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314 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews
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agent3471
Member Since 2017
1 review
the family decided to go for baltic region this time and i think zuiderdam is the HAL ship that cruises to baltic. this ship is not unfamiliar to us. we have boarded this ship before to europe. it was not a bad ride... satisfactory to our ... Read more
HerbMac
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
56 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We liked the itinerary and as we had travelled with HA twice before, and the price was good as a late booker, we had no hesitation in joining this cruise. The recent refurbishment (dry dock) gave a much needed modern vibrant decor for the ... Read more
enfpdancer
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
47 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My sister and I selected this cruise with the objective of enjoying a holiday together. The Baltic cruise offered an interesting Itinerary that we both liked. The ship was old but elegant. The cabin had a balcony and offered ... Read more
CostaRicanLady
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
My intent was to explore the Baltic and particularly St. Petersburg. The ports of call were interesting but another day in St. Petersburg would have made the time spent more relaxing. Since I have travelled extensively with HAL, four star, ... Read more
iaevans
Member Since 2009
1 review
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
If you like scenery you will love this cruise, highlights must be flam railway, North Cape, and Geiranger which is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. HAL still our favorite Cruise Line, the standard is very consistent, ... Read more
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Kerry Kerry Blue
Member Since 2011
1 review
28 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I believe Holland American Line only does this trip several times in the summer , and it is one of the few that includes the far Northcape of Norway. We took it primarily for the scenery, and we were certainly not disappointed! There was ... Read more
Liz48168
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Family of 3 celebrating our son's college graduation. Stateroom 4143. Our 3rd cruise with HAL, our 26th cruise overall. We chose this cruise for the itinerary of Northern Europe. The first 2 weeks were very fast paced as we were in ... Read more
discerningedinburgh
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
3 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We are Celebrity Elite Plus cruisers. Aged mid 50's travelling with 21 year old son & his girlfriend. We chose this cruise because the timing was right and because I'd been on The Eurodam last year and thought the crew were ... Read more
Griffindorf
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was our 12th sailing on HAL, the second on the Prinsendam. We choose HAL because their ships tend to be smaller - the Prinsendam is the smallest in the fleet. The fleet is immaculately well maintained, always clean as a whistle, with ... Read more
Larwos
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
We just finished a 21 night cruise through Norway and the Baltic on board Koningsdam, our first with HAL, and we were so impressed with Both the beautiful ship, its crew and its entertainment. Our balcony stateroom was comfortable if a ... Read more
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Dude68
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
30 forum posts
3 helpful votes
WE loved the 30 day itinerary on this cruise , both the Mediterranean and the Baltic . Ship is very nice, smaller by today's standards but delightful. Older but still a great ship . Holland America staff was fantastic this was ... Read more
minheit
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We travelled as a group of 6 - 3 couples. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary; none of us had cruised before with Holland America and reading the reviews prior to going we weren't expecting the ship to be the best. The ship ... Read more
Gulliver1956
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Well, except for some small points about the shipping company and the boat as: The reserved cabin, Signature Suite category SY "guaranteed", does not correspond with the awarded (6108) Suite SS category, supposedly superior ... Read more
klscaz
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
848 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was the first cruise after dry dock. We did not experience any issues in our stateroom. We did see some steps in the main dining room where the carpet needed to be tacked down. Deck 10 was closed but this was not a problem for us. HAL ... Read more
Europeantraveler1
Member Since 2014
1 review
53 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our third cruise with HAL. Previous cruises were on the Niew Amsterdam (upgraded to Neptune Suite) to the Mediterranean several years ago (originated out of Venice but once past Dubrovnik we ran into severe weather eliminating ... Read more
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SJShelby
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Why did we choose this ship? Frankly, because of the price and the fact it was new. To our pleasant surprise, it was an outstanding experience. This ship is beautiful with a music theme that is pervasive. The pool are is resort-like with ... Read more
pmcs86
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Embarkation was OK, just took longer than we expected. (Disembarkation was quite smooth.) On the first day we explored the ship, which is beautiful although not really to my taste (I prefer simpler design). We found a lot of lovely ... Read more
hellotravel13
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We always like to travel to Europe in the Spring and selected this ship because we had heard good reviews and it is the newest Holland American ship. The ship met our expectations. We loved the dining options, especially the Pinacle,the ... Read more
MagTravel
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
29 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Shiny new ship with some standard HAL features but definitely targeting a new demographic. Cabins are slightly smaller and bathroom design is terrible. The shower is nice but small with no safety grab bars. The commode is placed ... Read more
Sfruhman
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
I have sailed with Holland America for more than 20 years because I love to dance (you know real dancing that has actual steps). Prior to their "change in direction" (which I wasn't aware of) every DAM ship had a nice three-piece ... Read more
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fi1966
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We like the sea days. no contact with the outside world. The selection of activities on board was very good from computer classes to cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Centre. The food on board was also very good. I liked the ... Read more
lkrivo
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
61 forum posts
5 helpful votes
New ship - good price. Never travelled on hal before. Disappointment vs celebity/royal caribbean. Spaces on ship do not function well. Smoke from gamblers in casino invades shops. Entertainment very poor. Shows movies on big screen in spa ... Read more
Muidenaar
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our first transatlantic cruise and we chose the Koningsdam for two reasons: we were on her inaugural cruise last year, and she is the right size for such a journey. We like HAL because the ships are simple and elegant, never ... Read more
fcoward
Member Since 2015
1 review
38 forum posts
2 helpful votes
PRICE - PRICE - PRICE ! ! ! I love being at sea and the repo cruises are usually the best value. LIKED: FOOD (good quality and reasonable variety) DIDN'T LIKE: EATING OPTION HOURS (It seemed like I was always out of sync with the ... Read more
dhult15
Member Since 2003
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
As a single, the price was great. Three of four ship's excursions were outstanding. Cadiz tour was a real disappointment. Guide directed us to museum which was closed (later, onboard other passengers said most of Europe's museums are ... Read more
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