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161 Holland America Barcelona Cruise Reviews
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bismilah
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 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
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
4 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
16 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
17 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
Foley13
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
3 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
4 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
6 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
3 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
2 reviews
3 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
pharmacist1952
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
We got a deal on a Pinnacle suite and were very surprised at how nice it was. Disappointed that the only amenity was free laundry. Free water and free internet would have been nice. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Breakfast ... Read more
suziehugo
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
I wanted a cruise through the mediterrean and black sea. A friend recommended Holland America. The price was not bad on vacationstogo.com. Everything was great. The entertainment started to repeat after three weeks. Four weeks was ... Read more
durtynurse
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Great time. This cruise was very port intensive...29 days and 20 post of call. Had to miss one port due to a storm but because of this we had to stay two days in Rome...no problem with that!! Over all cruise was great with no major ... Read more
Bruce G.
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Not a cruise line I would recommend. We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. But once on board were informed that two ports we had booked to berth in had been change to tender ashore. Two of these ports were cancelled because ... Read more
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silverhybrid
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed August 2015
This was our fourth HAL cruise and the first on the Zuiderdam. We enjoy the HAL line as we enjoy the smaller ships and the traditional, classic touches. This trip originated in Barcelona where we had an overnight on the ship and we ... Read more
alohasaw
Member Since 2010
1 review
21 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Mediterranean Cruise, Holland America I wanted to share this review for other travelers. It is a long review and I will try to include details that may or may not be important to others. We stayed two nights at the Colon Hotel. The ... Read more
Maksim
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
586 forum posts
We were on a 12 day cruise from Barcelona to Venice. This was our first experience with Holland America. Everything went really well. Loved our aft balcony cabin, nice full bath, plenty of closet space, and great service. The ship appears ... Read more
Pickworth
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed June 2015
I was disappointed to find no guest laundry on the ship. Was on a 32 night cruise, and ships laundry costs very expensive for that amount of time. Loved our verandah suite stateroom. The staff mostly cheerful and attentive. The ships ... Read more
arizonasunlover
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
My husband and I and two of our friends recently cruised with Nieuw Amsterdam on the Mediterranean Tapestry cruise in May 2015. We are still talking about what a wonderful experience it was with their friendly, helpful crew and fantastic ... Read more
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macyanddan
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our second HAL cruise, and the first one was nearly flawless. On this trip, our group really felt like we were being gauged for extras or being sold more services. This took away from the relaxation factor of the cruise and was a ... Read more
tperrocpa
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
This was our first time Holland America line, and some of the reviews were a little scary. Ship was older but nice. Not run down, and modern decor. I enjoy cruise entertainment, but the entertainment on this ship was pretty awful. There ... Read more
Frisbeejerry
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
This is an older ship and even though they did remodel , it still needs help ie attention to details. The staff made the boat. Almost all were wonderful . Great smile and attitude . The entertainment was marginal at best. Their shore ... Read more
Rabarro
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
204 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
After three days in Barcelona we boarded the Eurodam for our 13th HAL cruise and our third time on Eurodam. It's a big ship that never feels big to us and we would never sail on one of the mega 4000 passenger ships. Embarkation is always ... Read more
gotglasses
Member Since 2011
1 review
10 forum posts
Sailed April 2015
The iberian intrigue cruise was not as great as we hoped. The first day a passenger had a minor accident and the Captain turned around to Barcelona for eight hour delay. This was the jist of the trip constant delays . On the excursions as ... Read more
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