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2,010 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews

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Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
325 forum posts
7 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
Kreader
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
310 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

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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
30 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
20 forum posts
16 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
CruiseGal1213
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 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

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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
992 forum posts
20 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
12 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
12 reviews
371 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
taras333
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. For some reason I had preconceived notions, that it was going to be an old crusty ship with stuffy old passengers. Happily I was WAY off! The ship was beautiful! Modern stylish decor. Food was excellent. ... Read more

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big16foot
Member Since 2011
1 review
89 forum posts
12 helpful votes
---Ship was in excellent condition, older but in better condition than the Ryndam ever was. I love the layout of the Ocean Bar and that there was no windshield on the Observation Deck. I did notice two plumbing issues and 1 of the 8 ... Read more
patsylll
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I chose this cruise as I have been on the Maasdam before and really like this size of ship. It is large enough for good entertainment but small enough to get to know fellow cruisers. I took my 80 year old father with me for his first ... Read more
The 2 Ds
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
51 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as there were 2 islands we had not visited. We have sailed multiple times with Holland and the Carribean. When we arrived at the terminal there was a bit of a line for check in. We completed this step ... Read more
WoodBoss
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
11 helpful votes
First time on the Maasdam but our 8th trip on HAL. First time on this class ship. We had no problems with our stateroom (a larger ocean view) but did hear from other passengers that some leaking had occurred. I noticed a large fan at the ... Read more
sparkle57912
Member Since 2014
1 review
35 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Up until this cruise I was on Princess and was generally quite pleased with my experience. Having been told many times that Holland was better than Princess, we took the plunge due to the fact that the cruise visited Martinique, and St. ... Read more

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Seavoyage
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
667 forum posts
6 helpful votes
The Ship - Well, she's getting up there in her years. 2nd time on MS Maasdam. Still lovely however ceilings leak especially when it rained, air conditioning barely works in staterooms as well as public areas and water doesn't drain well ... Read more
FLREALTOR
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
It was refreshing to see so many children on a HAL cruise. Usually the youngsters are in their sixties, but this cruise had over 400 kids. Biggest complaint was embarkation. The wait was awful, and then we discovered that it was due ... Read more
0106
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
69 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I am a teacher so I am used to the crowds, the children and the craziness when traveling at Spring Break. My husband and I selected this cruise because of the ease of getting from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the port and because ... Read more
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heartgifts
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had never been on a Holland ship and went as a recommendation of good friends, who were also with us. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze and we chose to take our own luggage off. Our trip included a free drink package, meal at the ... Read more
BigSioux
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was the third cruise for both my wife and me. All three have been on Holland America ships. Embarkation: The process went smoothly as expected. We had one hiccup somewhat of our own doing where our two children, 9 and 11, both ... Read more

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