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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.

Holland America Line logo

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 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.

In 2017, HAL celebrated the company's 70 years of Alaskan cruise operations. HAL's Alaska passenger shipping service was started in 1947 with a spontaneous cruise tour in Fairbanks, to grow into the company's "Alaska Land+Sea Journeys" itinerary program that combines cruise and land-based adventure tours to Denali and Yukon Canada.

New ships

HAL's newest vessels are from the Pinnacle-class - named Koningsdam (2016) and Nieuw Statendam (2018). These are also the company's ever largest ships, with gross tonnage almost 100,000 (99500 tons) and max passenger capacity 3194.

Holland America new cruise ship design (Koningsdam, Nieuw-Statendam)

In the end of January 2017, the shipowner Carnival Corporation announced 2 more shipbuilding orders. The new cruise ships were ordered for the fleets of Princess (Royal-class) and Holland America Line (Pinnacle-class). The announcement said Carnival had signed a MoA (memorandum of agreement) with the shipbuilder Fincantieri (Italy) to construct both new vessels, with scheduled delivery in 2021 (for HAL, at Marghera yard) and 2022 (for Princess, at Monfalcone yard). By the time when both shipbuilding contracts were finalized (February 2017), Carnival Corporation had a total of 19 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2022.

HAL 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.

HAL ships classes (ordered high to low)

  • Pinnacle-class are Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam - company's newest and ever largest vessels.
  • 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.

Holland America ship refurbishments

In November 2015, HAL announced the company's USD 300 million fleetwide drydock refurbishment program. The fleet upgrade project included Suite improvements (new decors, furnishings, amenities and services upgrades for all suite stateroom categories on Vista-Class, Signature-Class and R-Class vessels.

  • The first scheduled for dry-docks ships were Oosterdam and Eurodam, followed by WesterdamNieuw AmsterdamNoordam, Zuiderdam, AmsterdamRotterdamVolendam and Zaandam. Eurodam was drydock refited in December 2015 (Dec 7-20, in Freeport Bahamas). Oosterdam was drydock refited in 2016 (April 3-18, in Fincantieri’s Palermo Sicily yard).
  • Each cruise suite was upgraded with new sofa, chairs, headboard, carpet and wall coverings, privacy curtain, drapery, bed runner, bed skirt, quartz stone top (on the vanity desk), vanity lighting, dresser, dressing table, nightstands.
  • Other upgrades included 1 new USB outlet (on the bed’s headboard), bedside LED lights, upgraded electrical outlets, lighted closet rod, new interactive TV system (allowing complimentary movies-on-demand, access to the ship's daily scheduled activities program, ship information - restaurants, bars, spa services, checking onboard accounts, Internet).
  • Suite bathrooms received a wall of designer glass tiles (backdrop to the new dressing area with new stone top, modern taps, undermount sink), new mirrors (with integrated LED lighting), stylish floor tiles, nightlight.
  • Since 2016, all suites fleetwide received the following exclusive amenities - priority services (embarkation, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations), complimentary services (laundry, pressing, dry cleaning), exclusive access to Neptune Lounge, private breakfast service (at Pinnacle Grill).
  • The list of new suite cabin amenities includes: premium duvet, luxury bathrobes and slippers, luxury bath products (by Elemis). BOSE SoundDock (iPod docking station), umbrella, binoculars, complimentary mimosa cocktails (with in-cabin breakfast), Nespresso coffee machine.

Holland America cruise gratuities (2017-2018 cruises)

Daily gratuities are per person (pp):

  • USD 13,50 pp (interior, oceanview, balcony staterooms, both adults and kids)
  • USD 15 (suites)
  • Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.
  • Passengers can prepay gratuities.
  • The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).

Holland America fly-cruise deals

In August 2015, Holland America added enhanced features to its flight booking program "Flight Ease". HAL's website allows travelers to choose flights (departure and return) separately, also to compare real-time air fares, plus detailed schedules. HAL also allows adding of stopover flight segments.

