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Holland America - Club HAL®

Holland America offers families a year-round program called Club HAL® with counselors and age-specific activities for three age groups:

  • 5-8 years of age
  • 9-12 years of age
  • 13-17 years of age

HAL also offers Just for Kids adventure and learning shore excursions while in port.

While the largest facilities can be found on Maasdam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, and Westerdam, kids will be fully-entertained on all ships in Holland America's fleet.

Age-Specific Programs

All children are treated to pizza and cocktail parties, ship tours, special menus, activities rooms with video games, and wading pools.

Children under five years of age are welcome to participate in the program, provided an adult accompanies them.

Children aged 5-8 years can participate in:

  • storytelling
  • candy bar bingo games
  • arts and crafts
  • charades
  • and ice cream parties

The 9-12 year age group is entertained with:

  • golf putting lessons
  • dance lessons
  • deck sports
  • scavenger hunts
  • ping-pong
  • and karaoke.

Teenagers have:

  • a teen disco
  • dance lessons
  • arcade games
  • sports
  • card games
  • and trivia contests

Holland America has an open door policy, which means participants may come and go as they please. All activities are supervised. The Club HAL Director is not responsible for any child if he/she chooses to leave the activity

In Port Activities

Just For Kids offers supervised shore excursions for kids while in port.

While in port on Holland America's private island Half Moon Cay, kids can join a real island treasure hunt while teens participate in their own beach party and volleyball game.


In-stateroom babysitting is available on a request basis. Requests must be made 24 hours in advance and the charge is $7/hour for the first child and $5/hour for additional children from the same family.

Children Under 21

Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone who is at least 25 years old.

One adult chaperone is required for every five people under the age of 21. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to guests under age 21.

Due to limited medical facilities on the ships, Holland America will not accept reservations for infants 12 weeks or younger.

Minors under age 18 traveling to certain foreign countries must be accompanied by both parents or have a notarized letter of consent signed by the parent(s) not traveling.

If the other parent is deceased or the child has only one legal parent, a notarized statement must be obtained as proof.

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Did You Know?.

CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.

Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)

Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence

Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together

Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing

Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents

Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment

Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities

Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment

Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers