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109 Holland America Amsterdam Cruise Reviews

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tangopainter
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America Line, before we did 4 Cunard cruises (2 QM2, 1 QV and 1 QE). Main reason in the past to choose Cunard was that we are fond of all kind of dancing events, see also my review: ... Read more
Dutch Diver
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
629 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation was smooth, we arrived at the terminal at 10:45 AM, boarding started at 11:30 AM sharp. New ship, spotless, great decor, nice artwork. Entertainment decent as always. The World Stage showroom made good use of the big ... Read more
808lady
Member Since 2004
1 review
143 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and convenient dates of travel. (Coincided with a US holiday.). It was our first time on Holland America. We had a wonderful time and loved the ship. We liked the modern music-themed decor ... Read more
george@suttonrv.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We went with eight members of our extended family and friends. We had a very enjoyable time. The ship is beautiful and new. The cabin entertainment was much improved over previous cruises by offering live TV and a variety of movies and ... Read more
teamflames
Member Since 2013
1 review
573 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We sailed on the Koningsdam from Amsterdam for 3 weeks through the Baltic and Norway (a back to back cruise). We chose this cruise based primarily on itinerary, liked the fact the cruise started in Amsterdam (spent 3 nights beforehand) but ... Read more

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The Roys
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America and we weren't disappointed. The cabin was the best we've had on a cruise and the embarkment and disembarkment and the shore excursions were well organized. It took only 15 minutes to ... Read more
rocky beach
Member Since 2010
1 review
85 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted to see Norway, and what better way than more than a dozen ports in 20 days, in addition to Copenhagen and IJmuiden. Both embarkation and disembarkation went well, and we used HAL's transfers, since IJmuiden is a bit difficult ... Read more
Vobogeck
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
58 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Background This was our eighth cruise on HAL but our first cruise on the Prinsendam. We were a little apprehensive because we had talked to people on previous cruises who either loved or hated this smaller ship. A couple we had met ... Read more
boatman1088
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose a 21 day Norway and Baltic combo cruise to experience this part of Europe. And we chose the HAL Koningsdam because we like sailing on new ships, and had always heard high praises for the HAL cruise experience. Although this was ... Read more
BLUETAIL
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Bigger ship, smaller staterooms. Fifth HAL cruise, Koningsdam did not measure up to other HAL ships. Everything else was fine. Service crew seemed a bit inexperienced. Passageway carpeting could be improved. Ship gave one a feeling of ... Read more

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Seeing the World2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
HAL's new ship was well appointed, modern feel throughout and up-to-date with the latest technology. Even as the largest HAL ship it maintIned the intimate feel that their cruises have. Kudos to HAL on the Konigsdam overall. The ... Read more
cavedodger
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of previous good experience with HAL, the itinerary and the fact that Koningsdam is a new ship. While we really had a fantastic time and there are aspects of the ship that are very positive, there were also ... Read more
jvalentine
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
184 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We are recently back from our Norway fjords cruise (Norse Legends: Eidfjord, Geirangerfjord, Alesund, Bergen). Overall a great cruise. I've yet to sail on a perfect cruise, but this one was a good experience. I really enjoyed most of the ... Read more
reads2go
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
38 helpful votes
The ship may be very new but the decor is almost silly-it does not look like any luxury hotel we've ever stayed at. Cabins were fine. Cabin stewards were excellent. BUT service in the Lido, bars and even the dining room was very ... Read more
Dien
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
43 helpful votes
We just returned from a fantastic Koningsdam experience.This was our first time on a large ship. At check in we were quite overwhelmed by the number of people. Were all these people going on this ship? We had to get used to the crowds at ... Read more
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Onial
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I have always loved Holland America having sailed 157 days on their ships. I was excited about the new Koningsdam but was sorely disappointed. I have sailed with six other cruise lines and this was the worst cruise I have ever been on. ... Read more
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Smerdlap
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
I am mostly writing this because so many of the reviews I read are unduly harsh. While there were aspects to the cruising experience that needed improvement, the overall experience was terrific. This is a lovely ship, with friendly and ... Read more
surfcitygirl
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
79 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We have cruised on many lines in many locations, but have the most days on Holland America. We were interested in sailing on the new ship and have been planning a Midnight Sun and Fjord cruise, so this was our perfect opportunity. ... Read more
Gunnar1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Please excuse my english. I'm German. This was my fifth cruise. The first cruise was in 1993 on the beautiful Regent Sun from New York to Montreal. We have made already two cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line. This was our first cruise with ... Read more
Pukkepuk
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
19 helpful votes
My wife and I booked an accessible stateroom at the new Koningsdam, hoping to have a beautiful holiday. At the end however, this was our worst experience ever! We live in Amsterdam and cruised before with Celebrity. We had 2 wonderful ... Read more

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jadragnfly
Member Since 2000
1 review
165 forum posts
13 helpful votes
we wanted to cruise on a brand new ship and watched video etc online looked ok. not enough seating at most venues. took lunches away at some specialty restaurants like tamarind. have more pay for gelato ,pay for beer,pay for cokes type ... Read more
Felice33
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
I had been on the Veendam once and enjoyed it. I wanted to see the Norwegian fjords and Nordkapp and the K offered SOLO cabins. I am a well travelled single woman. It started poorly when the rep at the AMS airport was nowhere to be found. ... Read more
talavera_7
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
28 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the destination, Norway all the way to above the Arctic circle. We also wanted to experience a new ship after seven previous HAL cruises. As usual, the demographic is "mature". There were over 800 Dutch ... Read more
Traveleenie
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and the timing was perfect for our vacation plans to Norwegian Fjords. The fjords are beautiful and HAL offered a nice array of excursions that would be difficult to arrange yourself. Service ... Read more
sukki007
Member Since 2005
1 review
462 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Though we've never been huge fans of HAL, we generally choose them because of the interesting itineraries. For this cruise, the brand-new ship, itinerary, bonus perks, and decent on-board credit were major factors. But the ship is a ... Read more

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