For more than 135 years, Holland America Cruise Line has set ambitious standards for the premium cruise experience. Holland America Cruises 2015 offer spacious, elegant ships, gracious, award winning service, worldwide itineraries, an extensive array of activities and enrichment programs and sophisticated 5 star dining. On Holland America you will find warm and intuitive service. A white-gloved steward will guide you to your stateroom when you board. Staff frequently address you by your name. The ship staff one crew member for every two guests. For a combination of elegance, upscale service and more modern ammenities, experience the newer ships - Holland America Eurodam or Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam.
In 2015, Holland America will have 7 ships in Europe on more than 53 unique itineraries. The ships are the Eurodam, Noordam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, Ryndam and Veendam. Cruises will range from 7 to 64 days, and there will be over 20 overnight stays at popular ports to allow more time for travelers to enjoy these cities.
You can also reserve the 2016 Holland America World cruises (also known as Grand Voyages,) at this time. In the fall of 2015, a new Holland America class of ship will emerge...the Pinnacle class. The ship will carry 2,660 guests and will have new culinary and entertainment vanues.
Those that book early can take advantage of Holland America's ReadySetSail promotion which includes reduced fares, onboard spending credits and more. Cruise destinations featured in the ReadySetSail promotion include Alaska, Bermuda, Canada/New England and Europe.
It's always a thrill to anticipate a new ship joining Holland America Line's magnificent fleet. But it's especially exciting when that new arrival is the first of a new class of ship. For when the 2,650-guest ms Koningsdam sets sail in February 2016, she will not only be the first to bear that name, she will usher in a new era of Pinnacle-class cruising.
Pinnacle means "high point" - and the debut of Koningsdam is a high point in Holland America Line history. Then again, in many ways, Koningsdam has been 141 years in the making. As heir, she'll carry forward all of the tradition, nautical heritage, and signature service and style for which Holland America Line is known-while raising the bar for 21st-century elegance.
Her name sets the tone. Its roots, like the ship itself, are a mix of something contemporary and something classic: "Koning," means king in Dutch - and is a salute to King Willem-Alexander, the Netherland's first king in more than 100 years. And "dam," because, after all … this is a Holland America Line ship, and the "dam" naming convention dates back to 1883.
The 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its inspired interior design and art collection. The ship features several much-admired Holland America Lines features, including outside-view glass elevators, the Explorations Café, the Pinnacle Grill and Pinnacle Bar, the innovative Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine, and expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon, and a youth facility that includes a teens-only Loft.
The ms Eurodam furthers the evolution of Holland America Line's sophisticated mid-sized ships with 11 passenger decks, a topside Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge surrounded by panoramic views, an Explorer's Lounge bar, an Italian restaurant adjacent to the Lido, an elegant luxury jewelry boutique, new atrium bar area, an enhanced and reconfigured show lounge, and a new photographic and imaging center.
Officially christened in 2003 by Her Dutch Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, the ms Oosterdam is second in the series of Vista-class ships. As such, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies, including her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability. Symbolic of Holland America Line's more than 140-year history of circumnavigating the globe, the centerpiece of the ms Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in a three-story atrium. First-time cruisers aboard this ship will quickly recognize the traditional touches that make Holland America cruisers regulars: a warm palette of colors accentuating an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques, and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs.
The ms Zuiderdam began her inaugural season in 2002 as the first ship in the Vista Class series. She embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system.
Designed to explore the remote corners of the world in elegance and style, the ms Prinsendam is Holland America Line's most intimate ship. Accommodating just 835 passengers, she gives guests the feel of a classic yacht with the spaciousness of a cruise ship. The ms Prinsendam offers many cozy areas in which to find your favorite spot, most of her staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and many have private verandahs.
Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, the ms Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandahs. The ship's musical theme offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. Inspired by the world's great music, artifacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ship. You'll find musical instruments such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones used as art objects throughout the ship.
The ms Amsterdam blends the very latest in shipbuilding technology with the artistry, personalized touches, and superior service that has made Holland America Line one of the highest-rated cruise lines in the world. Dutch heritage and tradition is clearly displayed throughout the ship in original Art Deco pieces that once graced the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938. For a contemporary touch, works of the noted maritime artist Stephen Card adorn public spaces.
The ms Westerdam is the third in Holland America Line's series of Vista-class ships. As such, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system. Most of her staterooms have ocean views and many have private verandahs.
The beautiful garden theme of the ms Volendam is reflected in an artful floral motif throughout the ship's spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms. It can be found in abundance within the forms of floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of tropical floral arrangements and chrysanthemums.
