Holland America Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

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55 Holland America Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

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Alaskan World Traveler
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Old ship, many issues Boarding in Athens took nearly 3 hours, leaving us standing in the street, then feed thru cattle gates to wait again, and then again. Food... Lido, the food is left out for 4 hours at room temperature, not iced, ... Read more
Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
HAL put together a 7 day Greece with a 19 day transAtlantic cruise calling it a "Collectors Journey". They promised different meals and shows over the 26 days but repeated the menus and the shows from the first 7 days into the ... Read more
boom_boom
Member Since 2005
1 review
128 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The great was the aft Neptune Suit with the wrap around balcony. After more than a dozens cruises in various levels of cabins, we found our dream with the aft and wrap around balcony. Even with a very port-intensive cruise this was an idea ... Read more
Bluenose 47
Member Since 2007
15 reviews
27 forum posts
7 helpful votes
While we have sailed on various Holland America ships, this was our first on the Prinsendam. In reading other reviews before departure, I was somewhat nervous about what the condition of the ship would be. I don't know if the ship has ... Read more
WisRiver
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
272 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
We (a group of six) were on the Prinsendam on the October, 2014 Black Sea Explorer. This was our fifth HAL cruise in the past six year each on a different ship. We have been on the Zaandam (Alaska), Nieuw Amersterdam (TA repositioning), ... Read more

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Tropicali
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise with Holland America, which came highly recommended by friends. We wonder why?  Maybe many things have changed. We were appalled at the constant super-selling of the shore excursions, to the exclusion of ... Read more
michaelhoutex
Member Since 2009
1 review
I have taken more cruises with Holland America than with any other cruise line. In fact, my first cruise was with Holland America, and I have wonderful memories of it, even though our ship (Ryndam) broke down less than forty five minutes ... Read more
MITY
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Positives: Beautiful ship. Very good service by staff and crew. Smooth operation of complicated itinerary. Interesting guest lecturers. Good orientation lectures about each port of call. Flexible dining and always the desired table, even ... Read more
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Ottawa Valley Cruisers
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
We have been on many cruises and this is the only one where the cruise line had food, activities and entertainment geared to the locations we were travelling to such as a bellydancing demo and lessons and cooking demos when we were in ... Read more
Adelthedoc
Member Since 2014
1 review
Last year I returned home from a holiday with my wife which included the 10-Day Holy Land Sojourn on-board the Holland America, deeply dissatisfied with the quality of the cabin we stayed in. We paid the cost of an ocean-view room (being ... Read more

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cruznfan94
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
My first HAL cruise, but 20th overall cruise (I'm 32) My mom and aunt's 2nd with HAL (60's and 70's age ranges). We stayed at Holland America's appointed hotel the night before our cruise, which sailed from Athens on Nov. 10-30 (Volos, ... Read more
girl39
Member Since 2008
1 review
86 forum posts
Sailed November 2013
The Rotterdam is an older ship, but still very enjoyable. Great walking deck. Experienced staff. We were present for opening night of two awesome shows being presented for the first time. All new costumes, choreography and music. Of a ... Read more
fourthalarm
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
131 forum posts
Our plane was delayed and we didn't get to the ship until 4:05 and it was due to sail at 4:00, but they were still dong the life boat drill. From the moment the embarkation staff became aware that we were running for the ship, they took ... Read more
kahtrav
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
891 forum posts
Sailed November 2013
We've been intrigued hearing about the Prinsendam and also about some of her itineraries. We often sail HAL, but this little ship seemed like something we should try. The cabin prices are often above our budget level, but when this cruise ... Read more
sailSeas
Member Since 2013
1 review
Ship information: MS Rotterdam ocean view deck 3 Activities: nightly show in theater, and daily filled with different workshops that's easy to follow Service: outstanding! Everyone I spoke to went out of their way to make the stay ... Read more

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Steph'n'Dave
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
586 forum posts
Sailed October 2013
Noordam – October 20/13 Mediterranean and Tran-Atlantic cruise We love cruising and we particularly love cruising on Holland America ships. We'd had a lovely long cruise in the spring and did not plan on this holiday but the magic ... Read more
Mar from USA
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2013
I chose this cruise because of its Black Sea itinerary, mostly places I have never seen. Spending a few extra days in Athens was the icing on the cake. Check-in and boarding staff were efficient and cordial. My stateroom, a free upgrade ... Read more
EFCHI
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Me and my father had participated in a Holland America cruise with MsPrinsendam from 2 to 14 October this year at Black Sea. It was a round-trip, we sailed from Piraeus and disembarked there after visiting the following ports and places: ... Read more
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Santa Fe Connie
Member Since 2008
1 review
99 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2013
I booked this cruise/crossing at the last moment, when I was able to get a good rate as a solo traveler. I was able to get a ticket to Athens using Amex reward points, which eased my conscience about taking a second cruise in 4 months! (I ... Read more
CarolfromAus
Member Since 2013
1 review
40 forum posts
Sailed October 2013
This was a carefully chosen itinerary for us, taking in important Ancient sites of Turkey, Israel, Greece & Italy. The ship itself wasn't as important, although obviously we wanted a reputable company and acceptable level of comfort. ... Read more

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BadDog04
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
5 forum posts
Just got back yesterday from my 26 day med/transatlantic cruise. Overall it was great cruise except for a few rough nights coming across the Atlantic. Was disappointed with the activities onboard during days at sea. Can see why some name ... Read more
may2048
Member Since 2013
1 review
This was our 1st cruise so cannot compare to others - however a few points that may assist future cruisers on this ship & line. On Service: Could only class as average. The cabin and floor staff are Indonesian - nothing racist here, ... Read more
papadicrusty
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
Sailed September 2013
Being our second cruise and reading the positive reviews of HAM & the Noordam, we were looking forward in anticipation of at least the same standard ( if not better ) as our first cruise ( Dawn Princess 14 days Melbourne- NZ ... Read more
ronnymarl
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed September 2013
My wife and I generally choose a cruise because of the ports visited and not the ship, however we did find the Noordam was a poor choice compared to other ships we have been on. Our verandah stateroom, 4016, was poorly positioned, jutting ... Read more
Wombournewalkers
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
Just returned from an 11 night Ancient Mystery tour on MS Noordam (2nd time on board the same ship). Fabulous itinerary made even better by the changes, due to recent disruptions in Egypt, from Port Said & Alexandria to Ashdod & ... Read more

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