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244 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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LesMartini
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our fifth cruise with HAL and as we have always thoroughly enjoyed other trips we have done with this line our expectation of a bigger, grander, newer version of the Volendam and Veendam was high. First impressions were good, ... Read more
george@suttonrv.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We went with eight members of our extended family and friends. We had a very enjoyable time. The ship is beautiful and new. The cabin entertainment was much improved over previous cruises by offering live TV and a variety of movies and ... Read more
oz cruiser 65
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We are young 61 and 71 year olds from Australia. We booked the cruise 9 months out because we had never cruised on a new ship...having done 17 prior cruises with had never been lucky enough to get a ship less than 5 years old. Also we had ... Read more
Blueskymum
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We chose the Koningsdam because it was new, Holland America Lines reputation for service, and the itinerary. The itinerary was fantastic with so much to look forward to in the Baltic Sea. We were disappointed and underwhelmed generally as ... Read more
teamflames
Member Since 2013
1 review
585 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We sailed on the Koningsdam from Amsterdam for 3 weeks through the Baltic and Norway (a back to back cruise). We chose this cruise based primarily on itinerary, liked the fact the cruise started in Amsterdam (spent 3 nights beforehand) but ... Read more

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The Roys
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America and we weren't disappointed. The cabin was the best we've had on a cruise and the embarkment and disembarkment and the shore excursions were well organized. It took only 15 minutes to ... Read more
boatman1088
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose a 21 day Norway and Baltic combo cruise to experience this part of Europe. And we chose the HAL Koningsdam because we like sailing on new ships, and had always heard high praises for the HAL cruise experience. Although this was ... Read more
Seeing the World2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
HAL's new ship was well appointed, modern feel throughout and up-to-date with the latest technology. Even as the largest HAL ship it maintIned the intimate feel that their cruises have. Kudos to HAL on the Konigsdam overall. The ... Read more
reads2go
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
38 helpful votes
The ship may be very new but the decor is almost silly-it does not look like any luxury hotel we've ever stayed at. Cabins were fine. Cabin stewards were excellent. BUT service in the Lido, bars and even the dining room was very ... Read more
pennysimonson
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
It is something we always wanted to see but I never received a survey from Holland America and wanted to mention a few of the crew who went beyond just serving and made the cruise even more enjoyable! Mark Sauza was always on top of things ... Read more

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monalisa115
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise mainly because of the itinerary. We have been to Oslo before and have always wanted to re-visit this area and this ship has the best itinerary for us. Although a cruise port visit can never be as in depth as a land ... Read more
surfcitygirl
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
79 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We have cruised on many lines in many locations, but have the most days on Holland America. We were interested in sailing on the new ship and have been planning a Midnight Sun and Fjord cruise, so this was our perfect opportunity. ... Read more
Felice33
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
I had been on the Veendam once and enjoyed it. I wanted to see the Norwegian fjords and Nordkapp and the K offered SOLO cabins. I am a well travelled single woman. It started poorly when the rep at the AMS airport was nowhere to be found. ... Read more
Traveleenie
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and the timing was perfect for our vacation plans to Norwegian Fjords. The fjords are beautiful and HAL offered a nice array of excursions that would be difficult to arrange yourself. Service ... Read more
sukki007
Member Since 2005
1 review
462 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Though we've never been huge fans of HAL, we generally choose them because of the interesting itineraries. For this cruise, the brand-new ship, itinerary, bonus perks, and decent on-board credit were major factors. But the ship is a ... Read more

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reads2go
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
15 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We selected this cruise because it covered much of Scandinavia. We've traveled on HAL before and generally felt it was a good value. We were upgraded to a small suite with a veranda which was lovely. The stateroom had alot of space. ... Read more
sandjincfl6681
Member Since 2012
1 review
18 forum posts
10 helpful votes
With a wonderful itinerary (particularly Berlin and St. Petersburg) we did our third HAL cruise. Having been on the Maasdam and Eurodam we knew what to expect and are not on a cruise boat to go on climbing walls or zip lines. This ship ... Read more
ladygrace5
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have sailed on the Zuiderdam three tines in the last two and half years and this was a disappointment to us as the ship has gone down hill just since last year in the Med. The food quality was poor and the service on the Lido not up to ... Read more
gobuffs1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have traveled HAL 8 times both Alaska and Europe. Other cruise lines about the same. One of the things we really liked about HAL was the library and movie theater. On cruise days we both enjoyed the library or going to an ... Read more
Directrix
Member Since 2014
1 review
40 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was scanning cruises in the Baltic for 2017 when this 2016 cruise to both the Baltic AND the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands showed up. I learned on the ship it was really 2 back-to-back cruises and many of the passengers were ... Read more

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murraycr
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Many of our cruises have beenon Holland America (almost 4 stars) and we had heard good things about the Prinsendam, the smallest ship in the Holland America fleet. There was a pair of cruises that we combined. One crossed the Atlantic, ... Read more
rubydot
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
30 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We are in our seventies and used to traveling. We pay for first class and expect good service, but we are not demanding. We are pretty easy-going...but This was about our fourteenth cruise. For ten of the twelve days we had NO HOT ... Read more
rayu13
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
The Baltic is a wonderful place to cruise, with many interesting ports. However, St. Petersburg has to be the most wonderful port of all. We saved several hundred dollars there by using Alla Tours rather than excursions from the ship. All ... Read more
rayu13
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We love Holland America and we wanted to see the Baltic. Nearly all of the ports were wonderful, and St. Petersburg was the standout. It's a MUST VISIT place. Our ship's staff, food, stateroom and common rooms were great, as we have ... Read more
Herbs Mom
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
27 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
SHIP – The Eurordam is a good size ship. We enjoy the mid to smaller size cruise ship and this fit right in to that - not the mega-ships. Even though the ship was sold-out, there were still plenty of places to sit and read and relax ... Read more

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