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  • hi I'm Gary Bembridge of Tips for Travellers. In this video I'm going to

  • tell you the six things that I believe you absolutely need to know about Holland

  • America line before you cruise with them. First of all who is Holland America Line

  • best suited for? It does tend to have a reputation for attracting a slightly

  • older Cruiser, and that's partly because it has a very traditional cruising

  • experience. So if you're looking for a fairly traditional cruise, and onboard

  • you're not looking for ice rinks, bowling rinks and climbing walls - but you're just

  • looking more for bar, lounges, some enrichment, entertainment, cooking

  • classes and a fairly traditional approach to dining then Holland America is a

  • great line for you. Most cruisers are likely to be in their 50s 60s

  • and above. Saying that there are a lot of families who go on Holland America,

  • particularly in the summer vacations. They are very used to catering for solo

  • travelers. They're also used to taking on people who might be in a wheelchair, so

  • they have accessible cabins and they have tours which are wheelchair friendly.

  • You're going to find on board most of the people are likely to be American, and

  • you'll find the whole on-board experience is US focused, but certainly if you're

  • looking for a traditional cruising experience Holland America is a great

  • line for you. The second thing you need to understand about Holland America

  • is their fare. What does it include and importantly, of course, what does it

  • exclude? First of all, of course, it includes your accommodation. So whether

  • you've booked an inside cabin through to a suite. Second thing it includes is

  • meals. Breakfast, lunch or dinner can either be taken in the main dining room

  • or it can be taken in one of the other complimentary venues - such as the Lido

  • market or the pizza place or the burger place. In the dining room in the

  • afternoons they have afternoon tea, which is included within the fair. The other

  • thing that's included, when it comes to drinks, are the following: regular tea,

  • regular coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, iced tea and of course water. You also

  • get access to basically all of the facilities with one key exception - which

  • are the Cabanas which are an area you pay to have access. If you have kids

  • then access to the kids club is also free. So between the ages of 3 and 17

  • they have Club HAL. Entertainment is also included in the fare, and there's a

  • couple of things that I really wanted to draw your attention to on Holland

  • America. One of the big innovations and things that are

  • rolling across the fleet is what's known as the Music Walk. Four different and

  • varied venues. First of these is known as Lincoln Center Stage. This is a

  • partnership with the Lincoln Center, which is one of the world's leading

  • centers for Performing Arts. Here you have classical concerts and

  • various recitals. A little bit further along is BB Kings

  • Blues Club. You have the BB King's all-stars band and every single night

  • they have a number of shows. The third one, and probably the most popular, is

  • Billboard Onboard. Here you have two pianists and singers facing each other

  • and each evening they do a series of shows around different themes. Then, of

  • course, you have what's known as the Mainstage. This is the big theater where they

  • hold the production shows and have guests entertainers and during the day they

  • may have some enrichment lectures here. The other really important things

  • that I wanted to note that are included within the fare is you have Digital

  • Workshops, which are on partnership with Windows Microsoft. Also a partnership

  • with America's Test Kitchen where you have cooking demonstrations and

  • displays right throughout the cruise. They also have a partnership with O

  • magazine, so the Oprah Winfrey magazine, where they have various wellness

  • activities like meditation and the book club. They also have a partnership with BBC

  • Earth, so they'll have lots of activities and programs or shows featured around

  • the wildlife and the nature. So what's not included within your Holland America

  • fare? The first of these are gratuities. Gratuities at the time of recording

  • are $13.50 per person if you're in a balcony or inside cavern and if you're in

  • a suite that goes up to $15 per person per day. 15% will be added to all

  • drinks and 15% will be added to any treatments that you have

  • within the spa, and also in the casino if you want to tip you need to tip

  • separately. The second cost are drinks. Alcoholic beverages and specialty teas

  • and coffees are not included in your fare. Now what's important to know is you

  • can bring basically one bottle of wine on board, and there's no charge if

  • you drink it within your cabin. When you come back from excursions if you do

  • bring on board any alcohol it's taken from you and it's kept to one side until

  • the end of the cruise. There's a whole range of drinks

  • packages available and they range from very simple soft drinks packages right

  • through to ultimate drinks packages. The third thing that's not included in your

  • fare is excursions. You can either book with Holland America Line and go on their

  • tours which they do guarantee then if there's any problems and they're running

  • late the ship will wait for you. There are independent providers who will sell

  • similar tours but they don't have that guarantee. You then of course you could

  • use things, which I often like to do, in some ports which is hop-on hop-off buses

