Holland America Line will celebrate it's 143rd year offering European cruise vacations during 2018. Six ships will offer you a variety of European cruises to choose from; including the new Koningsdam! Indulge your adventurous side with a Mediterranean cruise, or explore Russian riches and Renaissance art on a Baltic cruise. Holland America offers a five-star, premium cruise experience in Europe.
Holland America Line is Europe's Best Value
- Best Overall Cruise Value (13 consecutive years) - World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society
- Cruise fare paid in US Dollars enables you to avoid costly exchange rates and negative currency fluctuation
- Entertainment, cuisine, accommodations, and enrichment programs included
- Unpack once and relax (in air-conditioned comfort, an amenity not available in many European Hotels)
- Itineraries designed to allow extra-long days in port to discover Europe 's great art and architecture, historic monuments, and shopping
- Fewer hassles: no need to waste valuable daytime hours traveling by train, plane or bus. We sail at night!
- Accessibility: Most of Europe 's major cities were built on oceans and rivers, putting many of the Continent's most important cultural sites and cities within easy reach
The Pleasures of Mid-sized Ships
Come revel in spacious rooms, breathe in expansive views and relax in easy elegance. Rich woods, beautiful floral arrangements and handsome furnishings create an inviting atmosphere in which to gather. Beautifully appointed lounges, reception areas and halls feature museum-quality paintings, sculptures and antiques - a collection that is highlighted in our self-guided iPod walking tour available onboard. Outdoor areas offer comfortable chaise lounges, breezy cabanas and sunny seating around the pool. Holland America's mid-size ships are purposely designed to accommodate fewer guests than many premium cruise lines. As a result, you'll experience smoother embarkation, disembarkation and tendering processes, as well as easy access to reception, dining and shore excursion services.
Warm and genuine service.
From the moment you arrive onboard, you are welcomed as an honored friend. Gracious service sets the tone. Polished presentation, warm and personal attention - Holland America Line crew takes pride in making your cruise relaxing and remarkable in every way. Prompt and gracious, never in the way yet never out of touch. Relax and enjoy the signature style of service for which we are known.
Holland America's professional crew has been academy trained and adapt the art of remembering guest preferences. Because Holland America sails with a high crew-to-guest ratio, you'll experience service that is truly prompt and attentive. Your stateroom is attended to twice a day; a morning service to clean and refresh linens and towels, as well as an evening turndown service. Complimentary shoeshine service is our pleasure, along with ice delivered to your room. Dining stewards work in teams of two to ensure your experience is perfect, across all five courses. Expect croupiers in the Casino, European-trained spa aestheticians, and professional bar staff. Pinnacle and Neptune suite guests enjoy the services of a personal concierge to organize spa, dining and shore arrangements.
Retreat and Relax
Unpack once and let the vacation begin. Each spacious stateroom is a haven of serenity and space. We invite you to relax in this perfect blend of modern enhancements and timeless comfort. Enjoy refined amenities and our Holland America's signature Mariner's Dream bed, which graces each elegant stateroom and suite. A plush Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens ensure deep and restful sleep onboard. Retire each evening with a dark chocolate pillow gift and good wishes from the Captain and crew. Most staterooms are ocean-facing; many have teak-lined verandahs for dining alfresco or sunbathing in private. Luxurious bathrobes hang in the wardrobe. Elemis Armoapure skincare and spa-therapy products await in your bathroom, along with large, 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Turn on your flat-panel television to the latest in headlines, sports or your favorite show.
Dining, As You Wish
Savor diverse restaurants and menus. Choose a set seating time each evening or be spontaneous. As You Wish dining is all about flexibility and freedom. One level of our main Dining Room hosts sittings at 5:45pm and 8:00pm; the other is reserved to welcome guests as they arrive. And throughout the ship, there are restaurants to suit every mood, from Italian cuisine one night to a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak the next.
Enjoy an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable five-course dinner, the main Dining Room is your destination for sophisticated dining aboard. On Holland America's menus you'll find classic favorites 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, an international food and wine society.
Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant - Refined and luxurious, the Pinnacle Grill represents the pinnacle of exceptional dining on board. Make reservations and plan to celebrate the day's adventures in this intimate setting graced by luxurious appointments such as Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens. Open for lunch and dinner, the Pinnacle Grill features dishes inspired by America's Pacific Northwest, including delicious seafood and choice, sustainably raised beef from Washington State's Double R Ranch. Guests can look forward to broiled Alaska king salmon and perfectly grilled steaks, beautifully complemented by boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest and other great global vintages.
Canaletto Specialty Restaurant - Spartire is the Italian word for sharing. Canaletto's innovative menu is designed around this authentic Italian experience, offering a variety of dishes to enjoy with family and friends. Share a taste of delicious zuppa di pesce, a tomato saffron broth studded with mussels, scallops and vegetables. Or savor classic Italian pasta in all shapes and sauces. Main dishes include veal, roasted pork loin and grilled fish. And dessert - chocolate tortas, gelato and a trio of tiramisu.
Lido Restaurant - At the top of the ship, the Lido Restaurant offers relaxed dining and panoramic views of the sea. Rise and shine to a variety of tantalizing breakfast selections including pancakes, fresh fruit, eggs and omelets cooked to your liking and more. Lunch offers bountiful choices from around the world - Asian cuisine, pizza, made-to-order bistro selections, gourmet sandwiches and soup, and an extensive salad bar. In the evening, enjoy entrees from both the Lido and the main Dining Room, along with gracious tableside service and wine selections from the cellar. Casual attire is always acceptable in the evenings at the Lido.
Culinary Arts Center - Presented by Food & Wine Magazine
This groundbreaking concept blends guests love for food and entertaining into a unique, interactive experience. Explore regional fresh ideas in food and entertaining while you sail. Discover your inner sous chef or how to choose the perfect wine. Feel the spirit of a region come to life on board your Holland America cruise with regionally inspired cooking classes, artisan workshops, local entertainment and more.
At the heart of the Culinary Arts Center is an innovative show kitchen outfitted with multiple plasma video screens to capture fine details close up. Join the resident Culinary Arts Center Host for hands-on cooking classes and cooking demonstrations featuring regional recipes. Discover new entertaining tips by attending classes in flower arranging, plate presentation and cake decorating. Special workshops for children and teens focus on fun, easy-to-make recipes. Shake it up with signature cocktail classes and bartending tips from our bar staff, or try new wine and food pairings. On select cruises, some of the world's leading chefs, cooking show hosts, vintners and cookbook authors conduct classes and contribute to special menus.
Relax and Recharge in the Greenhouse Spa & Salon:
- Asian-inspired treatment rooms, including couple's massage rooms, offering an impressive menu of luxurious treatments.
- Dry-float suite with massage option.
- Thermal suites with hydrotherapy pool, steam, and aromatic room, heated ceramic lounges and in-suite showers.
- New relaxation area facing the sea.
- The latest exotic skin, body, and hair treatments.
- Jacuzzi, hot tub, sauna, steam room
- Two large outdoor pools, one with sliding glass roof
- Lifestyle Fitness Center with yoga, Pilates, spinning and new exercise and weight-training equipment
- Basketball and volleyball courts
- Golf simulator and golf swing analysis
- Luxury duty-free shopping
Alive At Night
Best onboard entertainment- Onboard Services Magazine;
Lavish Las Vegas-style production shows;
Talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians, and variety acts;
Casino gaming, movies, Piano Bar;
Crow's Nest Nightclub & Late-Night Disco.
B.B. King's Blues Club on board four ships in Europe!
Due to the tremendous popularity of the B.B. King's Blues Club on ms Eurodam, Holland America Line is pleased to welcome B.B. King's Blues Club to the ms Koningsdam, ms Oosterdam, and ms Zuiderdam European cruises. Join these world-class musicians as they create a dynamic energy that will move you to sing and dance along.
A Deeper Experience
- Explorations Speaker Series to illuminate the art, culture, history, and cuisine of the areas you visit
- Exclusive one-of-a-kind Medallion Shore Excursion designed to offer unique access not otherwise available
- Signature Collection, an exclusive new touring option that lets you reserve a private car, driver, and English-speaking guide in advance
- Culinary Arts Center, an onboard program offering a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for gourmet cooking classes, demonstrations, and tasting events
For those with true explorers' hearts, the extended voyages of the ms Prinsendam are designed to be linked, one to the next, with little or no port repetition, for a truly comprehensive experience of Europe.