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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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1,413 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews
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rleefamily
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 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
20 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
16 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
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
63 forum posts
19 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
12 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
4 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
22 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
jerseyv
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
48 forum posts
7 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
4 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
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sararuth@bellsouth.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
13 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
13 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
pshep
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Admittedly, we're neophytes to this mode of transportation-entertainment. Our only other cruising experience had come as many years earlier - a wedding gift from my mom. ... Read more
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chsh22000
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
My wife and I always wanted to go on an Alaskan Cruise, after looking at available dates, prices and reviews we selected Holland America, leaving out of Seattle. I have read a lot of reviews here that noted the poor condition of the ... Read more
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OBCruiser44
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
This Ship takes the Glacier Bay Park Tour. With it being first tour to Alaska, wanted to see the national park. Overall, the Cruise was very good. Embarkation and disembarking were smoothly run and most staff eager to make this happen. ... Read more
GustavSpeed
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We had taken another Holland America Cruise and it was great. This one, not so much: 1) Travel to Anchorage was problematic. We wanted to go 2 day2 before but the agent talked us into going the day before and of course there was ... Read more
leztar
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Our cabin was ok, except for night noise from galley above. Only 1 electric outlet a problem. First night out was horrible weather - bring meds. Days typically misty, rainy with pm clearing. Entertainment ranged from "A" ... Read more
Gr8trips
Member Since 2014
1 review
15 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We did the land and sea trip, landing first in Fairbanks AK. The arrival to Fairbanks Airport was seamless and staff were waiting for us with envelopes in hand. Communication was excellent and we proceeded by coach to the hotel. Was a ... Read more
madigan008
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was my first Alaska cruise. Did the 13 day land/sea starting in Fairbanks not much going on there. went to denali stayed at mckinley chalet, little concerned that in the back lodge no front desk with employee staffed there. didnt ... Read more
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Traveling red
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
First time cruise, anniversary trip with my husband and sister and brother in law. Was one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. Holland knows customer service, we felt pampered every day, from the wonderful cabin stewards and ... Read more
Buck-White Boys
Member Since 2012
1 review
107 forum posts
23 helpful votes
This was our 10th cruise, our 5th on Holland America and our 5th to Alaska . . . our 3rd to Alaska on Holland America. We chose this particular cruise primarily because of price and timing, but have wanted to sail on the Nieuw Amsterdam ... Read more
minmor3
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Only reason was that we had to pay for 3 other people and the fact this cruise was a "roundtrip" was helpful n accommodating 2 elderly people in our group as well! We Will never go cack to HAL. The FRONT DESK staff needs major ... Read more
pincher555
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
1.0 star rating 10/3/2016 The worst cruise line that I have traveled on-- comparing to Carnival, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. The food and the food service is inferior to the other cruise lines. The spa staff gave a terrible first ... Read more
rjwaxman
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 forum posts
Sailed August 2016
Itinerary was interesting, took us to parts of Alaska most cruise ships avoid. In fact, except for Ketchikan and Juneau, we were the only ship in port. We like Holland America because they include a locations guide, in this case a native ... Read more
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