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145 Holland America Barcelona Cruise Reviews

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icini
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Last minute choice. Rather overpriced but it did tick the boxes and I enjoyed it greatly, would consider using HAL again if a cheaper alternative did not include the ports I wanted to see. Always managed to find a sun lounger, even on ... Read more
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ScorpioGeo
Member Since 2009
1 review
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We selected this itinerary because of the many stops on the Spanish coast. In that regard, it did not disappoint. Malaga / Granada was amazing.... Alicante was also a delightful port. Calvi turned out to be quaint and charming. ... Read more
PL56
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
My husband and I have cruised many times, but never with Holland America. We chose them as we liked the Riviera itinerary and it certainly did not disappoint, nor did the Oosterdam. The ship has just been re-done and is stunning. Very ... Read more
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KiwiRoaming
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 forum posts
Staff, crew, and cruise experience: This was our first cruise, and we're hooked. Apart from a minor hiccup with the computers going down at embarkation, the staff and crew ran the rest of our 28 day cruise like clock work. From the ... Read more
s411y
Member Since 2016
1 review
We chose this cruise as it was the right timing for us leaving from where we were staying in the tail end of our honeymoon travels . We loved the Tamarind restaurant and the dining room, We tried Pinnacle restaurant twice and were ... Read more
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WalterZ
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The cruise was chosen as a good value option with interesting ports. It delivered in some areas, not so good in others. The brilliant - 1 service was faultless both in dining and staterooms 2 the stateroom was roomy, clean and ... Read more
pb3
Member Since 2011
1 review
17 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
My concept of a Mediterranean cruise is Barcelona to Venice. We've sailed with Celebrity, Princess and Azamara and based on everything I knew I was fully expecting Holland America to meet or exceed our past experiences. It was not to be. ... Read more
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rickwill123
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Very informative active cruise with many Ports & Cities to visit. Could have spent a little longer in some places than others but overall it gave you the opportunity to sample a variety of lands & customs. The cruise itself was ... Read more
dhtteach
Member Since 2015
1 review
78 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My husband and I had never traveled to the Mediterranean. This trip had been on our bucket list for years. We are so thankful to have had this amazing experience. Our main reason for cruising is to give us an opportunity have a taste of ... Read more
Rushie56
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was going to the places we wanted to visit. We had traveled with Holland America in Alaska and really enjoyed it so, although the Eurodam is quite a big ship, we thought we would enjoy sailing with HAL ... Read more

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#1cruisecoach
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
34 forum posts
29 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Our previous cruises have been on Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. The itinerary was wonderful and the ports were very interesting. My 2 star rating is due to the ... Read more
ccfandango
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 helpful votes
Great way to show elderly parents some of Europes highlights in comfort and without the hassles of overland transport and accommodation and introduce them to cruising, Cruise itself was great, ports visited from Barcelona to Venice gave a ... Read more
1Loves Travel1
Member Since 2014
1 review
18 helpful votes
I chose Holland America because of the time of year and the itinerary. For the trip of a life time, my husband and I wanted to go to certain countries and cities. Holland America's Eurodam ship offered the 12-day Mediterranean Tapestry ... Read more
D-Town
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
240 forum posts
31 helpful votes
I'm a seasoned cruiser. Platinum on Princess and Elite on Celebrity. I've also sailed with Cunard, RCI and Costa. This was my first sailing on Holland America. Arriving at the Port in Barcelona embarkation was smooth and easy. ... Read more
bismilah
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 helpful votes
I have been with various cruise lines and i was told by my friend that Holland America cruise lines are good. I was most disappointed ! Firstly , they changed my cabin without asking me. The cabin had no table or chairs to sit (if we ... Read more

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vicverse
Member Since 2015
1 review
33 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
The lovely Eurodam! just came back from Gems and Glamour HAL cruise of western Italy and southern Spain. Smooth embarkation, great room 1013 (a little noise from the Billbaoard on Board at night but really quite managable). Can't beat ... Read more
BWV
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose the 7-day Gems of Spain for a short getaway, and it was perfect. Embarkation was hassle-free and fast. We had a Signature Suite and loved the size - especially the double sink in the bathroom. We attended the embarkation lunch, ... Read more
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Exseadog
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
This time last year I wrote that Holland America were a company to be avoided. This resulted from problems experienced on the Veendam on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego, their dissembling as to the reasons for the problems and ... Read more
b4mug
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was the second cruise with HAL as they promised they would get it right this time as they got it so wrong on our first cruise. My wife is very hard of hearing and when she takes her aids out to go to sleep at night she is totally deaf ... Read more
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FieryGoddess
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Having never before tried Holland America, but, knowing they were rated 5*, we took advantage of the spring break, hoping for lovely time, good food and good weather. Sadly, these expectations were not met (apart from the weather). ... Read more

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Foley13
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Very disappointing . We have been on this very ship several times before. Things have changed. Very little entertainment and slow dining service. They seem to have reduced dining wait staff. For a transatlantic there was very little to do, ... Read more
1234567seas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was a very lovely crossing. Many more pros than cons. To begin with, the sailing was delayed by a full day due to strong winds and high seas preventing the ship from getting into port. The overnight in Barcelona spent waiting for the ... Read more
Judith Rosica
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I am a member of the Mariner Society and have sailed a number of times on Holland America. It had been a few years between sailings and this past cruise was a hugh disappointment in almost every respect. Only the Indonesian staff have ... Read more
CJAJ
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Sailed out of Barcelona on the Nieuw Amsterdam and the experience was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and worked very hard. Our rooms attendants made sure our room was cleaned everyday with clean towels and ice in the bucket. The ... Read more
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Vanctraveller
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have been on HAL ships 4 or 5 times before including in family groups but have not sailed with HAL in3 or 4 years. Was surprised at the dramatic decline in quality control in all areas - late night snack buffet menu listing two items ... Read more

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