Originally Posted by DEEN
My family and I have been on at least a dozen cruise ships. But we have yet to experience the Holland America line. Going on the basis that the whole theme of the cruise is more for the older crowd and does not cater to younger families. Please give me some input if I am incorrect as we plan to make our decision in the next few weeks.
Without reading other responses, I will give you my views on HAL and the age group. Yes, you will see young families even on the 10 day and longer cruises, but the average of the HAL cruiser is about 6 years older than any other line. That may not sound like a lot, but "average" is the clue. We love HAL, the service, the crew and the cabins. What we did not like, was the age breakdown, I might add, last time we cruised we were in our late 60s and glad we were with friends.
I am not trying to discourage you from choosing the line as it is a wonderful experience, but just don't expect lots of 30 somethings or mcuh activity after about 10pm and do expect to see people up, out and about by 7am.
I would not go as far as Hombre has gone, but I do wish HAL woudl stick with traditonal cruising, the type that made them successful. Yes, all lines are trying to attract the younger cruiser, but my thought on this, the 40 something cruiser today, will be the senior before you know it and maybe will want a cruise line geared more to them.