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131 Holland America Barcelona Cruise Reviews

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doctrd
Member Since 2000
1 review
444 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
First time on Holland America after many Princess Europe and Caribbean cruises. Chose this cruise to travel before the heat of summer began. We usually get a mini-suite with Princess, so was concerned about booking a regular balcony ... Read more
cknic
Member Since 2007
1 review
98 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
This was our 2nd sailing with HAL having done the Greek Isle 3 years ago. That cruise was wonderful. Cannot say the same for this one. Across the board cost cutting is very evident in staffing, service, food and entertainment. Our ... Read more
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drTNcruiser
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
21 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I finally decided to plan a life-long, dream trip to Europe as a way of celebrating our upcoming wedding anniversary. This particular trip took several months to plan starting in the summer of 2014. In my research, I used ... Read more
Lance881
Member Since 2009
1 review
44 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
I will preface my comments by saying that I usually cruise on Celebrity having taken several transatlantic cruises on their ships. I have heard positive comments about Holland America so opted to try them this time. My number one, ... Read more
pinor1
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Just got back form a Mediterrranean cruise, sailed on the Eurodam. One of the best cruises ever. Elegant ship, wonderful and friendly crew, great food (especially at the Lido buffet, great variety). Fresh flowers in all the public ... Read more

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cantin2
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
70 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We board the elegant Nieuw Amsterdam in Barcelona for a 13 night Trans Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. We are impressed with the ship - It does exude elegance. The public on Decks 2 and 3 are nicely designed to serve as multipurpose ... Read more
jenniferbremner
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We boarded Nieuw Amsterdam in Barcelona on 27th October. It is 10 years since we have been on a Holland America ship. We boarded easily at 12 noon and had lunch in the Lido restaurant. We had booked an inside stateroom as that was the ... Read more
6110w73rd
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Everything started out great. The cabin was very clean and the staff was helpful. All the ports were quiet which was a change from other cruises we have taken, just walk through the cities and enjoy them. The city markets were fun to see. ... Read more
cowes 20
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
34 forum posts
0 helpful votes
1 Don't expect the ship's design and décor to reflect your personal taste 2 Don't expect all fellow passengers to be just like you. 3 Don't throw a tantrum if you miss a port 4 Don't take the cruise lines home page literally 5 ... Read more
jilbymitch
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just back from this cruise and feel overall very happy with experience.n 2nd HAL cruise, last one 8 years ago and one major difference stood out and that was the hard sell to spend extra on wine and beverage packages and additional dinner ... Read more

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pc1949
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were on a cruise of 3 eleven day legs and if not for the ports, which is what we took this cruise for, the experience of Holland America and the Noordam would turn you off from ever wanting to go cruising again. We are not novice ... Read more
mitcher
Member Since 2013
1 review
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
I embarked on Nieuw Amsterdam on Aug 4th and we set sail at 5pm. Embarkation was very well organised and there was little or no delay. Once on board the Lido was open for lunch. The food during the whole cruise was top class with plenty of ... Read more
MaxineInVA
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are big fans of HAL and were very excited about our first European cruise with the line. First to get the negative out of the way: The staff was very pleasant but you could tell they were understaffed: long lines at the front desk, ... Read more
gaycruiseguy
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
I have been on a total of 10 cruises in the past 10 years (8 of which were in Europe), four on Celebrity, two each on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, one on Princess, and this one. I was under the mistaken belief that HAL would be on a par ... Read more
77ozzie
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We took a 22 day cruise from Barcelona to Venice with stops in a multitude of ports. While we were not keen on Tunis we were surprised to discover Croatia and other ports. My wife and I cruise a lot and we found this particular Holland ... Read more

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guitarboy53
Member Since 2004
1 review
130 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sadly, we’ve just returned from an 11-night cruise aboard the ms Noordam. We booked the cruise about 10 days before departure as a last minute getaway from busy life in Turkey. My wife and I are in our early thirties and this is our ... Read more
Justplanesafe
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailing from Barcelona, Spain on July 1, 2014 - 11 Nights. Headline “How to open the show on a very, very poor performance.” Yesterday we boarded the ms Noordam in Barcelona, and are scheduled to spend the first full day ... Read more
Bothel
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
1,136 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
I had been told my cruise with Holland America would be a step up from my usual line -- Royal Caribbean. It was a step. But a step down. I do not believe there is such a thing as a bad cruise. And I liked this one. But I would never ... Read more
bajacali
Member Since 2011
1 review
193 forum posts
0 helpful votes
For some background, we are a Canadian couple in our 50’s/60’s who have only previously cruised with Holland America. Our itinerary was the Western Mediterranean - May 18th – 29th. This was our first time on the Noordam. ... Read more
TEJD
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
50 year old couple cruising with 75 year old in-laws, Barcelona to Rome, outside cabin with balcony Overall, satisfactory for price Ship built in 2006, beginning to show noticeable but not severe wear (chairs, carpet, rust on balcony, ... Read more
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pittypat10
Member Since 2013
1 review
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
We loved the Rotterdam. The ship is very clean, just the right size, and there is plenty to do. The staff was responsive and kind. I had no criticisms of the staff at all. The ports were overall pretty great, but some days we were in port ... Read more
guayames
Member Since 2008
1 review
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just back from our 42 day Mediterranean cruise. Yes after 117 days (Jan to May 2013) World Cruise in the Amsterdam we were ready for a shorter one! We embarked in Barcelona. It was the fastest embarkation in our 108 cruises. When we ... Read more
Lorraine Marie
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
192 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are a couple in our late 60's and have cruised with other lines (NCL, Carnival, Azamara, Celebrity, Princess). Our first trip on HAL was very good. We left Stewart Airport on Oct. 4 to arrive in Barcelona a day earlier than departure. ... Read more
Sue555
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
I have sailed before but many years ago. This ship was wonderful. The food was great. The room (5073) with balcony was awesome. No more or less than you need with lots of storage for clothing even if you are on a 21 day , you would have ... Read more
benatty
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
182 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
We cruised on the Nieuw Amsterdam from October 6 - 13th in the Western Mediterranean. We visited Palermo, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Toulon. The week was fantastic. The staff on board the ship were wonderful. We loved the ports. ... Read more

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