Holland America Cruises 2015

Brief History and Overview

Proven by more than 138 years of experience and many awards and accolades, it is more than an obvious conclusion to draw that Holland America Line is the leader in premium cruises around the world. With great programs, many options in shipboard restaurants, spacious passenger staterooms, and service onboard that is beyond exceptional, Holland America Line’s traditional excellence cannot be matched elsewhere.

With over 330 available ports, and 15 different ships to reach them, Holland America is quite diverse with itineraries that include Alaska and the Caribbean as well as very exotic cruises in practically every part of the world. While some ships, such as the ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam, are newer and much larger in comparison to others within Holland America, overall, the quality and passenger-friendly services onboard each ship are unmatchable especially considering the one crewmate to every two passengers ratio that ensures that every passenger’s every need is being fulfilled to the crew’s best capability.

During the long history of the company, Holland America Line has evolved from a once passenger- and cargo-shipping carrier to a leisurely cruise line that has transported millions of passengers to vacation destinations all over the world from Europe and the Americas.

Worldwide Itineraries by Holland America Line

Signature of Excellence Program

Holland America Line has followed a program since its announcement in 2003, the “Signature of Excellence” program, which stated that every ship in the company will be upgraded yearly with new improvements and add-ons that include room enhancements and new restaurants aboard the ships. Some ships that have been almost completely recreated by this program include ms Ryndam, ms Statendam, and ms Veendam which have all new décor, staterooms, venues, and more.

Improvements and additions that this program has either already added to ships or plan to add to them include new lounge areas, new specialty restaurants, a Culinary Arts Center along with a kitchen for demonstration, facilities for children and teens, additional amenities in each stateroom, and dining improvements. The latest installations even include staterooms with spas included, complete cotton bathroom sets in each room, and suites with DVD players, an extensive DVD collection and access to the full service Neptune Lounge.

Holland America Line Ships

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Ship Names  
First Year in Holland America service  
Passenger Capacity  
Max Speed (in knots)  
Passenger Decks  
ms Statendam
1993
1260
22
9
ms Maasdam
1993
1258
22
9
ms Ryndam
1994
1260
22
9
ms Veendam
1996
1350
22
9
ms Rotterdam
1997
1404
25
9
ms Volendam
1999
1432
23
9
ms Zaandam
2000
1432
23
9
ms Amsterdam
2000
1380
25
9
ms Zuiderdam
2002
1916
24
10
ms Prinsendam
2002 (built in 1988)
835
22
8
ms Oosterdam
2003
1916
24
10
ms Westerdam
2004
1916
24
10
ms Noordam
2006
1924
24
10
ms Eurodam
2008
2104
24
11
ms Nieuw Amsterdam
2010
2106
24
11
A list of the 15 ships owned and operated by Holland America.

The Holland America Way

Looking at the table shows how the ships of Holland America are smaller than the larger ships that may be present in other cruise lines, but this, and the Signature of Excellence program, were both done to appeal to the cruisers who like to prefer mid-sized ships, service that is more personalized, five-star dining, and ambiance that is sophisticated in public areas and every stateroom alike.

Due to the Signature of Excellence program and great service provided by all Holland America cruises, the company was honored with a great number of awards and accolades:

#1 Preferred Cruise Line

Consistently Among the Highest-rated Cruise Lines

Highest-Rated Premium Cruise Line

International Five Star Diamond Award

High Deluxe Five-Star-Plus Rating

Best Overall Cruise Value

And many more.

For more information about ships go to Holland America Line Cruise Ships

For rates and tour information go to Atlas Cruises and Tours

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Marla Rose 4 years ago from Aventura, Florida

I have always wanted to take a cruise on Holland America Cruise ships. These ships seem to be very elegant and sophisticated. Holland America's ships are breath taking! Their ships appeal to me more than the other cruise liners. I thank you for the wonderful tips of information you have provided in this hub. This is a great and useful hub for anyone thinking about taking a cruise this year!


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AtlasSue 4 years ago Author

Yeah! Holland America Cruises are actually more incredible than they seem to be on paper, or in this case, in a hub! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a fun and relaxing getaway.

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