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969 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews
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SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
623 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise on a short notice three weeks before sailaway. Having had a focus on Celebrity Cruises before, we were in the mood to try something new, since Celebrity turned towards a path in the past, which was more and more not ... Read more
GaryatMSU
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Recently returned from January 8 to 15 cruise to Eastern Caribbean, making stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. Passengers were mainly over 60, with a few families and younger children. Ate several times in main dining ... Read more
Edman001
Member Since 2012
1 review
40 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Total lack of attention and poor attitude of crew. Had to ask every day for two wine glasses. Three people in cabin but had to ask for three towels. Room service does not give a heads up call but just pounds on the door. Then they come ... Read more
Lorna Doone
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
57 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We felt we made the right decision booking on Holland's newest ship. The food, service and ship were excellent. Our waiter (Gede Ysadhi and his assistant Adi Mahardika) provided enjoyable dinners serving our table for 8. The food was ... Read more
FORSTERGADABOUT
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our annual company closedown in January each year, when we must take most of our annual holiday leave. The price was great for this peak holiday time in Australia. Both the embarkation and ... Read more
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Sweet Ginny
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we have had positive experiences with HAL, liked the itinerary, and wanted to try a new ship. We were a mixed group - two teens (16,17), my partner and myself (50,52) and my mom 83- this was her 36th cruise. I ... Read more
Yurugaboy
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife chose this cruise as it went over the Christmas break and went to the South Pacific.We are a family of 5 and booked 2 rooms. A Verandah Room and an inside Room both on Deck 6. After a slow start in the kids room having a double ... Read more
Green Meenie
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We booked this cruise just a couple of weeks before sailing because we wanted to get away for Christmas. We are pretty easy-going people when it comes to expectations and have cruised on most other cruise lines. We found the Holland ... Read more
mr_reiter
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise not so much because of the itinerary or cruise line, but we wanted an adventure our whole family could enjoy. Finding a time that would work for us and our two adult children is difficult (and getting more so), but we ... Read more
gemginger
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We took this cruise for Christmas. We loved it! The only downside was that they made you pay for fresh water in your stateroom. The cabin we stayed in was very spacious! We had a balcony, mini fridge, 3 closets, and lots of mirrors! The ... Read more
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s.stevens2005
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We were a little hesitate booking an older ship. Holland America was a great experience. The staff and food were excellent! Our room was clean and comfortable. Our room staff were very attentive and kept the room very clean. ... Read more
TN Fem
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise to see penguins. We have 3 penguin loving boys and we like to take a big trip at Christmas rather than give them toys they don't need. We had 2 adjoining Ocean View rooms on Deck 2. Our rooms were decent sized for ... Read more
flyingdutchman6989
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
13 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our holiday cruise with family, aboard the Hell-ship Veendam Maru, from 20 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017, was truly a cruise from hell. It was marked by a series of unfortunate events day after day, that began with two USCG helicopter medical ... Read more
Katiecatherine
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because it stopped at four ports instead of 3 which is all many of the cruise lines do. Also, because I have never been to Puerto Rico and it was one of the ports. I've also heard very nice things about Holland. ... Read more
Jackie_OR
Member Since 2011
1 review
66 forum posts
Grandpa wanted to go fishing, and can no longer handle the long flights to Florida, so we picked this easy San Diego departure. As this trip was during Winter Break (the week before Christmas) the ship was FULL of children. Good for ... Read more
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jarobinstx
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruize because of the amazing locations packed into the Christmas Holiday. The service and food were exactly what we have come to expect on Holland America and we were not disappointed. Through the ports and shore ... Read more
ehkiwi
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Having not sailed with HAL for some time , this trip was I consider not up to the standard I had been used to. Lido now called the Lido Market..Food choice and presentation was not as expected and when you see display areas taken up ... Read more
oreoUM
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I recently had the opportunity to take some time for a vacation during the holidays and decided on a 9-day cruise on the newest ship in the Holland America Line fleet, the m.s. Koningsdam. The sailing departed in December of 2016 from ... Read more
dagtoking1
Member Since 2006
11 reviews
402 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This cruise was a family cruise so we had several cabins. All of us are cruise enthusiasts who have cruised numerous times; my parents chose this ship, the Konigsdam because it was a new ship and they have sailed on Holland America often. ... Read more
kansaskid
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
49 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This was our 5th HA cruise. We've been on the Niuew Amsterdam, Eurodam, and Volendam in the past. We've also cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We're a younger family (by HA standards), around 40 with two young kiddos. ... Read more
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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
davidlegrandpont
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise with the purpose of experiencing the Panama Canal. Cruise ships are not my favourite way to travel but this was a good option as we were traveling with an older relative. The veendam is a mid-sized ship and we think ... 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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Scared to Death
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The 17 day cruise to Hawaii was wonderful. It was the first time my wife and I have ever cruised and we both loved it. The staff of the Amsterdam could not have been nicer, more helpful and just as friendly as could be. The food was ... 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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