Main Dining Room - Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Nieuw Statendam is Holland America Line’s second Pinnacle-class ship, similar to its sister, Koningsdam, but with a few modifications. Built in Venice, launched in December 2018 and named in February 2019 by godmother Oprah Winfrey, the 2,666-passenger ship is aimed, the line claims, at ‘modern explorers, food lovers and music lovers’. This sums it up...

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Pumpkins on Halloween Face paint, silent discos and fancy dress. Halloween on-board a cruise ship is a frightfully-fun place to be! If you're planning on setting sail towards the end of October, don't be alarmed if you see spooky goings-on during your time on-board. Whether you're planning to get involved or not, it helps to see what trick-or-treats...

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Norwegian Epic - Studio Stateroom Solo travel is popular amongst cruising passengers, with more ships now offering single cabins than ever before! Seeking out destinations and adventuring along may sound a little daunting, but with such an array of cruise lines now offering exclusive benefits just for solo travellers, it can be hard to say no. Cruise & Maritime Voyages...

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Bringing your own alcohol on a cruise There are plenty of reasons why guests would want to bring their own alcohol aboard when setting sail on a cruise holiday. Whether they don’t trust their cruise line to provide their favourite tipple on-board, or they happen to find the perfect bottle of red whilst ashore in their favourite wine region and feel compelled...

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A woman jumping into the bright blue Caribbean sea during a solo cruise More cruise lines than ever are focussing on solo cruises. More and more companies are waiving single supplements while others are increasing the number of cabins available for those choosing to sail on their own. Cruise ships certainly offer a safe haven, with pastimes for lone voyagers of all ages. If you take a cruise...

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The bedroom of an elegant suite on-board Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam In cruise ship terms, Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam is getting on a bit. Launched in 2003 as the first in the line’s Vista-class ships, it is also reasonably small at 1,964 passengers when compared with today’s industry average of around 3,000-plus among mainstream lines.  However, in common with all Holland America Line ships, the...

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Opulent Main Dining room on-board the Koningsdam cruise ship Launched in 2016, Koningsdam is the first of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships and is a vessel ahead of the curve. As the largest ship ever built for Holland America Line, this renowned cruise line’s new flagship is aptly named - ‘Koning’ means ‘king’ in Dutch. As their first new ship in eight years, it...

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Contemporary lounge area on a Holland America Line ship Founded in 1873 under the name Holland-Amerika Lijn, this enterprising company offered a transatlantic passenger service between Rotterdam and New York until 1971, when Holland America abandoned passenger transportation and switched to running cruise ships full time. In 1989 Holland America Line became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. The company’s fleet of 15...

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A cocktail on a table in P&O Cruises' Planet Bar Tipping on cruises can be confusing: some cruise lines charge in dollars, most charge different amounts and some don’t even charge at all. It can seem like a bit of a minefield, but thankfully, we have created a handy guide to how much each cruise line charges for gratuities. Take a look at the chart...

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Cruise line smoking policies

If you’re a smoker, knowing exactly where on-board the ship you can enjoy a cigarette, cigar or puff of the pipe could be an important factor when it comes to choosing which cruise line and ship you travel on. Similarly, if you don’t smoke you may be interested to know which areas of the ship…

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