Flight Ease's improved functionality includes:

  • calendar for flight cruise planning based on the cruise itinerary's departure and arrival dates
  • independent selection of departing / return flights
  • improved website navigation - you can move across fly bookings, including search, select, summary, pay
  • improved search box filters to select best flights as preferred airlines, number of stops, ticket price, departure time, flight duration
  • easy airfare comparison for the same flight
  • flight schedules with detailed info on aircraft types, flight connections, layover times.

HAL's "Flight Ease" air booking program offers up-to-the-minute flight schedules and selection of 2 competitive pricing on flights with arrival / departure dates same as the booked cruise itinerary. All flight cruise deals booked through HAL's Flight Ease program feature 24-hour assistance and “Next Port Protection”. The latter guarantees that in case of flight delays or cancellations, Holland America Line takes care of the flight changes in order to join the cruise ship at the next port of call along the booked itinerary.

Airfare payments are due with HAL cruise's final payment. Restricted Fares include cancellation fees and require full payment for the flight reservation at booking time.

(NEW) HAL Cruise Shore Excursions "Best Price Guarantee"

Since November 2017, HAL offers a "best price guarantee" for customers with prebooked shore excursions (land tours).

  • The new program is available fleetwide and on all cruise itineraries, excluding only voyages in Asia.
  • By the program, any booked passenger who finds a comparable excursion / tour deal (offering same amenities, including date, duration, transfers, transportation, meals) elsewhere at lower price will receive an OBC ("onboard credit") of 110% of the price difference.
  • The request must be submitted online up to 7 days prior cruise ship departure. Booked passengers are notified within 2 days of submission if the tour / excursion meets the "Best Price Guarantee" requirements. If eligible, booked passengers receive a non-refundable OBC to be used during the voyage.
  • Best Price Guarantee applies only to publicly available and advertised with pricing tour deals. Passengers cancelling their HAL tour on the ship are not eligible for "Best Price Guarantee" OBC.
  • The new program further guarantees HAL tour deals' exceptional value, competitive pricing and best quality. As of 2018, through HAL can be purchased over 4100 tours / excursions in around 550 cruise ports.

Holland America smoking policy

Implemented in January 2017, Holland America Line has a new cruise ship smoking policy banning smoking on all cabin balconies. As previously, in-cabin smoking is also not allowed. Smoking E-cigarettes and vaping devices is permitted in designated areas, as well as inside passenger staterooms (but not on cabin balconies).

Passengers who violate the company's ship' smoking policy will be fined a cleaning fee USD 250 per day.

There are smoking-allowed areas for active slot machine players located in all HAl cruise ship casinos - excepting on MS Oosterdam and MS Eurodam, which casinos are entirely smoke-free. Follows the list of Holland America ships' designated smoking-allowed areas:

  • MS Maasdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • MS Veendam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • MS Volendam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • MS Zaandam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • MS Rotterdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • MS Amsterdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • MS Noordam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side and the Oak Room
  • MS Oosterdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • MS Eurodam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • MS Zuiderdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • MS Prinsendam - Seaview Bar/Pool on port side
  • MS Nieuw Amsterdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • MS Westerdam - Seaview Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • MS Koningsdam and MS Nieuw Statendam - Seaview Bar/ Pool (aft portside on deck 9) and Sun Bar (aft starboard on deck 11).

For comparison, NCL Norwegian banned smoking in November 2014, Royal Caribbean - in 2011, Carnival Cruise Line - in July 2014.

Itinerary of Holland America

The list of Holland America cruise 2017-2018 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 offers new culturally immersive Signature Experiences on its select 2018 cruise itineraries departing out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and 5 of the most popular cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome and Venice.

Holland America cruise itinerary changes

For season 2017-2018, Holland America pulled from its Mexican Riviera cruise itineraries the Acapulco port due to concerns about violent crime in the region. The company (Carnival Corporation subsidiary) had scheduled 8 different itineraries to Pacific Mexico ports, but  the popular resort destination Acapulco was scrapped and replaced with alternative Mexican ports. The changed Itineraries included 7 Panama Canal transits and 7 South American cruise.

Travelers who wish to transit the lakes and locks of Panama Canal have 8 Holland America Line cruise ships and 19 voyages to choose from between fall 2017 and spring 2018. In addition to full transits, ms Zuiderdam features 2 Southern Caribbean & Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries that offer a partial transit through Panama Canal. With transits ranging between 14 and 23 days, Holland America provides passengers with more ways to experience the waterway than any other premium line. During 2017–2018 season, Holland America’s full and partial transits will carry over 400,500 guests through the man-made marvel of Central America.

