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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Jun 5, 2014

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Holland America is ideal for people who enjoy a sophisticated and refined environment. For people new to cruising it is worth thinking of Holland America as an alternative to staying in a smart five star hotel.

Holland America has a heritage of 140 years of transporting passengers and tries to retain the traditions of cruising on board. It has a focus on food with fine dining and cooking demonstrations, decor that is subdued with art and maritime artifacts.  The entertainment is classically biased, and most passengers prefer to sit in the piano bar singing popular tunes than disco dancing the night away. There are talks about the history and culture of destinations visited. You will not find water slides, high energy deck games and round-the-clock partying. The dress code is smart.

Despite the line’s Dutch roots, most of the passengers will be American. Though many cruises will have up to 40 or 50 different nationalities on board. English is the language used in announcements and ship publications, although they will cater for other language groups as needed. The entertainment caters for a North American and English speaking sensibility.