Fodor’s Expert Review
The second Signature-class ship, Nieuw Amsterdam launched in 2010, and celebrates the history of New York City with its Big Apple–inspired interior decor and art collection. Following Holland America Line’s tradition of recycling ship names, she is the fourth ship in the line with this name. Read More
Signature-class vessels were so named because they are the first ships in the fleet to be launched fully integrated with all the so-called Signature of Excellence features. Larger than the other midsize ships in the fleet, they are pure Holland America, with all the traditional amenities and services plus some added bonuses. You’ll find familiar public spaces as well as a second specialty restaurant and adjacent lounge, a new bar that anchors the Explorer’s Lounge, and an Italian eatery tucked into a corner of the Lido.
No-smoking Spa staterooms near the Greenhouse Spa feature Asian-inspired decor and spa amenities. Poolside are private, draped cabanas, and one deck up the tented Retreat cabanas are filled with amenities that include the use of handheld fans, an Evian spray mister, iPods with music preloaded, chilled water, special refreshments, and afternoon champagne. Cabanas are reserved by the day or by the cruise (for an extra fee).
Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet’s multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the ships’ names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland’s rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.
Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families onboard, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.
- 11 passenger decks
- 3 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, pizzeria
- Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, DVD
- 2 pools
- fitness classes, gym, hot tubs, spa
- 11 bars, casino, 2 dance clubs, library, showroom, video game room
- children’s programs
- dry cleaning, laundry service
- Internet terminal
- no-smoking cabins