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897 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews

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mpersons
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our first time on HAL and to Alaska. I have been on two other cruises with Carnival and Royal Carribean. Overall it was a very good experience. The rooms were bigger than I expected and very clean. The attendants were friendly ... Read more
E.P.Dowd
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
Very disappointing onboard. Would definitely not recommend HAL. Everything was below average in terms of quality of service, food and especially lack of concern or caring by anyone in the "front office." If you have a problem ... Read more
Arrondor
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
66 helpful votes
It was with some trepidation we took our first Holland America Line cruise after reading the reviews here. Having experienced a near perfect holiday, I am writing this review to try and add some balance to the negative reviews. To add ... Read more
sagafemina
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Chose a rather limited Alaska itinerary in favor of simplicity of travel with eight year old twin grandchildren on their first cruise. Couldn't have been happier with the choice, as we were even able to take public transport to and from ... Read more
drneal
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
130 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my 10th cruise on my 5th cruise line. We usually go on Mega ships in the Caribbean. I didn't know what to think about Holland America or the Veendam from the other reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. The ship was a ... Read more

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Bob_plus_Four
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Hang on, it is a long review. This was our first Holland America cruise and the first on anything but Disney since 1998. With a total of eight cruises we are fairly experienced with high expectations. We did a 12 night Eastern ... Read more
rleefamily
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I have travelled 3 other cruise lines and thought I would try Holland America and this is what I found: Pros: - very little waiting time to embark and disembark - exterior of the ship quite beautiful - size of ship was perfect ... Read more
jig789
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. All in all it went well. The positives: cabin very clean, ship very clean, staff extremely attentive (except the front desk people who were not always helpful). Negatives: in my cabin you could hear the music ... Read more
dahling8
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed August 2016
Spent 4 nights in Boston prior to our cruise followed by 4 nights in Montreal upon disembarking. We booked our own tours and hotel in both cities and the hotel took us directly to the Black Falcon terminal in Boston. This is our first ... Read more
kira5
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
10 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We took this cruise 25 years ago (but on the Westerdam) and what we found interesting was that we paid the same dollar amount. This knowledge couldn't help but be a factor. That it could be done at all for the same price seemed ... Read more
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3ssn
Member Since 2011
1 review
189 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We are a family of 4, mum, dad and twoo teenage daughters. This was our 6th cruise with HAL, all in the Med. The Oosterdam was recently refurbished in dry dock. She looked very fresh. We used anytime dining but with an angoing reservation ... Read more
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Gr8trips
Member Since 2014
1 review
15 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We did the land and sea trip, landing first in Fairbanks AK. The arrival to Fairbanks Airport was seamless and staff were waiting for us with envelopes in hand. Communication was excellent and we proceeded by coach to the hotel. Was a ... Read more
lilybob
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
617 forum posts
24 helpful votes
We chose this sailing to celebrate some family events and experience the Koningsdam. Embarkation Traveling 7 day leg from Amsterdam with mobility impaired family member. Smooth embarkation process. A storm in the North Sea resulted ... Read more
yulia.clark@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruise and it was well below our expectations overall. The rooms are great, clean and modern with good bathrooms, the crew members are excellent and very hard working, BB King club offered great shows in the evenings. ... Read more
owee baby
Member Since 2013
1 review
62 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We decided to go on this cruise for a number of reasons .We had never been to Alaska before and wanted to see this majestic place ,as we have heard the views were fantastic . and this turned out to be very true .I truly enjoyed the ... Read more

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FearTheFrog
Member Since 2015
1 review
28 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We are a family of four, with children ages 9 and 7. We traveled with my mother who also had a friend on board. There was something for each of us! The kids are BEGGING to go on another cruise. They utilized the kids area, the pool, the ... Read more
clovis_12000@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
They made a very convincing advertisement for their cruise ship. They said it would be relaxing, but it was not. We wanted to relax, so I purchased their Couple's Massage worth $295.00. I knew it was overpriced, but ... Read more
abounceabove
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Do not go on this ship!!! But do go to Alaska! This was a very poor experience, almost from day one. Before I start just let me say that I have been on about 10 cruses now with 5 different lines. The ship is outdated, and in need of a ... Read more
maria.miller
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
I found the whole experience on the ship excellent.the embankment onto the ship was well organised no hanging about like at a airport, the check in was very efficient, I was surprised how quickly we got on the boat no hanging around which ... Read more
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, after checking several websites we decided that we wanted a medium size vessel and chose "Travel Best Bets" from Vancouver to complete our plans. They did a wonderful job and Megan Stone was most ... Read more

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scotchies
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was our 7th Alaskan cruise and 2nd on HAL. We are a family of 4 and both our children (11 &15)enjoy cruising. I chose the Amsterdam because i wanted to try a smaller ship. i rate the overall cruise as very good. It was low key and ... Read more
tthdoc1
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our 8th HAL cruise and second time on the Oosterdam. Perfect size ship (82K tons, 2200 passengers) and has recently been renovated (built in 2003). Never felt like we were on a crowded cruise ship. We had sailed on the Oosterdam ... Read more
erikjoha
Member Since 2005
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for two reasons: Ports of call and price. The deal we got on this cruise for the 5 of us (Me and the wife, 3 kids (age 20,18,15) for 2 staterooms (Signature suite + large inside stateroom across from each other) was ... Read more
swimgranny
Member Since 2010
1 review
134 forum posts
4 helpful votes
we choose this cruise based largely on date. we were a family of 8 ranging in age from 14 to 71. all enjoyed the cruise with a few complaints. the port schedule was off. not enough time in ketchican and not much to see in sitca . Holland ... Read more
nmd
Member Since 2011
1 review
112 forum posts
2 helpful votes
this is the second time we have done this 14 day cruise. although this time we did have rain at every port, it did not stop us from having a great time. we most enjoyed our visit to Icy Strait Point and Hoonah. the best shopping in the ... Read more
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