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2,206 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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Gigi1977
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
82 forum posts
5 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
3 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
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
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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
1 helpful vote
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
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eujotrl
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 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
3 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
HALnoMore
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Have been on many cruises with HAL, but this may have been my last with HAL. The new Koningsdam is an example of why you should investigate before booking. Many of the new features are wonderful although the negatives outweigh any new ... Read more
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bandit1047
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Koningsdam Cruise December 4, 2016 Review This is Holland America’s newest ship and our first experience with this new design. The one thing that was most noticeable when we boarded this ship was the lack of disinfecting stations ... Read more
Kissena
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
31 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our close friends raved about Holland America. Although my husband I have been on nearly 20 cruises, we're never cruised HA until Koningsdam. We are a group of 5 couples who booked a year early to try this new ship and new cruise line ... Read more
Calypso54
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
The Koningsdam is a beautifully appointed ship. The crew is first class, the food is outstanding, and the ports were great. But, beginning the first night, we were aware of a change in the company's intent. There is a push toward having ... Read more
HALcruiser2
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
70 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I have sailed with Holland America several times and was excited to sail on their newest ship, the Koningsdam. Embarkation went relatively well...we arrived at 10:30 and had no wait at all. They couldn't find our stateroom keys so we ... Read more
crooser888
Member Since 2009
12 reviews
49 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We had a very pleasant cruise. Unless you got sick, had an accident or died during the cruise (more on this later), any day at sea is better than a day at the office. Some may argue that my four star/very good rating is too generous but ... Read more
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CO-SOS
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
65 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
5 min boarding and 15 min. disembark(with Global Alliance). ' Grand Turk was fun, though we only stayed @ Margartiaville. San Juan is always interesting, though much prefer an early AM arrival vs Noon. St Marteen was ... Read more
chanceflight
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
59 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our 21st cruise, but only the 2nd on HAL. But only after two cruises on HAL, I can honestly say that they are becoming my favorite cruise line. When we cruise we like low key, quiet, "left alone" cruising. Does that ... Read more
gamevod
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
28 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Long time cruiser, but first time back on HAL in 12 years. My understanding is that HAL is trying to catch a younger crowd with this ship, and it has succeeded in some areas, but others not so much. Two big complaints -- first, the ship ... Read more
sourcerjoe
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Not fit for 2 people. Space is so limited that we had to watch tv in bed. No room for a chair or sofa and or small table. Desk did not have a chair - no room. Pillows were stored on the floor and then placed on bed - not very ... Read more
loritrey@
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Background: My wife and I are both 51 years old. Balcony cabin on the 8th deck. Planned the cruise for 9 months. Koningsdam 10 days, Fort Lauderdale. Our serious cruising friends let us know about a "brand new" ship they were ... Read more
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