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SCChuck
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
We selected a one-way cruise from Vancouver to Seward (AK) before a business meeting in Anchorage, and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Chose this cruise line because they had the route we needed at the time it was needed. But we will ... Read more
Bostonjetset
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
945 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Overall this was a wonderful trip! The Westerdam was a lovely ship and the scenery in Alaska is breathtaking! I can see why many people repeat Alaska many times over. We were also truly impressed with Seattle. Prior to this trip, we had ... Read more
Peter Rooimans
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Very ordinary despite all the promises of an up market ship. Room was never cleaned until late afternoon. While the room is a good size, the bed takes up far too much room and the fold out lounge/bed was very old and uncomfortable as ... Read more
MrCrazyguitarlicks
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband and I are first time cruisers in our late 50's. We selected HAL because we wanted a smaller ship/fewer people. I believe there were 1900 passengers on this trip. I understand the total capacity of the Westerdam is about 2400 ... Read more
bensy99
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I was going to Yellowknife and wanted a cruise to Alaska after. This cruise was scheduled perfectly so I choosed this cruise. As a first time cruiser, I really do not know which cabin to choose, so I opted for a guarantee cabin. But that ... Read more
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Spirit1992
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
I went on the 20 day Alaska Land and Sea Holland America trip. The Holland America hotels in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska, were a disgrace to the name of HAL. Soiled sheets, soiled carpets, wallpaper that ... Read more
TerrikBailey
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We have cruised with Holland America before and really liked them. We got a last-minute sale on one of the Neptune Suites and couldn't pass up the deal. Overall, the cruise was very good. The staff are fantastic---can't say enough good ... Read more
Roxy5341
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Noordam Triple Denali Land and Sea Journey Sept 2016 A wonderful trip with excellent service, food, and fun entertainment. We had not cruised in 30 years and did not even think about spending an extra day or two in Vancouver. We ... Read more
SactownSteve
Member Since 2016
1 review
84 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This is my return cruise to Alaska to see it in the Fall as last time was in the Spring. Travel was swift with practically no turn around time in Seattle. Going through Canadian customs at the airport was relatively quick apart from the ... Read more
beth singer
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband and I chose this cruise because it fit into our timetable and allowed a visit to Vancouver. I sailed with HAL several years ago on an older ship and did not have a good experience but since it fit we decided to give it another ... Read more
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mrtnpwll
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Arrived in Vancouver a day and a half early to see some of the city sights.Took a cab to the cruise terminal and yes...they take American money. The driver took us all the way up to the entrance to Holland America section of the terminal. ... Read more
E.P.Dowd
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Very disappointing onboard. Would definitely not recommend HAL. Everything was below average in terms of quality of service, food and especially lack of concern or caring by anyone in the "front office." If you have a problem ... Read more
barb186
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Let me start with this trip was a 71st birthday celebration for my husband. A cruise to Alaska has been on our bucket list for some time now. So here’s the good, bad and ugly about our Holland America trip to Alaska last week ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
13 forum posts
20 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
2 helpful votes
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
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madmax195
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
If you are looking for a glamorous ship you are in the wrong place. Holland america ships do not provide all the "action" & "agadoo agadoo" like on other cruise companies. It provides a pleasant smooth trip with ... Read more
Good to be back
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
5 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
virginiastephens661
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
An immersion in Alaska’s stunning scenic beauty and small-town charm! Arriving at Seattle’s Pier 91 on boarding day in late August 2016, we saw the terminal pier flanked by two ships, the M/S Amsterdam and the Ruby ... Read more
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gourmetjan
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
110 forum posts
14 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
11 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
12 reviews
6 forum posts
13 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
9 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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