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159 Holland America Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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Travel-lu
Member Since 2010
1 review
15 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
8 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
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
11 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
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
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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
1 helpful vote
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
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
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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
Big Gumba
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
3 helpful votes
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
CookGirl
Member Since 2014
6 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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IRL 123
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
59 forum posts
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
109 forum posts
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
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
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
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
1 helpful vote
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
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
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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