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1,397 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews
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rayjitsu
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
12 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was our 10th cruises to Alaska but 1st with HAL. Balcony room, and accompanying two 83 years adults. What we like: Hard working staffs everywhere, clean ship. Entertainments: Bobby Wilson's Motown evening, Illusionist's ... Read more
oceantidesonethree
Member Since 2016
1 review
Our first cruise with Holland America, to Alaska on the 7-day Inside Passage cruise, was wonderful. We booked almost at the last minute based on the suggestion of our daughter and son-in-law, who travelled with us. We both had ocean view ... Read more
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, after checking several websites we decided that we wanted a medium size vessel and chose "Travel Best Bets" from Vancouver to complete our plans. They did a wonderful job and Megan Stone was most ... Read more
andy6221
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
When shopping for an Alaska cruise Holland America was highly recommended by the travel agent as a great cruise line. But I was very disappointed from the start. First was the "suite". I had never had a suite before and ... Read more
scotchies
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was our 7th Alaskan cruise and 2nd on HAL. We are a family of 4 and both our children (11 &15)enjoy cruising. I chose the Amsterdam because i wanted to try a smaller ship. i rate the overall cruise as very good. It was low key and ... Read more
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SciMaestroHou
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Smaller ship, different itinerary. Never been on Holland America, heard lots of good things about it. We anted to visit Sitka rather than Skagway. We wanted to go to Hubbard Glacier rather than Tracy Arm Fjord/Ford's Terror (Sawyer ... Read more
Christine81
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Our cruise to AK on the Westerdam (July 2016) was wonderful. Arrival: Embarking process was efficient. Our cabin was clean and ready to go when we arrived at noon. We used the luggage direct service and are glad we did! First ... Read more
Katgal98
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we were filled with excitement and anticipation when we boarded. We are seniors who wanted a quiet experience, and some new landscapes to explore. I looked into the various cruise lines, ... Read more
swimgranny
Member Since 2010
1 review
134 forum posts
5 helpful votes
we choose this cruise based largely on date. we were a family of 8 ranging in age from 14 to 71. all enjoyed the cruise with a few complaints. the port schedule was off. not enough time in ketchican and not much to see in sitca . Holland ... Read more
Cruiser Andi
Member Since 2013
1 review
399 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We love cruising to Alaska and chose this cruise because it's easy for us to get to Seattle. We have cruised with HAL 3 times prior. We were unfortunate enough that our balcony stateroom was just above someone who was a prolific cigar ... Read more
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Czech1
Member Since 2015
1 review
52 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Rather mediocre quality food and entertainment for the most part. Food was overly sauced and fancy but the end result was "strange tasting food" that reflected the Filipino and Indonesian influences of the chef. Maybe 2 -3 ... Read more
nvrgvup
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to embark and disembark. They have it down pat. We took advantage of their luggage service that checked us, and our bags in with the airlines. About 2 days before disembarkation, they ... Read more
LindaLouise
Member Since 2012
1 review
81 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Chose this cruise as it sailed RT Seattle and offered our first glimpse of Alaska. We will have to go back some day to do a land tour. Really enjoyed the small towns we stopped in. Hi-lights were: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour in ... Read more
JoAnnaBullhead
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We do this cruise every year. 14 day Alaska. This year the weather was the worst.. rain and cold every day. ( Not Holland America's fault) Great people both staff and guests. 5 main gripes.. 1. Food in Lido unappealing looking and ... Read more
nmd
Member Since 2011
1 review
113 forum posts
3 helpful votes
this is the second time we have done this 14 day cruise. although this time we did have rain at every port, it did not stop us from having a great time. we most enjoyed our visit to Icy Strait Point and Hoonah. the best shopping in the ... Read more
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fishr
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
My wife and I took "Double Denali" package in July on HA. We spent the night in Anchorage then took the breathtaking and comfortable McKinley Explorer train to Denali National Park. Each glass-domed car has a narrator/guide, a ... Read more
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Danoh2016Alaska
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit of concern the ... Read more
hulagirl1951
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on deck one from time to ... Read more
stevecblock
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
21 helpful votes
We chose the Alaska land and cruise package that included the 3 night Denali pre-cruise trip. We flew into Anchorage on July 12, two days before the official start (always concerned about flight delays). Flights on Delta from ... Read more
lkdean
Member Since 2016
1 review
After our last cruise on a line that attracted more families, we wanted a cruise line that focused less on kids and more on better dining. The Niew Amsterdam did not disappoint. The ship was in good condition and the food was great. We ... Read more
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JMax513
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
28 helpful votes
I should start by putting my basis for this rating into perspective. Last summer we cruised on the Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) in the Mediterranean. You will not find a more modern ship with more amenities than Allure; however, I ... Read more
SGARL
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We went on a land/sea cruise with Holland America to Alaska, starting first with the land portion. The package deal provides one night in Anchorage before you set off for Denali National Park. We choose to extend our hotel stay to two ... Read more
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Captain Camera
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
5 helpful votes
An Alaskan Inside Passage cruise was a bucket list trip, we have only recently started taking cruises, in fact all our cruise so far have been in 2016 and all with Holland America, it just worked out this way, we had no prior knowledge of ... Read more
Diane Kulkarni
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We were guided to this cruise to Alaska through the Inside Passage on the Noordam by Peter at Discount Cruises. The occasion was our 44th wedding anniversary combined with my husbands 50th class reunion. Four classmates and their wives ... Read more
onyourmark
Member Since 2003
14 reviews
514 forum posts
11 helpful votes
After cruising on newer Celebrity and Royal Caribbean larger ships, the Noordam appeared compact, dimly lit and rich in traditional décor. We booked the 14 day return Alaska cruise from Vancouver less than one week prior to the July ... Read more
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