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174 Holland America Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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mojo320
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
After sailing on Holland America Line (HAL), four times and the last on the Noordam in February 2017, we have come to the conclusion that HAL treats some places better than the south Pacific. 1. Ships meals have been reduced in quality ... Read more
Quokka2
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Don't get me wrong; this is a beautiful and well-maintained mid-sized ship, inside and out. It is well mannered in rough seas, the cabins are adequate but the verandas are small. Food is terrible if you are a healthy eater; fatty, sweet, ... Read more
Darwould
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
120 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This cruise was for the New Zealand Destinations... with a lot of great port stops along the way. Noordam is our fifth HA ship, and much the same facilities as the others. It seemed that the temperature control was much better than some ... Read more
DinkyDee67
Member Since 2015
1 review
14 forum posts
15 helpful votes
We booked this cruise to celebate my retirement and to visit ports we had missed on a previous driving holiday of NZ. We booked an inside cabin on an upper deck as we have found it difficult to sleep in lower deck, outside and veranda ... Read more
Redmonkey25
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We’d like to provide our thoughts on our 27 day South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand cruise-which is our 16th cruise and our 5th on Holland America. The itinerary was perfect-great port stops-and the food was exceptionally ... Read more
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doju
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary which was very satisfactory. Noordam looks as though she needs a sprucing up, carpeting in hallways has been replaced in some ares but not in others. Our cabin was comfortable, but there were marks ... Read more
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Amishrn
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was our first cruise so was not sure what to expect. Had a great time. My favorite on board activity was the computer classes given by Toni. He did windows 10, Cortana, edge, photo gallery, cameras, internet security and was very ... Read more
jazq20a
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was very misrepresented in the website and available information from the cruise line. It was only "back to back cruises" not a separate all in one cruise. entertainment and activities were mostly repeated the second two ... Read more
ozcookie
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was the third HAL cruise for me and second for my wife so we knew what to expect. We were travelling with our three young children (1,4 and 6) plus my parents and 11 year old niece so spread across verandah cabins 10004, 10008 and ... Read more
captainrod
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
It was the worst cruise of the prior three. The ceiling in the lido restaurant leaked, as we carried our food past trying not to get drops of unhealthy, dirty, water on our food. The Wifi was crappy and cost a lot, they charged for ... Read more
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debmac2
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We like the size of the ship as well as the ports. We were pleased with our choice. We had a balcony room that gave us some added space. The rooms are not overly fancy, but comfortable. The ship is beginning to show some wear and tear ... Read more
thehighc
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our 3rd cruise . We have previously cruised on the Disney Fantasy in 2014 and then Royal Caribbean Legend of the seas in 2015 . As we are still quite new to cruising we are keen to explore several cruise lines but we have been ... Read more
ChesterLocksley
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
I'm 66 and retired and I don't usually cruise during school holidays for obvious reasons but this year choose the Noordam in early January around New Zealand and with the hope that not many kids would be on board. There weren't many and ... Read more
DISGRUNTLED AUSSIES
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We like NZ and have been there on land, but wished to see the Sounds and ports offered. In the past HAL gave reasonable value for $ and "tried" to sort our differences. We are two 70yr olds and travel on ships geared for minimal ... Read more
Ja and Ma
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We sailed on the Noordam with our two teenagers leaving Sydney on the 4th January. It was spectacular leaving from White Bay as the ship had to wait for the tide to drop; so we could sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was amazing to ... Read more
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FORSTERGADABOUT
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our annual company closedown in January each year, when we must take most of our annual holiday leave. The price was great for this peak holiday time in Australia. Both the embarkation and ... Read more
meir
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We have never been to New Zealand and Australia before, and figured out that a cruise could be a good way to get a glimpe of this part of the world. The result exceeded our expectations. We had a great cruise and visited new, interesting ... Read more
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Red Rock Doc
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Very good schedule of ports to visit and staff all very helpful and friendly. We loved the "Neptunes" and their jazz music. The hotel staff did respond to a request to not close the promenade deck for maintenance during sea ... Read more
ceejaybeeaust
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Xmas and New Year at sea. What more could you want. You want to take that special bottle along with you, and if you are flying in from interstate then don't share your baggage. Your baggage is going to be confiscated because you ... Read more
pinzel
Member Since 2006
1 review
96 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as we had sailed on Holland America before and wanted to be away at Christmas. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was trouble free with quick access to the ship. We sailed this time in a forward cabin 704 which ... Read more
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Rod P
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Convienent at the time of booking. Very scruffy ship in some parts and and the tenders were and their handling was not up to,standard. There is no way they could handle 150 pax in an emergency. (I have handled similar or bigger sized ... Read more
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jarobinstx
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruize because of the amazing locations packed into the Christmas Holiday. The service and food were exactly what we have come to expect on Holland America and we were not disappointed. Through the ports and shore ... Read more
Kona52
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 helpful votes
This cruise was our 6th overall and third with Holland. We did our first 3 cruises with Princess but they were full of noisy and unruly children whose parents did not even try to control them. The staff and crew of our Princess cruises did ... Read more
cruzin_ga_gal
Member Since 2011
14 reviews
14 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Travelling with Qantas from ATL, I flew to LAX then on to SYD for arrival same day as sailing. This was a 29 day collector's voyage travelling to Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, other So Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. I ... Read more
emluheldaehc
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We have previously cruised 4 times with P&O from Southampton,though we would prefer a Departure port in the North, but we had wanted to cruise New Zealand in particular to celebrate a number of personal landmarks and the itinerary for ... Read more
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