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1,177 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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coloradocruser
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We were on the Zaandam Sept 6 for 7 days. We then took a land tour for 4 nights in Denali. We drove to Seattle and spend the night heading to the air port the next day. Our HAL bus picked us up at the air port. This bus trip cost ... Read more
TravelingSalesman
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our 45ht Anniversary, so we were treated to some nice touches because of that. Balloons on our door made it easy to locate our cabin on that long hallway. Starting with the agent at HAL who booked us, we were treated like ... Read more
tpamm
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
After booking the 14-day round-trip cruise (first cruise, first time in Alaska) I became a little nervous after reading reviews on Cruise Critic and wondered if we'd made a mistake. Happily, we did not and will take HAL again for another ... Read more
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unitedguy85
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We really enjoyed this cruise! First, is should be noted that in some cases Tracy's Arm - is bypassed due to the conditions around the inlet. From ice to fog, if the ship can't get through it safely, they bypass it. Amazingly, the ... Read more
glorialagos
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
598 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We were two couples celebrating our 25th anniversaries. We knew this would be an older crowd but we really, happily, felt quite young on this ship! We have all cruised previously, mostly Caribbean. Embarkation was super easy and we ... Read more

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kelsey10
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What a huge disappointment this cruise has been. We usually cruise with Norwegian and we made a mistake by trying Holland. I would rate this ship with a low level grade similar to a comfort inn. There are too many really good cruise ships ... Read more
bawilliams2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We just got back from a fabulous cruise to Alaska on the Volendam. It was a multigenerational cruise including Nana, Papa, our 8 year daughter, 5 year old daughter and my sister and family. We all had an amazing time and could not believe ... Read more
Pizzalover_
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise to Alaska! Sunny Seattle was a welcome sight as we took about a 40 minute ride from Sea-Tac airport on Super Shuttle to the Smith Cove Terminal where the MS Amsterdam was docked. We were ... Read more
boomerone
Member Since 2010
21 reviews
594 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Picked the right week to visit Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria as the weather was sunny each day. We also got lucky and we had a good view of the northern lights when sailing from Sitka. Can't say enough about the friendly crew ... Read more
mollyskin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong that it would take more space than allowed. We spent extra money for this ship thinking it would be better for us as ... Read more

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Chasfroggie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My second cruise on the Noordam. The food & food service were great (very very good about handling Gluten Free requirement.). The LeCirque dinner was not as good. The excursion staff are not knowledgeable enough about the ... Read more
jvalentine
Member Since 2008
1 review
131 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We just got back! Getting to Vancouver - We flew into Seattle the day before and overnighted at the Seattle W. The W was a little younger crowd even for us...it was like walking into a rave that night. However, slept fine and it was ... Read more
JWalshe
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We found the ship to be well appointed and in exceptional condition if not a little dated. The crew to be very helpful and ... Read more
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
9 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

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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
5 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
5 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
5 helpful votes
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

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ckpeer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 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
6 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
10 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
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

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