HOLLAND AMERICA LINES
Holland America Lines
Holland America, an elegant mid-size line, has traditionally drawn a more mature crowd by emphasizing the classic cruising experience over partying and pushing the adrenaline limits. It offers quieter pleasures, such as the Culinary Arts Center, which focuses on cooking demos, tastings and shore side market tours led by top chefs; self-guided art tours of the on-board collections; and Explorations Cafe, which hosts visiting lecturers who speak on art, history and other topics.
The athletic pursuits, such as a golf putting green, yoga and tennis, don’t require a 21-year-old’s physique. Even innovative additions to the entertainment lineup keep the company’s loyal cruisers in mind. HAL has a fabulous B.B. King’s Blues Club and dinner events featuring menus by epicurean stars like famed New York restaurant Le Cirque and Michelin three-star chef Jonnie Boer.
CRUISE LINE PROFILE
Established: 1873 No. of Ships: 10
Most Popular Itineraries: Alaska, Panama Canal, Trans-Atlantic, Mediterranean and World Cruises
Style: Refined, elegant, relaxed
Known For: Sophisticated cruises catering to the older, more-traveled adults.
Activity Highlights: Traditional cruising on smaller to mid-sized ships focuses on service and quality entertainment, including personal enrichment activities.
Food Highlights: Food is a key element in the overall Holland America experience. Consistently rated in the top standings, meals are exquisite and well-prepared. The main dining venue is supplemented by a few extra-cost specialty restaurants with premium menus and service.