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Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amersterdam offers plenty of onboard amenities, entertainment, and dining options for a vessel that holds only 2100 passengers. This Signature Class vessel was the first to resume cruising for the brand. So, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sail on a Holland America Line Alaska cruise this summer.

As our first time sailing with the cruise line, we set out to discover how the ship fared compared to other cruise lines. In this signature Holland America Line Alaska cruise review, we rate the cruise ship on several areas.

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——Holland America Line Alaska Cruise Review 2021—–
0:00 Introduction
0:50 Casual Dining
2:05 Main Dining
3:28 Specialty Dining
5:15 Pool Deck
6:45 Sports Deck
7:30 Service
8:45 Bars and Lounges
9:41 Entertainment
11:50 Stateroom
14:00 Embarkation
15:10 Itinerary

——Holland America Line Cruise Review 2021—–
First, embarkation and disembarkation were similar to our previous cruises since the restart. Despite additional safety measures and verification of COVID vaccination and test results, this process was very smooth.

Similarly, the service on Holland America Line was always friendly and attentive. Given this was the 5th Alaska cruise for the brand since restart, the crew had seemingly worked out all the kinks already.

When it comes to the amenities on the ship, Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam features 2 pools. Only one of these pools, the aft-located Sea View pool, is an outdoor pool. The midship covered pool, the Lido pool, felt more like a typical cruise ship solarium. While the setup is fine in Alaska, we can imagine the aft deck would get very crowded in warmer regions like the Caribbean.

In our Holland America Alaska cruise review, we detail how the cruise line shined with its culinary options. In terms of casual dining, there is the Lido Market cruise ship buffet, a pizza window, and the Dive-In pool grill. We really enjoyed the offerings at the buffet, and the pool grill also ranks as one of our best burger joints at sea.

Further, Holland America Cruise Line delivered an exceptional specialty dining experience. We enjoyed the cruise ship’s steakhouse Pinnacle Grill, the Asian-inspired Taramind, and the Italian Canaletto. Each menu offered delicious 3-course meals. We even give the seafood options at Rudi’s Sel de Mer two thumbs up!

In terms of entertainment, this cruise ship offered diverse and intimate venues to enjoy live music. The B.B. King’s Blues Club featured a fabulous band with two lead vocals. This venue also hosted comedy shows.

Billboard Onboard was your piano bar at sea. With a line-up of specialty cocktails and a dynamic piano duo, this venue was often standing room only. The Lincoln Center Stage also offered live music from a 4-piece orchestra.

Finally, the Holland America Line Cruise Mainstage is the ship’s main theater. The theater had shows most evenings including 3 productions from the Step One Dance Company. The first show, Humanity, was by far our favorite. This performance integrated dance, lighting effects, and upbeat music for an unforgettable show.

Even our cabin surprised us. While the main area of the stateroom was on par with other cruise lines, the bathroom was bigger with a full tub. The balcony was also bigger which came in handy while admiring the Alaskan scenery.

Not knowing what to expect, this Holland America Line Alaska Cruise review impressed us on several fronts. With tasteful dining options, a variety of talented live music and nightly entertainment, and just the right amount of onboard enrichment, it was an ideal cruise ship to sail to Alaska.

——Read our Holland America Line Alaska Review on the Blog ——

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