Holland America Line: What You Need To Know Before Cruising

Holland America Line is one of the most popular cruise lines. Discover the things you need to now about cruising with Holland America before you go. I share tips and advice on everything from what to budget for (what the fare does and does not include), dress code and passenger type and mix.

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Susan Mar says:

Spot on for recommendations. We have taken 3 HAL cruises. We always enjoy them. Great if you need to relax and find quiet time.

Cozumel Girl says:

Corkage fee wasn’t mentioned at about 5 minutes in: I asked my wife about them allowing you to bring 1 bottle of wine on board and she mentioned there’s typically s $15.00 fee so you might as well not bother. Cheers Bill

alice kastin says:

Fantastic video
going on Koningsdam
April 7
looking forward to it

David Andrew says:

The Pinnacle Grill is great and recommend it. The Caviar is sublime, and not cheap.

Bobby Worrest says:

the staff is pretty lenient with alcohol. you can pretty much get whatever whenever. and if you smoke weed just go to the back of the ship. everyones quite old and wont bother you. diecretion is advised. due to the clientele, do not expect a stellar range of asian cuisine. with a predominantly filipino staff, they cook fililpino dishes for themselves but on the westerdam at least, you will see a daily change of different oriental dishes, japanese indian etc.

Phillip Riggins says:

Great video, Thanks for sharing.
My wife & I are going on the Nieuw Statendam next month, we’re looking forward to it.

Miqoi Anuta says:

I’ll be working on this ship soon

David Dove says:

I went on six cruises on Holland America (9 weeks total) when they were partnering with Dancing with the Stars. I enjoyed them a lot, but mainly because I got to interact with the dance pros and the celebrities, as well as dance with many of the passengers. However, I understand that they have phased out many of the dance venues on their ships, so that is very disappointing.

Dorian 07109 says:

Thank you so much for this video!!!

Jet Stream says:

I’ve been sailing Holland-America since 1994 and wouldn’t consider another cruise line. If I have a criticism it is the loosening of dress code in recent years and more catering to younger cruisers.

Kelly Bell says:

Thanks so much for this great overview! Super helpful, well timed and no fluff! We are first time cruisers so this was very much need to know info! We selected HAL after significant research and you have just confirmed my research results were spot on! We are taking HAL on an Alaskan cruise in July 2019. Feeling much more prepared now thanks!

Patrick Spino says:

Hi! If you’re not a pro, you sure report like one! My experiences on 3 HA cruises mimic your report. You’ve done a mighty excellent job here and I thank you!

morgan megurine says:

Please do one of these for all the major cruse lines

uptown3636 says:

Very helpful video. It has been several years since I last cruised with HAL, and this was a nice refresher course in the culture aboard Holland America ships.

theklrdude oo says:

shit , you have to pay extra for everything !

Sylvia says:

We can’t seem to find this Holland America Line Navigator app. We have iPhones, btw. Hubby even asked Siri….nada. Help!!!!!!

Eli Solomon says:

Thanks for the timely review. My wife and I are booked on a 25 day cruise out of Rome in June 2019 with HAL. Looking forward to the “old world charm” you spoke about.

Mary Hirose says:

My husband and I LOVE HAL for the traditional feel and the extra service. We’ve been on HAL many times since our first when we were 24. We are now 35.

Colin Ely says:

Gary, I have cruised twice with Princess, my next cruise next year is with P&O Australia, could be interesting as it seems to be a little bit down market from Princess, more of a ‘Party Line’?

Don Pettinger says:

Great video, Thank you. We have been on Princess tons of times and this will be are first time on Holland America. There website was very vague with prices and about the ships. You answered a great deal of guests . Thank you.

thejokerspeaks says:

Great Video Gary, sums it up pretty well. Unfortunately we were only on that ship for 3 days, but we’re hoping to do a Quebec/Montreal to Florida reposition cruise in a couple years. Have you tried Celebrity? They seem close as far as quality, service, and destination focus. I do like HAL’s vast itineraries, international food, and classic service.

Chuck P says:

We are booked on two H A Cruises in 2019. A 10 day and a 13 day.

Lisa Summs says:

Love your beautiful videos

By the Numbers says:

Love cruising HAL.

A D says:

Holland America is my favorite cruise line. Everything he says is true. I give Holland America 4 stars.

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