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Review of Holland America

Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation

Company history

Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch mail, cargo and passenger shipping company operating regularly scheduled Transatlantic crossings between Holland and North America (also to South America). HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. On October 15, 1872, started company's first cruise itinerary (15-day crossing from Rotterdam to NYC). In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million.

Holland America Line logo

Nowadays, the Holland America company’s best assets include the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon region), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses and logistics) and the Caribbean private island Little San Salvador Island. Widely known as Half Moon Cay, it is at approx 160 km (100 ml) southeast of Nassau Bahamas, and is an exclusive port of call for all Carnival Corporation ships. Westmark hotels allow Holland America to dominate completly the Alaskan cruisetours market, offering the most diverse and cheap land and sea Alaska travel packages.

One of the best cruise lines for couples, the best and cheapest for Alaska, Holland America is a feature brand of Carnival Corporation – world’s largest passenger shipping company. One of the main operating companies in Carnival Group, HAL is also member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines Alliance (WLCLA) - together with the sister-brands Carnival, Cunard, Costa, Seabourn, Princess, Windstar.

One of the best cruise lines for adults, Holland America fills in the category of premium-deluxe and mainstream ship travel brands. HAL cruise ships visit over 300 seaports in more than 100 countries worldwide, with over 500 traditional and Transoceanic itineraries annually. Itineraries lengths range from 2-day to 110+ days World Voyages. The majority of itineraries are 7-day, and many range between 10-21 days.

The company has a large fleet of unique liners with home-like staterooms, first-class theater shows, professional health and beauty onboard services, University at Sea (shipboard enrichment program), Club HAL (complimentary kids programs).

In 2017, HAL celebrated company's 70 years of Alaskan cruisetour operations. HAL's Alaska passenger shipping service was started in 1947 with a spontaneous cruisetour 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 ship classes (ordered high to low)

  • Pinnacle-class are Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam - company's newest and ever largest vessels.
  • Signature-class (enhanced Vista design) are Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. Compared to Vista-ships, they have 1 additional deck (between Lido and Observation) allowing more staterooms (mostly spa cabins) and public venues (“Tamarind”, “Silk Den”).
  • Vista-class are Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Noordam.
  • Single-class is Prinsendam (sold in 2018).
  • Rotterdam-class (R-class) are Rotterdam, Volendam, Zaandam and Amsterdam.
  • Statendam-class (S-class) are Statendam (now CMV Vasco de Gama), Maasdam, Ryndam (now Pacific Aria) and Veendam. They were fleet's 1st to have Atrium, 2-deck dining room, show lounge, Lido pool (with retractable glass roof).

NEWS: In July 2018, MS Prinsendam was sold to Phoenix Reisen, starting operations for the German cruise company on July 1, 2019. Prinsendam's cruise schedule is assimilated by the fleetmates Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam.

Holland America ship refurbishments

In 2003-2008, by the SOE (“Signature of Excellence”) program, HAL upgraded all older vessels, on which were also added new venues, stateroom categories and amenities.

In November 2015, HAL announced 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 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.
  • "Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. The bonus perks by this program include priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations), 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations), exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes), dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours), room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs), sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing). Club Orange is also available for a limited number of non-suite staterooms per voyage. The program was scheduled for launch in December 2018 (on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam), with fleetwide availability in 2019. On other HAL ships, Club Orange Restaurant is designed as dedicated section in Main Dining Room. On Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, "Culinary Arts Center" was renamed "Club Orange Restaurant".

In 2018, HAL contracted ABB Group (Swedish-Swiss corporation specializing in robotics, marine power and propulsion equipment) for installing shore-power systems fleetwide. The technology allows docked in ports cruise ships to receive shoreside power supply (from the city's grid) and turn off their engines, thus reducing to zero emissions and noise. ABB installed its shore-power equipment on 11x HAL ships. Switchover (ship-to-shore power) at seaports takes around 20 min.

(NEW) HAL cruise gratuities 2019

Prior December 2018, HAL's daily gratuities per person (pp) were USD 13,50 (interior-oceanview-balcony staterooms, applied to both adults and kids) and USD 15 (suites).

