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167 Holland America Boston Cruise Reviews

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bphman
Member Since 2000
4 reviews
1,440 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
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
0 forum posts
17 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
Voll
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 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
0 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
8 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

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dmackay
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 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
waterfeature
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
22 forum posts
14 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
7 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

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123Nel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
22 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
lovin6D
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We usually sail on the smaller ships of Celebrity so this New England/Canada cruise on the HAL Maasdam cannot help but be a comparison. We took a late flight from Los Angeles to Boston. A HAL rep met us at the airport. Quite a wait until ... Read more
Cruise124
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Food- Average to-good. Expected more value. Entertainment -Excellent Cabin- Extremely well maintained, comfortable. Cruise Director- Average Activities -Not worth the price paid for the cruise. Dining- ... Read more
zuluharry
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We flew to the Boston airport and took the Adams Inn Best Western free shuttle to the hotel on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Then we took the Gray Line "Bean Town Hop On Hop Off" bus tour and harbor cruise on the following day. ... Read more
cruiser4345
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our second cruise with Holland America. Our first was to Alaska on the Westerdam and was fantastic. We were also in the Neptune suites on that cruise. Be careful if you are on the Maasdam Neptune level. Choose your room ... Read more

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avanahall
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
So we have cruised about 15 times and this was the first time on Holland America Line. At first I was a bit nervous since it was mainly older people and the boat was smaller then the new ships -- but it was by far our best cruise ever! The ... Read more
GOODYJWG
Member Since 2004
1 review
122 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Just got off the Veendam. The ship was great, they did a great job refurbishing an old ship, everything was in good shape. The cabin, we only had an inside, was great, lots of packing room, excellent AC/heat control! Food was only nediocre ... Read more
nyshopgirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We were a group of 10 traveling as a multi-generational family with grandparents, parents and young children on a Holland America cruise to New England/Canada. With few exceptions, the cruise was geared to older individuals with little ... Read more
harnpat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
I have been interested in taking a Holland America cruise since I saw them in Alaska 11 years ago. This is our first time going to Nova Scotia. The Veendam crew and staff were all friendly and for the most part helpful. The ship is old but ... Read more
padrek
Member Since 2009
30 reviews
66 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Embarkation in Boston was easy even though there was another HAL ship (Maasdam) also embarking passengers and a RCI ship making a port visit, which severely taxes Boston's limited cruiseport. Luggage delivery was swift, room ready as I ... Read more

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Cindy fan
Member Since 2010
1 review
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This trip was a dream come true for myself and my daughter. As huge Anne of green Gable fans we have always wanted to go to Prince Edward Island. My husband and I love to see lighthouses. Best of all from our house in Western New ... Read more
bp51
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Nothing outstanding or close to outstanding other than some of the service. Ship is a C+ as is the food. Ports, are okay. As with all trips, some were better than others. Sydney is a total waste. Nothing special about the Maasdam. The ... Read more
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HokiePoq
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
3,105 forum posts
2 helpful votes
SPECTACULAR! This word keeps coming out of my mouth every time I tell someone about this cruise. The itinerary and scenery were spectacular. This was one from the bucket list for me and I was not disappointed. We were on for the ... Read more
Crusin Aggie
Member Since 2015
1 review
27 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We very much enjoyed our time on the Maasdam. The ship has been impeccably maintained and of course the HAL crew/staff are all top-notch. No complaints and I even won in the casino! Canada/New England has some very rural stops as well as ... Read more
Go three
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised many times (55 plus night with Royal Caribbean and 30 plus with Carnival) This was our first HAL. Picked it because of the ports and enjoyed the smaller ship. Overall the cruise was nice. Weather was very rainy, but hey, ... Read more

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