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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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84 Holland America Amsterdam Cruise Reviews

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reads2go
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 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
26 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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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cmlvngstn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2016
The ship is beautiful and our cabin was lovely and comfortable. We had delightful stewards, but that was where the fun ended. The Internet fees were ridiculous and excessive. We spent HUNDREDS of dollars just to have basic and sketchy ... Read more
Canucksafloat
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The Koningsdam is a beautiful new ship. The crew is also new, therefore still needs to be fully trained. The service in dining room is quite slow requiring 2+ hours for dinner. The dining room food is good, but not excellent. The Tamarind ... Read more
dave8816
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
24 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have been on many HAL cruises (I think 8 on HAL and about 15 overall). We took this cruise because we thought the itinerary was interesting and we wanted to experience this new ship. The itinerary was interesting but the ship was a ... Read more

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Samlerman
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
7 forum posts
14 helpful votes
I must first say that the fjords in Norway are some of the most beautiful places we have ever been. I would highly recommend a cruise to Norway to anyone. We chose this cruise because we wanted to go above the Arctic Circle, which was very ... Read more
tampabaygal
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
24 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I had always wanted to cruise the fjords. I chose HAL because I have cruised them numerous times in the past, have always liked their quality and attention to the passengers. I chose the Koningsdam because it ... Read more
venison
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
23 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, dates and because it was a new ship...last year was the first time we sailed with HAL, so we booked this new ship while onboard the Eurodam since we also received the shipboard credit. ... Read more
OceanPatter
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
127 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We’re surprised by the variation of these early Koningsdam reviews. We had a great time (this being our first HAL cruise), having recently cruised with Crystal. We wanted to try a new ship, and we loved this newest member of HAL. We ... Read more
Mickirish
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
41 forum posts
30 helpful votes
I had been warned that I would be travelling with my 84 year old mother on the "old people's boat", but I had also heard that Holland America was known for its enrichment activities, particularly its lectures while at sea. Well, ... Read more

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chestnut5
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
33 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our 12th HAL cruise and we were anxious to sail on the Koningsdam. Embarkation out of Amsterdam was flawless. Boarded and went straight to our room. Suite 6229, Neptune with a huge wrap around balcony. Although smaller room ... Read more
lilibetii
Member Since 2009
1 review
12 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
People have all different expectations and so there many different reactions as exemplified here. This was my 6th cruise on the Rotterdam and having taken very many cruises I now find that this is my best cruise ever. I boarded the ... Read more
katididnt
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
41 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We were really looking forward to this trip & we have sailed with Holland previously. It was our first cruise in the northern hemisphere. We chose this cruise for the ports it was going to & because it was a small ship. The ... Read more
ddspokgy
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This cruise was called "Celtic & Gaelic Explorer". We actually embarked at Ijmuiden which you need to be aware of because if you stay in Amsterdam, the taxi fare to the port is substantial. We had heard great things ... Read more
robynraymer
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was my third and favorite HAL cruise. Every stop was a joy. Every excursion was very good to excellent. I love the Prinsendam--it's smaller than HAL other ships, and that's a good thing. All of the comforts and amenities of bigger ... Read more

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Logistigr8r
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
129 forum posts
6 helpful votes
MS Prinsendam 19 Aug – 2 Sep 2015 Kiel Canal and Baltic Cruise The Prinsendam is the “elegant old classic” of the HAL fleet. Originally built in 1988, it was acquired by HAL in 2002. It is a beautiful ship with ... Read more
showme15
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Recently returned from the Baltic cruise aboard Holland America's Prisendam and must say the entire cruise was the best ever. The itinerary was a select, well thought out selection of ports and countries. The service was untouchable. ... Read more
fairfax travel guy
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This is my 3rd time sailing on the Prinsendam,and I am sorry to say might be my last. I have seen cutbacks everywhere,yet Holland America keeps touting her.....and raising her cruise fare.....A cruise on her is not cheap. My main ... Read more
Highballs
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
After a year absence from cruising, things had changed. Food is important to us, I think it has improved, my wife wasn't sure. Service was excellent and professional but fewer stewards. The room was good, clean and in good repair. They ... Read more
rjwaxman
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 3rd time on the ship, though the 2nd within less than a year--we sailed on a Norway cruise last summer--. Somewhat surprised at the turnover of staff: almost no one was on staff from last summer. However, had good experiences ... Read more

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guyjud
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We have previously done cruises on Regent, Seabourne, and Uniworld so while not a cruise snob, I have been fortunate to experience some of the top cruise lines. I chose Prinsendam because the itinerary was interesting; the boat was small; ... Read more
9000
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
The itinerary for this cruise was excellent but I would recommend organising your own tours as the organised tours are very over priced. The staterooms are comfortable and the walk in wardrobe is great. The food was disappointing and ... Read more
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ThelmLou
Member Since 2012
15 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise over a year in advance because of the itinerary and wanted a smaller ship. Whilst we have sailed HAL 4 times prior , it generally is not our favorite. We were very pleasantly surprised. We knew the ship was older ... Read more
madera1
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
1,255 forum post
1 helpful vote
We traveled with 5 other friends who agreed that this particular itinerary was very port intensive and included ports that were new to us. We arrived in Amsterdam 2 days prior to the cruise and had a great time exploring this city. We ... Read more
btoohill
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
172 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords has been on our bucket list so the itinerary for this cruise was a big draw as was the ship. We enjoy smaller, more intimate ships and the Prinsendam was perfect. We sailed her a few years ago around England, ... Read more

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