Ship Name Homeports Itineraries Changes

ms Amsterdam


Seattle WA

Los Angeles CA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida 

Sydney NSW Australia

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

  • to Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
  • to Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm and Ketchikan.

(December special) 15-17d Panama Canal California to Florida (leaving from San Francisco and San Diego to Fort Lauderdale). 

ms Eurodam


Seattle WA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Vancouver BC

San Diego CA

7d Caribbean

  • Eastern (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Half Moon Cay)
  • Western (Half Moon, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Key West)
  • 14d combined


  • Mediterranean from Rome
  • 10d Western Med
  • 11d Eastern Med
  • 22d “collectors”.
  • Baltic
  • Baltic Capitals – 12d from Amsterdam, 10d from Copenhagen
  • 12d Around Britain and Norway Fjords from Copenhagen to Amsterdam.
  • 7d Fjords from Amsterdam.

10d Canada New England (Fall) 10d NYC-Quebec City, and the reverse).


  • Rome-Copenhagen
  • Transatlantic (Lauderdale-Rome, Amsterdam-NYC with Iceland-Greenland-Canada)
  • Canada-Florda.

April – October 2016

In 2017 ms Eurodam will replace Westerdam sailing from Seattle. 

ms Koningsdam

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy

Amsterdam Holland

  • 12d Eastern Mediterranean from Rome (Greece, Turkey, Greek Isles)
  • 12d Western Mediterranean from Rome (Sicily, Sardinia, Spain)
  • MS Koningsdam will homeport in Fort Lauderdale for 5 months from November 2016 to sail the Caribbean.

ms Maasdam

Sydney NSW Australia

San Diego CA

Boston MA

Montreal Quebec Canada

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Papeete Tahiti 

Auckland NZ

Fremantle Perth WA


San Francisco CA

Seattle WA

Yokohama (Tokyo) Japan

Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale

  • 10d Eastern (Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Dominica, Antigua, BVI, Half Moon Cay).
  • Southern
  • 11d (St Maarten, St Kitts, St Vincent, Barbados, Martinique, St Croix, Half Moon Cay)
  • 14d (St Thomas, St Barthelemy, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Bonaire, Curacao, Half Moon Cay
  • 21-24-25d combined
  • (Dec) 14d roundtrip Panama Canal (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba, Colon, Puerto Limon, Jamaica (Falmouth), Half Moon.

7-14d Canada New England from Boston and Montreal

  • 7d Montreal-Boston
  • 7d Boston-Montreal
  • 14d “collectors” (roundtrips from Boston and Montreal).

(Oct-Nov) Transatlantic (21d Florida-Rome, 21d Rome-Florida, 42d roundtrip).

(Jan-Feb) South America

  • 23d Florida-Brazil
  • 49d round-trip Florida
  • 26d Brazil-Florida.

ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Vancouver BC

San Diego CA

Mediterranean (itinerary changes)

  • 12d Venice-Barcelona and Barcelona-Venice (with France and Monaco)
  • 12-24d roundtrip Venice
  • (special) 7d roundtrip Barcelona
  • 19-24d “collectors”

7d Caribbean from Lauderdale

  • Eastern
  • (special) Nassau, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Half Moon
  • Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Half Moon
  • Western
  • Half Moon, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West
  • (NYE special) with Jamaica (Montego Bay).
  • 14d combined.

