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333 Holland America Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

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highc
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We have taken 10 cruises, mostly on Princess & Celebrity & this was our first cruise with Holland America which we chose because of the proximity of the embarkation port to our home and we loved it. We drove to the port & ... 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
118 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
2 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
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

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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
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
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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ajscott
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
This was my 7th cruise, first with Holland America. Overall I enjoyed myself on this cruise. Holland America seems to be a step up from Carnival, in terms of class and you can definitely tell that their clientele are retirees. My parents ... Read more
Alialio
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We recently traveled to Canada to embark on the Maasdam for a 7 day cruise to Boston via Qubec, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbour, then on to Boston. We are in our 40's and took our two teenage daughters with us, so ... Read more

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imaproudma
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is my 12th cruise on several different lines so I feel qualified to review our trip. We are a family of four including two young teens. Overall it was wonderful! Holland America (HA) went out of their way to try to please. We always ... 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
richstowe
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
4,139 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Extreme cold and rain on an old ship sounds like a recipe for disaster and yet we had a good time . This was our first HAL cruise . This is the smallest ship we have ever been on but we were surprised by the quality of the food and ... 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
3 helpful votes
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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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
Cookmb
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
45 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Let me start by saying we choose our cruises based on the itinerary, not the cruise line or ship. We have sailed Carnival, RCI, Norwegian, Princess and one cruise on HAL previously (where I broke a tooth on pasta). While the previous ... Read more
nycruiser80
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
627 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I sailed the Maasdam from Montreal to Boston on the Canada/New England Cruise in June of 2015. I have sailed one other time with Holland on the Noordam, in addition I have sailed extensively with other lines in the past. The Maasdam is ... Read more
walkpl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This was my first experience sailing with HA. As a travel professional, I have the opportunity to sail and know many ships. This one was a total disaster. The passenger mix was pretty old and activities were geared to that. I spent ... Read more
IIB
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised on Princess and Carnival. Our cabin was smaller, the air conditioner didn't work well, and no refrigerator. We don't spend much in the cabin but still were disappointed. We had wonderful dining room and cabin staff. ... Read more
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susandyoung
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 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
williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
20 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Like all embarkations, this one involved large groups of people being processed in limited space, but we all were got on board without too much drama. Holland America representatives met us at the airport and took us by bus to the ship. On ... Read more
williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
20 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. ... Read more
Norguy
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I booked a Canada/New England cruise aboard the ms. Maasdam last fall. After reading several negative comments about the ship and cruises on the Maasdam, I was a little concerned. After arriving a day early in Montreal to rainy ... Read more
Dayenu
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
3,185 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise with HAL on Maasdam, a smaller ship. Sailed before with RCI, Princess, NCL. As always, I picked the cabin in the lower part of the ship, in the middle third, and with a window to avoid sea sickness. The stops ... Read more

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