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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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2,323 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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Idahocruiser53
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise on recommendation of our AAA agent and for an itinerary which included the ABC Islands. We stayed at Cruise Port Inn in Fort Lauderdale for two nights prior to embarkation and anticipate that after the renovation now ... Read more
seapointer
Member Since 2004
8 reviews
127 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We started our cruise of 10 days with some concern due to the harsh reviews that have been posted on this site. We quickly came to the conclusion that either HAL had suddenly righted the ship, or that a tremendous number of nit-pickers ... Read more
DGol
Member Since 2017
1 review
17 helpful votes
Some ships, when you step aboard, elicit gasps and exclamations of "wow." This ship elicits smiles and exclamations of, "how nice." If quiet attention to detail and peaceful elegance is your cup of tea, Holland America ... Read more
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sunchaser57
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We choose this cruise for the timing, the price and the ports. We had not cruised Holland before and were very impressed. The crew is amazing, friendly, helpful and efficient. The food was delicious. The Pinnacle Grille, while ... Read more
Balliett
Member Since 2005
5 reviews
444 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Nieuw Amsterdam is almost a decade along but is in new ship shape. The showroom has business class quality seating and good sight lines.... We arrived at the dock at 12:30 and were in the room in ten minutes. Wife told me this was our ... Read more
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NY Librarian
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my first cruise and I can't wait to sail on Holland America again. The service is impeccable. The food was delicious and you have many options. The ship is clean and large enough to walk off all the food but not overwhelmingly ... Read more
Lovecruisestoo
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
21 forum posts
12 helpful votes
My husband and I (early 60s) have been on about 28 cruises. We love HAL and wanted to go on their newest ship ... Koningsdam. Contrary to some of the negative reviews, the ship was wonderful. Now we know people are complaining about ... Read more
Utah Slim
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
45 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise (a) to break up the winter for 2 weeks; (b) because we know what we're getting, with HAL; (c) we had sailed Eurodam twice previously, and had been extremely pleased. The Eurodam positively gleamed. I read on ... Read more
Davmen
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We booked this cruise last summer so we could spend some time with old friends and enjoy some warm sunshine and fun at the same time. From the first night we did not have a working toilet. As they said there were others in our area ofe ... Read more
Imzdo1
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose Eurodam because it had a 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean cruise that fit the dates of our Anniversary. We are so glad that we picked this cruise. Everything from the cabin to the Dining options to the Staff to the ... Read more
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rrforster12
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We cruise quite frequently (our 84th Cruise) and this one was available at a reasonable cost at the time I was searching for a get-away to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. We have not sailed with HAL for many years and was happy to ... Read more
Born2go
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
84 forum posts
Sailed February 2017
We were traveling with a small group of 19. We live in the Tampa Bay area, so access to the ship was smooth and easy. We hired Barracuda Travel for transport our group from our community clubhouse and it worked perfectly. A helpful ... Read more
ECITRUSH
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
58 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We love the port of Tampa for easy access and boarding and have taken the Ryndam twice and a RCCL ship also. The Oosterdam was very similar to the Westerdam we took last year and we like the layout of the ship and most common areas on the ... Read more
tbrown62
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
my wife and I are mid 50's and there was an older very friendly crowd on this trip. this was only our second cruise and first on Hal. Service is excellent and food selections were great. we did open seating but soon found that later ... Read more
gatodoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my 25th cruise and first on HAL. I knew the crowd would be mature, but they were very mature. At 65 I felt like a youngster. The onboard offerings were very limited and seating for the better ones was totally inadequate. Good ... Read more
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caribbean17
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is the third cruise that we have done with Holland America Line (HAL) First was the Alaska cruise from Vancouver 2014 - beautiful scenery and an excellent cruise on the MS Zuierdam. Second cruise was January 2016 - 21 night ... Read more
momrmv
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This cruise was a wonderful experience! Overall a true 9 out of 10? Please let me start with stating that I am an optimistic person, who feels wholeheartedly that a vacation experience is what you make it. The ship is lovely. The staff was ... Read more
Delmerboy
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
49 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation and Cabin: We boarded the Koningsdam on February 12, 2017. We were in our stateroom 5079 (inside cabin) in less than one hour. Walking onboard you realised just how new the ship is and how well laid out it is. First ... Read more
crusader
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
281 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Our experience on the Koningsdam was so pleasant. There was hardly anything we did not like. Our cabin, though inside, was well designed and with lots of storage space. We choose Anytime Dining. Arriving at 6 each evening we did not have ... Read more
observer2013
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
107 forum posts
5 helpful votes
After spending 48 days on the Ms. Amsterdam last fall, plus reading comments about Koningsdam on Cruise Critic, I was anxious to assess the new Ms. Koningsdam. THE GOOD. The Koningsdam is a beautiful ship and is a wonderful ... Read more
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chynna 2012
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have had 10 cruises before and never on HAL, so curious to try. we had our 32 year old daughter with us, and it was her first. The ship is beautiful, our balcony cabin was nice, appreciated the full size shower, had no issue with the ... Read more
laura bertolo
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Ship and room: The ship was very nicely decorated and designed. Our biggest issue was the design of the bathroom toilet. But according to other guests we are not the only people to complain about this. My husband couldn't sit on the toilet ... Read more
njsj5992
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We were in a large group. We had the worst tables in the dining room which was crowded, loud and in 2 main "traffic" walkways. The food was very disappointing. Are they trying to make it too fancy? More than once, what was ... Read more
psychopharmacist
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Every traveler expects his or her trip to be perfect. We understand that. And we have cruised often enough to know that this never happens. Close, maybe. But perfect? Never. Food service was impeccable. Service, as a rule, ... Read more
rmpdx78
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
19 helpful votes
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
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