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Holland America Cruise Line

Main Attractions: The Holland America fleet of ships are among the most spacious at sea having been designed to carry fewer guests than other ships in their class. While not available on all ships, some of the main attractions are the $2 million plus collection of artwork and antiques, two outdoor swimming pools, the Opulent Greenhouse Spa and Salon, Piano Bar, Casino and Sports Cafe and Internet “hotspots” for laptop Internet connectivity.

Ballroom Dance Facilities: There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Holland America “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises which are sailing in 2013 and early 2014.  The cruises will feature events including dance lessons, a chance to meet the dancers, take photos, and a dazzling production starring the celebrities and famed dance pros.   According to their press release, the experience will be made complete with glamorous costumes and routines from the TV show performed on stage.

In 2014, the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises will be on board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Seven-day voyages include an Eastern Caribbean cruise on January 5 and a Western Caribbean cruise on January 12.

Ballroom Dance Lessons:  Holland America now offers their guests chance to learn the basics or new  ballroom steps. These are complimentary dance classes are based on dance routines from the ABC smash hit show: “Dancing with the Stars.”   Guests good enough and brave enough can also compete in the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea competition.   Similar to the TV show, there is an early elimination process and  the finalists will have the opportunity to take to the main stage with Holland America Line professional dancers.  One Cruise Champion will emerge, based on the highest combined point total from their panel of three judges as well as audience participation.

Enrichment and Personal Growth Programs: There is a Culinary Arts Center with a state of the art demonstration kitchen for gourmet presentations and cooking classes, Explorations Speaker Series on cruises 10 days or longer and great shore excursions, Other activities include yoga, pilates, weight training and gaming lessons

Accommodations. Known as an Elite Fleet of ships, the staterooms on the Holland America Ships are graciously decorated and loaded with amenities including elegant bathrobes, luxurious beds, no-host mini-bar service, flat screen televisions and DVD players. The Penthouse Veranda Suites are magnificent and include premium duvets, oversize bath towels and soft cotton bathrobes, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, appetizers are served before dinner just to name a few.

Dining: Expect a truly memorable dining experience on Holland America ships where the main dining area is graced with Rosenthal china and crisp white table linens. There is a choice of 4 dinner seatings where executive chefs serve up a 5 course menu each evening. Other dining options are the Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Terrace Grill on deck, Explorations Cafe or complimentary in-room dining. Don’t miss the hand-dipped chocolates in the Explorer’s Lounge.

Main Daytime Attractions:There is an Exploration Cafe with more than 2,000 books, music listening stations and internet, a Culinary Arts Center presented by Food and Wine magazine, Beauty salon, duty-free shopping, two outdoor swimming pools, two-tired show lounge and Greenhouse Spa and Salon.

View of Hubbard Glacier from Cruise Ship

Main Evening Activities: The Holland America Cruise ships definitely come alive at night and have been voted “Best On-board Entertainment” by the Onboard Services Magazine. You’ll enjoy lavish Las Vegas style production shows, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts, Casino, gaming, movies, Piano Bar, Two-tired Show Lounge, Two-tired dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Extensive wine cellar, Crow’s Nest Nightclub and a late night Disco. .