In addition to fresh flowers throughout the ship, Holland America Line has drawn on its collection of incredible artwork to enhance the interior of the ship's public spaces. Everything from pre-Columbian fetishes and sculptures, to Renaissance-era fountains imported from Italy are included in its hallway galleries. At the heart of the ship an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, inspired by the myriad of moods and colors of a kaleidoscope, greets visitors in a soaring three-story atrium.
The grandly proportioned ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks, and spacious staterooms, but also new and exciting venues.
The ms Statendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort, and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Upgrades begin with new fixtures and soft goods in staterooms and bathrooms. Staterooms offer a generous amount of personal space and many feature commanding ocean views with private verandahs. Enhancements include remodeled public spaces, updated lounges, and Mix, an exciting entertainment destination featuring three distinctly themed bars. Together they provide the ultimate place to socialize and be entertained.
The ms Ryndam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort, and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Upgrades begin with new fixtures and soft goods in staterooms and bathrooms. Staterooms offer a generous amount of personal space, and many feature commanding ocean views with private verandahs. Enhancements include remodeled public spaces, updated lounges, and Mix, an exciting entertainment destination featuring three distinctly themed bars. Together they provide the ultimate place to socialize and be entertained.
The ms Rotterdam is the standard-bearer for Holland America Line's fleet of ships, never more so than now, with the latest Signature of Excellence enhancements completed in December 2009.
Holland America Line is pleased to introduce its latest innovation, Lanai staterooms, to ms Rotterdam. Your onboard experience will be defined by spacious, artfully appointed public areas and the latest Signature of Excellence venues, features and amenities. Guests aboard will enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs. Holland America Line's stateroom enhancements include expanded stateroom choices and a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.
Launched in 2006, the ms Noordam - named for the Northern compass point - embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies, such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod® propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability. On board you will discover museum-quality paintings and contemporary art pieces. The ambiance of the elegant ms Noordam will provide a comfortable, spacious, and relaxing backdrop as you sail the sunny Caribbean or romantic Europe.
Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, the ms Maasdam is the fifth Holland America ship to bear the name. At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each suite has a private verandah. The centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. Other intriguing art featured on the ms Maasdam are two abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room and a collection of seven iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of Edo period.
Holland America Cruises believes that fine dining is about the quality of the experience, not the quantity. They are well known for their innovative culinary concepts and extensive wine list, which features many selections rated “excellent” by Wine Spectator. There is a Culinary Council composed of celebrated chefs from around the world that enhance all aspects of shipboard culinary operations. You can choose pre-set or flexible dining options. Exclusive to the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, you will find the Tamarind Restaurant, offering Pan-Asian fare for lunch and dinner. In the specialty restaurant, the Pinnacle Grill, you will find elegant dining on distinctive Bvlgari china with fine wines served in exquisite Riedel stemware, all on beautiful Frette linens. Once per 7 to 10 day cruise, the Pinnacle Grill is transformed to create an authentic Le Cirque dining experience, complete with menus, wine selections and table decorations that echo the whimsy of the legendary New York restaurant.
On Holland America ships you will fill find a diverse line up of onboard programs and activities:
Digital Workshop powered by Windows: Learn social media and new digital skills such as editing cruise photos, learn to blog and digital camera skills.
The Culinary Art Center presented by Food & Wine magazine which offers gourmet presentations, tasting events and hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, wine tasting and special local cuisine representatives of many exotic ports of call. Holland America’s partnership with Food & Wine magazine delivers a number of exclusive culinary opportunities to guests. You can also learn how to cook a dish or two during special Le Cirque demonstrations. Kids and teens Culinary Arts Center program extends the joys of cooking to young guests.
In the Explorations Café powered by the New York Times, you can enjoy a selection of more than 2,000 books, music-listening stations, internet access and crossword and jigsaw puzzle tables.
Spa & Fitness offering include the Greenhouse Spa & Salon rated one of the top full-service luxury resort spas in the world, offers guests premier pampering, relaxation area facing the sea and the very latest in skin, body and hair treatments. A fitness center with yoga, Pilates, spinning classes as well as exercise and weight training equipment.
Guest speakers: In Alaska, Native Heritage speakers and artists add the vital element of perspective to help you understand and appreciate what you are experiencing in this unique destination.
Evening entertainment includes Las Vegas-style production shows, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts, casino gaming, late-night dancing, movies with freshly popped popcorn, a piano bar, Crow’s Nest lounge and late-night nightclub.
Club Hal keeps children ages 3 to 7 and 8-12 entertained and amused with various onboard activities. In addition, The Loft and The Oasis for teens ages 13 to 17, feature an internet lounge, internet-access stations, sun deck with waterfall, state-of-the-art sound system, a laser light show for dancing and much more. With so many activities to choose from, youngsters and teens stay busy while parents pursue their own interests.