  • because they often call it the port where the Holland America ship is

  • calling. Although a lot of dining is included within the fare, there are a

  • number of specialty dining options and depending on the ship they vary

  • slightly. The ones that you should be aware of is Pinnacle Grill, this is

  • their steak and seafood restaurant it's something that Holland America are very

  • proud of, and you pay at the time of recording $35 per person to dine in

  • there. One of my favorites, which is on many of the ships, is Tamarind. This is an

  • Asian fusion restaurant and you pay $25 per person at the time of recording to

  • go. There's also an Italian option which is called Canaletto

  • you pay $15 to go to Canaletto. Rudy's Sal De Mar option is held about

  • once every seven days on a cruise within the Pinnacle Grill, and this is a

  • big seafood fest and that costs around about $45 per person.

  • The third critical thing you need to know is the dress code. Basically they

  • have, in the evenings anyway, a smart casual approach - which means that

  • actually jeans (as long as they're not ripped and torn) are actually fine in the

  • main dining room and even you can get away with t-shirts. Shorts and tank tops are

  • not allowed in the dining restaurants at all in the evening. Roughly two

  • nights out of every seven on a cruise are Gala Nights, where they do ask people

  • to dress up a little bit more. So what I often do is just take some

  • smart trousers and some long sleeve button-up shirts. Some people do

  • like to wear jackets. Some people like to dress up even more. So for ladies what

  • ladies would wear is dress as similar to what you might find at a sort of daytime

  • wedding - so quite dressy but not massively dressy. On Gala nights you can

  • wear jeans in the casual dining restaurant. So the dress code is smart

  • without being very formal and so you shouldn't worry if you don't like

  • particularly dressing up a lot. Holland America have relooked

  • extensively the way that they deal with excursions and they've created a new

  • umbrella which is called Explorations Central. They have taken over the crow's

  • nest and converted it to what's known as EXC Central. You have the tour desk there,

  • then you have the EXC guides (which are the staff that man the desk that help

  • you understand the destination and give you tips if you want a self explore). You

  • have some interactive tables where you can find out more about the ports and

  • what's going on. You'll find leaflets about the different excursions and

  • attractions. You'll also find there's various books

  • about the destinations. You have EXC Talks which are about the destination or

  • the history of the destination. You also have EXC Encounters where they'll often

  • bring local entertainers or craftsmen on board so you get as some immersion into

  • the port that you're calling on. Then on the television there's an EXC Channel

  • which will have highlights of the different ports on or

  • documentaries linked to the destination or area that you're traveling through. So

  • if you've booked a cruise on Holland America's two critical things that I

  • recommend you do before you go. Log in to on the website and the cruise

  • personalizer. You can download your luggage tags, you can download your

  • documents that you need to check in -but very importantly you can start to book

  • things like your drinks packages, spa treatments, all your excursions and you

  • can also book your speciality dining. The second thing I'd recommend you do is go

  • to Cruise Critic and look for the roll call for Holland America and look for

  • your cruise and find out if there's going to be a Cruise Critic Meet and

  • Mingle held on board, as that's a great way at the beginning of

  • the cruise and there's normally free drinks and free snacks and it's a chance to

  • meet other people. Now my sixth tip is how do you make the most of your time on

  • board? The one tip that I would have that will really help you maximize your time

  • on board is the app, which is called the Holland American Navigator app. It's

  • completely free to use. It does work through Wi-Fi but you're not going to pay

  • any Wi-Fi charges. On this you can do a number of things. It has the daily

  • program and the great thing about that is you can create your own personal daily

  • program by selecting the items you want, and it'll just show your daily program for

  • the day. It also lets you book excursions. It also

  • lets you book some of your dining options (your specialty dining options).

  • Another great feature is you can also look at your account balance, you don't

  • go to the front desk, and you can keep a track day by day of what you're spending. If

  • you plan to travel on Holland America I hope these tips have really helped you.

  • As I mentioned it's a traditional cruising experience, it's a premium

  • experience. I think the ships and the decor are beautiful and I like its link

  • back to its old maritime heritage. If you enjoyed this video I'd love it if

  • you watched many more of my videos because you'll get much more travel

  • inspiration, advice and tips.

hi I'm Gary Bembridge of Tips for Travellers. In this video I'm going to

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