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168 Holland America Bermuda Cruise Reviews

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NAS Bermuda
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The selection of the cruise ship is critical because there are many different kinds. If you prefer old school elegance with a minimum of screaming rug rats, Holland America is the absolute best. If you cruise to Bermuda and if you really ... Read more
gdaddytobermuda
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
My family of four (kids aged 9 and 7) splurged on a deluxe verandah suite on the final Veendam voyage to Bermuda. The suite is fantastic, with plenty of room and a huge balcony. The perks are great as well - having a concierge handle ... Read more
Big_King
Member Since 2010
1 review
81 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The embarkation was efficient and speedy and we were in our cabin within 30 minutes. However the lunch on the Lido deck was truly sub-par. Roast Beef that so tough that it could not be cut and dinner that evening was not much better. ... Read more
andyonli
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
67 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2012
We chose this cruise for two main reasons: good friends had already booked and the cruise was leaving from our home city of NYC. So no airplanes and extra hotel nights. While we had been to Bermuda several times, we had not gone their via ... Read more
johnkiely
Member Since 2007
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a really nice cruise. Embarkation was the fastest I've ever experienced. We got dropped off at the NYC Cruise Terminal at 11:30 am and we were on the ship by Noon, and our cabin was ready when we got on! That was amazing! ... Read more

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North wind
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
My family of three recently sailed on the Veendam from New-York to Bermuda. I have over 10 cruises under my belt and this was my first experience on a HAL ship. I have previously sailed on Celebrity, Princess, RCL, NCL, Costa and Carnival ... Read more
alaud
Member Since 2006
1 review
77 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
Just returned from a seven day Bermuda cruise. It was wonderful. The ship, while not new was in good shape and the staff was top notch. Many passengers were disappointed that HAL is not returning to Hamilton Bermuda Again. They said that ... Read more
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pacruiser1244
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Family included wife and 3 daughters. We chose this cruise because it left from NYC and stayed 3 days in Bermuda instead of hopping from place to place like the first cruise we took on Carnival. Highlights of the week include: - ... Read more
critics0001
Member Since 2011
10 reviews
87 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
HAL should consider changing the name to the Marlborodam. Contrary to almost all other cruise lines HAL allows smoking indoors in Casino when it is an operation. With the open area the smoke drifts into other adjacent areas. We also had ... Read more
cherylzh
Member Since 2007
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2012
This is my 3rd cruise trip and the experience with Hollad America is the least satisfactory among all. We went with my parents and they are both over seventy years old. Given their very pleasant experiences with Noreigean cruise they had ... Read more

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betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
22 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
Just returned from another Bermuda cruise on HAL, Aug 5-12. The last time we went to Bermuda was in 2010 on the Veendam, in a lanai stateroom, and spent the extra dollars this year to again reserve a lanai stateroom. LOVED it again. ... Read more
seagullindy
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was the first time we drove instead of flying to a port of embarkation, and want to say it was the easiest way to go. We drove to the Toms River bus terminal Sunday morning and parked our car for $2/day, versus $35 day in NYC. The ... Read more
klm1
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2012
Background Information: We booked this cruise only 3 weeks before departure, when other vacation plans fell through. We had a group of six, which included four adult nieces and nephew, and two friends. We booked it because we could ... Read more
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BrightyB
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The previous reviews pretty much described the over-all conditions of the ship. Yes, it is 16 years old but fairly well maintained. After a nervous experience leaving Ft. Laud. on the morning of the cruise-the original plane returned to ... Read more
Harrald
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
76 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife found that HAL was discontinuing this itinerary and thought it would be a great 25th anniversary trip for us. The embarkation was fast and easy. We arrived at 11:30am, parked (at the terminal)and we were on the ship in less than 40 ... Read more

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Jerseygirl6666
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2012
I was nervous based on everyone elses reviews. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, then this is the cruise for you. If you are looking for a party, or are single, pick a different cruise line. We had no problems with plumbing, air ... Read more
akwalker
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We got home a little bit ago, unpacked, and thought I'd write a bit about our trip. Sunday's departure went very smoothly. Embarkation started promptly at 11:30 AM. After a quick picture, we were on the ship. We went to our stateroom, ... Read more
CPShips
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are a small family of two adults and one teen and we find cruising a wonderful way to spend a vacation that allows our son freedom (whilst on the ship thanks to the teen center) but also provides for shared experiences on land. This is ... Read more
kgirltoday
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2012
6 family members were traveling to celebrate my parents 62 anniversary. We were very excited and expected a very pleasurable experience. Naturally, a lot of planning went into coordinating the trip since we all live in different parts of ... Read more
shorebett
Member Since 2002
1 review
18 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2012
This was our 10th cruise and we usually choose our ship for the itinerary. The last cruise was on Celebrity, 6 years ago. We chose HAL this time because we were traveling with friends who had never been to Bermuda and we liked the fact ... Read more

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andyandsue
Member Since 2011
1 review
284 forum posts
0 helpful votes
-Embarkation was a breeze. You fill out health questionnaires, and begin the cattle-herding process. Suites had no wait. We were number 25 and we were on board by I think 11:30. -When you walk on to the Veendam in NYC you are on the 5th ... Read more
conniecool
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I know that Holland America will no longer sail to Bermuda, but if I'd had a more positive experience on this. one of its last cruises, I would consider a cruise to another destination. Here's what was good: 1. Entertainment - ... Read more
KenProspero
Member Since 2012
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from a lovely vacation on the Veendam. Much of what we experienced has been written about before by others, so I'll summarize the highlights. Holland America -- I know that everyone who has found this board already ... Read more
sailboatnps
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2012
When you sign up for a cruise, you'd think that there would be enough crew members on board to service the ship. This was not the case on this cruise. The number of crew members were cut to the bare minimum -- not our concept of a ... Read more
blecount
Member Since 2007
1 review
19 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having just returned from a seven-night cruise to Bermuda on the Holland America Veendam from Manhattan, I can summarize the experience in one word -- unique. The ship provided several positive unique offerings: - The Ocean view ... Read more

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