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1,164 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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Miss Jane C
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
We have no complaints about this cruise. We stayed in a Neptune suite and maybe you get what you pay for in accommodations. No one can predict the natural occurrences but we sure lucked out with glacier calving, orca and humpback whales, ... Read more
Diamond_Skies
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I am not a cruise person. I don't feel that I fit in with my idea of what a typical cruiser passenger and therefore was not sure what I would think of my first cruise to Alaska. Although I have never really wanted to go on a cruise, I ... Read more
Rutgers80
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
After my 3 day land tour and torture of the 10 hour bus ride from Denali I was looking forward to just relaxing on the ship. I was not disappointed. The cruise was everything I wished for - relaxing, good food and plenty of things to hold ... Read more
MikeD4134
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
66 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise with Holland America and 7th cruise overall. We travel to relax so we find the smaller ships of Holland America are perfect for us. We traveled to Seattle a day early, and stayed at the Hampton Inn, which we ... Read more
DHY
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Never having been on a cruise before We listened to many people rave about Holland America and selected them. We really enjoyed the trips off the ship and listening to the tour guides. The tour guides were very good but the bus rides ... Read more
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mikesdaughter
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Being first time cruisers, we had no idea what to expect once we boarded the Westerdam. The embarkation process started about 11:30 am and moved along very quickly. We found our room on the Rotterdam deck aft #7136. Our luggage was ... Read more
HBLadybug
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had an excellent adventure aboard the ms Westerdam to Alaska. This was our first BIG cruise. Our accommodations were exactly what we hoped for. Everyone, from the front desk staff to the staff that took care of us and our room were ... Read more
ckpeer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We made a group reservation with our family to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. The entire family was there. Our problems started just after embarkation when we found out that one of the grandchildren who was definitely part of our ... Read more
Landlubber54
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
495 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We just returned from a 7-day Alaskan round trip cruise out of Vancouver. The cruise took us (in this order) to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay State Park and Ketchikan, taking the Inside Passage on the way up and back. We had fair weather ... Read more
JohnOsment
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My wife and I booked this cruise to relax at the end of a three week driving tour of the Canadian Rockies. We were rather disappointed. The underlying atmosphere was one of commercialism. Always a pressure to buy and spend - offers on ... Read more

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beatriz22
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
1,205 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our 2nd same trip to Alaska on this ship chosen for the dates and size of the ship. Will start with some positives. Leaving Vancouver was very pretty after an easy check in and it was nice to go to a decent buffet (rooms not ready ... Read more
Marlene Ingenthron
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was not our first cruise and compared to the others we were on, it was very disappointing. We were not impressed with the food. Selections were very repetitious, often not hot and not that tasty on the Lido Deck. There were more ... Read more
Colleen and Steve
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I arrived at the Vancouver Airport at 11am. Were met and welcomed by a HAL rep who arranged for a cab to the Pan Pacific. The Pan Pacific allowed us to check in immediately and our luggage was taken to our room. Nice ... Read more
safetypro
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
The embarkation part of this trip felt like a cattle call. there were five or more buses trying to board at the same time. Crew members were barking orders and expecting instant obedience. On the flip side, it was the smoothest ... Read more
CruisermanVA
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
459 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We just returned from a wonderful cruise to Southeast Alaska (the Tongass Rain Forest). I was concerned after reading some of the negative reviews but I didn't experience any of the problems others apparently did. The ship was beautiful, ... Read more

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smknmrz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We treated our grand children, girl 14 & boy 10 from Indiana, on this cruise. Lots of activities including age appropriate clubs for the kids. Swimming is always popular so there were 2 major pools plus hot tubs in the common areas ... Read more
philipcheng
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We took the Alaska north bound cruise leaving on August 9. The ship traveled from Vancouver to Seward. My first impression was the ship was not very large and a bit old. It carries about 1500 passenger which actually was faster when ... Read more
cruiserjack1
Member Since 2009
12 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
BACKGROUND: I am 60 years old, and have cruised on dozens of ships. I was solo for this trip. It was my sixth cruise to Alaska and I was looking forward to a relaxing cruise. I was not disappointed! EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: Both went ... Read more
santabarbaraserenity
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
ALASKA CRUISE---Summertime FIRST I want to give great thanks to Imam and Sam, who were our amazing cabin stewards! They were over-the-top in their attention to meeting our needs!!! They made you feel like you were their most important ... Read more
Deb at sea
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on Holland America. We have done 4 or 5 cruises on Princess (very positive experiences) and 1 on Carnival. The positives: food and service was excellent; bed was comfortable; gym was good; Glacier Bay was ... Read more

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Reg2010
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This cruise was included in our package tour of the Rockies which my husband and I had undertaken to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our tour group was told that it may take a couple of hours to get through the embarkation process at ... Read more
Fariba
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We (2 adults, a teen and a pre-teen) loved this ship and the cruise. There was always something to do for each one of us. Well-stocked library, plenty of reading spaces, games, activities.The food and service was great. The ports and shore ... Read more
auldBrocher
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
After spending a glorious week weatherwise in Vancouver, we boarded the ship at 12.30. Our stateroom was ready and our luggage arrived soon after. In the meantime, our cabin stewards knocked to welcome us aboard and introduced themselves, ... Read more
FormerDon
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I booked the 7-day cruise in suite class along with land 6 months in advance and looked forward to our first cruise. Our journey began in Fairbanks where after arriving off our flight we were greeted by Holland American staff who pointed ... Read more
alaskacruiser123
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We are not cruisers so we do not expect much. We are happy if our luggage arrives. That was not the case here. Our trip started with a land portion going to Denali and for that HAL requires to physically split the luggage to use a part of ... Read more

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