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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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MidwesternCruiser2
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
616 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I've cruised 20+ times; three to Alaska...unfortunately twice on Holland. I selected this cruise (knowing I might be disappointed with some things) because it was when I wanted to go (before summer), with the itinerary I preferred (Sitka ... Read more
SATXcruiserDeb
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We wanted to sail to Alaska from Seattle and found a great deal on this cruise on Costco travel. We spent three days in Seattle and really enjoyed this city, although the Pikes Market area is very busy, even during the week. Holland ... Read more
terp2053
Member Since 2009
10 reviews
53 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
All in all, good cruise and good value. Our June sailing gave us a lot of animal sightings. Whales and porpoise seemed to follow our ship. We took a whale watch excursion in Juneau, although we had already seen a lot of whales from the ... Read more
NCJJCPJC2013
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Both HAL and the Maasdam came highly recommended. We wanted a 14 night cruise that went to more ports than the previous Alaskan cruise we took in 1999. I read up on the Maasdam reviews and liked what I read. After booking we heard it had ... Read more
nw gardener
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
187 forum posts
19 helpful votes
This was our second HAL cruise, and our first 2 week cruise, and the Maasdam is the smallest ship to date for us. We [hubby and myself], loved the size of the ship, and although it is an older ship, thought it was well maintained. ... Read more

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California Desert Rat
Member Since 2014
1 review
13 helpful votes
We picked this cruise due to the many ports that other ships can't reach. Anchorage, Homer & Kodiak. And a new stop, "Icy Strait Point". We have sailed on Holland America before, and to Alaska. Were disappointed at the ... Read more
kgs1963
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for a couple of reasons....one being the itinerary. Hubbard Glacier was the deciding factor. It was AMAZING!! and two was that we have very good friends who take a portion of the world cruise, which is on this ship, ... Read more
Laura1025
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Before my father passed away last year he told my sister and I to take a cruise after he was gone. My brother in law has been to every state in the USA except Alaska. We chose the land and sea Alaskan package through Holland America. ... Read more
v336
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
We sailed from Vancouver port to Seward in June. Overall experience was very good. Vancouver port: Got to the port at 3.30pm. Went through US Immigration first. We were the last one in the line. People who came earlier were in line for ... Read more
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ColoradoPlainsCruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We wanted to see Sitka, AK & this is the only cruise that goes there, I think because it is a smaller vessel. Our room was actually bigger than I expected with lots of storage. I would however recommend you bring a power strip as ... Read more

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Newcomkj
Member Since 2013
1 review
16 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. We have cruised about 12 other times on Carnival, Norwegian and Celebrity. This was a cruise/land combination (Double Denali). The Zaandam is smaller so that it can go through the inside passage (about ... Read more
Grantdale49
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
We are in our mid 60's and are not interested in noisy entertainment ship life. Travelled around Yukon and Alaska with HAL then returned to Vancouver on Noordam. Boarding at Seward very quick, with just the security check. Ship is ... Read more
denirv
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
My rating is really based on Holland America Line in general.. This review of Noordam just confirms past experiences. My choice of HAL was based on convenience rather than comfort. All onboard services have degraded to poor. The focus ... Read more
Paulinda
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
486 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We boarded the Amsterdam in Seattle on June 5th for our cruise to Alaska. We had stops in Juneau, The Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketichikan and Victoria BC. We returned to Seattle on June 12th and disembarked. We chose HAL because CC had ... Read more
HSSUB25
Member Since 2012
1 review
11 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Visited son who lives in Anchorage, then took the cruise from June 5 - 12 from Seward to Vancouver. It was nice time of year - light long and mild weather. We had no rain on the entire trip, unusual we were told. It even close to 80 on ... Read more

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