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1,245 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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Floss88
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
It was my 65 th birthday have never been keen to cruise but wanted to see glacier bay. We chose the Volendam because it is a small ship taking 1400 passengers. We booked an inside cabin and were allocated one on deck 3 the lower ... Read more
Camden lady
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We joined the Noordam in Seward for one way to Vancouver after doing the land portion to Denali. We had a signature suite on deck 6 which was quite spacious with plenty of closet and storage space. The bathroom had double sinks and a ... Read more
sheryl27
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I have been wanting to visit Alaska, this cruise seemed like the perfect opportunity. The ship was granted access to cruise through Glacier Bay and through the Inside Passage. The cruise itself was amazing. The captain made daily ... Read more
seaproponent
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
220 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I'm not sure just how many trips I've taken on HAL over the past 15 years, but lots, and always in Neptune Suites. Prior to this one I have always been pleased, and more often than not, very pleased. In fact, along with Celebrity, HAL ... Read more
jjsmith1357
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were hoping that the Holland America Westerdam would be a step above the rest, but we didn't see that. No deal-breakers, but the lack of attention to detail was noticeable. I'll start with a few of the things I saw, and then share ... Read more

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Jjjon
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Had good luck with Holland in the past. We got cabin 4174, on the stern above the dining area. Leaving Seattle the noise in the cabin was deafening, a constant pounding, very loud. This created a vibration which shook anything in the room ... Read more
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balmybreeze
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
32 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Overall, our family of 9 had a good time on the Amsterdam, but I certainly would not want to do an "Around the World" trip on her. Our cabin had a few problems that our very nice stewards did their best to take care of. First, ... Read more
fussellk
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
My cruise rating was average for a few reasons, but first I'd like to write about the positives... Pros *Easiest embarkation and disembarkation ever and I've been on 13 cruises prior to this one. *Getting to and from the ship ... Read more
Maasdamers
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Our family took a 14 night cruise on the Maasdam to Alaska, which included SE Alaska as well as Anchorage, Homer, and Kodiak. I highly recommend this cruise and itinerary. I had thought that the Maasdam would be showing its age and not ... Read more
junknthetrunk46@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I recently returned from an Alaskan land/sea cruise on Holland America. We were met at the Anchorage AK airport by a cruise line employee who directed us to the bus which took us to our Anchorage hotel for the land portion of our ... Read more

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smpy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We had a fantastic time! This was a multigenerational trip, and there was something for everyone. Our room was of course small, and there were a few little issues with shower drainage, but everything was clean and in good condition. Any ... Read more
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Oregonone
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and trying to read ratings, reviews and make a decision on which cruise line to pick can be daunting. I read one reviewer that noted some of the poor reviews were from pretentious cruisers with expectations that ... Read more
muskox
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was already in Seward so I chose an low priced cruise to return to Vancouver. The ship was older but quite lovely, being very well maintained. The cabin was about 25 sq. feet larger that the average inside cabin on other ships that I ... Read more
liontamers
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this back-to-back Alaska cruise based on the exceptional last minute price. We have sailed to Alaska numerous times and are never disappointed with the beauty. We arrived in Vancouver by air and quickly transferred to the ... Read more
Kramer1953
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Best things: Viewing train ride from Anchorage to Denal Watching fishing in Ship's Creek in downtown Anchorage Nice hotel in Anchorage Humpy's restaurant in Anchorage for fish and chowder. Dinner theater play in Denali ... Read more

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Jason82
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
8 helpful votes
An Alaska cruise has been on my bucket list for a while. We chose this cruise on a whim due to a sale and booked 30 days out, so we got quite the deal on price. The trip was better than I could have imagined. The scenery of mountains, ... Read more
Nate8466
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I have taken two cruises on the Holland America lines and I've come back with the same opinion on both. They sucked. The dinning was lousy, the food was bad and the service was lousy, especially on the Amsterdam. I took this same cruise 10 ... Read more
AvoidHollandAmerica
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Food was too salty and the Lido Buffet had virtually the same thing everyday. The ship is in need of remodeling, dirty doors, threadbare cushions in the Crow's Nest. The three switches for lights in the cabin are directly behind your ... Read more
heybrah
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
To be honest, I was very skeptical about cruising on Zaandam based upon past reviews. I heard that the ship was "old and tired". In contrast, we were very pleasantly surprised about the service we got from HA and the cruise ... Read more
KSAM97
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. We chose this cruise and cruise line based on the itinerary. The embarkation was smooth. The staff was friendly and helpful. They were mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines. Some of the staff were difficult ... Read more

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tomatwood
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My main complaints for the Holland America Westerdam to Alaska were: The food was awful and TERRIBLE for anyone who wants to eat healthily or who has food allergies. All the veggies had butter on them (you should use olive oil). The ... Read more
MidwesternCruiser2
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
525 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I've cruised 20+ times; three to Alaska...unfortunately twice on Holland. I selected this cruise (knowing I might be disappointed with some things) because it was when I wanted to go (before summer), with the itinerary I preferred (Sitka ... Read more
SATXcruiserDeb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We wanted to sail to Alaska from Seattle and found a great deal on this cruise on Costco travel. We spent three days in Seattle and really enjoyed this city, although the Pikes Market area is very busy, even during the week. Holland ... Read more
terp2053
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
50 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
All in all, good cruise and good value. Our June sailing gave us a lot of animal sightings. Whales and porpoise seemed to follow our ship. We took a whale watch excursion in Juneau, although we had already seen a lot of whales from the ... Read more
NCJJCPJC2013
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Both HAL and the Maasdam came highly recommended. We wanted a 14 night cruise that went to more ports than the previous Alaskan cruise we took in 1999. I read up on the Maasdam reviews and liked what I read. After booking we heard it had ... Read more

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