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1,173 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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smknmrz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We treated our grand children, girl 14 & boy 10 from Indiana, on this cruise. Lots of activities including age appropriate clubs for the kids. Swimming is always popular so there were 2 major pools plus hot tubs in the common areas ... Read more
philipcheng
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
We took the Alaska north bound cruise leaving on August 9. The ship traveled from Vancouver to Seward. My first impression was the ship was not very large and a bit old. It carries about 1500 passenger which actually was faster when ... Read more
cruiserjack1
Member Since 2009
12 reviews
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: I am 60 years old, and have cruised on dozens of ships. I was solo for this trip. It was my sixth cruise to Alaska and I was looking forward to a relaxing cruise. I was not disappointed! EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: Both went ... Read more
santabarbaraserenity
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
ALASKA CRUISE---Summertime FIRST I want to give great thanks to Imam and Sam, who were our amazing cabin stewards! They were over-the-top in their attention to meeting our needs!!! They made you feel like you were their most important ... Read more
Deb at sea
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on Holland America. We have done 4 or 5 cruises on Princess (very positive experiences) and 1 on Carnival. The positives: food and service was excellent; bed was comfortable; gym was good; Glacier Bay was ... Read more

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Reg2010
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This cruise was included in our package tour of the Rockies which my husband and I had undertaken to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our tour group was told that it may take a couple of hours to get through the embarkation process at ... Read more
Fariba
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We (2 adults, a teen and a pre-teen) loved this ship and the cruise. There was always something to do for each one of us. Well-stocked library, plenty of reading spaces, games, activities.The food and service was great. The ports and shore ... Read more
auldBrocher
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
After spending a glorious week weatherwise in Vancouver, we boarded the ship at 12.30. Our stateroom was ready and our luggage arrived soon after. In the meantime, our cabin stewards knocked to welcome us aboard and introduced themselves, ... Read more
FormerDon
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I booked the 7-day cruise in suite class along with land 6 months in advance and looked forward to our first cruise. Our journey began in Fairbanks where after arriving off our flight we were greeted by Holland American staff who pointed ... Read more
alaskacruiser123
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We are not cruisers so we do not expect much. We are happy if our luggage arrives. That was not the case here. Our trip started with a land portion going to Denali and for that HAL requires to physically split the luggage to use a part of ... Read more

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Deb Thomas
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
6 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
3 helpful votes
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
5 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
5 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
8 reviews
338 forum posts
5 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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