If you are considering a cruise this summer, choosing a cruise line is one of the most important decision you have to make, equally as important as deciding your destination. I took a cruise on Holland America Cruise Line last summer. There were many things I enjoyed about the cruise, to many to mention, but the top 3 things I love about this cruise line might help make your decision easier when it comes time to decide.
Bring Wine On Board
Holland America Cruise Line lets you bring 3 bottles of wine on board with you. This is different than most cruise lines that force you to purchase their wine at inflated prices. Holland America will provide you a wine bottle opener and a wine chiller for your room. If you want to bring a bottle of wine to dinner there is an uncorking fee. We did not take any wine to dinner but did enjoy wine before dinner and when we returned to our room for the evening. This is a great option to help keep your cruise on budget. The cruise line offered many choices of wine, most were grocery store labels that were marked up. Bringing 3 bottles of wine on board is a great option to enjoy a cocktail before dinner without spending a fortune.
Compared to other cruise lines, Holland America Cruise Line offers a many rooms with verandas. Most cruise lines have fewer rooms with balconies making them much more expensive and more difficult to get. Because there were so many veranda rooms to choose from, we were able to obtain a room with a veranda and enjoy the sights from the privacy of our balcony at a minimal cost. It made our state room seem much bigger, and allowed us to relax in private. The veranda gave us options. We were able to enjoy the night air, look at the stars, work on our tan, and enjoy our vacation in private when we wanted to, when we wanted to be around people, we were able to join them on the Lido deck.
Our ship, the Westerdam, held 1800 guests. This is a much smaller ship than others that are available, some ships host up to 6000 guests on one cruise. Because we had a smaller ship, we did not feel crowded, nor did we feel like we were on board a floating city. The ship had 3 pools, 3 restaurants, several bars, a casino, a spa and all the amenities of a larger ship, but we were able to recognize people, establish friendships, and feel like more of a community. Being on a smaller ship did not leave us feeling like we were missing out on anything and it wasn’t to big to get around. We also didn’t feel like we were cruising with a bunch of strangers after the first day. With a ship this size, we enjoyed a floating hotel atmosphere, instead of a floating city. The ship was small enough that we became acclimated almost immediately, instead of wandering around spaces that we were not familiar with.
Cruise lines offer many options to choose from; we preferred Holland America Cruise Lines because the options they offered made it the vacation to remember. We did not feel crowded, lost or like we were wasting money. Bon Voyage!