Transatlantic repositioning (Florida-Barcelona, Barcelona-Florida.

ms Nieuw Statendam

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy

Amsterdam Holland


  • Following her inaugural season in the Caribbean, Holland America Line’s upcoming ms Nieuw Statendam crosses the Atlantic in April 2019 and spends the summer and fall season in northern Europe and Mediterranean.
  • The new ship homeports in Amsterdam during the summer. In September it heads to Mediterranean on a 12-day voyage from Amsterdam to Rome. Three 10-day roundtrip voyages explore eastern and western Mediterranean. The ship then departs Rome on October 27 for a 14-day voyage back to Fort Lauderdale FL.
  • Once in Amsterdam, ms Nieuw Statendam sails 7 and 14-day itineraries. A couple of different 7-day voyages offering 9 departures from May through September visit some of the most popular ports in the country, and feature multiple cruising experiences.
  • A 14-day Norwegian exploration departs on June 9 and July 7, featuring 8 ports in Norway while crossing into Arctic Circle. Passengers also enjoy scenic cruising in Geirangerfjord, Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and the North Cape.
  • The Baltic awaits on a pair of 14-day itineraries in May and August, roundtrip from Amsterdam. The ship makes stops in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Berlin, Hamburg, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
  • Those passengers looking to visit the British Isles and Iceland can embark ms Nieuw Statendam on August 4 for a 14-day trip to Newcastle upon Tyne and South Queenferry (Edinburgh) for an overnight allowing guests to attend Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Akureyri, Alesund and Bergen.
  • In September, the cruise ship sails from Amsterdam to Rome on a 12-day journey visiting Ireland, Portugal, and 4 Spanish ports. There are then a couple of 10-day cruises roundtrip from Rome to Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Italy. Another 10-day cruise visits ports in Spain, France, Monaco, Italy and Gibraltar.
  • On October 27 ms Nieuw Statendam heads to Florida on a 14-day trip that visits Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz and Ponta Delgada.
  • The Premiere voyage of the liner departs Rome December 5, 2018 for a 14-day transatlantic cruise to Fort Lauderdale FL. Nieuw Statendam spends the winter and spring on sailings from Fort Lauderdale including 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises, 7-day eastern and western Caribbean voyages, and one 10-day southern Caribbean trip.
  • 11 to 17-day Collectors’ Voyages are also offered, combining back-to-back Caribbean itineraries. All Caribbean itineraries visit HAL’s private island in Bahamas Half Moon Cay.

ms Noordam

Sydney NSW Australia

Seward AK

Vancouver BC

Honolulu Oahu

Auckland NZ

new Mediterranean itineraries

  • from Barcelona – 7d roundtrip, 11d to Rome, 22d to Athens, 33d to Istanbul.
  • from Rome – 11d to Athens, 22d to Istanbul, 11d to Barcelona, 22d roundtrip.
  • from Athens – 11d to Istanbul, 11d to Rome, 22d to Barcelona.
  • from Istanbul – 11d to Athens, 22d to Rome, 33d to Barcelona.

Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale

  • Southern
  • 10d Half Moon, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba
  • 11d St Maarten, St Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, Dominica, St Thomas, Half Moon
  • 21d combined
  • (Dec)
  • 7d Western (Half Moon, Jamaica (Falmouth), Grand Cayman, Key West)
  • 7d Eastern (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Half Moon).

Transatlantic Florida-Barcelona, Rome-Florida.

ms Oosterdam

San Diego CA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Barcelona Spain

Venice Italy

Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy

Seattle WA

7d Alaska from Seattle (Tracy Arm, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria). Australia from Sydney

  • 14d Tasmania, New Zealand
  • 14d South Pacific Islands (New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji)
  • 28d combined
  • 14d one-way Sydney-Auckland and Auckland-Sydney.

repositioning from Alaska to Australia New Zealand, and reverse.

  • Auckland-Vancouver, Sydney-Vancouver, Sydney-Seattle
  • Seattle-NZ, LA-Sydney, LA-New Zealand.

April – October 2016

Homeprted in Tampa, November 2016 - 7-day, 14-day and 21-day itineraries to the western and southern Caribbean.

In 2017 HAL redeployed Oosterdam from Europe to Alaska. For 2017-2018 Mexico cruise season, ms Oosterdam is joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries out of San Diego CA. September 2017 through February 2018, the ship had scheduled a total of 11 seven-day Mexico Riviera cruises to MazatlanCabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta

ms Prinsendam

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Amsterdam Holland

Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy

68d Around South America from Fort Lauderdale.(Nov) 26d Florida to Amazon Brazil.Transatlantic USA Europe (Spring and Fall).Europe

  • 64d round-trip Transatlantic Mediterranean cruise from Florida (Fortt Lauderdale).
  • various round-trips from Athens (Black Sea, Holy Land) and Rome
  • Baltic from London and Amsterdam
  • 14-16d Scandinavia Russia
  • 21d Top of the World Voyage (Norway, Spitzbergen, Iceland).
  • 14d Around Britain
  • 14d West Europe relocation Amsterdam-Barcelona.

