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2,010 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews

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bsorge
Member Since 2002
11 reviews
13 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This as my 70 cruise and my second on this ship dating back to 2011. Overall. This was the second worst cruise of the cruise I have taken. The fault is not with the ship which was maintained in excellent shape. Embarkation was very slow ... Read more
Wiggjenn
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Overall, I was a bit disappointed in my recent western Caribbean cruise on HAL's Veendam. First, let me say that my review is probably influenced by the weather which is not under the control of the cruise line. We had winds up to 45 knots ... Read more
Capemarie48
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was a "collector cruise" We went to the Southern, then a short trip to the Western Carib, with a stop in Ft. Lauderdale after 11 nights. The first 11 days the ship had many, many elderly people, lots of wheelchairs, ... Read more
bags r packed
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our 64th cruise on a variety of ships including 5 world cruises but the first and last on HAL. The weather was great, accommodations comfortable, some great ports for fun in the sun, embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. ... Read more
Suepy
Member Since 2009
1 review
172 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our primary reason for choosing this cruise was for the itinerary although we have cruised with Holland America twice before. This still a beautiful ship despite its age. We found the service, food, embarkation and disembarkation ... Read more
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GE Mom
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
287 forum posts
16 helpful votes
My husband and I booked this cruise as a 65th birthday gift for me. This was our ninth cruise, but first on HAL. We have previously sailed with Carnival, Princess and Celebrity. We flew in the day before the cruise, and stayed at the ... Read more
paris r
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
25 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
the veendam is an older ship - and it will be leaving tampa next month - going to new england (i think) - but this cruise was wonderful - we love holland and this ship didn't disappoint. it's a smaller ship, which we love. the food was ... Read more
MountainBound
Member Since 2005
1 review
29 forum posts
13 helpful votes
This was our third cruise with Holland America, and was on the biggest ship we have cruised on. It was to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and by and large was good. So, having never been to the Caribbean before (thus the title) we were ... Read more
Jolokia
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
57 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose the Veendam out of Tampa for a few reasons, it was our first cruise out of port of Tampa, this cruise went to 2 ports we have not visited, Trujillo Honduras & Santa Tomas de Castilla Guatemala, and because HAL has a Catholic ... Read more
artist5320
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise with several other couples so had friends on board but met many new couples and enjoyed this cruise because of the Gaither Gospel Music with about 25 singers on board. We had a partial ocean view cabin that allowed ... Read more

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Margaret Ivin
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our second cruise with HAL. Although the Zuiderdam is showing her age in places, overall we had no complaints. Everything was clean and sparking and worked very well. Our room (1052) was extremely comfortable (although the bed ... Read more
Utah Slim
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
41 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to break up the winter in style. We can think of no better way to do that than with HAL, on a two-week cruise in February. Embarkation was smooth, and the Nieuw Amsterdam is simply elegant. We ... Read more
mancatsea
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
have been home from Veendam cruise for a month now but can still remember that first of all - the cabin was dirty, stained walls and curtains, chips in the cupboards and all rust around the windows which was all you could see when ... Read more
Rufus01
Member Since 2016
1 review
35 helpful votes
This was my 4th time cruising on the Nieuw Amsterdam, my 3rd back-to back on this ship, and my 21st cruise overall, 6 of which have been on HAL. I've also cruised on Royal Caribbean, Princess and NCL. I am certainly a big fan now of HAL ... Read more
Rockiestraveler
Member Since 2012
1 review
17 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We have probably cruised a half a dozen times. We mostly do land trips in various parts of the world that we have planned. This was our first cruise on Holland America and it was a themed trip which we really enjoyed, Smooth Jazz cruise. ... Read more

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sklnurse
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
5 forum posts
20 helpful votes
This was a last minute decision to book (6 days prior to sailing!) but we have cruised 10 previous times on 5 other lines so we kind of knew what to expect. We got a fantastic deal on the cruise ( inside stateroom, but that's just fine) ... Read more
Imzdo1
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 forum posts
Nice ship. All the food venues were quite good. Buffet had a good selection at every meal. MDR was OK but slow service. Hamburger joint on board was outstanding on the rear sun deck with good burgers and yummy fries. Coffee house in ... Read more
rajkr74
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,757 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise with Holland and we were not disappointed again. Staff was excellent as usual with smiles and hellos every time we passed them in the halls. The ship was in better condition than we expected since she was headed to ... Read more
Jucy
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This cruise was supposed to be my honeymoon but my husband of 8 Months passed away before the cruise. I am glad I did go on the cruise as I promised my husband on his dying bed I would! This cruise was excellent, the food was delicious and ... Read more
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mjjden
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
110 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We were a little apprehensive boarding the Zuiderdam after reading some of the Cruise Critic reviews, but were pleasantly surprised. Yes, there were some rust spots, but who cares, it is not like the pipe is going to fall off the ship. ... Read more

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Ollie1940
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We enjoyed a comfortable cabin on Deck 10 ("Observation Deck"), a good bed, clean, efficient bathroom facilities. Our cabin was a one-minute walk from the "Crows Nest", an observation lounge and bar at the front of the ... Read more
Roddo65
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We have traveled on the Eurodam once before and this time was no different. Our stateroom was excellently appointed and well looked after. Our room stewards were attentive and warm. Our stateroom was near the aft elevators, so access to ... Read more
Olladaa
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my 8th cruise, first with Holland America. I booked with Holland America because I had always heard their service was excellent and I was feeling like the cruises I had taken over the last several years had gotten worse and worse ... Read more
RescueDontBuy
Member Since 2010
1 review
33 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I have been on over 14 cruises and this ship did not disappoint. Are they perfect, no, but for the price we paid for a verandah it was great. Hal adds back the little things other cruise company's have taken away. But really one ... Read more
blueboro
Member Since 2004
7 reviews
1,204 forum post
17 helpful votes
Returned from our 7-day Western Caribbean on the Eurodam. This is an annual brothers/wives trip (8 total) and was our first cruise on HAL since a 2011 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise. The past several years we have cruised almost exclusively on ... Read more

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