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396 Holland America Canada & New England Cruise Reviews
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patandharv
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
4 helpful votes
We have always found HAL cruises to be top notch in our price range. Our "go to" liner of choice. The destinations on this cruise were great however the cutbacks were so apparent that it negatively impacted our total experience. ... Read more
gptraveler
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we live in Massachusetts, wanted to visit some of Canada, and wanted to avoid the added expense of airfare. We are newly retired seniors and can travel outside of school vacation dates. We liked the daily ports ... Read more
Littleneil
Member Since 2000
1 review
4 forum posts
12 helpful votes
It's been several years since we've cruised-and never with HAL-thus hard to make comparisons. That said, getting on and off at the seven port calls always went smoothly. The Rotterdam is an oldie but goodie as were most of the passengers. ... Read more
bluegiraffe
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
91 forum posts
1 helpful vote
An escape from 65 straight days of 90 degree weather in Florida made this cruise to New England and Canada seem like a good idea. And it certainly was in that respect; we had two days of rainy/foggy/cold weather, but both were at-sea ... Read more
textc
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
We chose this itinerary because we had not seen this part of USA or Canada. we had hoped for cooler weather and changing leaves but did not find them. but the weather was mild throughout and the on board experience was more than we ... Read more
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tjdrybread
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We wanted to experience the Holland Line. This fit into our schedule, so this is the trip we experienced. Holland in this ship is a smaller and older ship and could see the aging in various parts. The ship was very clean in all the ... Read more
mseiferth
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
We have been sailing on HAL since 1973, and we are used to the demographic which appeals to this line. Our fellow passengers are often retired and have great stories to tell about their lives. (I am 74 and my wife is 69.) While the ... Read more
ktkeane
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband and I choose to take this cruise as our "summer trip" to get way from the heat. Although we had been to several of the ports previously (Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston) there were enough new places to peak our interest. A ... Read more
TonyC1952
Member Since 2016
1 review
73 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose to sail with Holland America for our second cruise, on the Veendam, and we had a marvelous time. Other than a little difficulty for the Uber driver to find the ship (Montreal is redeveloping the cruise docks), our embarkation went ... Read more
1974corvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was not our first cruise but it was our first with Holland America and we will never go back. The ship is very old and in need of repair. Our cabin was nice and the level of service was great in our cabin. Dining was a a different ... Read more
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drneal
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
265 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was my 10th cruise on my 5th cruise line. We usually go on Mega ships in the Caribbean. I didn't know what to think about Holland America or the Veendam from the other reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. The ship was a ... Read more
sundevil99
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
My husband and I took this cruise with his parents. His mother was in a wheelchair. Embarkation in Montreal was fast and simple. We were relatively late (2:30pm arrival with 3:00pm all aboard) and were the only people in line. There were ... Read more
Mar_53
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was approximately my fourth cruise with Holland America. I expected better than this cruise. The bathtub wouldn't drain. The sheets had cigarette burns. Half the time the towels were threadbare and like cardboard; the other half ... Read more
angie n
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Overall great trip. Service was very good..room service and dining room.,and front desk. Loved the Windows 10 courses.Desiree was a very informed teacher. Rotterdam singers and dancers excellent.Comedian was funny but other acts ... Read more
MathLady123
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail for longer than a week and leave from our home town of Boston. We were also curious as to the Canadian ports which we can visit on vacation in the future sans ship. Both of us had cruised ... Read more
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dahling8
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Spent 4 nights in Boston prior to our cruise followed by 4 nights in Montreal upon disembarking. We booked our own tours and hotel in both cities and the hotel took us directly to the Black Falcon terminal in Boston. This is our first ... Read more
sbartrn
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise to try a different cruise line and because it went to the area we wanted to visit. Disappointed. We had cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past so that is what we had to compare this trip with. Royal Caribbean is ... Read more
Madjude60
Member Since 2012
1 review
17 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
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
meswenc@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Will start by saying that this was my first cruise and my wife's second. I was in the Marine Corps and spent quite a bit of time at Sea so it took my wife 25 years to get me back on a ship. After finishing a great week on the Veendam I ... Read more
bphman
Member Since 2000
4 reviews
1,670 forum post
41 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
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Claire McIntye
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 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
19 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
26 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
susie2183
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
32 forum posts
21 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
17 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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