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HOLLAND AMERICA SHIPS

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The only alcoholic beverages guests may bring onboard are wine and champagne. Should this wine or champagne be brought to a restaurant or bar for consumption, a corkage fee of $18.00 will apply. It cannot be consumed in any other public place. Should a guest be found to be drinking a beverage they brought on board in any public place other than a restaurant or bar, they will be asked to return to their stateroom.

Alcoholic drinks bought in onboard shops will be retained and safely stored on the ship until the final day of the cruise, at which point they will be delivered to your stateroom. A 15% service charge will apply to all purchases of alcoholic drinks. Beverage packages can be purchased at a reduced rate using room service. These are to be consumed in your staterooms and also come with a 15% service charge.

Those who are 20 years of age and under have to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or by a chaperone, who should be at least 21 years of age. There should be one chaperone for every five people under 21, so if there are six people under 21, two chaperones would be required. If someone is acting as a chaperone for an organised youth or student group, they must be at least 25 years of age.

Some foreign countries require that guests under the age of 18 must be travelling with both parents or, if one or both parents are not travelling, a letter of approval signed by any parent not travelling with the minor will be required. An authenticated letter is required if one parent is deceased or if the minor has only one legal parent. All those under the age of 18 must also have the necessary identification requirements. Minors who are US citizens need an authenticated copy of their birth certificate or another official form of identification. Those over 16 also need an official form of photo ID. Passports are required for everyone travelling outside the Western Hemisphere.  Official documentation is normally required at entry and exit points in different countries to confirm permission for the child to travel and the relationship of the guardians and parents to the child.  Having this documentation can expedite entering and exiting countries. Regulations vary from country to country. A summary of different countries’ regulations can be found at the following website: http://www.travel.state.gov/

Those under 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians on all tours and cannot be left unsupervised in any part of the ship. If those under 16 wish to go ashore without adult supervision, permission from their parents or legal guardians is required and can be confirmed by notifying the ship’s Security Officer. Minors are generally prohibited from leaving the ship without adult supervision, so notifying the Security Officer is essential. 

Whilst on board there are usually two formal evenings per week. For these it is recommended that men wear a jacket and tie, tuxedo or a dark suit, whilst women should wear a cocktail dress, a suit, a blouse or top with slacks or a gown. The rest of the evenings are ‘Smart Casual’ evenings and require men to wear collared shirts and slacks, whilst women should wear dresses, general informal evening wear and slacks. The following are prohibited during the evening in restaurants and other public areas: shorts, tank tops, T-shirts and swimsuits.

All guests should wear shoes and a cover-up when walking through the ship in swimwear. Certain places visited during shore excursions may have additional clothing requirements, such as no tank tops. This depends on the place you visit so check beforehand.

Those who don’t have formal attire can pre-order it and find it in their stateroom on the day of embarkation by calling Cruiseline Formalwear at 800-551-5091 or by finding their website online.

Children must be at least 6 months old at the time of sailing. However, they must be at least 12 months old if sailing on any transoceanic voyage. HAL’s Medical Department may feel it necessary to impose the minimum age of 12 months on any voyage they think could present a significant risk. 

Pregnant women are not permitted to sail if they are due to enter their 24th week of pregnancy at any point during the cruise or have already entered it. If you are under 24 weeks pregnant then before boarding you must have sent a doctor’s letter stating that they are in good health, are fit to travel and that the pregnancy is not high-risk. It should also state the expected delivery date. The letter should include your name, sailing date, the name of your ship and your booking number and can be faxed to HAL’s Access & Compliance Department at 800-577-1731. Alternately the letter can be sent to:

Holland America Line

Attention: Access & Compliance Department 2nd floor

300 Elliott Avenue West

Seattle, WA 98119

Smoking is only allowed in designated areas, which are usually as follows:

-  Stateroom verandahs

-  Seaview bar

-  The casino (players only)

-  Sports deck

-  Observation deck (only on ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Oosterdam, ms Prinsendam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam.

Guests may only smoke pipes and cigars on stateroom verandahs and in outdoor areas where cigarette smoking is also allowed. Electronic cigarettes are permitted only in staterooms and in outdoor designate smoking areas. Anyone found to have smoked in their stateroom will face a fine of $250.00. 

To reflect the service given by various members of staff, a daily gratuity charge of $11.50 will be added to your shipboard account per guest, though for those staying in suites, the amount rises to $12.00. This amount can be adjusted in accordance with the level of service you feel you’ve received. For bar and dining room purchases, a 15% surcharge is added to your bill. 

