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44 Holland America British Columbia Cruise Reviews
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HappyHippies
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic!! We love HAL. Everything was exceptional - organized embarkation was very fast, ports of call were great, service was exceptional, all activities and meals were all fantastic, and we can't say enough great things ... Read more
AirAbel
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
The land tour (8 days with HAL) was awesome and exceeded our expectations, Anchorage/Denali/Fairbanks/Dawson City/ whitehorse/ Skagway but the sea part to Vancouver was not fun. I would not cruise with HAL on their ships again. 1. ... Read more
dtgnf
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
Wonderful re-positioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, stopping at San Fran and Catalina Island. First cruise for me, although my traveling companion had made several cruises on HAL with her late mother. Best thing overall was that ... Read more
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TravelGirlinDallas
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
51 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We chose this one-night cruise on the Westerdam in order to get from Seattle to Vancouver to board a longer cruise the next day. It was a fantastic experience. I had read some negative things about one-night cruises before, but none of ... Read more
lazydragon71
Member Since 2013
1 review
We arrived at Canada Place at 11:00am, went through security, and checked in with no issues. This took approx. 20 mins. We were hoping to get right on the ship as we have done in the past. We had to wait till about 11:40 before they ... Read more
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Cyndy Sue
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed April 2013
As this was our first Holland America cruise, we were very excited to board the Oosterdam in Sydney.Our first disappointment was the atrium area. Normally an area of meeting friends, coffee, drinks and generally a buzz, the Oosterdam's ... Read more
lbt43
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
811 forum posts
Sailed September 2012
I love Holland America. Embarkation - I rate this a C. Honestly, I felt they got us on the ship late, (12:00p) and it was really disorganized. No one knew the boarding was numbered and everyone rushed up to try and get in. The lady ... Read more
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andeesue
Member Since 2007
1 review
468 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I live in San Diego and have dear friends in Victoria, so it seemed like a no-brainer to take advantage of the great price for this short cruise to Vancouver. I also took it as an opportunity to see how I'd fare in the cheapest inside ... Read more
Shellbacks
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
I had always resisted the thought of cruising, but after doing the cruise with Holland America on the MS Oosterdam it would be my first option or a cruise/fly holiday.The ship was spotless, the emphasis is on hygiene for the protection of ... Read more
Vibratone64
Member Since 2012
1 review
We were fairly impressed by the Oosterdam, in that it is a beautiful ship with nice decor. I expected it to be tacky from the other reviews but did not find it so. Everything looked very modern and functional. I especially like the ... Read more
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suzuki9999
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2011
Arrived at Seward for "priority " boarding ,travelled 16 hours: After 20 minutes were told room had been given to someone else: Eventually we were whisked on board after an hour and told to go to front office; Without telling us, our ... Read more
hillcrest
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1 forum post
Airport arrangements, hotel transfers, baggage handling- all with precision. Embarkation took at most 30 minutes shuttle to on board. Land touring a week before cruise included Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage.Wildlife trip to Denali ... Read more
JCJCJC
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 helpful votes
For some reason the town of Skagway was not listed in the embarkation drop-down. Alright, I'll preface this review by mentioning that I am not a world-weary, sophisticated traveler that is easily bored and has an axe to grind against ... Read more
Boby
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 forum posts
Personal Information Couple in our forties on our 1st cruise Live in Downtown Vancouver Both employed - Government jobs Travel to Port of Embarkation Took a cab that day because of the rain, would normally just walk to ... Read more
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Bellair
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
951 forum posts
After a fairly intensive dry dock in Singapore for two weeks, the ship looked very good wih new carpets, seating, decking etc. The ship was due to travel to northern Japan but due to the recent disasters there, HAL opted for South Korea & ... Read more
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LeftcoastBC
Member Since 2006
1 review
3,536 forum posts
Sailed May 2011
This was a trip to a) get on the water in a ship once again and b) see how HAL's Zaandam shaped up for a trip we are planning on later.Canada Place: Embarkation and get off went very smoothly. Nothing unusual. I tried my Nexus card ... Read more
DrKoob
Member Since 2004
14 reviews
6,624 forum posts
Just off the Zaandam in the Pacific SouthwestWanted to knock out a short review of this little 3-day cruise we just disembarked from this morning. Hadn't been on a ship in more than a year after disembarking in Hong Kong in March 2010 so ... Read more
searaider
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
789 forum posts
Sailed April 2011
Zuiderdam is great ship and we enjoyed ourselves on the 22 day repositioning. This was our longest cruise to date and we did not have a 'nothing to do' day. Embarkation (disembarkation was much better) was a bit slow due to having a ... Read more
clickchick
Member Since 2007
1 review
92 forum posts
Sailed October 2010
I was determined to try a Holland America ship after our cruise to Alaska last year on Princess. Princess has always treated us very well, but when we docked in Victoria next to HAL's Amsterdam, the ship just looked so elegant. Reviews of ... Read more
UTRugrats3
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
We decided to take a quick 1 night cruise to Vancouver BC as part of an anniversary celebration. After checking with the HAL office in Seattle, we found we could board early, eat lunch and then relax on board before we set sail. Alas, it ... Read more
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Roz
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
6,991 forum posts
Pacific Northwest ms Amsterdam September 20-24, 2010 Background Information: Last year I won $3,000 on a state lottery scratch off ticket, and immediately began searching for a cruise to spend it on. Normally I cruise by myself in an ... Read more
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pnskid
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I have been on 86 cruises in 35 years (I am not 50 yet - I started young!). My very first cruise was on the old Rotterdam with my grandparents. I've spent a total of 38 days onboard Holland America. To say it isn't how I remember it would ... Read more
blueyesdm
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
1,301 forum post
This was mine and DH's first cruise on Holland America. Prior to this we did a 10 day on the Radiance and decided to hop on this repositioning cruise to make our way back home to Seattle. We have cruised many times (19 for DH and 17 for ... Read more
ElliottKitsap
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
This was our introduction to cruising, and we booked through a local Pacific NW travel agency. The deal seemed pretty good: about $1000 for two of us, including airfare from Seattle to San Diego, transfers from the airport to the pier, an ... Read more
bubba88
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
286 forum posts
Well, I did this once and CC sent it back as it was one big paragraph. Let's try again as I really have something to say. I have read reviews on this cruise that were negative coming from the San Diego group that got on for 4 days for $199 ... Read more
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