On HAL cruises after December 1 (2018), daily gratuities are increased to USD 14,50 pp per day (non-suite passengers) and USD 16 pp per day (for suite passengers).

Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge (applied to both adults and kids) that is added to passenger's onboard account each day. Passengers can prepay cruise gratuities. The amount of gratuities is split between ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).

Note: On May 1, 2017, Holland America Line raised daily gratuities from USD 12,50 to 13,50 pp (non-suite pax).

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.

Holland America Alaska crui´┐╝setours (land and sea packages)

The 7-day "Alaskan Explorer" (roundtrip from Seattle WA) is company's signature cruisetour itinerary for this unique destination.

The other itinerary (7-day "Alaskan Inside Passage") is roundtrip from Vancouver Canada.

HAL ships in Alaska offer cruisetours with lengths 10-13-14-15 days. They are inclusive of 3-day cruising (between Vancouver-Juneau) plus scenic train travel (between Juneau-Anchorage) on the White Pass-Yukon Route Railway.

  • (Y5C) 10-Day Yukon+double Denali (Vancouver to Anchorage)
  • (Y3C) 13-Day Yukon+triple Denali (Vancouver to Anchorage)
  • (Y3L) 14-Day Yukon+triple Denali (Anchorage to Vancouver)
  • (Y2l) 15-Day Yukon+triple Denali (Anchorage to Vancouver)

Itinerary of Holland America

The list of Holland America cruise 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 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 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.

Ship NameHomeportsItineraries Changes

ms Amsterdam


Seattle WA

Los Angeles CA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida 

Sydney NSW Australia

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). 

fall 2018-spring 2019

  • 17-day Holiday itinerary aboard ms Amsterdam departs December 21, 2018 and sails round-trip from Los Angeles.
  • 51-day Tales of the South Pacific cruise aboard ms Amsterdam sails round-trip from San Diego October 28, 2019. It calls at Hawaii, Tahiti, America Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga.


2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries

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.
  • new Mediterranean cruises
  • back-to-back 7d itineraries


fall 2018-spring 2019

  • ms Eurodam departs Seattle on September 29, 2018. The 18-day Circle Hawaii itinerary first visits Victoria and Vancouver prior to heading to the Hawaiian ports Nawiliwili, Honolulu, Lahaina, Hilo. Passengers can embark 2 days later in Vancouver BC.
  • Another 18-day trip on ms Eurodam departs San Diego November 11, 2018. Guests can visit Nawiliwili, Honolulu, Lahaina, Hilo, Konaand Ensenada.
  • A couple of 17-day cruises depart in February 2019 and a 16-day voyage departs in April. The April trip can be extended with a call at Victoria.
  • A 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas voyage departs from San Diego March 9, 2019. The round-trip from San Diego visits 6 ports in French Polynesia, 2 in Hawaii and calls at Fanning Island.


2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries

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)
  • Southern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, beginning November 2018. Travelers can choose between 7-, 10- and 11-day itineraries.

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.


2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries; a trio of 21-day Ultimate Alaska and Pacific Northwest Adventurer EXC In-Depth Voyages sailing round-trip from San Francisco.

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 Amsterdam explores the eastern and western regions of the Caribbean during 2018-2019 season on a series of 7-day cruises, featuring calls at Saint Thomas, San Juan, Cozumel, Grand Turk, Georgetown, Ocho Rios. 

2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries (Alaska Land+Sea Journeys combining a HAL cruise with a Denali National Park stay or journey to Denali and Yukon)

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 (January 2019).
  • 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.

2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries (Alaska Land+Sea Journeys combining a HAL cruise with a Denali National Park stay or journey to Denali and Yukon)

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

2018-2019: ms Oosterdam offers a series of 7-day itineraries spotlighting both eastern and western routes, and 7-day Tropical Caribbean itineraries featuring calls at ports in Bahamas and Dominica.

2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries; Sunday roundtrip Seattle itineraries.

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 (Fort 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). 