Each ship offers 24 hr Wi-fi in many of its public rooms, which you can easily connect to with your laptop or handheld device with wireless connectivity. Pricing, which is subject to change without notice, is currently as follows:

$55.00 – 100 minutes

$100.00 – 250 minutes

There is also a one-off activation fee of $3.95. Alternately, you can pay as you go at a rate of $ 0.75 per minute. The pricing is the same for Internet accessed through the ship’s own computers. 


You can find cruise deals for all the following ships for Holland America. If you can't find what you are looking for then pick up the phone and speak to one of our travel specialists.

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    ms Nieuw Amsterdam

    Explore the stunning works of art and lavish decor of this classy ship, which is themed after New York City.

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    From$489

    ms Eurodam

    Admire panoramic views while you enjoy dining experiences of the highest quality.

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    From$499

    ms Koningsdam

    The newest and largest ship by far in the Holland America Line

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    From$599

    ms Noordam

    Offering traditional cruising experiences with a range of modern amenities to give everyone something to do.

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    From$649

    ms Maasdam

    Onboard this comfortable and inviting ship you will find many outstanding works of art.

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    From$749

    ms Zaandam

    Enjoy an intimate cruising experience on this smaller yet comfortable ship.

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    From$799

    ms Amsterdam

    Housing an impressive collection of art, including the Planto Astrolabium, which graces the ship's atrium.

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You can find cruise deals to all the following ports for Holland America. If you can't find what you are looking for then pick up the phone and speak to one of our travel specialists.

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    From$349

    San Diego

    A cosmopolitan city boasting a rich culture, favorable climate and a wealth of popular tourist attractions.

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    From$349

    Seattle

    An energetic and modern metropolis, boasting a vast array of attractions and an impressive skyline.

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    Vancouver

    A scenic and cosmopolitan city that has a thriving culture and a wealth of tourist attractions of all kinds.

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    From$429

    Fort Lauderdale

    Known for its canals and beaches, which are especially popular thanks to the excellent climate.

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    From$429

    Grand Turk

    An island with many historical buildings, as well as clear waters that are popular for whale-watching.

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    Half Moon Cay

    An island used exclusively by Holland America Line passengers, with a broad range of activities available.

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    San Juan

    This thriving city has old and modern attractions, from old city walls to the popular Bacardi Rum Factory.

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    From$429

    St. Thomas

    Head to the hills to get stunning views of this tropical island and the clear waters surrounding it.

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    From$469

    Cozumel

    A popular tourist destination famous for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches and water sports.

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    From$469

    George Town

    Water-based activities are popular here, thanks to the city's sunny climate, fine beaches and clear waters.

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    From$469

    Ocho Rios

    In Ocho Rios you can take part in a range of outdoor activities and enjoy many quality shopping experiences.

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    Astoria

    One of Oregon’s biggest tourism hotspots, something it owes mainly to its fantastic natural splendor.

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You can find cruise deals to all the following destinations for Holland America. If you can't find what you are looking for then pick up the phone and speak to one of our travel specialists.

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    Western US

    Discover some of America's most vibrant cities, spectacular scenery and impressive landmarks and monuments.

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    From$429

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    Islands of natural beauty famed for their pristine beaches, cultural heritage and relaxed atmosphere.

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    From$469

    The Southern States

    A trip to the Southern States allows you to explore the true cultural and historical heart of the US.

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    From$489

    Alaska & Western Canada

    Spectacular wildernesses, stunning scenery and diverse cities that showcase their rich history and culture.

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    From$599

    Mexico

    This lively country's towns and cities cater for culture vultures, party animals and beach-goers.

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    From$649

    New England & Eastern Canada

    Famed for its stunning natural beauty and its unique and modern cities rich in culture and local heritage.

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    Southern Caribbean

    Islands of breathtaking natural beauty that are rich in character and offer many spectacular sights.

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    Costa Rica, Nicaragua & Panama

    Discover Central America's rich biodiversity, spectacular landscapes and laidback cities rich in character.

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    From$999

    Northern Europe & Scandinavia

    See the spectacular Northern Lights, explore breathtaking fjords and wander through vast, vibrant cities.

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    Western Europe

    Discover a wealth of fascinating places with some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities and iconic sights.

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    The Mediterranean & Greece

    Soak up the sun as you explore many world-famous historical sites and culturally important cities.

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    From$1,299

    Australia & New Zealand

    Diverse countries of breathtaking beauty and lively character, with many iconic attractions.

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