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183 Holland America Amsterdam Cruise Reviews
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BookScrapper
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
The dates of travel, itinerary, ship. We were traveling with two others, so the dates of travel were important. The itinerary was new to us, starting in Amsterdam and ending in Rome, was just perfect. We were able to spend 3 days ... Read more
Barbrox
Member Since 2012
1 review
61 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise because it is a new cruise ship and we really loved the itinerary. Overall, we thought the ship was beautiful. Our room was lovely. We liked the layout of the room, with the bed near the balcony. The shower was ... Read more
weimar
Member Since 2011
1 review
25 forum posts
5 helpful votes
They have to stop the smoking on the ship, the casino smoking goes right up into the BB King area, and infiltrates the whole entertainment area. The ship is clean and the staff remains excellent. The ship is considerably larger than ... Read more
332266
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
The idea of cruising on a brand new ship was exciting and it turns out it was also very worthwhile. The Konigsdam is magnificent. Her captain and crew run a tight ship. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was on time, pleasant, ... Read more
travel_lady
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
16 forum posts
25 helpful votes
If you are hoping for something up-scale from Carnival you will enjoy HA’s new Koningsdam; if you don’t mind having to get to the popular ship events (lectures, evening entertainment etc.) at least 20 minutes early to even get ... Read more
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redtag
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
6 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We chose this repositioning cruise because it began in Amsterdam and ports were mainly in Portugal and Spain. The ship is new and new is nice and clean. Beds, showers and TV are good. However, the ship was overcrowded. There is no ... Read more
CanadianTravellers
Member Since 2012
1 review
73 forum posts
25 helpful votes
I have read some of the criticisms of this new ship .....and yes, I can see what some people were writing about ......the very few minor annoyances .....BUT COME ON !!! REALLY ??? This Billion Dollar ship was a joy to be on for 2 weeks ... Read more
dennis1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
The selection was from a recommendation of a number of friends in regards to Holland American cruises. The MS Koningsdam was new and the cruise and port visits sounded interesting. Over all we found the cruise comfortable and ... Read more
Juergen1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
First things first, be aware that MS Koningsdam was our fifth cruiser. Our first trip was on board Hal’s Ryndam (September 2011), and we became addicts to this way of travel. It really was a dreamlike trip. Consequently, we had ... Read more
Jentilben
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We had a wonderful time on this Baltic Cruise. I have never sailed with Holland America before-- I was not disappointed. I thought the musical theme of the ship was interesting and whimsical. I had an inside cabin-- I was unsure how ... Read more
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cowes 20
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
34 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We loved the ship and the cruise to some of the most interesting destinations we have visited. We loved the Koningsdam. Of course some of the interior design, sculptures and wall art would benefit from some interpretation. Not every light ... Read more
njohnso1472
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Itinerary. Beautiful ship, excellent food, great service and people, tours well designed. I would like to see books for sale, (I went with nothing to read for a week when my kindle died and a library and book exchange for guests to get ... Read more
gregghorvath
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
I booked this cruise last year when I heard about the new ship and the great ports I have never been to. My wife and I are 51 and have been on 13 cruise, Disney, NCL, and Royal. I was very nervous before the cruise because I was ... Read more
JLUrsini
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
We just returned from our cruise two days ago and wanted to write this review while everything was fresh in my mind. I was torn between giving an "overall" rating of 3 or 4 stars because we did have a wonderful time, but the ... Read more
colocruisefan
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
12 forum posts
21 helpful votes
My wife and I just got back from our 14 night Baltic Sea cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam, starting and ending in Amsterdam. I give this cruise average marks overall, for the reasons below. Pros of Cruise: 1. Our cabin ... Read more
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RedLeafTree
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed August 2016
Cruise chosen as this is a new ship. We'd already been on Ovation of the Sea and wonted to sail on Carnival Vista this year. So just fitted in with our plans. Traveling from the UK and embarking in Amsterdam was really easy - short ... Read more
James Gang
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We very disappointed in the Koninngsdam. My husband and I are 4 star mariners and have cruised on several of the "dam" ships. We did not care for the changes in entertainment from previous cruises. For being billed as the ... Read more
Arrondor
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
72 helpful votes
It was with some trepidation we took our first Holland America Line cruise after reading the reviews here. Having experienced a near perfect holiday, I am writing this review to try and add some balance to the negative reviews. To add ... Read more
navinle
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We have spent dozens of days cruising from Carnival to Regent. This was our first and last Holland America cruise. We chose this cruise as we wanted to tour northern Europe. We booked a so called suite which was about two thirds the ... Read more
walker47
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We choose this cruise because it went to Iceland. It was our first cruise and we had no idea of what to expect. The embarkation process seemed a bit slow but once on board we forgot about the waiting. The ship is beautifully decorated and ... Read more
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Lscruiser
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
7 forum posts
18 helpful votes
I was excited to sail the new Holland Koningsdam on this Northern Isles and Viking Sagas itinerary. Sadly, the ship was disappointment and there were more negatives than positives on the cruise as a whole. This one ended up being tagged ... Read more
judith cherry
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We have cruised on Holland America several times and generally found their ships to be enjoyable and well staffed. Not so with this ship. It looks to me like "every expense was spared". The decor was tacky and tasteless. The ... Read more
colpp
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Let me begin by saying we have been on over 25 cruises. We have cruised on Carnival (1x, never again), NCL (family cruises), RCC, Holland, Regents, Azamara, Celebrity, MSC (never again because of smokers) and American (don't think they ... Read more
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cambriah
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
135 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America. We chose HAL because we liked the itinerary, The Konigsdam was a new ship and we wanted to give Holland America a try. We arrived at the port early but were welcomed aboard immediately. ... Read more
hawkeye3d
Member Since 2006
1 review
160 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Embarkation, in Amsterdam took about 1 1/2 hours, 1/2 hour to check in then an hour wait until we actually got on board. We arrived at 1PM and would have been better off is we had wait until 2PM The ship, obviously is new, and in ... Read more
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