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nw gardener
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
178 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was our second HAL cruise, and our first 2 week cruise, and the Maasdam is the smallest ship to date for us. We [hubby and myself], loved the size of the ship, and although it is an older ship, thought it was well maintained. ... Read more
California Desert Rat
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We picked this cruise due to the many ports that other ships can't reach. Anchorage, Homer & Kodiak. And a new stop, "Icy Strait Point". We have sailed on Holland America before, and to Alaska. Were disappointed at the ... Read more
Laura1025
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Before my father passed away last year he told my sister and I to take a cruise after he was gone. My brother in law has been to every state in the USA except Alaska. We chose the land and sea Alaskan package through Holland America. ... Read more
v336
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We sailed from Vancouver port to Seward in June. Overall experience was very good. Vancouver port: Got to the port at 3.30pm. Went through US Immigration first. We were the last one in the line. People who came earlier were in line for ... Read more
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ColoradoPlainsCruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We wanted to see Sitka, AK & this is the only cruise that goes there, I think because it is a smaller vessel. Our room was actually bigger than I expected with lots of storage. I would however recommend you bring a power strip as ... Read more

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Newcomkj
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. We have cruised about 12 other times on Carnival, Norwegian and Celebrity. This was a cruise/land combination (Double Denali). The Zaandam is smaller so that it can go through the inside passage (about ... Read more
Grantdale49
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
We are in our mid 60's and are not interested in noisy entertainment ship life. Travelled around Yukon and Alaska with HAL then returned to Vancouver on Noordam. Boarding at Seward very quick, with just the security check. Ship is ... Read more
denirv
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
My rating is really based on Holland America Line in general.. This review of Noordam just confirms past experiences. My choice of HAL was based on convenience rather than comfort. All onboard services have degraded to poor. The focus ... Read more
Paulinda
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
484 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We boarded the Amsterdam in Seattle on June 5th for our cruise to Alaska. We had stops in Juneau, The Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketichikan and Victoria BC. We returned to Seattle on June 12th and disembarked. We chose HAL because CC had ... Read more
HSSUB25
Member Since 2012
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Visited son who lives in Anchorage, then took the cruise from June 5 - 12 from Seward to Vancouver. It was nice time of year - light long and mild weather. We had no rain on the entire trip, unusual we were told. It even close to 80 on ... Read more

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explore4ever
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
185 forum posts
32 helpful votes
Back ground: My husband and I are avid cruisers. We have been on many different cruise lines. Although we both have been on Alaska cruise before, this is my husband’s first HAL cruise. It is my 4th on HAL. Alaska is our back ... Read more
francisthetraveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
For a cruise that was marketed as about seeing wildlife, the crew seemed particularly lacking in knowledge on this area with apparently no ranger on board except for the short time when we were cruising through Glacier Bay. Most of the ... Read more
VTSteerage
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Make no mistake. The star of this trip is Alaska, not the Noordam. We left from Seattle for a bus trip to Vancouver to meet the ship. Embarkation was a tad frantic at Canada Place, but reasonable. The Noordam was in fine shape and ... Read more
wggrainger
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
To be fair - we sailed on the Veendam 14 years ago and had a perfect trip. That is why we wanted to go again. Sailing on Noordam May 29th, 2016 Alaska / Denali (not collectors voyage as stated above)- the following was submitted to HAL ... Read more
Michpam
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because the ship is relatively smaller than the NCL, Princess & Celebrity ships offering an Alaska itinerary. We spent three days in Seattle prior to our embarkation, visiting with friends. Seattle is a ... Read more

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kmcc1122
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We did a HAL Alaska Land & Sea cruise from Vancouver that included 3 days in Denali, and we added 5 days onto the end of the trip to explore on our own. It was the right combination of land and sea for us. The cruise up the inside ... Read more
Heartgrove
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
178 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2016
After our first HAL cruise last year, we wanted to try the other "larger end" of the spectrum with their ships. Sailing the first season for the Niew Amsterdam in Alaska was exciting. It added to the pleasure as it was new for ... Read more
Cruiser_-_Chris
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Cruise was nice - Wait staff left something to be desired (especially breakfast) Our MAIN problem was it seemed once the waiters brought your food they acted like you didn't exist any more. If you needed drink refills; more bread; or ... Read more
love2fish40
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
I went with Holland America because I had never cruised with them and had been told they were the best. Well if this cruise is any indication of the customer service that Holland offers, it will certainly be my last cruise with them. ... Read more
Nicknet
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After reading many different cruise site articles, speaking to friends and relatives, we decided on a total Inside Passage offered by HAL round trip from Vancouver. We wanted to avoid the choppy waters completely, as such Seattle round ... Read more

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lizzien18@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as part of a Newmarket holiday - Rockies/ Alaska cruise and Vancouver, on the recommendation of a friend who travelled last year. I struggle to recognise our trip from some of the negative reviews posted. From start to ... Read more
ronaldlknight
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
We're an active, retired couple who take 3 or 4 trips abroad each year. This 7-day Alaska cruise (Vancouver to Vancouver) on the Volendam was our second with Holland America. Our first HAL cruise was on the Nieuw Amsterdam which took us ... Read more
seniorcruiser1956
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
All of my friends told me the wonders of Holland America and how great they were...we were excited. Paid a lot of money for a room in the bowels of the ship, lots of noise from the engines but we figured, how much time do you spend in ... Read more
juliemax
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
13 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We had sailed on the Maasdam 6 years ago and that experience hooked us on Holland America cruises. This cruise has a wonderful itinerary. We did an 8 day Alaska last September and were very disappointed with the weather. This trip we ... Read more
Autumn72
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
137 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We did this cruise a part of a Land and sea journey. While there were some bumps on the land part (if I see never see a bus again I will be thrilled), the cruise was wonderful. Embarkation was the absolute easiest one we have ever had. No ... Read more

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