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30 Holland America Auckland Cruise Reviews
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jim2244
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed November 2016
This was our sixth cruise and the 4th line we've been on. We liked the ability to visit Australia and New Zealand in one trip. Most of the ports were very interesting, with the exception of Picton, New Zealand. The ship is older and has ... Read more
ormkate
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We arrived in Auckland 4 days early to enjoy the sights and sounds. Nice small city- easy to walk around. Jump on-off bus service available daily to see the sights and boat trips available round the bay. Lovely clean and fresh feel to ... Read more
Mojolingum
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 helpful votes
I've been on 5 cruises, 4 of them 13 nights or longer and Noordam has the best cruise director, Kieron Humphrey. Kieron could double up as on-board entertainer anytime. I dare say he was a better comedian than some of the featured ... Read more
MboroCat
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We booked a 14-day Australia and New Zealand cruise on the Noordam about 6 weeks before departure because of the incredible deal being offered. We had never sailed with Holland America before, and we were not disappointed. The Cruise ... Read more
rs1150@telus.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed April 2015
Holland America by all accounts have dropped the service level and as we normally use Princess, this was our first encounter with Holland America The cruise companies continual pressure to sell, sell, sell, became very annoying, it ... Read more
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diamus48
Member Since 2013
1 review
47 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Where to start. Embarkation - Pouring rain when we got to the port. No cover we were soaked through dropping our bags. Then watched our bags moved to the trollies which were also without cover, by the time we got them they were soaked ... Read more
Sharshebelle
Member Since 2013
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We picked this cruise because of the itinery and dates matched our local school holidays, In hind site it was a mistake, and we probably should have gone on another ship that was closer to our demographic. Most of the passengers on this ... Read more
gillesfrance
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was my first cruise with Holland America Line and must say a very disappointing experience in comparison to other companies. Oosterdam ship is aging, and unfortunately this is not balanced with the service which I would quote as very ... Read more
marks969
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
Sailed November 2014
While I have read mixed reviews about the Oosterdam and this particular cruise in November in New Zealand and Australia, my wife and I can only say we enjoyed the trip. We flew from Sydney (our home) to Auckland the day before and enjoyed ... Read more
CookGirl
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
2 forum posts
Sailed November 2014
This review is for the cruise from Auckland NZ to Sydney, embarking on November 7, 2014. First, the embarkation process was an organizational nightmare. Long lines (embarkation took over two hours) and long times standing in what can only ... Read more
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DGL
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
Sailed November 2014
This is our 6th cruise with HAL and as always a wonderful experience. The quality of service on this cruise line is next to none. Stateroom attendants are in a class all by themselves always smiling, service oriented, quick and efficient. ... Read more
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Roncort
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed November 2013
After overcoming computer problems when boarding and finally finding our way around the ship, we settled into our balcony stateroom which appeared larger on the internet but in reality, it was everything that we needed. The cabin staff ... Read more
Steveoka
Member Since 2005
7 reviews
17 forum posts
Sailed April 2013
Long slow moving lines on embarkation was just the start of a very disappointing cruise experience. On boarding the ship we weren't directed to our cabin or even welcomed aboard . We chose to dine on open seating dining which was not a ... Read more
psberg
Member Since 2002
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed March 2013
My husband and I travelled on a 37 day repositioning cruise which began in Auckland on March 30 and ended in Seattle on May 5, 2013. Overall, I would give good marks for the cruise. We prefer to take long cruises (rather than a lot of ... Read more
dber
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
We booked the cruise with our agent at home and everything was very well organized and handled professionally. We embarked the ship in Auckland and we were told not to go to the pier before 11am, because we had to checked out the hotel ... Read more
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bushbaby52
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
Oosterdam is out-dated with tacty decor. LOts of rust on balconies, pools need redone. Many problem was the food. Terrible. We have never been on a ship that served the same thing for all meals in both the Lido Cafe and the dining room. ... Read more
GeoUSA
Member Since 2012
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Overview: This was our first cruise with HAL, first time in the southern hemisphere, and first three week vacation. It was a specialty cruise where Atlantis Events chartered the entire ship for a primarily gay cruise starting in ... Read more
Badidea
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed November 2012
Our experience was so bad, we disembarked in wellington after 4 days of the cruise. It was a floating nursing home and everything about the ship and it's itinerary of entertainment reflected that. The real 'rub of salt in the wounds' ... Read more
wrightsl
Member Since 2010
1 review
Sailed December 2010
For our first cruise we decided to travel in familiar territory (Australia and New Zealand) so that we could focus on the cruise rather than the destinations. We had looked at a large number of possible cruise lines but thought that HAL ... Read more
oodles
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
4 forum posts
Background Information My husband and I have cruised about 10 times, different ships, different parts of the world. Took this cruise to celebrate our 40th Bdays. This cruise we had Stateroom D. Oceanview Stateroom, center ship. Too ... Read more
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Magout
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
The Volendam was chartered on this cruise by Atlantis Events, a US based gay and lesbian travel operator, and timed to arrive in Sydney on the day of the Mardi Gras parade. Accordingly, I haven't included any comments about entertainment ... Read more
Allawah
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
I will not go into too much detail, just list the likes and dislikes and overall opinion of the ship. Embarkation & disembarkation is one thing that HAL do very well. Always quick and well organised. Only negative, they need more signs ... Read more
starTSM
Member Since 2007
1 review
15 forum posts
Sailed December 2009
Background DH and I have cruised on several other lines including Holland America Lines. This was our second cruise with HAL. We decided to try a midsize ship again after two previous cruises on smaller ships. We've cruised the Aegean, ... Read more
MRA311
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
25 forum posts
Sailed December 2009
First, I would like to mention that the Aussies & Kiwis are the nicest, friendliest and most outgoing people in the world! This review is for the MS Volendam which left December 20, 2009 from Auckland, NZ and disembarked in Sydney, ... Read more
Kiwi1
Member Since 2006
1 review
126 forum posts
Sailed December 2009
We decided to have a really relaxing Christmas and escape cooking the turkey etc., cruising in 'our own backyard' seemed to fit the bill nicely. Home to the port was a breeze as we live only 30 minutes north of Auckland, embarkation was ... Read more
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