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2,010 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews

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cobalt206
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
88 forum posts
6 helpful votes
My wife and I and another couple just returned from a very relaxing cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night for a 3 night pre cruise and had a very nice stay at the Hilton Marina. Embarkation was ... Read more
gasman1973
Member Since 2001
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
This was my 21st cruise but my first with holland America. The Nieuw Amsterdam ship is rated 5stars and it deserves this rating. The best food of any cruise. The specialty restaurants, all of which we went to, were fabulous. The buffet is ... Read more
clarksahoy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Ship embarkation was quick with no complications and we were in our assigned cabin with no extended waiting. Our cabin was well maintained and clean. The ship did not meet our expectations in ease of travel throughout, possibly due to no ... Read more
joepaul2
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had problems in our booked room 150 due to rolling noises from ceiling. We did report it and after 2 sleepless nights we were given room 069. It was perfect. The service desk also sent us a bottle of wine, which was fine. Our problem ... Read more
Winter Haven
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our second cruise on Veendam having sailed her in Alaska in 2003. Other HAL cruises have been Massdam and Zuiderdam. We usually book the Neptune Suites and are never disappointed with the service and the hospitality of the ... Read more

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notdunromin
Member Since 2007
1 review
40 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This cruise, our 5th with Holland America Cruises, was a last minute decision, since the price was tempting, the embarkation port of Tampa was nearby and we were celebrating our anniversary. The boarding process went smoothly and we were ... Read more
sasysutler
Member Since 2005
20 reviews
4,511 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We arrived in Tampa, for a 7 day cruise on Veendam. EMBARKATION... Okay, no real issues Life aboard ship. rooms ready upon arrival. ship is ready for dry dock , so it appears they are starting work on her while we sale. Got stuck ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on board, the older cruisers ... Read more
luvschessnut
Member Since 2015
1 review
66 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I are frequent cruisers, retired, but this time we traveled with our son, daughter in law, and two young grandchildren (7 and 5). All in all,this was a great trip. The ship was clean, but in need of refurbishing. Our inside ... Read more
NovaCruise888
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We flew in to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived around 9:30 AM on Sunday (the day of embarkation). After picking up our luggage, it was only 10 AM. We decided to wait in the airport for another 30 minutes, ... Read more

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Floridianfamily5
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the first time my husband and I have ever cruised with our children. We chose the Hal over the other more traditional family lines because before children we loved Holland America. We liked the quiet atmosphere, the service and ... Read more
californiacruiseluvrs
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
141 forum posts
90 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I’m dumbfounded and not sure where to start my review of this “dam” ship - Eurodam. As a disclaimer, remember – this review is only my opinion and commentary. As a qualifier, I am well cruised and love all the ... Read more
1salty dog
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We liked the itinerary, 10 days in the southern Caribbean after a long winter. Have been on many cruises, but this was the first and last for Holland America. On the first day out we had a strong oil based paint smell in the room ... Read more
floripagirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
31 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After reading the previous review I feel as though I was on an entirely different cruise! I traveled with my daughter and her 13 & 15 year old children. We chose this cruise for the new ports and the convenience of the Tampa port ... Read more
M's Girl
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We sailed the Eurodam for a Collector's cruise 3/13 to 3/27/16, and it was truly Paradise for us. This was our first HAL cruise, and we enjoyed ourselves so much, that we are going on another 14-day Southern Caribbean on the Oosterdam ... Read more

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spindrift
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
2,522 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I title this "special cruise" because it was a burial cruise for my late husband's ashes. My 2 daughters, one of their husbands, and my two grandsons as well as a couple with whom we traveled were on this cruise. We each had ... Read more
rwily
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay (Bahamas); Rio Ochos Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Key West, FL. The ship had been in dry dock for two weeks in December and looked great. It was an older crowd generally (like us) but there ... Read more
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Inner Lizard
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
I wear an activity tracker and I don't take it off for vacations. Many of the HAL ships provide what I like to have in a cruise vacation, especially when I'm using an inside cabin, and that's the ability to walk decks in sunlight ... Read more
patohaauw@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I absolutely love the lanai room. But, the Veendam is getting dated and it is a little rough. For example, the tile on the hot tubs is all coming off and many things simply do not appear in in top shape. Overall, I felt the food was good ... Read more
Adtchris
Member Since 2013
1 review
We live in Florida and chose Tampa as the easiest port for us to get to (4 hour drive). The cruise was good, ports in Western Caribbean a bit new and undeveloped but the overall experience on the ship more than made up for the raw ports. ... Read more

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toomuchsnow
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
A week off the Oosterdam and thought I should finally write my first review/story, since I read a lot of other people's experiences. Firstly, we are a family of three, early fifties with a teenage daughter who will be attending ... Read more
Buffett123
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
17 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First was not going to write a review since ship is doing a transatlantic and then dry dock but after looking over some of the last reviews I thought they were unfair and totally misleading. This was our 9 cruise on five different lines ... Read more
Popeyesmom
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
16 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Hi everyone! Just got back two days ago from a 10-day Caribbean cruise on Holland's Oosterdam. It was our 3rd trip on the Oosterdam and our 10th cruise overall. My husband and I agreed that it was one of the (if not the) best trip we've ... Read more
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
20 helpful votes
My husband and I usually travel Holland America not because of it's beautiful ships, but because of the excellent service provided. We like the Neptune Suites because of the extras: priority boarding, priority dining, priority tenders, ... Read more
Mermaid rock
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
33 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Overall we enjoyed our cruise! The ship was extremely stable in rough seas and the pools , which were wonderful , were kept open! It was our 8 th cruise on various lines including MSC , Celebrity, Norwegian , and Princess. We enjoyed the ... Read more

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