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159 Holland America Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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bunkerdown
Member Since 2013
1 review
14 forum posts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2 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
2 reviews
211 forum posts
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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Wooden head wooden shoes
Member Since 2013
1 review
12 forum posts
Sailed September 2013
Ingrid and I decided that we wanted to celebrate our retirement by taking a trip to Australia. And instead of flying the 25 plus hours one way we decided to take a slow boat down. We also decided that we would like to take one of the ... Read more
dutchopa
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
96 forum posts
Sailed September 2013
this cruise was nothing like we booked 12 months ago.Embarkation in Seattle was fine nice and smooth and first impressions of the ship were fine the cabin was good . how wrong can first impressions be. it was down hill from there on. the ... Read more
astonge113
Member Since 2013
1 review
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
8 reviews
17 forum posts
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
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
439 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
Love Travel 1944
Member Since 2012
1 review
30 forum posts
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
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
2 reviews
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
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