Classic elegance with a modern twist
Wherever you wish to go on your cruise holiday, there is likely to be a Holland America ship that can take you there
There are elegant lounges – featuring precious artwork, a choice of up to four restaurants, plus resort amenities that include two pools, one with a retractable glass dome, as well as spacious teak decks for sunbathing and strolling. Most of the spacious, attractively decorated staterooms feature their own private balcony, and top of the range health and fitness facilities at the Greenhouse spa and salon.
In Spring 2016, Holland America Line launched the stunning 2,658-guest ms Koningsdam, the next evolution of the company’s five star, mid-size cruise style, blending a fresh, contemporary style (themed by designer Adam Tihany around the “architecture of music”), with innovative dining and entertainment – together with the attentive service and signature touches the company has long been known for. Sister ship Ms Nieuw Statendam will join the fleet in 2018.
A Bold New Story
Worldwide destination expertise has always been one of the reasons to choose Holland America Line, and now online Destination Guides, in partnership with AFAR offer the most immersive knowledge of more than 400 destinations, with personalised recommendations for the most authentic attractions, restaurants and shopping experiences.
The enrichment continues once onboard, where, through BBC Earth’s innovative programming, guests will be taken nearer to the natural world through ground-breaking concerts, films and kids activities, as well as themed special cruises.
A partnership with the Rijksmuseum debuting onboard ms Westerdam in Spring 2017 features reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous art plus cultural activities led by Rijksmuseum personnel.
Entertainment ranges from high tech shows through to BB Kings All Star Blues and the classical arrangements of the Lincoln Centre Stage; while new suite upgrades being rolled out fleet-wide feature thoughtful touches like lighted wardrobe rails, USB ports on headboards and night lights in bathrooms.
Wherever you wish to go on your cruise holiday, there is likely to be a Holland America ship that can take you there….
Offering itineraries featuring everything from Alaska’s glaciers to Asian temples; Australasia to the mighty Amazon, the balmy Caribbean to colonial Canada; the Holland America Line 2017 programme epitomizes the ultimate in worldwide premium travel experiences.
Closer to home, a programme of summer European cruises on ms Koningsdam depart conveniently from Amsterdam. These itineraries range from 7-night Fjords and Baltic cities to a full Iceland circumnavigation; while the elegant ms Westerdam sails to Croatia, the French & Italian Rivieras and Greek isles offering long days ashore and overnights in iconic cities such as Venice and Barcelona.
During days at sea guests can enjoy enriching and varied activities, for instance gourmet presentations, tasting events and hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen at the Culinary Arts Centre. They may learn new digital skills at the complimentary Digital Workshops, sponsored by Microsoft, which range from photo and video editing to displaying pictures in digital frames. Or relax in the Explorations Café, a high tech retreat with speciality coffee bar that is powered by the New York Times, and offers fascinating resources – and bestsellers galore!
Full scale West-end style shows take place by night in the Show Lounge at sea; while there’s classical, blues, dance and piano music throughout the ship.
Pampering is available at the Asian-inspired Greenhouse spa and salon, featuring everything from saunas, a hydro pool and state of the art fitness centre to a dry float suite and couples massage rooms.
All ships have a teak wraparound promenade deck, perfect for an evening’s stroll before heading to dinner.
Club HAL offers excellent free daytime activities for children aged 2-17 in separate age groups, while evening babysitting is available at a small fee. Younger kids can enjoy face painting, arts & crafts, cookery lessons and more, while teenagers have their own “zones” to hang out “The Loft” and the “Oasis”.
Known for the most extensive menus at sea served gracefully in elegant restaurants, Holland America Line now offers yet more dining experiences.
In the elegant Main Dining Room, which offers set and “as you wish” dining, guests will find classic favourites and vegetarian choices as well as regionally inspired cuisine prepared by chefs who have been inducted into the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.
In the intimate Pinnacle Grill, where tables are set with crisp linens and dazzling stemware, dishes are inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest, such as king salmon from Alaska or responsibly raised beef from Washington state’s Double R Ranch.
The Pan-Asian Tamarind, onboard ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Koningsdam offers exotic menus that evoke the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, with dishes that honour the elements of water, wood, fire and earth.
For casual alfresco dining by the pool, Dive-In has it all, including lighter fare, like a grilled chicken breast sandwich and vegetarian-friendly portabella mushroom stack. Plus crisp Italian salads and made to order thin-crusted pizzas at the New York Deli.
Exclusively on ms Koningsdam, guests may indulge in dinner in the Culinary Arts Centre, By day a dramatic show kitchen with individual cooking stations, by evening this venue transforms into an immersive farm-to-table experience where chefs prepare artisanal dishes in the show kitchen and guests enjoy each course as it’s freshly prepared.
Also on ms Koningsdam is Sel de Mer, an intimate seafood brasserie offering a contemporary twist on French seafood classics, with à la carte dishes ranging from fresh oysters to salt-crusted whole fish to bouillabaisse.
Known to feature some of the most spacious accommodations in the industry, Holland America Line’s staterooms and suites offer every comfort and convenience, ranging from roomy inside accommodation; “Lanai” staterooms with direct access via glass sliding doors onto the Promenade deck, to luxurious staterooms and suites with their own private balcony. Whichever you choose you’ll enjoy the most comfortable nights at sea with Mariners Dream beds, pure Egyptian cotton sheets, towelling bathrobes, salon quality hairdryers, flat screen TV’s (with free movies), twice daily ice service and complimentary fruit baskets!