Holland America Adds New Shipboard Enrichment

Holland America adds new shipboard enrichment, including new sports programming and arts and crafts sessions lead by activity specialists.

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Holland America Line Adds New Activity Specialists and Facilities to Shipboard Enrichment Program

Sports director and art and craft instructor added to all ships along with new art studios and modern libraries  

As part of a continuous effort to engage and entertain guests, Holland America Line is adding a full-time art and craft instructor and a sports director to each ship. These new permanent shipboard team members will be introduced across the fleet between March and April 2023.

In addition to these new positions, Holland America Line is also adding new art studios, sports facilities, game rooms, and libraries throughout the fleet over the next few years.

Holland America Adds New Shipboard Enrichment

“Activity experts have been a highlight of our long-cruise programming for years,” said Michael Smith, senior vice president guest experience and product development for Holland America Line. “As we look to enhance the guest experience on every cruise no matter the length, we’re excited to expand many of those programs to all ships, all the time.”

Sports Programming

Sports directors will help get guests of all ability levels moving. The ships will offer Holland America Line’s “Tai-Chi for Everyone” sessions each morning at sea. As part of our partnership with the Professional Pickleball Association, sports directors will host tournaments and provide instruction for beginners.

Sports directors also will hold games and tournaments for a variety of sports, including basketball, ping-pong, and cornhole. Classic cruise games, such as ladder ball and shuffleboard, will play an important part of the program as well.

Arts and Crafts Programming

The art and craft instructor, supported by expert content creators, will lead painting, drawing, and coloring in a new art studio. The expanded program will also feature brand-new sessions in crafting and needlework and the addition of a “Yarn Wall.” Painting classes will be available with and without libations to encourage artistic expression.

Accompanying the new sports and art facilities, modern libraries will make their way throughout the fleet in 2023 and 2024. A curated collection of over 250 titles comprised of a wide range of contemporary popular fiction, mystery, young adult and short stories fill the more than 1,500 book collection on each ship.

Board and card game rooms are being expanded to include an unparalleled selection of games and puzzles for guest enjoyment.

SOURCE Holland America Line


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  1. On our last Holland America cruise “coloring” was offered on Sea Day mornings. I was shocked at how well attended this event became over the length of the cruise. Great way to meet others and everyone can participate. Good for Holland to think outside the box. The Rotterdam has a fabulous library and superb game room which many enjoyed.
    Adding Pickleball to the activities will bring many guests to Holland.