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1,164 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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Deb Thomas
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
This was our first cruise, and hope it isn't our last. The ship was beautiful. We were spoiled everyday by staff.....from the ones that cleaned our room, to those that served our meals. All were extremely cheerful, friendly, and ... Read more
Mimi26
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was my very first Holland America Cruise, and first cruise to Alaska. I've been to 3 cruises before this, all of which were with Royal Caribbean and were in the Caribbean as well, most recently on the Oasis of the Seas. We arrived in ... Read more
vancy
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
I don't understand the negative reviews. This was a very nice ship in excellent shape. We sailed on Celebrity Reflection in its first year. Reflection was nice, but I'd give edge to Volendam. Public areas have nicer decor and much ... Read more
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jaikishan
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We wanted an Alaskan experience via the cruise. We booked Holland America liner ,Amsterdam. We were boarding from Seatle .We reached the port ealier than the scheduled boarding time and was quite good the boarding process started ... Read more
montpa271
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We have been on several Holland American cruises and I must say this was the worst ever. The room stewards were great as was the captain but the cruise director and the chef left a lot to be desired. First I will take on the food. ... Read more

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lawra09
Member Since 2001
5 reviews
179 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
After reading recent reviews of the Volendam, we were a little apprehensive but since we were only going to be on it for 3 days prior to a 9 day Holland America land tour, we just hoped for the best. Let me first say this was our 58th ... Read more
travgurl
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
751 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We began our cruise tour in Fairbanks. I must say that the land and sea portion were done very well by Holland. We stayed at the Westmark in Fairbanks, the McKinley Chalet and the Westmark in Anchorage. All of the accommodations were ... Read more
Diminoj@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
This smaller ship had the qualities of great food with a good variety of choices. The service was also very good. We had a suite and the amenities were great. The free pressing service and laundry was very handy and become a spoiled ... Read more
flaed
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a wonderful trip. Went to Vancouver and stayed in a super hotel, the Fairmont Waterfront. They parked the ship right in front of our hotel. Boarded the Holland-America's Oosterdam on Sunday the 19th and sailed at 4pm. Next day was ... Read more
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DIY-guy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We wanted a Seattle-to-Seattle seven day Alaska cruise in the time frame of Mid July to Mid August as part of our celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. After some web research, we narrowed our search to the smaller ships (a ... Read more

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Thorswife59
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
First time on HAL but we've cruised before with Carnival, Princess and Cunard. We had a fabulous cruise start to finish! The Amsterdam is a beautiful ship! Loved all of the elegant touches like live orchids on every table in the Lido ... Read more
Catlover54
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
322 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I usually cruise on small luxury lines like SS, Seabourn, or Regent. I signed up for this one-week cruise because it was sponsored by a group I am interested in, with group seminars on board on sea days. I was a bit ... Read more
spankyfinch
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
198 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Wasn't sure about this ship by the reviews here...I would say having lived it, its average to the ten-ish others I’ve been on. It has its good and its not so good like any ship I've been on. We flew to Vancouver day of the cruise and ... Read more
grendel_z
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
After reading all of the negative reviews about the food, the ship, the service (though this usually gets high marks) and the activities, I was a little concerned about what we might find once we boarded. It's true that the ship looks ... Read more
Apsleybabe
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We've just had a great experience on a generally very professional ship. Yes there were a few jiggles but let's be realistic ....the same happens in hotels and at home .... so lets all get real! Embarkation at Canada Place was very ... Read more

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JPH814
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
1,522 forum post
0 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers (both in our 60s) with our two grown children and thier spouses. To review this trip you really have to look at two separate things - the land portion and the cruise portion. We did the land portion first. ... Read more
SeaDog70s
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First Time Cruise; 40th Anniversary Celebration. With nothing to compare to, these opinions are based on a comparison to the views of others on Cruise Critic, as well as a comparison to the marketing of Holland America itself. Food: ... Read more
paboo62
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Just returned from a 7 day Alaskan inside passage cruise with Holland America on the m/s Noordam, sailing dates July 11th thru 18th. Our first cruise, 3 of us in one stateroom; my wife and I along with our 14 year old granddaughter. We ... Read more
kiwicruiser55
Member Since 2008
1 review
204 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Prior to our cruise we had hired a motorhome for 8 weeks and toured a little of USA but spent most of our time in Canada. For me the cruise was to celebrate my 60th birthday and have a week of relaxation and enjoy being waited on. ... Read more
Settyboo
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I were surprised by our daughter Julie and her husband Will with the trip of a lifetime, an Alaskan cruise. Along with them and their 2 children, Catherine 10 and Matthew 6 1/2, we embarked in Seattle, Washington on the MS ... Read more

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Cruisejunkisessex
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
embarkation took more than 2 hours. Staff very friendly Staterooms and communal areas very clean and spacious. Food bland and tepid. Fish dried out (kept warmed?) Formal nights? Anything goes, jeans, t-shirts etc. management ... Read more
Michael O
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The cruise to Alaska on the Holland America ship Volendam was a mixed experience. The places visited, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan were all great in their different and dramatic ways. We went on a number of excursions, whale ... Read more
ironhead48
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
we traveled with our daughter and 3 granddaughters. we had 2 oceanview cabins next to each other. It was on the main deck. they were very good cabins and location.we thought the food at the Lido deck was very good, with many cooked to ... Read more
ALP ALASKA
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise and would recommend the ship. It is older as others have mentioned but the food and service are very good. People do care about making you happy. I do have a few comments: 1. Vista fixed time seating is great ... Read more
izzielu61
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My husband and I booked this cruise and I would definitely do that again and recommend that to any one wanting to book a cruise. Our travel agent took wonderful care of us and knew just what to do and answered all of our questions. She ... Read more

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