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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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2,192 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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Cherrock
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
47 forum posts
I was on Holland America several years ago and enjoyed the experience. My significant likes cruising and I kept telling him he needs to try Holland. At thanksgiving we discussed possibly doing a cruise over the holidays since both of ... Read more
Green Meenie
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We booked this cruise just a couple of weeks before sailing because we wanted to get away for Christmas. We are pretty easy-going people when it comes to expectations and have cruised on most other cruise lines. We found the Holland ... Read more
Georgeny
Member Since 2008
21 reviews
317 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had been cruising three to four time annually for many years but have started cutting back. This due to our unhappiness at what cruise experience has become. Less staff, more extra charging, and less service. Recent cruises on RCL ... Read more
mr_reiter
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise not so much because of the itinerary or cruise line, but we wanted an adventure our whole family could enjoy. Finding a time that would work for us and our two adult children is difficult (and getting more so), but we ... Read more
catfluff
Member Since 2005
1 review
67 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
This was our first holiday season cruise and our fourth with HAL. We loved this ship and this trip. It was our first on the Koningsdam (we've sailed on the Statendam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam as well) and yes, it's somewhat different that ... Read more
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mrscopper
Member Since 2004
1 review
258 forum posts
Cabin SS6106. Redo is very nice. Ship was clean in good condition. Staff, as always, is the very best, although very overworked, which leads to less personal attention. MDR food was for the most part good. Some nights, not up to par. ... Read more
gemginger
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We took this cruise for Christmas. We loved it! The only downside was that they made you pay for fresh water in your stateroom. The cabin we stayed in was very spacious! We had a balcony, mini fridge, 3 closets, and lots of mirrors! The ... Read more
grenouille106
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
Since this was my first Christmas sailing, I had some high expectations and I was pleased that HAL came through for my family and I. Christmas decorations were found throughout the ship, including a large gingerbread house display in the ... Read more
Not going back to work
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Great ship, great recent upgrades, awesome crew and staff, this is what brings us back again. Entertainment has come a long way, BB King Blues club a huge hit on board, Lincoln Center stage just perfect. Great shows on board. We were ... Read more
texasmfs
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
We've cruised with Oceania, Princess and Celebrity. This was our first HAL cruise. My husband and I were taking a much needed vacation sans kids and thought seeing a new ship would be fun. It was a relaxing and enjoyable time; but, not ... Read more
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kzf3m8
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
636 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife and I wanted to cruise on Koningsdam because we enjoy the HAL experience and the look of this new ship. We got our chance over Christmas. The moment we stepped on board, we were amazed! Every single crew member, room steward, ... Read more
SteamboatWillie118
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
3 helpful votes
We picked this Christmas cruise since we thought HAL would make it a nice celebration. Although sold out, the ship never seemed crowded. The Oosterdam has been remodeled, and we find it overall looks good, though some parts still ... Read more
Dukes916
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
The entire experience surpassed anything we imagined. Needless to say, we would recommend the Holland America Oosterdam to our friends and family. The cabin was well attended by Anon and Agus---they served our every need and were so ... Read more
sam416
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Just returned from our 7 day cruise on the Ms. Konnigsdam from Dec23- Dec 30th. I was looking forward to this vacation as I was going with my mom, and we live in separate cities. Here is my honest opinion of the ship. Positives: ... Read more
cruisingmike51
Member Since 2009
1 review
22 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our first Holland America Cruise. We have sailed on Quite few cruise lines, themes recent being the Regent Voyager on a 4 month cruise. After getting used to smaller ships we were a little apprehensive about going back to a ... Read more
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Worst Holiday Ever
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Holland America – Cruise on KONINGSDAM Dec 22nd to Dec 30th 2016 I have been very busy building a house for five years, (-yes doing it myself) and I had not managed a holiday for five years. So I finally decided that I deserved ... Read more
s.stevens2005
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We were a little hesitate booking an older ship. Holland America was a great experience. The staff and food were excellent! Our room was clean and comfortable. Our room staff were very attentive and kept the room very clean. ... Read more
soaptaper
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as it was the only one available over both holidays. Our first time sailing with HAL. The Rotterdam ship was nice. PROS - Embarkation and disembarkation very well organized. Inside cabin was comfortable and ... Read more
SSUnitedStates
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Background Information - I was looking for an end-of-year cruise to take and wanted something that was low impact and relaxing. I honestly did not look very hard as I have sailed on Holland American two times before and was pretty ... Read more
MyCatMischief
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
11 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
I just got back from the 9 night Holiday cruise to the Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam ship. The overall experience was good, but I will tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly. First, the great. Embarkation was smooth as ... Read more
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gentlemancruiser
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
1,720 forum post
2 helpful votes
In 25+ cruises we have taken this was by far the most disappointing. Having heard there any many passengers who sail on board multiple times and love it I was VERY surprised at the number of problems we encountered. We booked an ... Read more
Alfred P Doolittle
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We always take a holiday cruise and this fit our schedule. This is our 6th cruise on Holland America and our 25th overall. Nobody beats them for Pizza and Hamburgers and HotDogs on the Lido deck. Fresh and made to order. The BB King All ... Read more
keith.borg
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We selected Holland America for the food and service (our second cruise ever). We're in our early thirties and we're joined by both sets of parents and an 18 year old sister with a total of 7 in our group. We had a really nice Christmas on ... Read more
Katiecatherine
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because it stopped at four ports instead of 3 which is all many of the cruise lines do. Also, because I have never been to Puerto Rico and it was one of the ports. I've also heard very nice things about Holland. ... Read more
Jsenter
Member Since 2017
1 review
This is our third cruise with Holland America and we were still extremely please. My husband and I are in our mid-forties and have usually been the youngest one on the Holland America cruises. That wasn't so this time. Holland seems ... Read more
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