
Holland America's 2016-2017 schedule shows a doubled number of Mexico Riviera cruises on a larger ship (Westerdam) leaving on 7-day round-trips out of San Diego CA to Cabo, Vallarta and Mazatlan.
|ms Zaandam||7d Vancouver to Alaska
from San Diego CA (21d “collectors”)
|ms Zuiderdam||7d Vancouver to Alaska (Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan).(Caribbean) Panama Canal cruises from Fort Lauderdale (Florida round-trips to Panama)
(Dec Caribbean Holiday specials)
repositioning (with Panama Canal crossing)