(December special) 14d Southern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale (no changes). 

ms Rotterdam

Tampa FL

Rotterdam Holland

Boston MA

Montreal Quebec

Europe from Amsterdam (departing from Rotterdam)

  • Baltic (plus combined itineraries)
  • 7d Norway Fjords (also with Oslo)
  • 14d Arctic
  • 14d Norway and UK
  • 14d Baltic Capitals tours to Scandinavia Russia
  • 14d Western Europe (Spain and Portugal)
  • Mediterranean – 17d Central Med (roundtrip), 8d one-way
  • 17d roundtrip Canary Islands, 8d one-way.

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 Veendam

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Montreal Quebec

Boston MA


South America cruises

  • Grand Tours
  • 13d Santiago-Buenos Aires, and the reverse Buenos Aires-Santiago
  • (special) 20d Santiago-Buenos Aires (with Chiloe Island)
  • (March) Grand Voyages 31d Buenos Aires – Ft Lauderdale, 34d to Boston.

7d Canada New England (Boston-Quebec City, and the reverse Quebec City – Boston), special 7d roundtrip Boston.

(July) Transatlantic with Iceland and Greenland

  • (one-way) 17d Boston-Amsterdam, 18d Amsterdam-Boston
  • (roundtrip) 35d Boston to Europe.

from San Diego CA

  • 7d Mexican Riviera (Cabo, Mazatlán, Vallarta)
  • 17-18-d Hawaii (Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Lahaina, Kailua Kona) and Ensenada.

Panama Canal repositioning

  • 18d Santiago-Fort Lauderdale, 21d Santiago-Boston.
  • 21d Boston – San Diego, 17d Fort Lauderdale – San Diego

(December 22, 2017, through April 2018) Veendam operates on cruises to Cuba roundtrip from Port Everglades. HAL's 7-, 11-and 12-days long Cuban cruise itineraries additionally visit other Caribbean ports of call. 

ms Volendam

Hong Hong


Shanghai China

Yokohama (Tokyo) Japan

Vancouver BC

San Diego CA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

7d Alaska from Vancouver (Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan).34d Around Australia (50d combined with Sydney to Singapore).Asia cruises

  • 14d Singapore – Hong Kong (with Cambodia), and the reverse Hong Kong – Singapore.
  • 14d Hong Kong – Japan (Kobe), 28d from Singapore), 14d Kobe – Hong Kong
  • 14d roundtrip from Japan

Transpacific relocation

  • 14d Kobe-Vancouver), 24d Vancouver-Sydney, 58d combined with Around Australia.
  • 21s LA-Sydney, 55d combined Round AU.
  • 16d Sydney-Singapore (30d Sydney – Hong Kong).

ms Westerdam

San Diego CA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Vancouver BC

Seward AK

Yokohama (Tokyo) Japan

Shanghai China


Hong Kong

7d Alaska from Seattle (Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria).Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale

  • 7d Eastern (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Half Moon)
  • 7d Western (Half Moon, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West)
  • (Dec special) 7d Grand Turk, Jamaica (Ocho Rios), Grand Cayman
  • 7d Southern (Half Moon, Aruba, Curacao)
  • (special) 7d Southern, 7-8-d themed.

(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

San Antonio Chile

Buenos Aires Argentina

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Seattle WA

Vancouver BC

San Diego CA

Boston MA

Montreal Quebec

7d Vancouver to Alaska

  • Vancouver-Seward (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay)
  • Seward-Vancouver (Glacier Bay, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan)
  • 8d roundtrip Vancouver
  • 16d roundtrip Vancouver-Hawaii.

from San Diego CA (21d “collectors”)

  • 7d Mexican Riviera (Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo)
  • 14d Hawaii Ensenada
  • 21d combined.

South America

  • 13d Valparaiso – Buenos Aires
  • 13d Buenos Aires – Valparaiso
  • 18d Valparaiso – Rio De Janeiro
  • 21d Rio – Valparaiso.


