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127 Holland America Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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ibfishing2
Member Since 2011
1 review
352 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This is our third cruise with Holland Cruise line. We have enjoyed all of them but a little disappointed this time because we had to miss two ports that we were looking forward to visiting. The ship had "Mechanical issues" and ... Read more
wchu
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Holland America claims to be a 5* cruise line so I had high expectations. This particular holiday was a once in a lifetime luxury cruise, so we decided to pay the extra for the experience. Embarkation was at the White Bay Cruise ... Read more
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hipexec
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Neptune suite was great and he Neptune Lounge is fantastic. No waiting in line at the front desk and terrific concierge help at the Neptune suite. First three/fourths of the trip was great. But at Napier, New Zealand, we broke down. A ... Read more
ormkate
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
8 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

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MboroCat
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 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
jan traveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
28 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have cruised with Holland America twice before in America and I was very pleased with this cruise line but that was eight years ago. I bought a last minute special in a verandah cabin and was very excited to cruise again. Firstly,I ... Read more
boyfromoz
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We sailed on the Noordam in Cabin SS6109 ( a Signature Suite) as a novel way to spend Christmas and New Year and avoid all the hype that can be attached to buying and preparing expensive food and indulging in the giving of unwanted ... Read more
unhapp
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The cruise started promising: beautifull big cabin (neptune lounge facility) large balcony-two stewards-not good at cleaning. activities: poor-very poor. port and shore excursions:verry expensive dinning:verry good (sometimes bad in ... Read more
mandy35
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Our 7th cruise but the first with Holland America. We normally book a balcony room but as the choice was so limited when we booked we went for an ocean view and were very happy with the cabin. The bed was the comfiest we have had on any ... Read more

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icepik
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was my second HAL cruise, my first being in October on the Maasdam out of Montreal. this time the ship was better (the Maasdam old at 22 years for a cruise ship) but still tired and in need of a refit although a beautiful ship. My ... Read more
Travel-lu
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We have just disembarked in Sydney from our 16 night cruise around New Zealand over the 2015 Christmas and new year period. The cruise experience was enjoyable but, having cruised with Holland America in 2010, it just felt that the company ... Read more
pwuchief
Member Since 2012
1 review
35 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ok - new Zealand was great - except for Akaroa where we were not able to tender because of high winds (do not book a tour called the Mail Run - they do not refund). All other ports were great and interesting. Fiji portion - well if you ... Read more
happytwentyfour
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
NOORDAM was a beautiful ship and we enjoyed our cruise tremendously! It was our second venture onto Holland America Line and as we did with our transpacific cruise in 2014 we would highly recommend HAL. This trip was to New Zealand one ... Read more
kahrah01
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
At our friends' urging for us to try cruising, and not wanting a daily docking, we went all out with this 25 day, 10 port cruise. It took two days to get the gist of the routine, but by day three, we were hooked. HAL definitely met our ... Read more

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diamus48
Member Since 2013
1 review
47 forum posts
0 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
Madamcyn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We embarked in Sydney fron the new White Bay cruise terminal, which was ok but disappointed not to be in Circular Quay. Was not allocated a cabin till checking in despite asking for a good cabin when booking a year earlier. We were on ... Read more
sensrock
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise to date, all on Holland America. The weather was very nice, the ports were lovely & all in all we had a great time. We had a Signature Suite stateroom, on the starboard side of the ship. It was lovely and we ... Read more
GDJ
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was meant to be a special trip but it did not turn out that way, nothing like the 'excellence' promised. The combination of the ship condition and some aspects being well below the marketing statements was disappointing and only ... Read more
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Opinionator
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Before I begin, I want to make it clear that Holland America is an above average cruise company which I have travelled with before without incident and with all my expectations being met or exceeded. Normally we travel with Cunard. We ... Read more
gillesfrance
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Big Gumba
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
This turned out to be one of the worst vacations ever. We didn't get to Tasmania or the South New Zealand fiords which is what we really wanted to see. The cruise before us also didn't get there because of bad seas. So we spent 4 days at ... Read more
marks969
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
wkpjr01
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
Our cruise on the Volendam -- 22 November - 8 December 2014 -- from Sydney to Singapore was a serious disappointment on many levels. First, there were many annoyances, such as the cruise director choosing to make some routine public ... Read more

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