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126 Holland America Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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DGL
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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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IRL 123
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We were a bit nervous about 32 days on a ship but we could not have been wrong. The Volendam crew made us feel welcome from first boarding in Sydney. We liked the idea of a smaller ship and the bonus we found out on the way was we got to ... Read more
Nalla
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
58 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Recently returned from the Australia-New Zealand sailing. Boarding in Sydney was a nightmare and at an out of the way berth. It took over 2 hours of standing in line to get checked in and aboard. We chose this cruise based on the ports of ... Read more
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JMAUST
Member Since 2007
1 review
107 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We have just returned from a 34 night Circumnavigation Cruise of Australia. We had a wonderful time after being a little unsure how we would survive a 34 night cruise. Embarkation in Sydney went without a hitch and we were aboard within ... Read more
raeallan76@hotmail.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
Our third cruise on the Volendam during past six years.Chose the transpacific repositioning cruise to visit LA, Hawaii and Pago Pago for the first time. We had no problem with the age of the ship and the condition of it. Very clean and ... Read more

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Stevedm
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A cruise to New Zealand was something my wife and I had wanted to do for a very long time, and having recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, what better time to do it. We chose HAL for their 'signature of excellence' logo, but ... Read more
quasi-aussie
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Background information - We are 'young', active 59 and 64 year olds. This was our 4th cruise with Holland America. Our reasons for choosing the NZ Discovery cruise were (1) It fit our available time slot (we had originally chosen the South ... Read more
Rtarraran
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
My wife and I just got back from our 1st cruise, we enjoyed the experience very much, we had an interior room which was smaller than the photos but was very comfortable and not an issue the bed was a delight to sleep in . Our room stewards ... Read more
Maggie2007
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First, and most important, today's HAL is not the HAL of years past. It was once a gracious and elegant line that appealed to well-traveled middle to upper age passengers. In HAL's effort to appeal to the masses, much has changed. We are ... Read more
Gidsygirl
Member Since 2013
1 review
49 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I cruised to New Zealand on the Oosterdam for our 50th Wedding anv and to visit family and friends. We had a amazing time and really enjoyed all that was offered on board. My only comment is that if you have a problem with ... Read more

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bunkerdown
Member Since 2013
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
In 2013 we did two cruises on the Oosterdam. The first was in March to the Pacific Islands, the second was a round trip to New Zealand in December. We could not get over the difference between the two cruises. Our disappointments started ... Read more
SLOWCLAP
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are still recovering from our first cruise experience! We had a wonderful time aboard the Oosterdam and found that we really had two holidays in one. We understand now why so many people do countless cruises year after year...It is a ... Read more
bomberal
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
This was our first cruise and Holland America had been recommended by my brother so we had a bit of background on what to expect. The first sighting of the ship on Sunday 8 December from our airport shuttle service coming down George ... Read more
kaybee57
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Thoroughly enjoyable 2 weeks doing very little. There is a full program of activities and events always happening on the ship so one can either do nothing or find something to do. Open Dining was great - no need to worry about what time ... Read more
Roncort
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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dignidut
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Never cruised with Holland America (HA) before so flying halfway around the world (from England) for a 4 week cruise a gamble but generally we were happy with the cruise. We would feed back direct to HA as they said they would send an ... Read more
frbob
Member Since 2005
1 review
220 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The agenda...14 days in Venuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji, followed by immersion for 14 days in New Zealand was great. The ports were wonderful, the activities available were plentiful and the agenda experience was outstanding. I wish I ... Read more
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KayTong
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
So, if you have been on Disney then you can't compare. The Oosterdam is old. Really old. Things work. This was pretty much a retirement people cruise. Only 1 family with two small kids. No teens and no other kids. Lots of old people - ... Read more
travelfriends 13
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation and disembarkion were very efficient, cases were delivered quickly. Cabin: main deck 2666 outside in good position towards aft quiet. When opening cabin door were surprised how dull the decor appeared, quite tired looking, ... Read more
shad2038
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for its itinery:- Esperance, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island. We arrived in Perth 3 Days before Cruise, imagine our surprise when on a visit to Freemantle the day before the Volendam was due to dock, there she ... Read more

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possum6446
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our third cruise with HAL, the others being Alaska and Mediterranean, which they offered to us at an attractive rate for being returning cruisers. ( Mariner's Society members ). We cruised a sector of the Australian ... Read more
Slow traveller
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Pros: cabins, food and crews were great, loved being at sea. Experienced ships officers inspired confidence in ship handling. Plenty of things to do to keep busy. Entertainment was generally adequate. Enjoyed meeting fellow passengers. ... Read more
purplepeopleeater53
Member Since 2013
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
Have been on a few Holland America ships and was the most disappointed one wasVolendam We did not get on in Sydney but Darwin. We found the staff quite unfriendly at the start and only into the trip did they warmed up and much nicer and ... Read more
Two cruisers downunder
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Due to recent orthopaedic surgery I could not fly long distances so had to change our planned Alaska followed by Eastern Canada cruises to something closer to home. We were delighted to be able to embark at our home port. This is the first ... Read more
Goingagin
Member Since 2013
1 review
210 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
Oosterdam is a lovely ship. She is not one of those that caters to the thousands but has enough people so you can meet like minded folk and enough people so you can avoid those with whom you share little interest ( a polite way of ... Read more

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