Holland America Line Children's Programs

A detailed overview of  onboard features and educational programs

Safe and Managed Supervision

You can feel at ease knowing that your child's on board experience is safe and well-managed. All Club HAL® activities are supervised by permanent, full-time Club HAL® Youth Program Directors and staff, and are designed to be kid friendly and age appropriate. Club HAL® Youth Program Directors hold degrees in education, childhood development, recreation, leisure studies or related fields.

Important Notes

A limited number of high chairs, booster seats and cribs are available at no charge. These must be reserved in advance at the time of booking. An international children's menu is offered at dinner and includes a variety of appetizers, salads and soups, and standard items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and chicken, plus chef's specials like beef tacos, grilled cheese, fish and chips or spaghetti.

Additional Family Services

• A wide variety of kid-pleasing food, including special sandwiches, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.

• Baby food, high chairs and booster seats (please notify in advance of boarding).

• Baby-sitting services for a small surcharge.

• Special kid-friendly birthday parties (please notify in advance of boarding)

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Holland America Kid's

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Age Groups

Club HAL (3-12)     Loft (Tweens)     Oasis (Teens)

Daily Programs

• Times vary based on age group, number of children on board and staffing
• Sea Day - Morning, Afternoon & Evening Activities

• Port Day - Evening only

Extended Hours

Club HAL® After Hours is available on all ships (except the ms Prinsendam) from 10:00pm - 12:00am. The fee is $5 per child, per hour. Parents must pick up their children on time or a late fee is charged. For babysitting outside of the hours offered in Club HAL, guests may check at the Front Office to schedule this service provided by staff on a voluntary basis only.

Special Needs

HAL Youth Programs recognize that some children may have special needs. Special needs children are invited to attend activities based on their chronological age. HAL Youth Programs have many staff trained to work with special needs children. Guests should make HAL aware of this when booking their reservation.

Programs Available

Club HAL for kids ages 3-7

A colorful, expanded playroom for kids 3 to 7 with art tables, big-screen TV, puzzles and games.  Featuring activities such as story telling, fabric painting, indoor games, ship tours, arts and crafts, charades, Uno®, drawing contests, ice-cream sundae parties, puzzles, bingo or a farewell pizza party. Children in the Kid's age group must be toilet trained. Children in pull-ups or diapers are not allowed in the youth facilities, due to mandates from US Public Health. Exceptions to this rule cannot be made.

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Club HAL for kids ages 8-12

A separate area for ages 8-12 features arcade games, air hockey, foosball, karaoke, Sony Playstations, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), miniature golf, ping pong and more. Kids might learn golf putting, have disco parties and theme parties, participate in the award-winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Program on Alaska cruises, compete in on-deck sports events, compete in scavenger hunts or simply play Ping-Pong with a friend.

The Loft & The Oasis

For kids ages 13-17

will especially enjoy the teen disco, dance lessons, video games, teen sports tournaments, card games, trivia contests, bingo, movies and videos. When there are more than 100 children on board, a HAL Talent Show is offered. (The Oasis is not available on all Vista-class ships) *On the Prinsendam, youth activities are offered for ages 5-17.

The Loft on the Ryndam


 Follow a special passageway upstairs from the Loft to find the private entrance to The Oasis, a secluded teens-only sun deck. Additional features include:
• Plenty of space to relax and socialize, as well as comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks
• A nine-foot high water fall, cave and wade pool to cool off from the sun  
• A state-of-the-art sound system


The Oasis on the Ryndam

• A modern environment with music, videos and a video karaoke system, as well as a state-of-the-art sound and laser light systems for dancing.
• A big-screen television to watch the latest music videos and movies
• Teen club nights
• Activities until midnight


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