Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Your selections (clear selections):
Holland America x
Caribbean - All x

Holland America Line

Cruise Critic Overview

  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
  • Read full overview >>
2,025 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
Cruiser rating
Excellent
1,159
Very Good
410
Average
239
Poor
108
Terrible
65
See reviews for
Family Cruises
Family Cruises
240
Senior Cruises
Senior Cruises
121
Romantic Cruises
Romantic Cruises
110
Holiday Cruises
Holiday Cruises
81
Rating Summary
Dining
Public Rooms
Cabin
Entertainment
Value for Money
Service
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
4 helpful votes
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
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
10 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
Compare Prices on Holland America Caribbean Cruises
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
6 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
bsorge
Member Since 2002
11 reviews
13 forum posts
18 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
Sailed March 2016
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
20 forum posts
3 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
Compare Prices on Holland America Caribbean Cruises
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
174 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
Helpful? Thank Suepy
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
Sailed February 2016
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
Compare Prices on Holland America Caribbean Cruises
Jolokia
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
67 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
Margaret Ivin
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 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
44 forum posts
6 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
Compare Prices on Holland America Caribbean Cruises
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
10 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
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
1,783 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
Compare Prices on Holland America Caribbean Cruises

Sponsored links

Sponsored links

Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?