Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines
No. 8 Holland America Line
Once a transporter of immigrants to the New World and a commercial freight line, Holland America has a long tradition of European cruising and maintains 15 elegant ships (Art Deco pieces; maritime drawings) with suites that open onto wraparound decks. A growing culinary program includes Le Cirque Nights—an onboard re-creation of the legendary New York restaurant, complete with the signature orange china and the tender côte de boeuf.
What’s New: This year, Holland America is returning down under with 10- to 34-day itineraries that will visit the remote Ribbon Reef and the deserts of the Far North.
Number of Ships: 15.
Destinations: Holland America was one of the first lines to sail to Alaska and still maintains a significant presence there. Europe and the Caribbean are the line’s other top-selling destinations, but the Panama Canal and Australia are not far behind.