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300 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews
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surfcitygirl
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
96 forum posts
9 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
Felice33
Member Since 2014
1 review
18 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
26 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
3 reviews
1 forum post
18 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
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sandjincfl6681
Member Since 2012
1 review
18 forum posts
14 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
ladygrace5
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have sailed on the Zuiderdam three tines in the last two and half years and this was a disappointment to us as the ship has gone down hill just since last year in the Med. The food quality was poor and the service on the Lido not up to ... Read more
gobuffs1
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have traveled HAL 8 times both Alaska and Europe. Other cruise lines about the same. One of the things we really liked about HAL was the library and movie theater. On cruise days we both enjoyed the library or going to an ... Read more
Directrix
Member Since 2014
1 review
40 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I was scanning cruises in the Baltic for 2017 when this 2016 cruise to both the Baltic AND the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands showed up. I learned on the ship it was really 2 back-to-back cruises and many of the passengers were ... Read more
murraycr
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Many of our cruises have beenon Holland America (almost 4 stars) and we had heard good things about the Prinsendam, the smallest ship in the Holland America fleet. There was a pair of cruises that we combined. One crossed the Atlantic, ... Read more
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rubydot
Member Since 2016
1 review
38 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We are in our seventies and used to traveling. We pay for first class and expect good service, but we are not demanding. We are pretty easy-going...but This was about our fourteenth cruise. For ten of the twelve days we had NO HOT ... Read more
rayu13
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
13 helpful votes
The Baltic is a wonderful place to cruise, with many interesting ports. However, St. Petersburg has to be the most wonderful port of all. We saved several hundred dollars there by using Alla Tours rather than excursions from the ship. All ... Read more
rayu13
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We love Holland America and we wanted to see the Baltic. Nearly all of the ports were wonderful, and St. Petersburg was the standout. It's a MUST VISIT place. Our ship's staff, food, stateroom and common rooms were great, as we have ... Read more
4Relaxing
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We have sailed a decent amount I think but have not been to much of the Baltic Sea areas and as always Holland America had an interesting Itinerary and decent prices. The entire ship was COLD for the whole time! Never experienced that ... Read more
Herbs Mom
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
SHIP – The Eurordam is a good size ship. We enjoy the mid to smaller size cruise ship and this fit right in to that - not the mega-ships. Even though the ship was sold-out, there were still plenty of places to sit and read and relax ... Read more
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Logistigr8r
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
163 forum posts
7 helpful votes
MS Prinsendam 19 Aug – 2 Sep 2015 Kiel Canal and Baltic Cruise The Prinsendam is the “elegant old classic” of the HAL fleet. Originally built in 1988, it was acquired by HAL in 2002. It is a beautiful ship with ... Read more
showme15
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Recently returned from the Baltic cruise aboard Holland America's Prisendam and must say the entire cruise was the best ever. The itinerary was a select, well thought out selection of ports and countries. The service was untouchable. ... Read more
Highballs
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed July 2015
After a year absence from cruising, things had changed. Food is important to us, I think it has improved, my wife wasn't sure. Service was excellent and professional but fewer stewards. The room was good, clean and in good repair. They ... Read more
Nodustonme
Member Since 2015
1 review
I've cruised approx. 8 times on other cruise lines, mainly Princess. This was my first cruise with HAL. I found the vibration of the ship, even in port, to be excessive. I've never experienced anything like it. It made me nauseous. ... Read more
Pamf
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
173 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I really liked the Eurodam and the semi obstructed oceanview cabin was a really nice size and very comfortable. Dining was excellent and the service on board was really quite good. There was a huge variety of food available in the ... Read more
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cchomes
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
SHIP: The ship was good size with lots of options for eating, drinking, walking, exercising, relaxing, or reading. It was very clean with hand sanitizer dispensers spread throughout the ship. The pool was a little on the small size, but ... Read more
Mosoko
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
My husband and I (60s, late 50s) have just returned from our wonderful Baltic Adventure sailing. Almost 40 cruises for myself as a travel agent since 1978, and my husband has sailed on around 20. We like that Holland America is keeping ... Read more
txblossom
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Agree with many other folks that the Eurodam is definitely in need of a facelift - tired furnishings & worn appearance. Shore excursions add HUGE dollars to your overall cost. Yes, the liquor policy is very restrictive; each person ... Read more
LEC
Member Since 2015
1 review
Generally the ship was "tired" even though it's not very old. Carpeting, wall paper, furniture and bathrooms were all shabby and in need of updating. Food in the Lido and Rembrandt went from mediocre to terrible with service ... Read more
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GradUT
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
2,441 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We (late 50's couple) did the 12-day Baltic cruise in July 2015. This was our 2nd cruise on HAL (9th cruise overall) and after this cruise, I think HAL may become our "go-to" cruise line. Design of the Ship -- I want to ... Read more
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