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We Tested Holland America Line to See If The Critics Are Right.

In the past year, we have been on four @Holland America Line cruises. During these trips, we have received several questions and comments about the cruise line. In particular, we have numerous queries about the passenger makeup. Well, we set the story straight about whether Holland America Line is really just for old people!

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—IS HOLLAND AMERICA LINE JUST FOR OLD PEOPLE?—
0:00 Introduction
0:35 Onboard Entertainment
2:30 Variety of Dining Options
6:20 Live Music and Nightlife
8:02 Overall Atmosphere

—WERE WE TOO YOUNG FOR HOLLAND AMERICA?—
If you are looking for the cruise line to be your destination, you would probably be better suited for a Royal Caribbean or Carnival ship. However, if you are looking for the cruise ship to be your vessel to explore new and exciting ports of call, Holland America Line delivers.

When it comes to the other cruisers onboard, we will admit, the population may skew a tad older than some other contemporary cruise lines. Yes, there are many fellow Mariners of retirement age, but Holland America Line isn’t just for old people.

We think the cruise line is a great option for many types of travelers of all ages. If you are a cruiser who enjoys global cuisine, live music, and a diversity in entertainment, we suggest you give HAL a try, especially one of the cruise line’s newer Pinnacle Class ships.

The décor and furnishings are comfortable yet sophisticated with subtle nods to the cruise line’s Dutch heritage. You will still find all the staples you have come to know and love about cruising. Yet, similar to luxury cruise lines, HAL doesn’t overwhelm cruisers with over the top onboard amenities and attractions.

—DINING ON HOLLAND AMERICA—
If you are a foodie, Holland America might be for you. Holland America Line offers a variety of dining options on its cruise ships that are included in the cruise fare. Surprisingly, the line delivers some of the best cuisine at sea.

On the Lido deck, you can find some of the best burgers and hot dogs at the Dive-In. While we are not typically fans of buffets, we do enjoy the Lido Market. In our experiences, the food quality and selection here is a top notch, edging out the competition.

While an up-charge, the specialty restaurants on Holland America Line are superb as well. They are reasonably priced and offer an upgrade from the main dining room. Perhaps our favorite of the specialty venues is Tamarind.

—ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHTLIFE ON HOLLAND AMERICA—
If you are a fan of main theater entertainment, and want something a bit different than a typical cruise ship show, Holland America Line will not let you down.

Holland America Line offers a nightly show in the main theater. True, these are not Broadway caliber productions like Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Line. However, the line does have exclusive partnerships with the Step One Dance Company and BBC Earth to offer engaging and unique shows.

While Holland America Line offers exquisite dining and unique productions shows, it doesn’t stop there. There are several bars and lounges with signature menus and plenty of live music to keep cruisers of all ages entertained.

Our favorite music venue found on the newer Pinnacle Class ships is the Rolling Stone Rock Room. This is perhaps one of the best rock stages at sea. However, there is also B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, and Lincoln Center Stage to suit all musical tastes.

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What’s Included on HAL: https://youtu.be/OtGOq2FDihk
Holland America Rotterdam Ship Tour: https://youtu.be/5BglTU7FR4E
Holland America Rotterdam Video Review: https://youtu.be/UEVmyV1GPHs
Holland America Alaska Cruise: https://youtu.be/tr1iEe5ntnY
Holland America Canada and New England Cruise: https://youtu.be/eH-cuzLeQSY

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