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48 hours on a Holland America Line cruise

20th September 2019

Where every voyage on the fleet’s 15 mid-sized ships guide guests towards culinary enlightenment, every Holland America Line itinerary is a cut above the rest. Whether you’re a discerning gourmand or simply love life’s more delicious pleasures, here’s how you can savour the journey in a 48-hour window on a Holland America Line cruise. 


Day 1

3pm - Set sail with a tipple  

Settle into your stately suite, breathing in the expansive views and the possibilities of the days to come. Orient yourself with the ship, before ordering a drink to enjoy as you set off towards your first destination.

6pm - The Dining Room
The scene is set at The Dining Room where unforgettable meals are served day and night. The six renowned chefs of the Culinary Council chart exciting multi-course menus in the evening that transcend the status quo.

8.30pm - The best in Live Music
Evenings on board are all about live music, and only Holland America Line gives you so many irresistible sounds to choose from. Memorable performances from world-class musicians fill your journey with an unforgettable rhythm all its own. Spend your time in one place or enjoy several venues over the course of the night including BB King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage or Billboard Onboard.


Day 2

10am – Rise & dine

The Lido Market is a modern marketplace place serving a bounty of delicious options. Eat in or grab and go, from freshly baked pastries to home-style favourites. Or, you could always dine in the comfort of your suite with 24-hour room service.

11am – A cooking class at America’s Test Kitchen
Continue your edible education at America’s Test Kitchen, HAL’s series of cooking shows and hands-on classes. Master the fundamentals of food as you develop the taste for perfection with some of the best chefs at sea.

12.30pm – A date with Oprah
The television icon is the ‘godmother’ of Holland America Line and her tastemaker style is evident across the ships. From meditation classes to shopping pursuits, you can channel your inner Oprah at sea, inspired by O, The Oprah Magazine.

1.30pm – Lunchtime grazing
HAL ships have myriad included dining options to choose from. Dive-In is the ideal spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea. Try The Lido Market for a sandwich or slice of quiche, or enjoy a slice of pizza, afternoon high tea or a light bite at The Dining Room.

5pm Cocktail hour
There’s much to love about HAL’s liquid libations, even before you peruse the cocktail menus. Relaxed yet stylish, Ocean Bar draws the crowds by shaking up a fun cocktail menu.

7.30pm – Dinner at Canaletto
The inspiration behind HAL’s signature Italian restaurant is the celebration of food with loved ones. Canaletto serves tantalising Italian classics like beef carpaccio and veal saltimbocca alongside house-made pasta. Bookings are essential for this premium restaurant.


Day 3

7am - Up & at ‘em

Tip the scales back in balance with a session at the Fitness Centre. Take advantage of the latest cardio equipment, enjoy a dip in the pool or work up a sweat at your own pace.

12.30pm – Blend your own wine
Why wait to swirl and sip on land when you can enjoy an elevated winery experience at sea? HAL’s signature BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle offers wine lovers an opportunity to blend their own drop from single-vineyard reds to enjoy with dinner, in the comfort of your suite or to take home as the ultimate souvenir.

2pm – Greenhouse Bar & Salon
Pampering is the order of the day and the heavenly retreat of Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers services such as facials, massages and traditional spa rituals to relax your mind, body and wellbeing.


Experience an unforgettable cruise experience on Holland America Line by contacting your local Travel Associates advisor today.