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1,177 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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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
JPH814
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
1,530 forum post
0 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers (both in our 60s) with our two grown children and thier spouses. To review this trip you really have to look at two separate things - the land portion and the cruise portion. We did the land portion first. ... Read more
SeaDog70s
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First Time Cruise; 40th Anniversary Celebration. With nothing to compare to, these opinions are based on a comparison to the views of others on Cruise Critic, as well as a comparison to the marketing of Holland America itself. Food: ... Read more
paboo62
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Just returned from a 7 day Alaskan inside passage cruise with Holland America on the m/s Noordam, sailing dates July 11th thru 18th. Our first cruise, 3 of us in one stateroom; my wife and I along with our 14 year old granddaughter. We ... Read more

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kiwicruiser55
Member Since 2008
1 review
204 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Prior to our cruise we had hired a motorhome for 8 weeks and toured a little of USA but spent most of our time in Canada. For me the cruise was to celebrate my 60th birthday and have a week of relaxation and enjoy being waited on. ... Read more
Settyboo
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I were surprised by our daughter Julie and her husband Will with the trip of a lifetime, an Alaskan cruise. Along with them and their 2 children, Catherine 10 and Matthew 6 1/2, we embarked in Seattle, Washington on the MS ... Read more
Cruisejunkisessex
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
embarkation took more than 2 hours. Staff very friendly Staterooms and communal areas very clean and spacious. Food bland and tepid. Fish dried out (kept warmed?) Formal nights? Anything goes, jeans, t-shirts etc. management ... Read more
Michael O
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The cruise to Alaska on the Holland America ship Volendam was a mixed experience. The places visited, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan were all great in their different and dramatic ways. We went on a number of excursions, whale ... Read more
ironhead48
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
we traveled with our daughter and 3 granddaughters. we had 2 oceanview cabins next to each other. It was on the main deck. they were very good cabins and location.we thought the food at the Lido deck was very good, with many cooked to ... Read more

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ALP ALASKA
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise and would recommend the ship. It is older as others have mentioned but the food and service are very good. People do care about making you happy. I do have a few comments: 1. Vista fixed time seating is great ... Read more
izzielu61
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My husband and I booked this cruise and I would definitely do that again and recommend that to any one wanting to book a cruise. Our travel agent took wonderful care of us and knew just what to do and answered all of our questions. She ... Read more
judi17754
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 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
5 helpful votes
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
4 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

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ihightower
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
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

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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
jwhamlin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 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
2 helpful votes
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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