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2freespirits
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
13 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
The lyrics of the classic Queen hit lends themselves to our reviews of bucket list trips, but we’ll need to find another muse soon. This trip was actually our first BOOKING with Holland America Line (HAL) but our second SAILING on ... Read more
EverettWA
Member Since 2010
1 review
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Just finished a week long Alaskan cruise from Seattle onboard the Westerdam. The ship and service were outstanding. Something we have come to expect from sailing with Holland America. All aspects of the cruise were great. Even the damp ... Read more
Good to be back
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our ninth Alaskan cruise and in many ways our best. It is no secret that the staff are truly who makes a cruise a special event. The Maasdam staff was beyond exceptional. The wait crew in the Ocean bar, Val, Jerome and Angela went ... Read more
sippycup12
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
12 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We wanted to see as much of the Alaska coastal cities as we could, so we choose the 14 day Great Land Explorer cruise with Holland America. The Land word in the title is a little misleading. You are seeing the coastal area mostly. And ... Read more
Reeslangspi
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose the cruise for the itinerary - Hubbard and Tracy Arm glaciers, Icy Strait, Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, Homer, Anchorage, Kodiak. What a great itinerary. This was our first 14 day cruise and the ship activities during sea days were ... Read more
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gourmetjan
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The only reason this has three stars was the amazing day we spent cruising in Glacier Bay. If it wasn't for this, it would only be 2 stars. Firstly, we complied with all their requirements about my husbands food allergies (Celiac) and ... Read more
VintageGeo
Member Since 2016
1 review
94 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as the second half of a 13 day D1 Denali land tour through Holland America. Fairbanks We flew into Fairbanks a day early and stayed at the Westmark Fairbanks. Upon arrival we unknowingly bypassed the HAL desk at ... Read more
marymac11
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
First time cruiser's here. Wow what a wonderful time. We loved just about everything on the Amsterdam. We chose HAL because of the traditional touches on board along with the size of the Amsterdam. We never waited on line for anything and ... Read more
downunder9
Member Since 2009
11 reviews
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I was really interesting on going on a Holland America Cruise as I have been on many cruises but this was my first Time Boarding was easy and simple as you would expect. We were part of a large group and despite going through US ... Read more
sagafemina
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
14 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Chose a rather limited Alaska itinerary in favor of simplicity of travel with eight year old twin grandchildren on their first cruise. Couldn't have been happier with the choice, as we were even able to take public transport to and from ... Read more
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ca92111@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We wanted a low-key, mid-sized cruise experience. Overall, it was very relaxing, and the mostly Indonesian crew made it a very pleasant experience. The Lido Market casual dining food was sometimes subpar, the entertainment choices we liked ... Read more
ban1104
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
After much research I chose Holland America for my Alaskan cruise. I certainly was not disappointed. Excellent crew, entertainment, food and facilities. The Westerdam was just the right size, wanted to stay away from the big ships. The ... Read more
rleefamily
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I have travelled 3 other cruise lines and thought I would try Holland America and this is what I found: Pros: - very little waiting time to embark and disembark - exterior of the ship quite beautiful - size of ship was perfect ... Read more
Toby1957
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
16 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We had traveled on two Alaskan cruises on HAL before. In 2010 and in 2004 we traveled on the Zaandam and then the Ryndam. We love going out of Vancouver as the city has much to offer before the cruise. We were coming in on the Rocky ... Read more
jig789
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. All in all it went well. The positives: cabin very clean, ship very clean, staff extremely attentive (except the front desk people who were not always helpful). Negatives: in my cabin you could hear the music ... Read more
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IdahoPam
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruise and it was everything we dreamed it could be. The staff on the ship were awesome. The food yummy. The entertainment top rate. We loved everything about it. We had a verandah cabin and it was great. We ... Read more
kira5
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
22 forum posts
17 helpful votes
We took this cruise 25 years ago (but on the Westerdam) and what we found interesting was that we paid the same dollar amount. This knowledge couldn't help but be a factor. That it could be done at all for the same price seemed ... Read more
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Lil' Wave
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this line to go with our friends it was our first time on Holland America. I probably not go on this cruise line again we had a nice trip because of our friends not because of the cruise line. The first night it took us 25 ... Read more
Just My Thoughts
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
My husband and I, along with another couple, were looking for an affordable Alaskan Cruise that we could book at last minute, and this particular seven day cruise fit a date that worked for all of us. Nothing went terribly wrong, however ... Read more
Piqua41
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This ship and Holland America were fantastic! We explored Vancouver for a few days before setting sail from there, and both the embarkation and disembarkation were organized like a finely-calibrated engine. The ship was extremely ... Read more
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jerseyv
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
42 forum posts
5 helpful votes
On August 15th we sailed from Seattle on the Maasdam heading for Alaska and back. This was a special Prairie Home Companion cruise and the difference from typical cruises became very apparent at the musical events when additional seating ... Read more
Todolm
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Both embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. I was traveling with someone who has modest mobility issues and the HAL staff and crew made travel so easy. This was A Prairie Home Companion cruise, so the entertainment and activities were ... Read more
sararuth@bellsouth.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was only my second cruise and my first with my spouse along! We had a very nice Vista Suite that was roomy and quite comfortable. The onboard presentations were disappointing. I was not interested in purchasing a Tanzanite piece ... Read more
loverlylibrarian
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
We flew into Seattle a day early and stayed at the Hilton on 6th ave. Had a day of sightseeing and we were within several blocks to Pike Place Market. We took an Uber ride to the pier the next afternoon and embarkation was smooth and ... Read more
Hilo Honey
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Embarkation: a nightmare with no one giving any direction as to what we were doing and what was supposed to happen next. There was a lot of sitting around and no reason given why. Then, hurry to the next checkpoint. Not great for seniors ... Read more
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