Holland America: The Best in European Cruises


With 6 ships dedicated solely to exploring Europe, Holland America offers extraordinary European cruises. Holland America first began offering European cruises in 1873, when it was officially founded in Rotterdam, Holland. As of 2009, they had 166 ports in various European cities, including 15 maiden ports.

Holland America offers numerous European cruises for European tourists as well as tourists from abroad. Although Holland America travels the entire globe, their extensive, award-winning career began in Europe and that is where they put their primary focus. With 34 ports in Europe alone, one can go on single city or broad area European cruises.

European cruises can be as short as a 7 day tour of a small section of Europe, upwards to 20 day cruises covering all of Northern Europe, Baltic Regions, and the Mediterranean, just to name a few. They even offer “Voyager Collection” European cruises that rarely, if ever, make a repeat stop at a single port, for tourists who enjoy ‘collecting’ locations.

Holland America’s six ships that are dedicated to Europe are the ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam, ms Prinsendam, ms Noordam, ms Westerdam, ms Nieuv Amsterdam. Each of these stunning ships has exquisite interiors which include Signature shops, the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, and numerous restaurants serving European cuisine.

Thinking about touring Europe, but have no idea as to where you would begin, or what you should go see out of the vast numbers of museums, ancient cathedrals and castles, archeological finds, or just the most famous locations that pop into mind? Planning a European vacation on your own can be difficult and outright stressful. How could you ever narrow down the number of things you want to see into a select time frame?

European cruises just may be the thing for you. Holland America as well as other European cruise lines offer a wide variety of culture, cuisine and locations. With European cruises you have the option to stick to the recommended itinerary when in port or you can have the freedom to wonder about the area on your own. Just be sure to make it back to the ship in time!

Holland America is now based in Seattle, Washington although they were formed in Rotterdam, Holland. Their first ship, known as a flagship, was named after the city in which it was built and took its maiden voyage from. The SS Rotterdam traveled at 10 knots, could cater to 395 passengers and was built in 1872. The newest of the Holland America ships offering European cruises in the ms Nieuv Amsterdam which can host more than 4,000 passengers.