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rmpdx78
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I want to start this review by saying that Holland American Line (HAL) is not for everyone. They tend to cater to an older (retired) crowd. My wife and I are both in our mid-30's and this was our second outing on HAL. We love HAL! It ... Read more
christojo58
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
19 forum posts
3 helpful votes
THE CRUISE LINE - Holland America We've been on five cruises, and all of them on Holland America - so, we can't compare to other lines. Our experience has been consistent. It is classy, but no where near stuffy. The staff are friendly ... Read more
Wilton Manors Traveler
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Just finished a week on the new Koningsdam. I really was hoping for a fantastic time on the new ship since it was new, but was left very disappointed with this ship. Embarkation took over an hour to board, the longest ever for any cruise ... Read more
CherryG
Member Since 2013
1 review
47 forum posts
This was our 3rd Holland American cruise, the second on this ship. We upgraded to a Signature Suite (room 6063), and loved it. We'd had a Neptune Suite once before, and felt this was more than enough room for two. A big plus was the ... Read more
pmad14
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
We have never been on a Holland America cruise even though this was our 20th cruise. We chose this ship for its beautiful decor and the fact that it has a fabulous music venue. They have the Lincoln Stage Center with beautiful Symphony ... Read more
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dynamitespring
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Overall, the experience on the ship was great! The location that it came from and the ports that it visited is why we did this cruise. The disembarking wasn't organized enough as we ended up waiting in line as we expediated early but ... Read more
bubbymar
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My husband and I are vegetarians and have had problems on other cruise lines getting a variety of food. Not on the Koningsdam! In addition to having vegetarian choices on the regular menu, we were given a separate vegetarian menu the ... Read more
Marycook
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Friends liked the itenary and chose the 21day package as they were interested in the ports, we joined them for the last 10 days. Cabin and cabin staff good. Ship and washrooms clean. Loved it when the captain announced a whale sighting. ... Read more
DonaldS845
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We have always had good experiences on Holland America and were concerned when we read the many negative reviews of the Koningsdam on Cruise Critic. Our cruise was wonderful and we only agreed with the critics on a few factors. We ... Read more
Captain Camera
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
9 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailing date January 29, 2017 from Fort Lauderdale : 7 Day Eastern Caribbean This is our fourth cruise with Holland America in just under twelve months, we have been on the Veendam, Volendam, Noordam and now the new Koningsdam. As ... Read more
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serial_traveler
Member Since 2005
1 review
119 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough ... Read more
carefree@sea
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
104 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our 8 cruise, second on HAL.. We have been on most of the mainstream cruise line, but did notice that Holland America (Eurodam) is a step or two above the mainstream cruise line. Well done! We are in our mid 50's and were ... Read more
pacerh
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our forth Holland America cruise and we picked the Zuiderdam because of going through the Panama Canal. The stop at the port in Columbia was another reason as was the BB King band that we had heard on another cruise. Going ... Read more
Keeversdad
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Holland America generally appeals to an older crowd and as a couple in their mid-sixties we were definitely among the youngest onboard. The Zuiderdam is starting to show her age (a 2002 build) with some upgrades made. We were told that ... Read more
ckaweigh
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
This was my fourth Holland America cruise, and even though I loved the ports of call, this was my least favorite HAL cruise. I struggled with whether to rate this cruise three or four stars, and I settled on four because there were many ... Read more
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dbdist
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Both embarkation and disembarkation were problem free and fast. Having sailed the Eurodam on a Baltic cruise in 2013 they changed some areas of the ship during a recent refurbishment. Specifically, the billboard bar with dueling pianos and ... Read more
OceanTraveller4ever
Member Since 2014
1 review
326 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
The ship is in very good shape, and looks beautiful. The design is augmented from the HAL Vista class, but it retains all the charm, and does not feel crowded. The changes such as the Lincoln Center stage with four piece chamber ... Read more
jackstrand
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise! It was our first Holland America cruise and we visited Key West, Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay. Our service on the cruise was exceptional from an easy embarkation (we walked ... Read more
nana2many
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because of interesting itinerary, timing, and cost. This one just jumped out at me as a cruise my husband and I would enjoy. We had been cruising with HAL before and enjoyed the experience so much we thought it would ... Read more
sandij
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
1,843 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We just returned from a wonderful 11 days in the Southern Caribbean, had beautiful warm weather although we returned to cold rain in Fort Lauderdale. The ship was well maintained and easy to travel in. We had a aft balcony room that ... Read more
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Tom O.
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
1,329 forum post
7 helpful votes
Just got back from our 11 day Niew Amsterdam Eastern and Southern Caribbean cruise that had departed on January 18. The Ship The Niew Amsterdam, is a beautiful ship. It is just the right size for us. We don’t like the really ... Read more
Estomvhe
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We choose the 10 Day Cruise instead of the 11 Day because we liked the only being at sea 1 day between ports. We drove from Iowa to Ft Lauderdale and arrived in time to embark without a long waits or lines. Parking was very close to the ... Read more
Cruise planning
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We choose this ship because of the Inspirational Group Mercy Me, wanted to try this new ship, and had never visited Key West. My husband read some reviews the day before we left and he wondered why we were on that ship after reading so ... Read more
julenow
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
415 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We booked a charter for the last week in January then decided to add the two weeks prior to acclimate to this ship. We loved many things about this ship: the muster drill is NOT held on the promenade deck but inside; the music venues are ... Read more
jphilli
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports plus the partial transit of the Panama Canal. The ship itself is interesting and really quite lovely for a smaller, older ship. It has been well maintained and is very clean and "arty." ... Read more
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