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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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1,164 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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judi17754
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Never Again on Holland America! My recent trip to Alaska from Seattle on Holland America’s Westerdam, in celebration of my grandson’s 10th birthday, was so disappointing that I will NEVER travel with this line again and I ... Read more
Pandora2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I loved this trip, and Holland America is impressive. Our verandah suite was quite roomy and had a ton of storage space. I’m not sure whether the stateroom description mentions a mini-refrigerator but there is a mini-bar that can ... Read more
jorgemb
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and did the 11 day cruise including Denali. This was our first HA cruise and we were very pleased. The highlight of the trip was Glacier Bay. The low light was the day we spent at sea. I had a great experience on the first day. As ... Read more
ihightower
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Flew to Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed in Pioneer Square. A few homeless around, but the cafes and restaurants around were open late and accommodating. Our hotel had a more than continental breakfast so we ate their prior ... Read more
astrophysical
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Our 7 night experience on the Amsterdam was both good and bad. Physically, the ship is beautiful. Our room steward was outstanding. The itinerary was great. The spa was outstanding, and the special "thermal suite" was well ... Read more

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pgoodw2
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As fairly experienced cruisers, this cruise did not meet our expectations and having read some of the previous reviews for this ship, I fully undertsnad where they are coming from. The service in the Open Seating restaurant was ... Read more
deetz06@charter.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 24th cruise and we've been on 5 different lines. This was without a doubt the best. The crew was stupendous. The ship was great and the food was exceptional. The sights and scenery on the inland waterway was beyond our wildest ... Read more
getoutthere59
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Spent the 1st week of the HAL organised tour on land, touring from Anchorage, through the Yukon, to Skagway for a 4 night sail thru Glacier Bay etc to Vancouver. A few hits, a few misses on the land portion of the tour (eg - bus load of ... Read more
da resort
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
Ship could use some big time updating. Bathrooms were ancient. Plumbing issue on first morning (early) caused flooding of cabin. Maintenance came and asked us to leave the room while they made repairs. Water spilt over from the ... Read more
Janie724
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We loved this cruise! Food everywhere, main dining room, Canaletto, Pinnacle Grill, and the Lido were outstanding. Staff everywhere very friendly. We took 5 side trips and they were excellent. Our signature suite was lovely. Quite large ... Read more

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jwhamlin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We have cruised with Princess 7 previous times and this was our first HAL cruise. Overall I can say I would recommend Hal to friends. I would say that HAL is more for the cruiser who prefers to pass time quietly rather than ... Read more
Pmtny72
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
We were lucky enough to get an upgrade to a Neptune suite. This was wonderful! The girls in the lounge were the best as well as our cabin stewards. We loved the option of breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill. Laundry services were much ... Read more
Cissa
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I am not quibbling about Alaska. Alaska was lovely, and I am delighted to have had a chance to experience some of it! This review is solely about the cruise itself. Ever since cruising to Canada on the Veendam, I'd been looking forward ... Read more
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WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our first exciting cruise to Alaska and we opted for the inner passage. Decision was made to start from Seattle because our friends were there, could have started from Vancouver and saved a sea-day. Ports of call: - ... Read more
Beave8920
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
1,207 forum post
1 helpful vote
We are experienced cruisers with this being my 22nd cruise, but first with HAL. This was a 7 day Alaska cruise, with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchican and Glacier Bay. We are "go with the flow" kinda folks, so we ... Read more

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Lalokau
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We did a land sea tour to Denali followed by the cruise through Glacier Bay to Vancouver stopping at various ports on the way. We booked all our tours through HAL. The embarkation was a breeze. Quick friendly and efficient. We ... Read more
marek gil
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My first time on cruise.Generally satisfied but taken by surprise that had to pay for plain water even from my room fridge. Alcohol OK but water? Also charges of 15% for service in bars or to servants-low ball. HAL charges enough for ... Read more
MrGadget007
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Parents took 3 kids, their spouses (significant other) and grandkids on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary. We have all cruised before, and have experience with several lines. Seattle's ... Read more
dmaikui
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
41 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
I've been on 12 HAL cruises. However, never on the Amsterdam. We were in a Neptune Suite #7016. Worst cabin I've ever had. I've been on 38 cruises, with various cruise lines so I know what should and shouldn't be. This cabin shook and the ... Read more
Willysmom2
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This ship should be taken out of service for a maajor overhaul. Bathroom tiles were mildew stained. Vinyl on restaurant booths were torn Dining tables had cracks in Formica that collected dirt. Line cooks were nice unless you had a ... Read more

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Mioara
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This Holland America line Alaska cruise on the Noordham was sold to us as an add-on to the Rocky Mountaineer experience. Our cabin was an upgrade from the standard cabin Rocky Mountaineer usually books as an add-on. It was spacious with a ... Read more
phantomrose101
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed everything but there could be a few improvements. Embarking took two hours of herding like cattle. Too long! Have never had to wait so long before! Disembarkation was much more organised. We booked the wine tasting ... Read more
bittner.joanne@gmail.com
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Flew to Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed at the Marriott Waterfront which was nice and convenient. Hotel arranged a shuttle to the terminal the next day. Very easy embarkation due to the fact that you can carry on your own ... Read more
K8eH
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I am so sorry to give this review to anyone who has already paid their hard earned money to go on this cruise. I have sailed with Holland America in the past and truly enjoyed my trip. My husband and I are much younger (about 30 years) ... Read more
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findane
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This whole Alaska cruise is a joke. Imagine sailing through some of the most beautiful uninhabited country then docking in a city of 800 people with three other cruise ships. 10,000 plus people descending on the town all at once. Every ... Read more

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