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253 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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lilybob
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
592 forum posts
7 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
4 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
11 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
Avmanguy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 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
28 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

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annanoname8
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
4 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
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
obied
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 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
65 forum posts
6 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

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oz cruiser 65
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
22 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
10 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
603 forum posts
13 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
The Roys
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
6 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

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Seeing the World2
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
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
80 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

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Felice33
Member Since 2014
1 review
17 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
13 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
23 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
reads2go
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
17 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

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