  • (Spring) 12d San Diego – Vancouver
  • (Panama Canal in Fall) 18d Vancouver – Fort Lauderdale FL, 17d Ft Lauderdale – Valparaiso, 30d Ft Lauderdale – Buenos Aires.

ms Zuiderdam


Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Copenhagen Denmark

Quebec City Canada

New York (Cape Liberty) NYC

7d Vancouver to Alaska (Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan).(Caribbean) Panama Canal cruises from Fort Lauderdale (Florida round-trips to Panama)

  • 10d (Half Moon, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal, Colon, Puerto Limon)
  • 11d plus Cartagena (Colombia).
  • (Dec specials)
  • Eastern (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Half Moon)
  • 14-17d combined.

(Dec Caribbean Holiday specials)

  • 7d Eastern (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Half Moon)
  • 7d Western (Half Moon, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Costa Maya).

repositioning (with Panama Canal crossing)

  • Florida-Vancouver
  • Vancouver-San Francisco
  • San Francisco-Florida
  • Vancouver-Florida.

The Oprah Magazine themed cruises "Adventure of Your Life"

In July 2017, the Eurodam ship hosted a specially themed cruise in Alaska. The "Share the Adventure Cruise" 2017 voyage (July 15-22) followed an exclusive partnership signed between Holland America and The Oprah Magazine.

Besides Oprah Winfrey, herself the list of special guests onboard included Gayle King (TV personality), India Arie (singer), Glennon Doyle Melton (activist, speaker) and Angela Davis (political activist, motivational speaker).

  • Four more Oprah Magazine-themed "Adventure of Your Life" cruises were scheduled through 2018, all featuring onboard exclusive program activities
  • The list of all The Oprah Magazine themed "Adventure of Your Life" HAL cruises included the following itineraries as dates and destinations: July 15, 2017 (7-Day Alaska from Seattle on Eurodam), November 29, 2017 (11-Day Southern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale on Koningsdam), March 3, 2018 (7-Day Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale on Nieuw Amsterdam), August 11, 2018 (7-Day Alaska from Seattle on Eurodam) and October 28, 2018 (7-Day Western Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on Nieuw Amsterdam).
  • The following table shows HAL's first Opra-themed cruise itinerary on Eurodam as ports (times and sequence). Prices started from USD 2000 per person (double occupancy Inside cabin rates).
15 Jul       Departing from Seattle, Washington
17 Jul 13:00 - 22:00      Juneau, Alaska
18 Jul 07:00 - 16:00      Glacier Bay, Alaska
19 Jul 07:00 - 15:00      Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
20 Jul 07:00 - 13:00      Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
21 Jul 18:00 - 23:00      Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
22 Jul       Arriving in Seattle, Washington

Holland America 2018 itineraries themed "Signature Experiences"

In late April 2017, HAL revealed the company's new culturally themed "Signature Experiences" available on select 2018 cruise itineraries departing out of Montreal (Quebec Canada) and in Europe - from AmsterdamBarcelonaCopenhagenCivitavecchia-Rome and Venice.

