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156 Holland America Boston Cruise Reviews

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lovin6D
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 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
2 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
2 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
4 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
avanahall
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 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

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GOODYJWG
Member Since 2004
1 review
115 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
0 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
Cindy fan
Member Since 2010
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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bp51
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
3,060 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
22 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
sechelt
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
The toilet would not flush after use for the first three days of the voyage. After each failure, I notified the front desk. One night it flushed on its own at 2:00AM. On the third afternoon, the door locks failed. The ship staff ... Read more

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evanross
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
The best part of this cruise is that the ship docs right in Hamilton for 4 days! The stateroom service was very good, as we'd expect on a decent cruise line. The food quality and service, however, were far below what we've come to ... Read more
lupaglupa
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My three-generation family set off on the Maasdam July 4th - a first cruise for all of us. What a wonderful time we had! The Maasdam exceeded all our expectations. We truly did not foresee how much we would enjoy cruising. Most ... Read more
cside101
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
First off, we chose this ship because it docks in Hamilton. Having stayed on the island several years ago for a week and cruising there three other times, the Veendam was the obvious choice. However, choosing this ship meant it would ... Read more
LEMPEREUR
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This is the first time I write something here but I read critics for years. Especially the bad one because it make me laugh. Most of them are so exaggerated. I smile when I read think like this : '' Nothing was interesting in the MDR. Food ... Read more
dapperCAN
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We had a recent family trip and we love cruising to Bermuda. However, the recent cruise wasn't up to the standard of excellence we expected from Holland America. The positives from the cruise - we had a great time as a family, despite ... Read more

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ichinensei
Member Since 2012
1 review
37 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
I just finished the 7 day Bermuda cruise out of Boston with Holland America's Veendam. First let me start with the positives. The positive is that there is a DIY laudromat. It's cheap too. $2 for wash and $1 for drying. This is good ... Read more
clarkie02360
Member Since 2011
1 review
37 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My wife & I celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Veendam 6/27-7/4 Boston to Bermuda. Overall it was a fantastic trip. Having read all the negative reviews regarding the Veendam we were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service ... Read more
susandyoung
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Every stage of this cruise was seamless with no complaints. The inside stateroom was roomy and tended to regularly. All areas of food was phenomenal. The shows were entertaining. We didn't go to all of them but chose the new Droom ... Read more
noona123
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed out of Boston for a weeks cruise to Bermuda and back. We were fortunate to have a Neptune Suite and enjoyed the many perks associated with the suite. Favorite part was breakfast in the Pinnacle every morning with the elegant ... Read more
Cruiser Bruiser
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
1,919 forum post
0 helpful votes
My 17-year-old niece just graduated from high school, so her 47-year-old single uncle decided to take her on a cruise. We couldn't afford Paris (her first choice) so we went to Quebec City and Montreal instead. We flew from Portland to ... Read more

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