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300 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews
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Gulliver1956
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
14 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
SJShelby
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 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
6 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
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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
5 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
fi1966
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
8 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
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Muidenaar
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
8 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
1 helpful vote
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
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
14 forum posts
5 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
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
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Jentilben
Member Since 2014
1 review
27 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
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
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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
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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