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339 Holland America Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

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susie2183
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
29 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Our group of friends wanted to visit Canada and New England and these dates worked best for us. Having never sailed on Holland America, I was interested to compare a smaller ship to the larger ones that I have been on. Embarkation in ... Read more
Voll
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 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
5 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
4 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
0 forum posts
11 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

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Ms Mich
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation went very smoothly. Stayed on deck 5 (Main). Very quiet, but felt like sleeping in a crate as ship is old and creaky with each sea swell. Had to take extra Bonine one night just to get to sleep. They need to retire the ... Read more
123Nel
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
18 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
Transplanted Floater
Member Since 2012
1 review
18 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We were excited to see how the changes were handled on the Veendam since we last sailed in 1998. We had heard that she had been in Dry Dock for refurbishing. When we first stepped on we were pleasantly surprised that she was so ... Read more
SeaBands
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,410 forum post
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was to sail out of Tampa but about a month after booking We read on CC that they changed it to FLL. All our return travel was booked back to Tampa and we had to make a number of changes and HAL only picked ... Read more
aamons
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
70 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because we love Holland America and its smaller ships and because we liked the length and destination and ports of call as we sailed. Overall it was an excellent cruise but there were enough small things that ... Read more

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islandblue
Member Since 2013
1 review
76 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We flew into Montreal the day before the cruise and stayed at the lovely Fairmont hotel, The Queen Elizabeth. We took a taxi over to the old port area to enjoy lunch at a recommended crepes restaurant - Chez Suzette. Excellent! We took ... Read more
Justanothercruiseguy
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was my second cruise and first on HAL. I arrived for my cruise on 10/9 and stayed overnight in Quebec City. Beautiful city! It was raining when I arrived and as the hours passed the weather got worse. On 10/10 when leaving to board ... 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

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richard1s
Member Since 2004
13 reviews
371 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
It’s always fun to get a way and it is especially exciting to go on a cruise. The following are some of our experiences on the Holland America Maasdam Canada/New England cruise departing Montreal on 9/5. This is one of our ... Read more
Canada Lady
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Another great cruise with HAL. The ship was clean and well looked after. The Eurodam is headed in for an overhaul shortly. Could only make the ship nicer. The service was fast and always with a smile. We never spent more than 1 1/2 ... Read more
FunGranny
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
88 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
One of our main purposes for this cruise was to see beautiful Autumn leaves. The weather was very cooperative and we had smooth waters throughout our cruise. While the leaves had just begun to change in Quebec City , as the ship sailed ... Read more
indyjnz
Member Since 2008
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
I have cruised with HAL a number of times and was very disappointed with this cruise . It started with slow service all around the ship and ended with a nasty intestinal thing on debarkation day which made my flights home hell. I felt ... Read more
Cruise4food
Member Since 2015
1 review
18 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Maasdam was a good size for a first time cruiser. Enough choices for restaurants and lounges without being crowded. If I remember, the quoted number aboard was around 1160. Stateroom I-029 on Navigation Deck has more than enough space for ... Read more

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chrismch
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
2,146 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This cruise marked 100 days of sailing with HAL as part of 30 cruises spread over 8 other cruise lines. We arrived 2 days early for our cruise which began in Quebec. If you have not been in this port before, I would wholeheartedly suggest ... Read more
corvetteatthelake
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are not "Career Cruises." Age, for both; mid 60's. Both in reasonable shape with no physical problems. Flew into Montreal from Raleigh, NC, (RDU) the night before and stayed at the Lord Berri Hotel, close to the ... Read more
mothra102
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First time booking with Holland America. Embarkation was a breeze. This is a smaller ship so getting around within the ship was fairly quick and easy. They did a good job of explaining and offering shore excursions for a range of taste. ... Read more
Heartgrove
Member Since 2015
1 review
138 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our first time on a HAL ship. We actually chose the Veendam over its sister ship, Maasdam, because of the two night scheduled stay in the beautiful city of Quebec. Prior to boarding, we spent a night at a very nice boutique hotel, ... Read more
ShadyOaksCruiser
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We have sailed primarily on Princess and Celebrity. This was our first cruise on HAL and the Eurodam. Very impressed with the ship, service and ports of call. This cruise was "billed" as a Fall Colors Cruise, but it was not ... Read more

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