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1,309 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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Christine81
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Our cruise to AK on the Westerdam (July 2016) was wonderful. Arrival: Embarking process was efficient. Our cabin was clean and ready to go when we arrived at noon. We used the luggage direct service and are glad we did! First ... Read more
Katgal98
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we were filled with excitement and anticipation when we boarded. We are seniors who wanted a quiet experience, and some new landscapes to explore. I looked into the various cruise lines, ... Read more
swimgranny
Member Since 2010
1 review
134 forum posts
4 helpful votes
we choose this cruise based largely on date. we were a family of 8 ranging in age from 14 to 71. all enjoyed the cruise with a few complaints. the port schedule was off. not enough time in ketchican and not much to see in sitca . Holland ... Read more
Cruiser Andi
Member Since 2013
1 review
361 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We love cruising to Alaska and chose this cruise because it's easy for us to get to Seattle. We have cruised with HAL 3 times prior. We were unfortunate enough that our balcony stateroom was just above someone who was a prolific cigar ... Read more
Czech1
Member Since 2015
1 review
52 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Rather mediocre quality food and entertainment for the most part. Food was overly sauced and fancy but the end result was "strange tasting food" that reflected the Filipino and Indonesian influences of the chef. Maybe 2 -3 ... Read more

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nvrgvup
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to embark and disembark. They have it down pat. We took advantage of their luggage service that checked us, and our bags in with the airlines. About 2 days before disembarkation, they ... Read more
LindaLouise
Member Since 2012
1 review
73 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Chose this cruise as it sailed RT Seattle and offered our first glimpse of Alaska. We will have to go back some day to do a land tour. Really enjoyed the small towns we stopped in. Hi-lights were: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour in ... Read more
JoAnnaBullhead
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
Sailed July 2016
We do this cruise every year. 14 day Alaska. This year the weather was the worst.. rain and cold every day. ( Not Holland America's fault) Great people both staff and guests. 5 main gripes.. 1. Food in Lido unappealing looking and ... Read more
nmd
Member Since 2011
1 review
112 forum posts
1 helpful vote
this is the second time we have done this 14 day cruise. although this time we did have rain at every port, it did not stop us from having a great time. we most enjoyed our visit to Icy Strait Point and Hoonah. the best shopping in the ... Read more
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Danoh2016Alaska
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit of concern the ... Read more

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hulagirl1951
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on deck one from time to ... Read more
stevecblock
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
18 helpful votes
We chose the Alaska land and cruise package that included the 3 night Denali pre-cruise trip. We flew into Anchorage on July 12, two days before the official start (always concerned about flight delays). Flights on Delta from ... Read more
JMax513
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
18 helpful votes
I should start by putting my basis for this rating into perspective. Last summer we cruised on the Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) in the Mediterranean. You will not find a more modern ship with more amenities than Allure; however, I ... Read more
SGARL
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We went on a land/sea cruise with Holland America to Alaska, starting first with the land portion. The package deal provides one night in Anchorage before you set off for Denali National Park. We choose to extend our hotel stay to two ... Read more
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Captain Camera
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
An Alaskan Inside Passage cruise was a bucket list trip, we have only recently started taking cruises, in fact all our cruise so far have been in 2016 and all with Holland America, it just worked out this way, we had no prior knowledge of ... Read more

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Diane Kulkarni
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We were guided to this cruise to Alaska through the Inside Passage on the Noordam by Peter at Discount Cruises. The occasion was our 44th wedding anniversary combined with my husbands 50th class reunion. Four classmates and their wives ... Read more
onyourmark
Member Since 2003
14 reviews
483 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After cruising on newer Celebrity and Royal Caribbean larger ships, the Noordam appeared compact, dimly lit and rich in traditional décor. We booked the 14 day return Alaska cruise from Vancouver less than one week prior to the July ... Read more
Imzdo1
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Arrived in Seattle by plane the day before embarkation and stayed with Residence Inn in Bellevue. Next morning we drove our rental car back to National's downtown Seattle location and took their free shuttle to Pier 91. Started the ... Read more
Don Omaha
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We were looking for a land -cruise tour of Alaska and considered several lines. HA had the dates, stops and price we wanted. We took the D1 package with a view cabin. The cabin was adequate and the bed was comfortable. The couch was ... Read more
lupaglupa
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
An amazing combination - the service and comfort of Holland America and the scenery of Alaska. We got the cosmopolitan city of Seattle and the raw majesty of the Hubbard glacier in one week. On board, the usual high standards of food and ... Read more

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AustinDude
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
Sailed July 2016
We had a wonderful time on this cruise. We had a balcony room on the 7th deck. Our room was nice with lots of storage. The room and dining staff were amazing. I live in the Seattle area and am used to seeing beautiful trees and large ... Read more
NW SOUTHERNBELLE
Member Since 2010
1 review
106 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose HAL because we love this cruise line and this was our first time on Ms Westerdam to Alaska and we were not disappointed. The Westerdam had some slight wear but we experienced no major issues on our cruise. We did encounter some ... Read more
TDL1900
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
The staffs are very nice, and that's about it. Overall, I wasn't impressed at all. 1. Their website design is horrendous. A. I had to do multiple separate Google searches to find all the information I need about the same ship(Nieuw ... Read more
Kathyfromstl
Member Since 2015
1 review
143 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Instead of doing an overall review (there are already too many of them), I'd like to give my impressions and experiences of the advice I received from reading Cruise Critic: Large Groups on board - I was led to believe they would ruin ... Read more
jerry12345678
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
9 to 16 JULY 2016 ......This was my third cruise. My wife and I really enjoyed the time aboard. Our cabin was 5177 so it was an inside room with no windows, which I like for sleeping. Our cabin steward "Riza" was very good ... Read more

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