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delgados129
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
74 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Zaandam's 7 Day Glacier Discovery out of Vancouver made for a great introduction to Alaska. We took advantage of both the Misty Fjords float plane and Mead Glacier helicopter excursions. They exceeded our expectations...worth every penny! ... Read more
dontworry
Member Since 2011
1 review
68 forum posts
Sailed August 2013
We love HAL and have completed 10 Cruises with 3 of them just this year with 1 more to do in Dec. Greatest Cruise Line ever. On our 24 Aug. Alaska Cruise there were a few pluses that made the Cruise even more efficient than ever. For the ... Read more
Slumber
Member Since 2013
1 review
13 forum posts
After our comfortable flight with Emirates to Osaka we had a night to relax in our hotel.transfer to the port of Kobe seemed to be well organised but on arrival at the embarkation it was absolute chaos.It took nearly 90minutes to board ... Read more
Katrina 1
Member Since 2011
1 review
75 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a cruise that opened up a totally different world to me and that is what really made it special... from the over the top production of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro to the basic life of the Amazon. Holland America had a great ... Read more
seakayaker
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2013
We arrived at the terminal around 1:30 and was greeted with a check in line that snaked all over. For a ship with only 1150 people, taking 2 1/2 hours to check in is pretty bad. The line was just as long when we did get checked in as it ... Read more

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helvic
Member Since 2010
1 review
94 forum posts
Where do you begin exactly....check-in. Chaos, nightmare....and it all went downhill there after. It took around 2 hours to be herded through checkin, it felt more like passing through some boot camp rather than starting a relaxing ... Read more
welshwaterboy
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
14 forum posts
Reviews of the Veendam are overwhelmingly positive for South American cruises and quite mediocre for Bermuda cruises, and I now understand why. The South America and Antarctica itineraries are wonderful scenic and adventure cruises, with ... Read more
SwissMyst
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
6,210 forum posts
CABIN SS - Superior Veranda Suite on the Navigation deck is one of the best cabin layouts possible found on HAL Vista class ships. Large bathroom with both tub and shower, plenty of closet and drawer space for 28 day cruise, spacious ... Read more
La Jolla Lass
Member Since 2012
1 review
83 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Have never before complained about a cruise, but our experience, coupled with comments by veteran HAL cruisers on this same cruise, convinced us this was a disaster experience. GENERAL APPEARANCE of Zaandam: Others commented on worn ... Read more
buppy21
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
We were on the 28 day cruise - Singapore - Hong Kong via Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Korea. This cruise was advertised as a Collectors cruise. To our disappointment this was a back - back cruise. With that concept we were ... Read more

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cruisinggranmama
Member Since 2010
1 review
841 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
Cabin - we like the plexiglass balconies on deck 4 aft of the lifeboats. Big balconies, close to MDR steps, no noises from below or from the elevators. The beds and pillows on HAL are my favorite. Plenty of storage space for the too, too ... Read more
Lucy12345
Member Since 2012
1 review
Took first cruise on the Holland America line and was generall very pleased. Food was excellent, service in the main dining room was very good, ship was clean, deck chairs were readily available, pool warm, entertainment excellent and ... Read more
WannaBGambla
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
36 forum posts
Not rated Sailed November 2011
This was a 24 night cruise - Roundtrip down the Amazon River to Manaus with return to Ft. Lauderdale. Ports of call were: St. Lucia, Devils Island, French Guiana; Amazon River ports: Macapa, Boca da Valeria, Manaus, Parintins, Alter da ... Read more
dajbrune
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2011
I heard lots of complaints about the lack of the Wow factor however the service, food,shows and ports of call more than made up for it. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on the State rd. It took 10 minutes to get to the port and thanks ... Read more
Sally Harridge-March
1 review
Travelled from Sydney to Auckland with many ports whilst en route. Volendam is showing her age - looking worn around the edges and needing a face-lift - but this did not detract from our enjoyment of this fab cruise. Particular ... Read more

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slabeaume
Member Since 2004
9 reviews
798 forum posts
I chose this itinerary last year because of the ports. Being an avid snorkeler, I was anxious to explore the aclaimed waters of Grand Turk and St. Thomas. Unfortunately, last year we happened upon a little storm called Hurricane Tomas ... Read more
missmyqueen
Member Since 2008
1 review
The Holland America Zeiderdam is comparably smaller than our previous cruises, which made it much more comfortable to get around. Due to the size it also limited the activities that were offered. The majority of the passengers were older ... Read more
zenlife
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed October 2011
As a seasoned cruise vacationer, I've come to the sad conclusion that Holland America, a self-proclaimed "Premium" cruiseline, unfortunately falls way short of it's mark. If you're expecting the Hilton, you're likely to receive a Holiday ... Read more
SanDiegoCuiser
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed October 2011
First and foremost I will start off as - no question - I had fun since went with my friends. That was my objective - spend time with close friends, sun, read, and eat lots of good food. I have been on the Mexican Rivera cruise on ... Read more
tdtraveler
Member Since 2011
1 review
I with my wife and friends traveled to Seattle to cruise on the Holland America Line Oosterdam, as first time cruisers I was really looking to get going on our voyage to Alaska. The ship looked very impressive and after finally getting on ... Read more

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Hill Gang
Member Since 2008
1 review
3 forum posts
We were completely "blown away" with the quality of cruise experience we had on the Noordam. Not one staff member would get less than outstanding ratings. The staff was excellent at remembering you as a guest - was very personable - ... Read more
kenasch2
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
72 forum posts
Rather than a detailed account of our trip I will highlight some of my impressions and offer some tips and hints. I have also included some information that I had a difficult time researching before our trip. This was our third Holland ... Read more
bahrain_not_dubai!
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
620 forum posts
B A C K G R O U N D When I learnt that I had to go to the United States this Summer, I had already booked our annual family holiday- it was to be a 7 night cruise in the Western Mediterranean on the Seabourn Spirit. Upon realizing that ... Read more
brother_unknown
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
33 forum posts
Accommodations ashore were in the Westmarks, a chain of hotels of varying quality cobbled together by Holland America ranging from a suite at the Westmark Fairbanks to the Westmark BeaverCreek (which had only single beds that could not be ... Read more
Nature Cruiser
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
Our trip aboard the Veendam was nothing short of spectacular in every way. The entire crew, particularly the Captain and Cruise director made you feel welcome and even a little special. The Captain regularly addressed the ship and kept ... Read more

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