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124 Holland America Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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astonge113
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
Since the moment we stepped on the boat, we were treated like royalty. The stateroom attendants, waitstaff, bartenders and even managers knew us by name. Every step we took we had a welcoming smile, good day mam/sir, and may I assist you. ... Read more
Steveoka
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
dber
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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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dmcfad2
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
402 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed March 2013
I have been reading a few of the reviews for this cruise and felt I needed to add my review. This is the longest cruise we have ever done and I was wondering what I would think about a longer cruise and I loved it. We are in our early ... Read more
HermioneGingold
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
On March 3, 2013, our day of departure, we arrived early at Barangaroo Wharf 5 in order to beat the crowds. Once there, we had an orderly check-in and then were asked to assemble with a group of about forty people. Apparently the ... Read more

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Love Travel 1944
Member Since 2012
1 review
30 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
My husband and I are 4 Star Mariners. We did 3 HAL cruises last year (on the Westerdam, the Noordam and the Niew Amsterdam). This was our 12th HAL cruise and our 3rd time on the Oosterdam. We book HAL because we know that we can ... Read more
bushbaby52
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
intermonde
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Back from the HOLLAND AMERICA (HAL) Oosterdam February 6-20 Australia & New Zealand cruise... here our (wife & husband, mature couple) report: The ship (Oosterdam) is great, recently refurbished, nicely decorated interior, very good ... Read more
GeoUSA
Member Since 2012
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Mister late
Member Since 2011
1 review
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took our first cruise ever with HAL in the Western Med back in 2011 and just loved it. So, eager to experience another cruise holiday, we chose an itinerary from Sydney to Auckland that would not require too much travelling time to ... Read more

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thumbun
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
19 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background and Planning: Later this year I turn 50 years old. While previous milestone birthdays did not bother me, for some reason this one does. Age, of course, is just a mindset. Luckily, most days I feel like I am in my 20s, and I ... Read more
thumbun
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
19 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background and Planning: Later this year I turn 50 years old. While previous milestone birthdays did not bother me, for some reason this one does. Luckily, most days I feel like I am in my 20s, and I still possess the strong desire and ... Read more
Valley Girl of VA
Member Since 2011
1 review
1,180 forum post
0 helpful votes
We sailed on the Oosterdam out of Sydney to Auckland from Feb. 6 through Feb. 20th. We left from Barangaroo Wharf and not the OPT. A large white tent was the site of the staging area for the embarkation. Although everything went fine, ... Read more
bajadenny
Member Since 2010
11 reviews
204 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
Overall, HAL has gotten fat and lazy, just like most of its clientele. It doesn't make any effort to assure that the information they provide about ports is comprehensive or current. The furniture in the rooms is stained, dirty, badly ... Read more
nanniwithaneye
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
Thirteen family members, consisting of four couples and five children, aged 7, 7, 3, 2 and 9 months set sail from Circular Quay, Sydney on 12th January for a 14 day cruise to Hobart and around New Zealand. We had three Veranda cabins on ... Read more

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Gerko
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
322 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
4th cruise around NZ at Xmas in 5 years, the previous two on Volendam and this year decided to try the larger Oosterdam and do back-to-back cruise by combining the 14nt NZ with the following 10nt Pacific is cruise. Remarkable difference ... Read more
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tmbhl_on_the_go
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
151 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Beware this is is my long day by day review of our Christmas cruise on the Oosterdam from Sydney -- New Zealand. We're a family of 5 from Australia, son aged 17 and daughters 15 & 12 years. This was our 3rd family cruise, have previously ... Read more
laurad@chemtools.com.au
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our stateroom had ample room for 2 adults and a child. Had sufficient storage space for suitcases under bed and drawers in the bed. Our room was serviced twice a day and was always spotless and loved the towel creations and chocolates on ... Read more
brettcarol2012
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I have just returned from our Sydney-New Zealand cruise. Holland American Line were very professional and provided excellent service. The Oosterdam is a beautiful ship that offered dining in the Vista (either open dining or ... Read more
Aussie Battler
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I and 2 daughters, (ages 8 and 12) departed on a 14 day New Zealand Cruise ex-Sydney on 19th December 2012. We had high expectations having sailed in Alaska with HAL in 2011. These expectations were met by the Oosterdam in ... Read more

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Badidea
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
cjm66
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,644 forum post
0 helpful votes
We were on the 14 Day Solar Eclipse Cruise from Sydney -- November 7 -- 21. This report is later than I wished due to an extended case of mal de debarquement. Very disorientating. Most reports so far have focussed on the Solar Eclipse and ... Read more
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SwissMyst
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
6,210 forum posts
0 helpful votes
CABIN SS - Superior Veranda Suite on the Navigation deck is one of the best cabin layouts possible found on HAL Vista class ships. Large bathroom with both tub and shower, plenty of closet and drawer space for 28 day cruise, spacious ... Read more
gail h
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
316 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We arrived in Sydney on Oct 17 to acclimate ourselves to the time change. We stayed at the Bayswater Sydney in the Kings Cross area. What a find. Good rates and near the metro. Get a weekly pass from the Metro that is down the road from ... Read more
allandaniel
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
and looking forward to 100 more. We boarded THE OOSTERDAY on September 29, 2012 in Seattle with great ease, and no stress. Soon we entered our Deluxe Veranda Suite, and were immediately impressed. . .champaine, fresh flowers, nd a ... Read more

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