Holland America Cruises Review

According to Holland America reviews on sites like Cruise Critic, this line is known for its good food, quality entertainment, and comfortable cabins. It's a luxury cruise line -- one of the highest ranked among affluent travelers, based on Holland America ratings from a Conde Nast Traveler survey -- and occasionally offers shoulder-season bargains. For instance, you can cruise Alaska at budget rates (starting at $599 for week-long trips) in May or September right after the ship has arrived in the region or right before it's set to leave for warmer climes. (Just pack for colder weather.)

Holland America has more than a dozen ships in its fleet, cruising destinations such as Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, South Africa, and even the Antarctic.

One thing that helps set this premium cruise line apart from the rest (and helps justify the higher price tag) is its environmental efforts. Each ship has an environmental officer on-board overseeing things such as recycling, purifying waste water, the use of eco-friendly cleaning products, and the donation of unneeded beds, furniture, electronics, linens, and individual-sized toiletries to various charities.

Emily Lugg

Emily Lugg is a freelance writer and writing tutor in the Writing Center at Ohio Wesleyan University. Always looking for the best investment for her family at the cheapest price, Emily uses research and consumer reviews as her sharpest tools for the savviest shopping.

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