  • These are pre-cruise packages created exclusively for HAL with included an evening event (themed on culture or culinary), 2-night luxury hotel stay and bus transfers to the cruise ship. Guests booking a suite cabin on these eligible cruises receive the package complimentary, but as space is limited reservations are required.
  • The 2018 pre-cruise "Signature Experiences" tour packages for non-suite passengers as prices range between USD 700-1000 per person (double occupancy). Taxes and port fees are additional.
  • "Taste of Montreal" pre-cruise tour package is on select Canada New England cruises from Montreal. The tour visits the city's most popular sights. The package also includes a 2-night hotel stay and complimentary ship transfers. HAL passengers visit Place Ville Marie and its observation deck (Au Sommet Place Ville Marie) for fabulous city views. The tour culminates with the Pointe-a-Calliere museum where a private party with appetizers and open bar is held.
  • Port of Amsterdam Holland - the pre-cruise tour package includes an evening at Rijksmuseum - after-hours private tour, cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres in the museum's foyer, Rijksmuseum Honor Gallery tour, followed by a 3-course dinner in its cafe.
  • Port barcelona Spain - the pre-cruise tour package includes an evening at Casa Batllo - private tour, followed by informal dinner with tapas and drinks while enjoying flamenco music by Son de Cajon.
  • Port Copenhagen Denmark - the pre-cruise tour package includes a night at Kronborg Castle (UNESCO Heritage Site) where guests are entertained by local actors providing a history of Shakespeare's Hamlet, then follow appetizers and beverages.
  • Port Civitavecchia (Rome Italy) - the pre-cruise tour package "A Night Out in Ancient Rome" includes an evening at Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi. The formal dinner is on a terrace overlooking the Roman Forum. After in appetizers and prosecco, guests enjoy a private tour of the Colosseum lead by an expert guide.
  • Port Venice Italy - the pre-cruise tour package "An Evening on the Grand Canal" includes an evening canal cruise to the entrance of a privately owned palace overlooking the Grand Canal. There guests enjoy formal dinner with appetizers, drinks and live music, all in the company of the countess or member of her noble family.
  • Signature Experiences" pre-cruise tour packages for departure ports in Australia, New Zealand, South America and Asia will be added soon.

HAL cruises to Cuba 2018-2019

Starting December 22, 2017 through April 2018, HAL Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation's brand) scheduled cruises to Cuba roundtrip from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale Florida) on ms Veendam. HAL's 7-, 11-and 12-days long Cuban cruise itineraries also visit other Caribbean ports of call. HAL's prices started from USD 900 per person (double occupancy inside cabin rates). Bookings were opened on May 26, 2017.

According to official statistics, in 2017 (January through November) Cuba was visited by a total of 579,288 US citizens (an increase of 248,7% over 2016).

The current list of passenger shipping lines offering cruises to Cuba in 2017-2018 includes:

  • Carnival Paradise leaving from Tampa Florida - prices started from USD 480 pp
  • Royal Caribbean (ship Empress of the Seas) from Miami and Tampa since April 2017
  • MSC Cruises (ship MSC Opera, leaving from Havana)
  • Oceania Cruises (ships Marina and Regatta) starting in 2017, Cuba circumnavigation, stops in Cienfuegos and Havana, also part of some Panama Canal transition itineraries.
  • NCL (ship Norwegian Sky) 4-day itineraries with Havana overnights - starting May 2017
  • Azamara Cruises (ship on Azamara Quest from Miami)
  • Compagnie du Ponant (yacht Le Ponant, leaving from Miami Florida)
  • Pearl Seas Cruises (ship Pearl Mist, leaving from Fort Lauderdale Florida) since January 2017
  • Thomson UK / Marella Cruises (ship Marella Dream) 7-day, leaving roundtrip from Jamaica (Montego Bay) to Havana
  • Lindblad Expeditions (chartered sailing ship MS Panorama II, leaving from Havana)
  • Celestyal Cruises (ship Celestyal Crystal, leaving from Havana and Montego Bay Jamaica)
  • Grand Circle Cruise Line (ship MV Clio / ex Tere Moana) one-way from Miami to Havana, or the reverse from Havana to Miami (embarkation/disembarkation in port Cienfuegos).
  • International Expeditions (leaving from Havana, charter flights out of Miami)
  • Victory Cruise Lines - MS  Victory I (former MS Saint Laurent) - fly-cruises from Miami to Havana (home-port Cienfuegos /departures)
  • Note: According to the current Cuban law, US citizens of Cuban origin (born in Cuba) are not allowed to visit the island country (including on cruise ships). Regardless of their US citizenship status, Cuban-born Americans were denied booking on cruise itineraries visiting ports in Cuba. However, the situation changed in April 2016, after Carnival Corporation negotiated with the Cuban government for allowing ships with Cuban-born passengers, as such US citizens are allowed to visit the country on USA-Cuba charter flights. The Carnival-fathom line started Miami to Cuba cruises in May 2016.
  • Alaska Airlines offers regular nonstop flights to Havana from Los Angeles (California USA). An 80-min ling JetBlue flight from Fort  Lauderdale (Florida) to Havana costs less than USD 100. Previously, air travel from USA to Cuba was thought charter flights only.

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