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260 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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jos12
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 forum posts
2 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
5 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
colpp
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
8 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
133 forum posts
14 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
5 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

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Tanito
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
84 forum posts
3 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
Steve_Red_Dog
Member Since 2011
1 review
269 forum posts
25 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
617 forum posts
24 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
sludwig
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 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
14 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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Avmanguy
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
The cruise was sold to us by a travel agent and included shore excursions at every port. We were very impressed by the ship, the food and all the activities offered, especially the cooking demonstrations, the Computer lessons and the ... Read more
LesMartini
Member Since 2016
1 review
35 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
annanoname8
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The choice was a back to back between Iceland and Russia July 4 through 28, 2016. Copenhagen to Copenhagen. Requested Convertible Twins. Got one king bed. Ask for two separate beds. Stewart gave me a face and said he would do it. Shower ... Read more
wadfilm
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
First I would like to say that every single staff person, whether in the restaurants, stateroom steward or anyone doing the myriad of jobs on the ship were exemplary. These people work so hard and always have a smile and are ready to help ... Read more
george@suttonrv.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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

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obied
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was advertised as a new ship. It was and the paintings and decor were lovely BUT it was spacious in the Atrium areas and small everywhere else including our inside twin cabin. The daily program was repetitive on sea days as was ... Read more
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NRFBQN
Member Since 2014
1 review
67 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We cruised the Baltic for 14 days and then Norway for 7 days on this Collectors Cruise on the MS Koningsdam. Despite mixed reviews on this new ship, we expected it to be fabulous and we weren't disappointed. Check-in was smooth and the ... Read more
oz cruiser 65
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
26 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
11 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
617 forum posts
15 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
7 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
4 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
6 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
39 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
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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