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182 Holland America Boston Cruise Reviews

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Littleneil
Member Since 2000
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
It's been several years since we've cruised-and never with HAL-thus hard to make comparisons. That said, getting on and off at the seven port calls always went smoothly. The Rotterdam is an oldie but goodie as were most of the passengers. ... Read more
tjdrybread
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
Sailed four weeks ago
We wanted to experience the Holland Line. This fit into our schedule, so this is the trip we experienced. Holland in this ship is a smaller and older ship and could see the aging in various parts. The ship was very clean in all the ... Read more
mseiferth
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
We have been sailing on HAL since 1973, and we are used to the demographic which appeals to this line. Our fellow passengers are often retired and have great stories to tell about their lives. (I am 74 and my wife is 69.) While the ... Read more
Karentkeane@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My husband and I choose to take this cruise as our "summer trip" to get way from the heat. Although we had been to several of the ports previously (Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston) there were enough new places to peak our interest. A ... Read more
Mar_53
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was approximately my fourth cruise with Holland America. I expected better than this cruise. The bathtub wouldn't drain. The sheets had cigarette burns. Half the time the towels were threadbare and like cardboard; the other half ... Read more

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angie n
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Overall great trip. Service was very good..room service and dining room.,and front desk. Loved the Windows 10 courses.Desiree was a very informed teacher. Rotterdam singers and dancers excellent.Comedian was funny but other acts ... Read more
MathLady123
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail for longer than a week and leave from our home town of Boston. We were also curious as to the Canadian ports which we can visit on vacation in the future sans ship. Both of us had cruised ... Read more
dahling8
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed August 2016
Spent 4 nights in Boston prior to our cruise followed by 4 nights in Montreal upon disembarking. We booked our own tours and hotel in both cities and the hotel took us directly to the Black Falcon terminal in Boston. This is our first ... Read more
sbartrn
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise to try a different cruise line and because it went to the area we wanted to visit. Disappointed. We had cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past so that is what we had to compare this trip with. Royal Caribbean is ... Read more
Madjude60
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with HAL. We enjoyed the cruise and the crew were very friendly and helpful. The ship was always clean and I was impressed with the food on the Lido Deck. The Rotterdam dining room is small and compact compared ... Read more

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jtcathell
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We received multiple recommendations about doing "The Voyage of the Vikings" and I must say no one could have prepared us for the adventures encountered during this trip. The ports of call ranged from large cities like Rotterdam, ... Read more
bphman
Member Since 2000
4 reviews
1,475 forum post
38 helpful votes
Just returned from a fantastic week on the Veendam from Boston to Montreal. Although the cruise overall was great, there were a few glitches. We took Amtrak from Newark to Boston and, except for a track and platform change with only ... Read more
Steph62189
Member Since 2016
1 review
28 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was only a few hours' drive to the port of Boston and we did not have to fly. Plus, Bermuda was an attractive port of call. I have been on 10 cruises now and have enjoyed each and every one. My ... Read more
Poppy girl
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2016
This line gives the passengers an experience of going beyond other cruise ships in quality of food and the treatment of passengers as welcomed without differentiation of how many times you have cruised with them or what category of room ... Read more
Voll
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Getting on an off a breeze. Well organized and very efficient. Crew was outstanding. Many made the effort to talk with my wife and I using our names. Most professional! The food selection, presentation, service and personal attention by ... Read more
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Zadford
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This is a great cruise.... Even in late May, we got lucky with some nice weather however had one rain day in Halifax, but made it part of the adventure. The crew and ship are fantastic and we really like the mid size ships over these ... Read more
dlm123
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We booked this cruise on the Veendam since we wanted to see Canada/New England and these cruise dates worked best with our schedule and vacation time off. My overall cruise experience was low because of the ship's extreme need for repairs ... Read more
dmackay
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
The cruise was very good and the staff were friendly and helpful. Our lanai room was very pleasant giving direct access to the deck. The food quality was very good, in particular in the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto restaurants. ... Read more
Maddylibby
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Easy departure from Boston and love Bermuda. We went with friends and had a Lanai cabin. The ship is a bit dated but love her elegance. Fresh flowers every day - everywhere. Great service - no complaints. The entertainment was low key and ... Read more
waterfeature
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have always liked the HAL for the library, the food, and the service. This is my 29th cruise, 4 of which is HAL. The embarkation was great with no long lines. But once entering the ship there was no one to show which direction to go, ... Read more

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betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
22 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was my fourth cruise to Bermuda, second on Holland America. I had cruised twice before on Norwegian. GETTING THERE: My parents live near Boston and I spent Friday night with them. My husband drove us into the Black Falcon ... Read more
Cup of Joe 46
Member Since 2016
1 review
A very nice and relaxing cruise. Docked right in downtown Hamilton, Bermuda. Leaving from Boston big plus. Easy Easy Easy. More cruises should depart from Boston. Transportation to and from Airport, hotel, public transportation or by ... Read more
Jojomom
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Love , love, love the size of the ship! Embarkation was a breeze- The ships decor is very nice! Love the enclosed pool area, the retreat area was one of my favorite spots! Extremely clean ship!! Rooms very nice. The service we received was ... Read more
FrankHK
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We went on the Veendam to New England and Canada. This was our first trip with Holland-America. We previously had excellent experiences with Norwegian. We went with my parents who are long term HAL "mariners." We had horrible ... Read more
123Nel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
25 helpful votes
I began my cruise with a tour of Boston which was to set the pace for a wonderful trip. As a Canadian and originally from the Maritimes, we share much in common with this part of the United States. It was the destination for a number of ... Read more

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