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Description

Holland America Line offers virtually unlimited cruise and CruiseTour options that span the globe and will satisfy even the most avid traveller’s appetite for exploration. Over the course of the company's rich history as first a shipping and passenger line and subsequently a cruise line, Holland America Line's fleet has carried nearly 10 million passengers, either to new lives in the New World or to exotic locales for vacations of a lifetime. Holland America Line marked its 130th anniversary in 2003.

Today, Holland America Line's fleet of 13 elegant, mid-size ships offers nearly 500 sailings from 27 homeports, visiting all seven continents including cruises to both popular and less-travelled ports. In addition the Company’s new Signature Class vessel Ms Eurodam makes her maiden voyage in June of 2008, and furthers the evolution of their sophisticated mid-sized ships

Holland America Line has a long and proud tradition of delivering extraordinary holiday experiences, and with their recent $425-million Signature of Excellence® initiative, that experience is now better than ever. Signature of Excellence enhancements encompass virtually every area of their ships and range from new facilities and public spaces to added services and amenities. New facilities include the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine - the only fleet-wide dedicated state-of-the-art show kitchen at sea where guests can learn about cooking techniques and test new recipes with world-class chefs and celebrated guest culinary experts. Other Signature of Excellence enhancements include an expanded Greenhouse Spa & Salon, the elegant reservations-only Pinnacle Grill, innovative teens-only areas and new activities on Half Moon Cay - the number one rated Private Island in the Caribbean

From the moment you step aboard one of their mid-sized ships you will recognize the Holland America Line difference. Holland America sail with nearly one crew member for every two guests, providing the gracious, award-winning service that defines classic cruising. Ships feature spacious wraparound teak decks, panoramic views, abundant spacious private verandahs and large staterooms. With elegant fine dining and enriching activities, welcome aboard a Holland America Line ship and discover timeless cruising, refined for a new generation.

Every day aboard a Holland America cruise ship brings a wealth of cruise activities and indulgences, along with the freedom to partake in as many - or as few - as you please. Whether you want to work-out in the fitness centre, learn yoga, pamper yourself with a massage, take a class in our state of the art Culinary Arts Centre demonstration kitchen or check your email in the Explorations Café, there's a perfect onboard activity for everyone. Once in the cruise port, make your cruise vacation even more memorable with their extensive Shore Excursions program of activities. See, explore, and discover: arts and cultural activities, athletic expeditions, city tours, shopping and more.

Verdict

A premium cruise line that does tend to attract a slightly more mature passenger (although they do provide a wide variety of youth- and teen- friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17). Even though their ships are slightly larger than the Azamara ships and Millennium Class ships of Celebrity their general facilities and level of service are on a par.

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