Holland America is a classy operation, providing all-around appealing cruises with a touch of old-world elegance and such cushy amenities as plush bedding and flat-panel TVs with DVD players in all cabins. Though the line has been retooling itself to attract younger passengers and families, it still caters mostly to older folks, and so generally offers a more sedate and stately experience than other mainstream lines, plus excellent service for the money. Its fleet, which until a few years ago consisted of midsize, classically styled ships, is in the process of becoming supersize (relatively speaking), and the new Eurodam and recent Vista-class megaships are a bit bolder in their color palettes. New or old, the vessels are all well maintained and have excellent (and remarkably similar) layouts that ease passenger movement. Throughout the ships' public areas, you'll see flowers that testify to Holland's place in the floral trade, Indonesian touches that evoke Holland's relationship with its former colony, and seafaring memorabilia that often hearkens back to HAL's own history.
In business since 1873, Holland America Line (HAL) has managed to hang on to more of its seafaring history and tradition than any line today except Cunard. It offers a moderately priced, classic, and casual yet refined cruise experience. Sails to: Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada/New England (plus Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, South America, Africa).
Address: 300 Elliott Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119
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