Holland America ships are smaller than those of other cruise lines sailing in Alaska. With fewer passengers, you won’t have to fight huge crowds when disembarking at ports. Holland America ships always tie up at the pier, whereas larger ships sometimes drop anchor and take you to the pier on small boats. The ms Westerdam and ms Noordam holds only 1,900 passengers compared to 2,000 on Celebrity and 2,500 on Princess, Royal Caribbean and NCL.
Holland America ships have larger cabins than other major cruise lines visiting Alaska and their Balcony cabins are up to 32% larger.