Welcome to Holland America Line, recognised for nearly 150 years as the leader in premium cruising.

Holland America Line guests are endlessly curious, looking to go beyond typical tourist experiences. They’re not looking for things like waterslides, go-karts, rollercoasters or climbing walls when they cruise.

They are explorers who appreciate the one-of-a-kind experiences curated by the experts who manage the exclusive Explorations Central™ destination immersion programming, with local cultural insights, insider travel tips, and unique shore excursions for an authentic experience in each destination. They are foodies who want unrivalled experiences in food, wine and spirits, and enjoy the award-winning dining influenced by the Culinary Council® of seven world-renowned celebrity chefs. They’re music lovers who appreciate the best in live music – exclusively on board at Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room, and more.

And they want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships that combine classic design with contemporary elegance – all with service that attends to every detail, every day.

"...go beyond typical tourist experiences."

Holland America Line

What started as shipping and passenger line Netherlands-American Steamship Company in 1873, is today an award-winning premium cruise line taking guests to more than 400 ports around the world, sailing on all seven continents. Within 25 years of its founding, the company owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships and operated between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, over time the company became known as Holland America Line.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 the company offered its first vacation cruise. The line was primarily a carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States until well after the turn of the century, bringing nearly one million people to new lives in the New World. It supported the Allied cause during two world wars and several ships served as troop carriers. In 1973, the company sold its cargo shipping division. Today, the premium cruise leader operates 11 ships sailing to all seven continents.

Throughout its history Holland America Line has carried more than 18 million passengers to vacation destinations across the globe.