October 2018-April 2019: ms Rotterdam sails roundtrip from Tampa FL on eight 7-day western itineraries as well as five 14-day southern itineraries. The vessel visits some of the most beautiful islands and ports in the region, of which Key West, Curacao, Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya, Aruba and Saint Lucia.

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
  • cruises to Cuba roundtrip from Port Everglades. In October 2018, ms Veendam kicks off Caribbean season via Cuban Explorer 7-, 10-, 11- and 12-day itineraries until March 2019. Along with Cienfuegos and Havana, the ship calls at a number of other Caribbean ports in Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. MS Veendam also offers 7-day eastern Caribbean Holiday trip in December and 11-day southern Caribbean cruise in January 2019 that don't visit Cuba.
  • In September 2019, passengers can choose from a series of 7-day Canada & New England Discovery cruises between Montreal and Boston onboard ms Veendam. The itineraries visit Bar Harbor, Halifax, Charlottetown, Sydney, and Quebec City, as well as cruising through Gulf of Saint Lawrence and scenic cruising along Saint Lawrence River.
  • MS Veendam departs Montreal on October 12, 2019 and sails to Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Sydney, Boston and Port Canaveral, prior to disembarking in Fort Lauderdale.

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).


2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries (Alaska Land+Sea Journeys combining a HAL cruise with a Denali National Park stay or journey to Denali and Yukon)

ms Westerdam

San Diego CA

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Vancouver BC

Seward AK

Yokohama (Tokyo) Japan

Shanghai China


Hong Kong China

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.

September 2018 through April 2019, Westerdam cruises in Asia on 10 itineraries (10-31 days) visiting China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam. Back-to-back cruises can be booked as longer "Collectors Voyage". Combining 2 B2B itineraries, "Asia Collectors Voyages" range between 23-31 days. "Grand Asia Voyage" (82-day Pacific circumnavigation) departs September 30, 2018 as a roundtrip from LA with all 33 port calls and 6 overnights.

2019 (May-September) 7-, 14- or 21-day Alaska itineraries (Alaska Land+Sea Journeys combining a HAL cruise with a Denali National Park stay or journey to Denali and Yukon)

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.


  • On April 24, 2019 ms Zaandam kicks off Canada and New England spring with a 10-day Atlantic Coast journey. Departing from Fort Lauderdale FL, the vessel calls at Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City, prior to concluding in Montreal.
  • Between May and September 2019, ms Zaandam features a series of 7-day Canada and New England Discovery voyages between Montreal and Boston, featuring visits to Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City, along with cruising in Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
  • On October 5, 2019 ms Zaandam departs from Montreal and visits Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Sydney, Gloucester and Port Canaveral FL before arriving at Fort Lauderdale. 

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.


2018-2019: partial Panama Canal transit, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale FL on 10- and 11-day voyages. The ship calls at several Caribbean ports making its way to Gatun Lake, where travelers enjoy a day of scenic cruising.

MS Zuiderdam launches fall season via 12-day Colors of Canada & New England cruise on September 3, 2019. Sailing out of Boston to Quebec City, the cruise ship calls at Sydney, Halifax, Charlottetown, Saint John, Corner Brook, Baie-Comeau, Saguenay, and Portland. Passengers can enjoy cruising through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and scenic cruising in Saguenay Fjord.

A couple of similar itineraries are offered aboard ms Zuiderdam on September 15 and September 27. Guests on the September 15 voyage can enjoy an overnight at Quebec City prior to heading to Saguenay, Charlottetown, Halifax, Sydney, Saint John, Portland, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island, before disembarking in NYC. Passengers on the September 27 cruise set sail from New York, enjoying calls at many of the same ports, and additions like Portland and Gloucester. The trip concludes in Quebec City where travelers can enjoy an overnight before disembarkation.

On October 9, 2019 ms Zuiderdam sails from Quebec City and heads for Charlottetown, Halifax, Sydney, Portland, Boston, Newport, New York before passengers disembark in Fort Lauderdale. 

Holland America 2018 itineraries themed "Signature Experiences"

HAL new culturally themed "Signature Experiences" are 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 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 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). 

The current list of passenger shipping lines offering cruises to Cuba 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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