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141 Holland America Barcelona Cruise Reviews

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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
561 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
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

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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
203 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
clamar
Member Since 2007
1 review
313 forum posts
This was my second cruise on the Eurodam and my seventh with HAL. I love this ship and their staff. Smiles, helpful, professional without being stuffy. The food was great and my cabin immaculate. The staff at the front desk were always ... Read more

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doctrd
Member Since 2000
1 review
445 forum posts
4 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
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
3 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
48 forum posts
8 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
8 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
73 forum posts
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
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
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
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
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
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
gowran
Member Since 2013
1 review
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
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
1 helpful vote
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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