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1,303 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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fredwen
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Classy experience. Ship: Noordam. Well appointed, clean, well maintained. Hand sanitizers available everywhere, with overhead and live reminders to use or to wash hands. Great implementation! Excellent emergency training ... Read more
Camden lady
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
11 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We joined the Noordam in Seward for one way to Vancouver after doing the land portion to Denali. We had a signature suite on deck 6 which was quite spacious with plenty of closet and storage space. The bathroom had double sinks and a ... Read more
sheryl27
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I have been wanting to visit Alaska, this cruise seemed like the perfect opportunity. The ship was granted access to cruise through Glacier Bay and through the Inside Passage. The cruise itself was amazing. The captain made daily ... Read more
seaproponent
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
220 forum posts
19 helpful votes
I'm not sure just how many trips I've taken on HAL over the past 15 years, but lots, and always in Neptune Suites. Prior to this one I have always been pleased, and more often than not, very pleased. In fact, along with Celebrity, HAL ... Read more
paul.shearman
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
The food and eating areas were clean, efficient and well run. They offered pleasant surroundings with efficient, hard working and friendly staff. We ate in the Lido, the common eating area and we impressed by it - much better than the ... Read more

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jjsmith1357
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were hoping that the Holland America Westerdam would be a step above the rest, but we didn't see that. No deal-breakers, but the lack of attention to detail was noticeable. I'll start with a few of the things I saw, and then share ... Read more
Jjjon
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed July 2016
Had good luck with Holland in the past. We got cabin 4174, on the stern above the dining area. Leaving Seattle the noise in the cabin was deafening, a constant pounding, very loud. This created a vibration which shook anything in the room ... Read more
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Run70
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We booked the cruise pretty late, and we wanted to go to Alaska. When I looked, there were only two 7-day Alaska cruises that fall within our budget. Holland America's one of the two and I've heard good things about it from my friends. So ... Read more
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balmybreeze
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
32 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Overall, our family of 9 had a good time on the Amsterdam, but I certainly would not want to do an "Around the World" trip on her. Our cabin had a few problems that our very nice stewards did their best to take care of. First, ... Read more
fussellk
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
My cruise rating was average for a few reasons, but first I'd like to write about the positives... Pros *Easiest embarkation and disembarkation ever and I've been on 13 cruises prior to this one. *Getting to and from the ship ... Read more

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Maasdamers
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Our family took a 14 night cruise on the Maasdam to Alaska, which included SE Alaska as well as Anchorage, Homer, and Kodiak. I highly recommend this cruise and itinerary. I had thought that the Maasdam would be showing its age and not ... Read more
junknthetrunk46@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I recently returned from an Alaskan land/sea cruise on Holland America. We were met at the Anchorage AK airport by a cruise line employee who directed us to the bus which took us to our Anchorage hotel for the land portion of our ... Read more
Carolyn448
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
My husband and I were looking for an interesting cruise for the summer and decided that Alaska would be just the right thing. We had been to Sitka and Juneau several years ago when he participated in a Russian music festival in Sitka. The ... Read more
smpy
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We had a fantastic time! This was a multigenerational trip, and there was something for everyone. Our room was of course small, and there were a few little issues with shower drainage, but everything was clean and in good condition. Any ... Read more
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Oregonone
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and trying to read ratings, reviews and make a decision on which cruise line to pick can be daunting. I read one reviewer that noted some of the poor reviews were from pretentious cruisers with expectations that ... Read more

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muskox
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
I was already in Seward so I chose an low priced cruise to return to Vancouver. The ship was older but quite lovely, being very well maintained. The cabin was about 25 sq. feet larger that the average inside cabin on other ships that I ... Read more
liontamers
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this back-to-back Alaska cruise based on the exceptional last minute price. We have sailed to Alaska numerous times and are never disappointed with the beauty. We arrived in Vancouver by air and quickly transferred to the ... Read more
Kramer1953
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Best things: Viewing train ride from Anchorage to Denal Watching fishing in Ship's Creek in downtown Anchorage Nice hotel in Anchorage Humpy's restaurant in Anchorage for fish and chowder. Dinner theater play in Denali ... Read more
Jason82
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
12 helpful votes
An Alaska cruise has been on my bucket list for a while. We chose this cruise on a whim due to a sale and booked 30 days out, so we got quite the deal on price. The trip was better than I could have imagined. The scenery of mountains, ... Read more
Nate8466
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I have taken two cruises on the Holland America lines and I've come back with the same opinion on both. They sucked. The dinning was lousy, the food was bad and the service was lousy, especially on the Amsterdam. I took this same cruise 10 ... Read more

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AvoidHollandAmerica
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Food was too salty and the Lido Buffet had virtually the same thing everyday. The ship is in need of remodeling, dirty doors, threadbare cushions in the Crow's Nest. The three switches for lights in the cabin are directly behind your ... Read more
heybrah
Member Since 2012
1 review
21 helpful votes
To be honest, I was very skeptical about cruising on Zaandam based upon past reviews. I heard that the ship was "old and tired". In contrast, we were very pleasantly surprised about the service we got from HA and the cruise ... Read more
Superwoman12
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was our first cruise, along with two friends who hadn't cruised before either. We were all a little apprehensive, particularly with the idea of being herded on & off ship, into restaurants, etc. But we were very pleasantly ... Read more
KSAM97
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise. We chose this cruise and cruise line based on the itinerary. The embarkation was smooth. The staff was friendly and helpful. They were mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines. Some of the staff were difficult ... Read more
tomatwood
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
My main complaints for the Holland America Westerdam to Alaska were: The food was awful and TERRIBLE for anyone who wants to eat healthily or who has food allergies. All the veggies had butter on them (you should use olive oil). The ... Read more

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