The majority of airlines
will carry free, three (3) bags having linear dimensions no greater than
62 inches, 55 inches and 45 inches. The 45 inch bag (length + width +
height) may be carried aboard the aircraft provided the height does not
exceed 7 inches. No bag is to exceed 70 pounds in weight. Bags in excess
of the above free pieces, weight and/or dimensions limitations are
subject to extra charges. IF IN DOUBT ON THE AMOUNT OF LUGGAGE
YOU ARE TRAVELING WITH, CALL YOUR AIRLINE IN ADVANCE!
- Lock your baggage.
- Don't place jewelry, money, medicine,
one of a kind documents or fragile items such as cameras or radios in
International flights have different
allowances for luggage. Check with the air carrier.
If you are using the cruise line's AIR/SEA
PACKAGE, look for their uniformed representative at the airport
baggage claim areas. With most cruise lines you claim your own luggage (so
that you're sure it arrived). Then the line's representatives will assist
you to waiting motor coaches for the transfer to the ships pier.
(Additional details from the cruise line are included with your final
documents. Read these carefully, especially if you're using the cruise
line's hotel package before or after the cruise).
Your LUGGAGE will be delivered
directly to your cabin, but don't expect it right away. It can sometimes
take several hours to reach you, so carry with you anything you'll need
immediately on arrival, e.g. a change of clothes or toiletries. If your
luggage still hasn't shown up by 30 minutes before sailing, contact the
If you're not using the cruise
line's air package with transfers, when you arrive at the pier, Check
your luggage and it will be delivered right to your cabin. If you need
a map of the pier because you are arriving independent of the cruise line
transfer program, let your cruise advisor know and we will include it with
your final documents.
Cruise lines supply baggage tags which you should find in your
documentation wallet. Please fill them out completely and attach one to
each piece of your luggage before you leave home. To expedite the check-in
process, we suggest you write your last name and stateroom number in
large, bold letters on your bag tag.
Important Reminder when Packing
Holland America Line recommends that you use hard-sided luggage and
cautions against the use of garment bags with hanger hooks protruding from
the top. We also strongly suggest that you carry important items such as
perishable items, medicine, liquor, cash, credit or debit cards, jewelry,
gold, silver, or similar valuables, securities, financial instruments,
records or other valuable or business documents, laptop computers,
cellular telephones, cameras, hearing aids or other video or electronic
equipment, binoculars, film, videotape, computer disks, audio disks, tapes
or cds on your person or in your carry-on bag. (Remember that checked
baggage may not be accessible at all times.) Holland America Line assumes
no responsibility for the items listed above. Holland America Line’s
baggage policy is further detailed in the baggage section of your Cruise
IMPORTANT: Do not pack your passport, medications, cruise documents
or airline tickets. Keep them close at hand in your purse or jacket
To ensure peace of mind while you are away, why not run over this
last-minute checklist of things to do before you go? Then you’re off,
without a worry in the world!
- Have the Post Office hold your mail.
- Stop your newspaper delivery, or have a
friend or neighbor take them in for you.
- Refill your medicine prescriptions
sufficient for the duration of the cruise and bring them with you in
your carry-on bag.
- Leave copies of your passport, airline
tickets, traveler checks and any credit cards you plan to use with a
family member or trusted friend.
- Distribute your ship communications
cards to friends and relatives.
- Place a card with your name and address
inside your luggage, as well as on the outside. At this point, you
should also attach your completed Holland America Line baggage tags.
- Bring your travel and health insurance
information and have it handy at all times.
- Bring your immunization records.
- Verify that your identification and
travel tickets are in your carry-on bag and will be available at all
Your prescription medication should be kept close at hand in your
purse or carry-on bag rather than in your checked luggage. Be sure to
bring a sufficient supply of medication and transport it in the
original container. It is also a good idea to carry a written list of
your medications in case they are lost. The list should include the
name of the drug, dosage, and times taken. In case of emergency
Holland America will assist in filling prescriptions. However, please
note that additional charges apply.
The right clothing can make a big difference in the enjoyment of your
cruise. First and foremost, dress for comfort. Daily life aboard ship
and in ports of call is laid-back and casual. We encourage you to wear
whatever makes you feel most comfortable—sportswear, shorts, slacks,
sundresses and so on.
Warmer temperatures call for clothing made of lightweight, breathable
fabrics. You also may wish to bring two or three outfits for the
water, since you'll be spending so much time in and around it. For
cooler temperatures we suggest casual clothes that can be layered
easily. On some days you may need a raincoat and waterproof hat or
umbrella. Gloves are a good idea as well.
Footwear should include comfortable walking shoes for visits ashore
and sandals or rubber-soled shoes for strolling on deck. Finally, if
you'd like to jog on deck or work out in the fitness center, bring
Evening dress falls into three separate categories-casual, informal
and formal. Each night, a daily program will be delivered to your
stateroom announcing the suggested dress for the following evening.
Comfortable, relaxed clothing is fine for evenings designated as
casual; however, t-shirts, jeans and shorts are not allowed in the
dining room or public areas. During informal nights, dresses or
pantsuits for women and lightweight jackets (tie optional) for men are
On festive formal evenings, women usually wear cocktail dresses
or gowns and men usually wear business suits or tuxedos. There are
approximately two formal nights per week. (Gentlemen: Though business
suits or tuxedos are suggested attire for formal evenings, they are
certainly not required. You are welcome to wear a jacket and tie on
formal nights.) If you would like to leave some space in your luggage
for purchases during the cruise, Formalwear for ladies and gentlemen
can be pre-ordered and will be ready in your stateroom when you board.
Just call Cruise Line Formalwear at 800 551-5091 to reserve.
In order to complement your fellow guests, Holland America Line asks
that you observe the suggested dress code throughout the entire
Electric Appliances: All staterooms are equipped with standard 110
AC outlets. Additionally, all staterooms, except those on the
Westerdam, are equipped with 220 AC outlets. If your shaver operates
on standard 110 AC, by all means bring it (guests with pre- or
post-cruise hotel packages may want to bring converters and/or
adapters for their hotel stay). You may wish to bring a clock and an
extension cord. Hairdryers are available in all staterooms on the ms
Volendam and ms
Zaandam. The ms
Westerdam and ms
Noordam are NOT equipped with hairdryers.
For safety reasons, we respectfully request that you do not iron
clothing in your stateroom. Ironing facilities are available at the
self-service laundry rooms for your convenience. In addition, full
laundry and valet services are available on all of our ships.
Since arrival and departure times are subject to last-minute changes
by the airlines, we recommend that you call your airline(s) 24 hours
before your initial flight departure to verify all the flight numbers,
departure and arrival times shown on your ticket. (Reconfirm
international flights 72 hours prior to your departure from home.)
Also, please remember to confirm all flights booked directly by your
travel agent. Plan to be at the airline counter at least 1.5
hours before flight time for domestic flights and 2.5
hours before flight time for international flights.
Holland America Line cannot confirm or reconfirm flights, seat
assignment requests and other special services, such as special meals
or wheelchair assistance, from on-board our vessels. Your travel
agent, however, may assist with these arrangements once you receive