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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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2,029 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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Neillden
Member Since 2016
4 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
A blissful voyage began without a hitch, other than a short traffic delay in Fort Lauderdale. Embarkation was quick and easy. Holland America does not greet guests with a horde of smiling staff pushing shore excursions and beverage ... Read more
donaldsc
Member Since 2007
1 review
10,005 forum posts
We chose this cruise because we wanted to take our children and grandchildren on their first cruise. The timing and price were right. I should add that this was our 4th cruise on HAL and we have also cruised on Princess, Celebrity, ... Read more
dolphinsrule65
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
This ship docked at Tampa from Europe with 80 cases of the rhinovirus, so boarding was delayed by hours and we waited outside in the heat in lines for over 2.0 hours as the cleaned the boat. First this was HAL maiden voyage from Tampa, ... Read more
lcimba
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
71 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
The Koningsdam is a big beautiful ship with a contemporary interior, but I can stay in a modern hotel anywhere. I like ships that look like ships. They have over-developed every square foot of floor and deck space in order to generate more ... Read more
EdStar
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
21 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Firstly let me say the ship is immaculate, my stateroom was fabulous and the service from my cabin stewards top notch Now to the not so fabulous. partly it was a case of my choosing the wrong cruise line, one that was catering to people ... Read more
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Sellars
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
I chose this cruise for two reasons. Sailing with friends and the Koningsdam being a brand new ship. I heard they are trying to recreate their image with this ship. The ship is beautiful. The food excellent. Entertainment in the theatre ... Read more
shipgeeks
Member Since 2010
9 reviews
741 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We had not sailed HAL for ten years. We expected the usual 98% of men in blue blazers every night, crowded dance floors, and so-so food. What we got was the same attire as any other line, empty dance floor, an exceptional staff, and ... Read more
lindafromwoking
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Well apart from a short cruise last year this was my first "real" cruise. I travelled alone and chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the timing. As I was alone I booked all HAL shore excursions - more ... Read more
pjamk
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
310 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We chose this cruise because of the cruise month specials last year no the appeal of the new ship. The pluses were great service in all venues, the wait staff in the dining room was awesome. Loved the pizza and sandwich place above the ... Read more
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siouxb125
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We travel as a group of 12, booked 1 year ahead so we could have rooms all in a row. The balcony is extra nice when they open the divider between them so we all have extra living space. Registration process was a little long and tedious, ... Read more
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ncvac
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
we chose this cruise to go to Turks & Caicos 90 minutes waiting to check in with no information from HA. 30 minutes at the muster station waiting as they repeatedly announced 6 room numbers as we all stood there. Food and ... Read more
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Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
325 forum posts
8 helpful votes
It had been many years since we sailed HAL and we decided to go back on what was the new Westerdam. Embarkation was simple. We had a signature suite which we were to.d that we would receive early embarkation....did not happen, but we still ... Read more
BJM123456
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
Liked a smaller ship.They had good reviews. Staff was top notch and very helpful.Room service was good. Had breakfast in our room a lot.Had a balcony room and enjoyed it very much.Dining room food was good and the Dive Inn had the best ... Read more
Ronjane
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because the rates were fantastic, we could cruise from home, and the itinerary was excellent (circled the Caribbean). We have sailed Holland America before with good results. The embarkation and debarkation went ... Read more
floridaschneid
Member Since 2015
1 review
18 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it had 2 stos we had not been to before. We always cruise with HAL because we have earned the perks of 4 star status. We always have excellent service. We have good food too. The ship has changed the lido ... Read more
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Kreader
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
312 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I chose this cruise because of a low single supplement and it visitied 9 ports on the cruise. Ship had just out of drydock,so had some new carpeting in public areas and some new furniture. However there were some plumbing problems on the ... Read more
beave30
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Overall, the ship is in okay condition, it definitely is an older ship, but it had new carpet in most of the common areas and fresh paint on many of the decks. The cabin, which was a lanai deck was fine, a standard Holland America Line ... Read more
Milliescot
Member Since 2016
1 review
31 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as the dates fitted well onto the end of a holiday in the USA. We have cruised about seven times before but never on Holland America. The Maasdam is an older ship but to us seemed well maintained and we liked the ... Read more
Zumba dancing queen
Member Since 2012
1 review
22 forum posts
18 helpful votes
This is our third cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam and our 7th on Holland America. We got a balcony spa stateroom on Deck 10, which is our favorite location. We decided not to go to the formal nights, as we wanted total relaxation and that ... Read more
lflores30@wi.rr.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and it was a great experience. Being claustrophobic, I was unsure of my reaction to being out on the water and not able to see land. But, there is so much activity on the ship to distract you from those thoughts. ... Read more
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CruiseGal1213
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I can't compare HAL to any other line as it's the only one I've cruised on. However, my Mother was on almost every line available in the US and Europe. After she tried HAL she stayed with them and became a 4 star mariner until her ... Read more
jjjaunts
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We took a 7 day cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam and found it to be very nice. Food and service were excellent except we did not think Pinnacle Grill was any better than the regular dining room. OUr cabin stewards were excellent and our cabin ... Read more
CruisinHarvey
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1,083 forum post
21 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Backgorund- ME 63 and DW 58. This is our seventh cruise in 14 months. Second cruise on the NA in that time period. we were in an aft Neptune suite. Embarkation - no waiting. But the guy directing us wouldn't let us go to the suite ... Read more
BW_VA
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We are 2-star Mariners with a few HAL cruises under our belt, and prior cruises with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This was a 7-day Western Caribbean out of Ft Lauderdale, stopping at Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Key West, ... Read more
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Danbee46
Member Since 2001
13 reviews
393 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our 20th cruise but our 1st on HAL. We have sailed on MSC (Yacht Club), RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Carnival. We thought it was about time we tried HAL after some friends said they liked it. At the outset, let me ... Read more
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