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347 Holland America Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

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Madjude60
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
bphman
Member Since 2000
4 reviews
1,446 forum post
35 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
Claire McIntye
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
We were excited to see eastern Canada and New England. The thermostat in our stateroom didn't work and the room was warm. The ship was notified and a desk clerk came and did temperature readings and said it was warm and that there would be ... Read more
dibati2
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
94 forum posts
14 helpful votes
The Ship: Veendam is a small ship and easy to navigate. Embark and disembark was quick and efficient. The ship is showing its age, cabins and public rooms are clean but worn. Having cruised on many ships prior to this cruise, this one ... Read more
Carlstreet
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
These are the observations of a solo traveler on the Holland-America Veendam from Montreal to Boston. I have two previous cruise experiences, both on Windstar ships in Europe. So, from time to time, I will make certain comparisons ... Read more

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susie2183
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
29 forum posts
20 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
14 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
7 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

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Ms Mich
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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
frankk925@msn.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
24 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
19 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
1,414 forum post
4 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

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aamons
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
76 forum posts
10 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
islandblue
Member Since 2013
1 review
76 forum posts
7 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
9 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

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zuluharry
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
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
richard1s
Member Since 2004
13 reviews
371 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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
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

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