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Heightened Experiences at Sea

May 31, 2019

For almost 145 years, Holland America has set the standard for what luxury cruising is all about.

Discover truly unforgettable experiences at sea with carefully crafted journeys all across the world. Their mantra? Balance. Depth. Authenticity.

These elements are brought out on more than 500 itineraries all over the map, made that much richer with Holland America’s Explorations Central or EXC™ program, adding a narrative and context to your luxury voyage. This innovative approach to cruising immerses passengers in their chosen destinations like never before, using world-renowned experts, local scholars, and customized Zodiac tours to heighten the experience.

Onboard, you’ll find no room for improvement, but plenty of room to move around. Spacious, mid-size ships bring timeless elegance to the high seas. Suites and staterooms feature their signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed and most rooms are ocean-facing, many with roomy verandahs. Amenities range from complimentary 24-hour in-room dining to complimentary shoeshine service.

Dining onboard with Holland America is a true culinary journey; with the direction from a decorated Culinary Council® of chefs, fine dining has finally made its way into cruising. From the Asian cuisine at Tamarind to the very heights of refined dining at the Pinnacle Grill, these restaurants are unrivaled at sea, spearheaded by world-class chefs creatively designing menus and dishes bursting with flavor. This is not to say your dining experience will be stuffy – still enjoy that poolside burger and fries; Holland America simply has created a range of dining options with fine dining establishments at its core. You can even test your culinary skills out at America’s Test Kitchen as part of the onboard experiences. Here you can enjoy a live cooking show or get involved with hands-on workshops.

This cruise liner also takes its live music serious; once evening hits, you’ll get to choose what tune you want to define your night, from B.B King’s Blues Club, Music Walk (featuring Lincoln Center Stage), Billboard Onboard, to the Rolling Stone Rock Room – music will definitely be in the sea air.

Their newest ship’s godmother is even Oprah Winfrey. The Nieuw Statendam cruised the Caribbean in her inaugural season and is set to tour Europe for the summer of 2019, and with some serious star power behind it. Guests onboard this stunning cruise ship will discover curated artworks throughout, making walking an experience in and of itself. The art collection features over 150 works by some of the world’s top artists, creating one of the largest art collections at sea. And with Oprah’s stamp of approval.

Once you choose the destination of your dreams, Holland America’s world-class luxury cruise experiences are guaranteed. Alaska and the Yukon; Asia; Australia and New Zealand; the turquoise seas of the Caribbean and Mexico; into the heart of Europe and the Mediterranean; incomparable paradises of Hawaii and Tahiti; grand voyages all around the world. Where do you want to go with Holland America?

Contact a Travel Advisor to start planning your next voyage. Holland America will let you savor the journey, and in grand style.