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2,324 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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stevecblock
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
We were so lucky to have been on the Nieuw Amsterdam for its 3/12/17 sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale. I can't say enough good about the service, the food and the overall relaxing experience. We spent three days in Key West prior to the ... Read more
katelyn23
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We like to go as a family on a cruise during this week because it is our Spring Break back home and all of us are off work and school for the week. This was our 7th cruise on Holland America and our 30th overall. We have also sailed on ... Read more
tuitionowed
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
12 forum posts
We are in our late 50s/early 60s. It is our 4th cruise with Holland America; six cruises with another company. We like HAL’s quiet nature, the service, and particularly the promenade. We were limited to a 7-day sailing this ... Read more
crowsnesthhgal
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
I really liked all the people on the boat!! staff and other passengers. It's definitely an "older crowd" as most other reviews say; but if you're a couple with kids (and you can leave them with grandparents; or ex spouses) this ... Read more
Captain Tonx
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Our group of young adults (upper 20s) did a week long cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam with family and significant others, total of six of us. We chose this cruise because of the price, dates, itinerary and the fact that we had not yet been ... Read more
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shcurl
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
It had been about 7 years since we first sailed on the Eurodam, and based on the first experience, we were looking forward to returning. We were not disappointed! We usually sail with HAL, but the last ship we sailed, Nieuw Amsterdam, ... Read more
richard1s
Member Since 2004
15 reviews
429 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The following are some of our experiences on the Oosterdam 3/10 sailing out of Tampa Florida. The itinerary included the ports of Cozumel, Roatan Honduras, Santo Tomas Guatemala and Costa Maya. We have about 26 cruises under our belt and ... Read more
oregoniankid
Member Since 2017
1 review
19 helpful votes
OK....No BS....We have always cruised on HAL..PERIOD!! Cost more but Worth it... I am 62, My Wife is 65. Started with HAL back in 2003. First cruise was to Alaska. All others have been to the Caribbean. Were from the Great ... Read more
Michagander
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was the first time sailing with HAL. I have sailed with many other lines and this was my 15th cruise. We chose this ship because we planned a family vacation with cousins who preferred HAL above others. Me and my wife chose a ... Read more
dack
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was an 11 day cruise We chose this ship because it was a new ship, loved the ports and always wanted to try Holland America. We had been in the Caribbean and this had new ports that we had not seen. The ship is beautiful, the ... Read more
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Over da Hill
Member Since 2017
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
To put this in context, my wife and I (in our mid 60's but still very active) have been on 10 cruises including one European River cruise (Viking). We have used Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Princess. I would rate this cruise ... Read more
Luv2travlX2
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Although this was our 6th cruise, it was our first on Holland America. We did the 7-day Western Caribbean trip. We knew that Holland America caters to an older crowd but since we're in our 60's, we certainly fit right in. There were a few ... Read more
Jimsam
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it embarks out of Tampa and we live 30 miles from Tampa. Double bonus for us is that Tampa cannot handle the mega ships because of bridge clearance so size of ship was just what we like - about 1900 passengers. ... Read more
ericdenengelsman
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We choose Holland America Koningsdam for a couple of reasons. Both my wife and myself are of Dutch background so we wanted to try this cruise line. We both has birthdays when we were aboard so that was another great excuse. Upon our ... Read more
jpfshaw
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
31 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Time of year, available suite, length, ship. Sailing in February is a great get-away for those of us sick of winter. Sailing on Koningsdam was a treat, it being a new vessel. Lots of new things onboard and in the suite. Verandah is as ... Read more
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milwaukeecruiser
Member Since 2011
1 review
91 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We selected this cruise to get away from cold midwest winter weather and to check out the new HAL ship. Full disclosure: I have sailed to the Caribbean many times before on HAL and other cruise lines. I am a 4 star mariner. The Ship: ... Read more
Here i go again!
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
Special mention right away to my friend i n THE RETREAT!! Jeffrey, Michael, Jomarie and Joseph And to Richard in the Crowes nest for doing a lovely job during my cocktail party for group Izamani at guest relations who made it ... Read more
Chasdalex
Member Since 2017
1 review
21 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise and the first week went very well. We enjoyed good service, great food and met new friends. During the second week however, Holland America showed their true colors. A large group (app 1000 people) boarded ... Read more
fairfieldcruiser
Member Since 2008
1 review
238 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Hopped on this ship at the last minute. I wasn't expecting much, just a quick getaway from the cold of the north. I was completely taken aback by how much I enjoyed just about every aspect of this ship, crew and voyage. Other than ... Read more
sheepers21
Member Since 2016
1 review
37 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
My wife and I (62 years young) arrived in Fort Lauderdale 2 days before embarkation in order to enjoy some Florida sunshine and allow for any transportation hiccups that might occur from possible weather delays or flight disruptions. We ... Read more
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Senior Single
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
93 forum posts
9 helpful votes
With many Holland America ships enjoyed over the past years, I wanted to see the newest version of their line. Overall, the ship is beautiful. A few things not to my liking didn't keep me from enjoying the ten days on board. As a senior ... Read more
Luvs Beaches
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
I was anxious to sail on the Koningsdam. In the Spring of 2016 while cruising on the Westerdam, we heard about the Koningsdam from some of the crew members who had an opportunity to preview the new ship. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale, ... Read more
retiredloveit
Member Since 2011
1 review
33 forum posts
5 helpful votes
o We had a great room 6th floor (A6020 Mozart deck) veranda; great cabin stewards o We had great folks at seated dinner (3 other couples) Dave (one husband) ordered a cake for J's birthday (I don't know how he found out... Jim ... Read more
JEBurton
Member Since 2000
1 review
313 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise to the southern Caribbean to escape the winter in MD. The itinerary included Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao as well as three other ports on the 10-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. We did not eat in any of the ... Read more
valorsmom
Member Since 2015
1 review
39 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Great price and wanted to try out the K-dam. We had heard bad things about the lower decks in terms of loud sound from the music venues on 3, and that the upper staterooms experienced a lot of wind motion. So we chose deck 6 and were ... Read more
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