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1,038 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews
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stan12345678
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
First Alaskan trip. It was a good experience. Enjoyed the trip with family. Food is great on Lido. Main Dining room used only for dinner and choices were ok. Still preferred Lido. Getting a seat there is a bit difficult. Places and ... Read more
enfpdancer
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
41 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My sister and I selected this cruise with the objective of enjoying a holiday together. The Baltic cruise offered an interesting Itinerary that we both liked. The ship was old but elegant. The cabin had a balcony and offered ... Read more
Firstcruisegal1
Member Since 2015
1 review
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the quality of the food/service on Holland America. The itinerary was wonderful! We did not choose to do any of the ship excursions, but we did a lot of excursions with fellow travelers. ... Read more
discerningedinburgh
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We are Celebrity Elite Plus cruisers. Aged mid 50's travelling with 21 year old son & his girlfriend. We chose this cruise because the timing was right and because I'd been on The Eurodam last year and thought the crew were ... Read more
dodge440
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We hadn't been on a cruise and always wanted to see Alaska so a round trip from Vancouver seemed a good idea, especially as our son lives there so we combined a visit to see him with the cruise. Vancouver is a beautiful city with plenty to ... Read more
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The_Old_Veendam
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We took this cruise because for those who don't know, the Veendam is the last of her kind. She is the last ship to regularly (sort of) make port in Hamilton, Bermuda on a weekly Bermuda cruise. I say 'sort of' because she only makes 6 ... Read more
extex1
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
My husband contacted our cruise specialist, and they set the whole thing up. Dennis had previously researched the HAL website, and knew what he wanted before booking. We had an aft-Neptune suite. Em and disembarkation were as expected. ... Read more
Dit Clapper
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
1 forum post
14 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was our 47th cruise. Only the second on HAL. No reason for not using them more other than price/destination offered by other lines seemed to fit our plans better. We've been on NCL 22 times. We really like Celebrity and Princess. ... Read more
cmpuyot
Member Since 2017
1 review
19 helpful votes
We were informed this voyage was the 2nd voyage for the ship since coming out of dry dock for restoration and refresh. While the company certainly did a brilliant job with the refit of the ship, they appear to have fallen far short of ... Read more
patsc2342
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
The Alaska coastline and landscape is truly spectacular. Alaska is a vast state and a lot of it is uninhabited wilderness. For this reason, you cannot drive to most of it. Small planes are the best way to see a lot of it from the air. Of ... Read more
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Choochee face
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Cruised with HAL to Alaska on a 7 Day trip from Vancouver and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip seeing Alaska again. This time we visited Sitka,a picturesque town with a small harbour and lots of shops selling souvenirs and local crafts. ... Read more
nattga
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Having set sails with RCCL, NCL, and Celebrity, I tried not to set my standard too high because I know that HAL is going to be different and more traditional. After spending a week on Oosterdam, I can break it down and say things that I ... Read more
dtells
Member Since 2013
1 review
61 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Chose cruise because it was at the right time, and we didn't have to fly. The ship was lovely and comfortable, and the crew was friendland seemed very happy to be working there. I need gluten free/lactose-free food, and, as usual, this ... Read more
Hsmama
Member Since 2016
1 review
216 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
First of all, we are Cruise Noobs. Never cruised before,never thought we would like the experience. But we wanted to visit Alaska,and so we decided this would be the best way to celebrate our 28th anniversary. Our party consisted of 4 ... Read more
jimkal
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
We recently took a cruise from Vancouver up the inside passage and to Alaska with Holland America on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We had heard from several people that this was one of the best ship to do this cruise with as they cruise deep into ... Read more
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RoseMarie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
23 forum posts
9 helpful votes
The service on the Eurodam going to Alaska was beyond reproach, we had to be diverted due to storms and wasn't able to go to Sitka, but not dealing with the storms was worth it. We were in a suite and the concierges were amazing. But the ... Read more
Darshan1
Member Since 2009
14 reviews
33 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Based on my experience with the Veendam and now the Westerdam, Holland America Corporate doesn't give its ships enough time in drydock to finish repairs and modifications. That caused major problems for some passengers from broken glass ... Read more
HappyTravelFan
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise for the great itinerary. As for embarkation, getting aboard the ship went incredibly smoothly, but then the issues began. The tone set from the beginning was negative. No welcoming glass of juice, much less champagne, ... Read more
BCranger
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
40 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We thought we might be taking a risk going on a Holland America cruise with our young children, but felt like we needed a holiday and this itinerary fit the bill. It was a 4 day cruise from San Diego to Vancouver. Our children, ages 6 ... Read more
Kelly97229
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been on most of the other Holland America ships - and that, until this cruise, Holland America has been my favorite cruise line. It was an extremely disappointing cruise. The quality of ... Read more
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lmz2005
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We brought my parents on a Panama Canal Cruise to Celebrate their 60th Anniversary and ended up bringing their best friends who were celebrating their 61st Anniversary. Getting on the ship was pretty easy since we had the Marriott guys ... Read more
manatarmms
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 helpful votes
My Grandmother chose this ship for our family vacation. She, being a 4 star mariner, wanted to see the new ship and thought the family would enjoy our experience. 20 of us boarded the ship for an 11 day Caribbean cruise. The day we ... Read more
4eric
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Let’s start with the basics: this is an old ship with old décor and design badly in need of full dry dock rehab, and a very old clientele (mostly 60-80 age). If this is your cup of tea, then this is your ship. For ... Read more
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lyndtv
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
HAL is our first choice to sail with. We were traveling with our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. We were in a Neptune Suite and that were in a Veranda Cabin on the Eurodam. It was our third time on the Eurodam so we are very ... Read more
AmberTeka
Member Since 2006
13 reviews
2,531 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We went on this cruise because my Daughter wanted to visit Key West. We had traveled on Hal three times previously. We are Platinum on Carnival and on Princess. We received a small casino offer, and a good price on a cabin for our ... Read more
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