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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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2,183 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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FrankNJ
Member Since 2002
4 reviews
507 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
New ship , everything works . Shiny and clean . Beautiful décor . Excellent service in the dining rooms and excellent food . Previously our favorite HAL ship has been Noordam and this crew was just as good . Our Vista suite A ... Read more
oliver1821
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
103 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The ship was excellent in all respects, the cabins were nice with loads of storage space. Cabin stewards were very good. The food in the main dining room was excellent with lots to choose from. Ate in the Pinnacal, Tamarind and ... Read more
skoval3
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Some context: My parents and I were introduced to Holland America Line (and cruising itself) about 8 years ago and we instantly fell in love with their luxurious and incredible level of service, hospitality, and cuisine. Our maiden voyage ... Read more
rodash
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I had canceled a mid-December booking for the Koningsdam when I learned that the new ship did not have deck chairs on the Promenade Deck. Therefore I was very happy when I received an email from HAL with a last-minute deal on the Zuiderdam ... Read more
adventurenerd
Member Since 2011
1 review
165 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation was smooth and check in friendly, the ship is very nice and we loved the "Crows Nest" which was a library, bar, and Cafe area at the front of the ship above the bridge. We also liked the movie theater with comfortable ... Read more
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FNSIII
Member Since 2009
1 review
72 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation took 15 minutes from the time we arrived till we were in our suite. Amazing! The cruise was great. Now..don't think that because they have a "Officers Reception" in the Neptune Lounge that any Officers will show ... Read more
PBACRUISER
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Cruise Background - Cruised with family (wife + 3 children) 10+ times on Royal Caribbean. This cruise was sort of an "empty nester" cruise for my wife and I. We felt it was time to start transitioning away from RCCL, and look for ... Read more
Glassespro
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
224 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Positives first. We went on this cruise for sort of a family event. Father-in-law, my Wife and I, and her Sister and Brother-in-law. All in all we had a great time. The really positive aspects were the service and the entertainment. ... Read more
tigger-ttfn
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,032 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
I was very disappointed in this cruise. Been on Holland once before and was very happy. A friend recommended this cruise ship so I was looking forward to it. The service was below standard. Been on over 35 cruises and never been so ignord ... Read more
TechSurfer
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was my first ever cruise. We are 46 and 51, childless; we chose Holland America based on the upscale and less child/hedonistic-20s profile. Again, as our first cruise, realize you, dear reader, may know a lot from experience that we ... Read more
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JaneRichard
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
For the most part, we loved the Rotterdam. Its size and amenities were perfect for this traveling couple. The staff was very warm and welcoming. Our embarkation went smoothly. However, the lifeboat drill is always problematic for us on ... Read more
Gigi1977
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
82 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
December 2016 - Eastern Caribbean - 10 Days We chose this cruised because of the itinerary. And we're a little worried about the size of the ship as we have only sailed on Vista ships and larger. We LOVED Ms Rotterdam - the size, the ... Read more
ridealot58
Member Since 2014
1 review
32 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I choose Holland for the second time it was both priced great and for 10 days the price was awesome.i have only cruised on rccl and holland.i like rccl for their ships food and service.what I don't like that as a single I get creamed on ... Read more
alaud
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
78 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we really enjoy crusing on Holland. The ports were very good and the dates were perfect. Overall, it was a fine cruise. Pros- Show room entertainment was top notch every single night. The menus in the dining ... Read more
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melmul
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We sailed out of Tampa, Florida on December 9th headed for a seven-day cruise to the western Caribbean. Embarkation was really smooth at this port and with Holland America. We had a beautiful balcony cabin on Deck 8, the Navigation Deck. ... Read more
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oliver8
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We definitely liked the small size (ca. 1300 passengers) of the Rotterdam. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Lifeboat drill was somewhat disorganized. It felt as if many of the crew members were not very experienced. Ship ... Read more
cablack
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
85 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise based on island itinerary and our previous five experiences sailing on other HAL ships. We hold HAL to a higher standard to other cruise lines we have sailed. However, the Rotterdam, in general, was extremely ... Read more
lpeterson76
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
Really, really enjoyed our time on the Rotterdam. The service is fantastic, ship is lovely and quiet and perfect for us. We are not party people so the older crowd suited us fine. We were upgraded to a mid-ship ocean view and the cabins ... Read more
SWeaster
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
199 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had essentially the same itinerary in March 2015 on the Ryndam prior to her transfer to P&O Australia. We opted for the same trip on the Oosterdam with Mahogany Bay taking the place of Banana Coast Honduras. As always, the ... Read more
Bax
Member Since 2004
1 review
391 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
Our cabin had the best shower of any cruise ship we have ever traveled on. The itinerary was great. During embarkation, our cabin cards were printed and given to my parents, who have the same last name. My wife and I were not even ... Read more
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travelwithjohn
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
Recently we sailed on the newest ship in Holland Americas fleet, the Koningsdam. We had so looked forward to this trip for a variety of reasons. In the past service has always been wonderful, the rooms were spacious and the ... Read more
eujotrl
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have cruised many times with the other cruise lines but never with Holland America line. I often heard that Holland America ships are a cut above than the others. I was excited about this cruise especially it is a new ship. Well, things ... Read more
Purliegirlie
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
67 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for two reasons- wonderful beach ports and brand new ship! Certain things we loved were great bathroom (except knees hit shower, great shower DOOR, plenty of storage, large balcony, make up mirror(!), all towels ... Read more
1939trmr
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Wanted to experience the new ship, we had a great experience with good weather. The food was outstanding I have never had better on a cruise ship, I thought the dining room was good but then we had dinner in the Pinnacle grill one night ... Read more
glomarrone
Member Since 2011
22 reviews
340 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After a 2 1/2 hour drive on December 4th from Cocoa Beach, FL to Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale for our Southern Caribbean cruise on the new ms. Koningsdam, we encountered a delay with traffic only at the port itself. Once we cleared ... Read more
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