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1,164 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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skittles4s
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
3 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Embarkation and debarkation on this ship were absolutely amazing. I've had some horrendous experiences on other ships in the past, and I was blown away by how seamless their embarking and debarking was. Additionally debarking during ... Read more
Higntn
Member Since 2013
1 review
24 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our 4th HAL cruise and 2nd time to Alaska. We had done the route out of Seattle the last time so wanted to try the inside passage out of Vancouver. This was the last cruised for the year out of Alaska and was a little worried ... Read more
tjahrs
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Took this cruise to Alaska with my adult daughter. It started out bad with lost luggage, grease on my jacket from somewhere on the ship during the lifeboat drill and didn't get any better. It was suggested that I hunt down my own luggage ... Read more
expatriate
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We are not habitual cruisers and use mainly repositioning voyages to avoid air travel. We had previously made a transatlantic trip on this ship three years ago and our comments are in comparison to that experience. This trip included a ... Read more
peter grant
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
21 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I have a 30-year relationship with Holland America, stretching back to a Christmas cruise on the old Noordam in 1986. For a number of years it was our preferred cruise line, but our two most recent experiences – this year ... Read more

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Ttomred
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This our my 3rd cruise. We've gone with 2 other cruise lines in the past and loved every minute. Sadly I can't say the same about the Oosterdam. Let me start by saying our stateroom was wonderful and the crew was wonderful. The lay out ... Read more
scdeadeye@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We went on a land and sea journey with Holland America during the first 2 weeks in September. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights as it was a new moon and fall. We had one opportunity but because we moved rooms they failed to call ... Read more
AW from E-Town
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The inhospitable environment created by the leadership of the Oosterdam ruined our Holland America cruise experience! We were sold a drink package that was difficult to use. DO NOT buy the Signature Drink Package. This ship only ... Read more
Spot_the_cruiser
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I'll try to limit this review to mostly the Westerdam, but have to say that Alaska as a destination was amazing! Even though I was skeptical about going someplace cold on a ship, the scenery and wildlife made this a wonderful trip I will ... Read more
nancygus
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Six of us took the Alaska cruise out of Vancouver BC and the trip was great....beyond my expectations!! We had a nice room with a Lanai and it was clean and spacious (for a room on a cruise boat). We loved the exercise room, as it looked ... Read more

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DACzuhause
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our third cruise and first time with HAL. We had a great time and would choose the Volendam and HAL again. There were no problems during embarkation or disembarkation. We liked that it is a smaller ship and thus doesn't take ... Read more
liz358
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My daughter and I were on the holiday of a lifetime and it included the cruise on the Volendam to Alaska. Our room was surprisingly spacious and had everything in that we needed. The roll call for safety instruction was a long faff but ... Read more
coloradocruser
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We were on the Zaandam Sept 6 for 7 days. We then took a land tour for 4 nights in Denali. We drove to Seattle and spend the night heading to the air port the next day. Our HAL bus picked us up at the air port. This bus trip cost ... Read more
TravelingSalesman
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our 45ht Anniversary, so we were treated to some nice touches because of that. Balloons on our door made it easy to locate our cabin on that long hallway. Starting with the agent at HAL who booked us, we were treated like ... Read more
tpamm
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
After booking the 14-day round-trip cruise (first cruise, first time in Alaska) I became a little nervous after reading reviews on Cruise Critic and wondered if we'd made a mistake. Happily, we did not and will take HAL again for another ... Read more
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unitedguy85
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We really enjoyed this cruise! First, is should be noted that in some cases Tracy's Arm - is bypassed due to the conditions around the inlet. From ice to fog, if the ship can't get through it safely, they bypass it. Amazingly, the ... Read more
glorialagos
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
598 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We were two couples celebrating our 25th anniversaries. We knew this would be an older crowd but we really, happily, felt quite young on this ship! We have all cruised previously, mostly Caribbean. Embarkation was super easy and we ... Read more
kelsey10
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What a huge disappointment this cruise has been. We usually cruise with Norwegian and we made a mistake by trying Holland. I would rate this ship with a low level grade similar to a comfort inn. There are too many really good cruise ships ... Read more
bawilliams2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We just got back from a fabulous cruise to Alaska on the Volendam. It was a multigenerational cruise including Nana, Papa, our 8 year daughter, 5 year old daughter and my sister and family. We all had an amazing time and could not believe ... Read more
Pizzalover_
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise to Alaska! Sunny Seattle was a welcome sight as we took about a 40 minute ride from Sea-Tac airport on Super Shuttle to the Smith Cove Terminal where the MS Amsterdam was docked. We were ... Read more

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boomerone
Member Since 2010
21 reviews
594 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Picked the right week to visit Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria as the weather was sunny each day. We also got lucky and we had a good view of the northern lights when sailing from Sitka. Can't say enough about the friendly crew ... Read more
mollyskin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong that it would take more space than allowed. We spent extra money for this ship thinking it would be better for us as ... Read more
Chasfroggie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My second cruise on the Noordam. The food & food service were great (very very good about handling Gluten Free requirement.). The LeCirque dinner was not as good. The excursion staff are not knowledgeable enough about the ... Read more
jvalentine
Member Since 2008
1 review
128 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We just got back! Getting to Vancouver - We flew into Seattle the day before and overnighted at the Seattle W. The W was a little younger crowd even for us...it was like walking into a rave that night. However, slept fine and it was ... Read more
JWalshe
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We found the ship to be well appointed and in exceptional condition if not a little dated. The crew to be very helpful and ... Read more

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