7 reasons to consider a Holland America Line cruise


So you're not ready to take the leap to a top luxury cruise line, and you're style and tastes maybe warrant something other than the mega-size mainstream cruise lines. Maybe you're looking for cruises for families because you're taking the kids along. Which cruise line to book? Sounds like a premium cruise line like Holland America Line may be your ticket.  Here's 7 reasons why -- and perhaps you'll have your own to add:

1. Holland America is one of the top rated cruise lines because it's ships are mid-size -- neither too large nor too small. That means they're not so large you feel lost onboard, and not too small you feel there's not enough to do or space to move around in.
2. Many of the large cruise lines with Caribbean cruises offer their own private island experience. Holland America's private island, Half Moon Cay, is rated one of the best, with its 700-acre lagoon, 15 beachfront air-conditioned cabanas, and variety of island excursions. (Did we mention the 15 beachfront air-conditioned cabanas?)
3. Holland America has some of the best itineraries among the larger cruise lines, including Alaska cruises and to Canada & New England. In 2012 Holland America will have seven ships in Alaska.
4. Among the nine awards Holland America received from Porthole magazine recently, one was for best shore excursions. For the best family cruise, Holland America is a good choice. For example, in Alaska the line operates exclusive excursions for children (sans parents) instead of just keeping them onboard, allowing parents and kids to both have their shore side experiences tailored to their interests.
6. Holland's alternative dining venues on its newest ships, including Pinnacle, Asian-themed Tamarind and Canaletto, for Italian cuisine, offer a diverse and quality dining experience that supplements the fine dining experience in the main dining room.
7. Cooking is all the rage, and the hands-on Culinary Arts Center onboard makes for fun experiences while the ship is at sea.

For these and other reasons, Holland America Line is one of the top rated premium cruise lines, and a popular choice of customers using our cruise agency. For assistance, contact one of our cruise experts.   What's your take on Holland America?