Every month we’ll take a cruise line and look at the history, the fleet and its people to find out what really makes its cruises worthwhile. This month, we’re looking at the Holland America Line, which has been providing worldwide cruises since 1873.

Founded in 1873, the Holland America Line proudly celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2013, and has carried more than 11 million passengers to holiday destinations all over the globe. The line visits all seven continents, and boasts a strong reputation for the finest quality worldwide cruises operating today.

A Brief History of Holland America Line

The Holland America Line was founded as a steamship company providing a connection between the Netherlands and the Americas. The company’s first liner sailed from Rotterdam to New York in October 1872 and it quickly became a large player in the relocation of immigrants to the US from Europe. The line offered its first holiday cruise to customers in 1895.

In 1971, Holland America Line began to concentrate on worldwide cruise holidays, and now belongs to the one of the largest cruise companies in the world. Top itineraries covered by the 15-strong fleet of ships include Antarctica, Grand World Voyages and the Caribbean.

Cruises with Holland America Line

Today, the Holland America Line pride themselves on offering excellent quality and true luxury, with five-star dining, award-winning service and elegant accommodation throughout the ships.

Entertainment, shopping and activities are varied and exciting: on-board music and dancing, bars and restaurants make for lively evenings and delectable dining, while the gym and spa facilities ensure that you can work out or simply relax with a massage. And it’s not solely aimed at adults: Club HAL provides childcare for children aged 3-12, offering supervised activities along with specially-tailored areas for teenagers to hang out.

Where can you go?

Off the ship, location-based trips lead by local experts allow you to fully immerse yourself in your cruise destinations. The 90-night passage to the Far East, for example, traverses oceans through Lisbon and Spain, the Middle East and out to Sri Lanka, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Java, Singapore and India. On arrival in these ports you can visit historic sites like Mumbai’s Western monuments, the night markets of Bugis Village in Singapore and Barcelona’s famed Gothic Quarter. There are also South America and Antarctica cruises, along with Hawaii and global options, plus plenty more.

If the Holland America Line sounds like the perfect elite cruising company for you, why not explore their phenomenal itineraries by clicking here for 2014 or 2015?

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