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287 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews
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fi1966
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
Sailed four weeks ago
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
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
dhult15
Member Since 2003
1 review
1 forum post
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
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We found our experience to be a disappointment. Holland America has always been our first choice to cruise. We have tried other lines but always return to HA for the traditions, excellent staff, calm upscale environment. ... Read more
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dennis1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The selection was from a recommendation of a number of friends in regards to Holland American cruises. The MS Koningsdam was new and the cruise and port visits sounded interesting. Over all we found the cruise comfortable and ... Read more
Jentilben
Member Since 2014
1 review
26 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We had a wonderful time on this Baltic Cruise. I have never sailed with Holland America before-- I was not disappointed. I thought the musical theme of the ship was interesting and whimsical. I had an inside cabin-- I was unsure how ... Read more
cowes 20
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
35 forum posts
29 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We loved the ship and the cruise to some of the most interesting destinations we have visited. We loved the Koningsdam. Of course some of the interior design, sculptures and wall art would benefit from some interpretation. Not every light ... Read more
njohnso1472
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Itinerary. Beautiful ship, excellent food, great service and people, tours well designed. I would like to see books for sale, (I went with nothing to read for a week when my kindle died and a library and book exchange for guests to get ... Read more
gregghorvath
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
I booked this cruise last year when I heard about the new ship and the great ports I have never been to. My wife and I are 51 and have been on 13 cruise, Disney, NCL, and Royal. I was very nervous before the cruise because I was ... Read more
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JLUrsini
Member Since 2016
1 review
34 helpful votes
We just returned from our cruise two days ago and wanted to write this review while everything was fresh in my mind. I was torn between giving an "overall" rating of 3 or 4 stars because we did have a wonderful time, but the ... Read more
colocruisefan
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
12 forum posts
22 helpful votes
My wife and I just got back from our 14 night Baltic Sea cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam, starting and ending in Amsterdam. I give this cruise average marks overall, for the reasons below. Pros of Cruise: 1. Our cabin ... Read more
James Gang
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We very disappointed in the Koninngsdam. My husband and I are 4 star mariners and have cruised on several of the "dam" ships. We did not care for the changes in entertainment from previous cruises. For being billed as the ... Read more
jos12
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
11 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Oktober 2015 we did a cruise with the Volendam which was terrible. You really should read my review: Volendam, Oktober 2015, trans-pacific. Only because we got a future cruise credit, we decided to try HAL for one more time. It should ... Read more
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judith cherry
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We have cruised on Holland America several times and generally found their ships to be enjoyable and well staffed. Not so with this ship. It looks to me like "every expense was spared". The decor was tacky and tasteless. The ... Read more
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colpp
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Let me begin by saying we have been on over 25 cruises. We have cruised on Carnival (1x, never again), NCL (family cruises), RCC, Holland, Regents, Azamara, Celebrity, MSC (never again because of smokers) and American (don't think they ... Read more
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cambriah
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
139 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America. We chose HAL because we liked the itinerary, The Konigsdam was a new ship and we wanted to give Holland America a try. We arrived at the port early but were welcomed aboard immediately. ... Read more
camaro lover
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We truly enjoyed our 12-day cruise on the Baltic Sea. The meals in the dining room were wonderful with lots of great variety and super dessert options. We were assigned a table with a window overlooking the back of the ship and it was ... Read more
Tanito
Member Since 2010
9 reviews
86 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We wanted to cruise the Baltics ans choose this cruise because it docked 2 days at St Petersburg.The last two ports Gottenborg and Helsingborg should be replaced by another day at Copenhagen and Stockholm We flew into Copenhagen a day ... Read more
kroozme
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
We did back to back Baltic and Transatlantic cruises for a total 29 days so please excuse my linking them. Sometimes I worry that I'm easy to please, because I wonder about some of the things I see people complain about. Yes, sure there ... Read more
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Steve_Red_Dog
Member Since 2011
1 review
276 forum posts
30 helpful votes
Okay, I know the Koningsdam is actually Holland America’s newest ship, but to be brutally honest, I felt like I was on a Princess ship. We cruised with Princess one time, in Alaska, and were so dissatisfied with the on-board ... Read more
lilybob
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
636 forum posts
27 helpful votes
We chose this sailing to celebrate some family events and experience the Koningsdam. Embarkation Traveling 7 day leg from Amsterdam with mobility impaired family member. Smooth embarkation process. A storm in the North Sea resulted ... Read more
johaes
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We are a family of 4, my wife and two girls of 6 months and 4 years. We love to go on cruise for our holiday and for my oldest daughter this was here 6th cruise. We traditionally cruise with Celebrity cruises and 8th of our latest cruises ... Read more
sludwig
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We got on the ship at 11:30, and embarkation was very smooth. The ship was showing its age a bit, with not a lot of bells and whistles, but we chose this cruise for its destinations. (It was a Baltic cruise.) The staff was excellent, ... Read more
Jules56
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Just returned from Holland America Line MS Koningsdam inaugural Baltic cruise. This is our 4th HAL cruise & expecting the usual high standards, being a bit disappointed We did the 14 day Jewels of the Baltic (would have liked to ... Read more
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