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73 Holland America Amsterdam Cruise Reviews

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lilibetii
Member Since 2009
1 review
12 forum posts
10 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
2 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
8 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
Logistigr8r
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
129 forum posts
4 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

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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
guyjud
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 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

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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
14 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
1,231 forum post
0 helpful votes
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
1 review
170 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
welshwaterboy
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked this trip from Amsterdam to Boston thinking that itinerary might attract some adventure travellers and birders, to help fill in my lamentable ignorance about Atlantic pelagic birds. Boy, were we wrong! More than 1000 of the 1200 ... Read more

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stewcall
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
654 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have always wanted to cruise on the Prinsendam. The size of the ship and it's unique itinerary has always been appealing. 60 days before sailing a good deal came via email for the trip around the British Isles and we jumped on it. Let ... Read more
tommcs
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
This was our first cruise and probably our last on the Prinsendam. We have been on 3 other Holland America ships and really enjoyed the ship and the customer service, but sadly not this time. For being Holland America's Flagship, it is a ... Read more
pramsay111@hotmail.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We embarked at the Ijmuiden port, it is a little out of the way. We booked our transfers privately and this worked very well and not expensive, we were a group of 8. Embarkation worked well and our luggage was delivered in a timely ... Read more
Bessa63
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
34 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
My sister and I booked this trip because it was the itinerary we had long wanted and a terrific price point. The Prinsendam is a lovely ship, just the right size, not one of the behemoths where you don't see people you know. Yes, it may ... Read more
travel09
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
126 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
Our cruise was Norway/Celtic experience, 34 days from Ijumiden, 23rd June.2014. This was our 6th cruise with Holland America, and the itinerary was outstanding. The weather was also a contributing factor, in making this a wonderful ... Read more

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StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
19 reviews
1,472 forum post
1 helpful vote
Prinsendam 5-24-14 Kiel Canal & Baltics  Departure & arrival in the Netherlands, 5-22 & 5-23: Our flight on United from Newark to Amsterdam was delayed by two hours due to a variety of factors. This made our arrival late ... Read more
marcb71a
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
114 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We celebrated our 100th day with HAL on this cruise. We started sailing with them about 10 years ago and they, along with Oceania have remained our favorite cruise line. Unfortunately as the fares have decreased, so has some of the ... Read more
July_Cruiser
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
120 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
Public Areas Very Cold definitely bring a sweater, Brrr… Nice size only tendered 2 times. Missed a tender port, Hendaye, due to weather. Felt like a ship not a hotel. Lacked glitz but we appreciated the small ship atmosphere and ... Read more
TJDJM
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2013
We chose this ship because of the ports of call on its itinerary and also its size. We enjoyed being on a smaller ship as it could go to some ports that were otherwise inaccessible by the larger vessels. We have sailed many times ... Read more
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53smokey
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and myself have cruised with numerous other cruise lines and this was our first with Holland American and probably the last. The Captain of the Eurodam was probably the most interactive Captain that were have ever sailed with. We ... Read more

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