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989 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews
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ozcookie
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was the third HAL cruise for me and second for my wife so we knew what to expect. We were travelling with our three young children (1,4 and 6) plus my parents and 11 year old niece so spread across verandah cabins 10004, 10008 and ... Read more
enfpdancer
Member Since 2013
1 review
29 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
My Volendam experience overall was positive . The Indonesia and Far East discovery cruise was perfect length of time to experience the flavour of SE Asia. As a single traveler I found the itinerary and the price reasonable. This was my ... Read more
gorilla1964
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I choose this Cruise because of Tim Timmons & Mercy Me. The concerts, meet and greets and biblical teachings were all great. getting to know some of the performers was excellent. The comedian and illusionist were very good with clean ... Read more
aatkinson
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise to sail through Antarctica. Having been on several HAL cruises we were not concerned with quality. We were convinced that the quality would be the same on this ship as it had been on our previous three cruises. It was ... Read more
SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
623 forum posts
30 helpful votes
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
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GaryatMSU
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
10 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
42 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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
58 forum posts
6 helpful votes
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
gproper
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Just returned from our 12 Carribean days with Holland America Lines on board the Nieuw Amsterdam. Fantastic,the stateroom staff were the most outgoing people that you could ask for. We had a veranda room with beautiful views of the ocean, ... Read more
milo49
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Having cruised with Holland America four time before, we thought this would be a great winter getaway. Embarkation was no problem,although departure was delayed 5 hrs. due to the tragic events at the Ft.Lauderdale airport. Having been on ... Read more
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thehighc
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our 3rd cruise . We have previously cruised on the Disney Fantasy in 2014 and then Royal Caribbean Legend of the seas in 2015 . As we are still quite new to cruising we are keen to explore several cruise lines but we have been ... Read more
Ja and Ma
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We sailed on the Noordam with our two teenagers leaving Sydney on the 4th January. It was spectacular leaving from White Bay as the ship had to wait for the tide to drop; so we could sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was amazing to ... Read more
FORSTERGADABOUT
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
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
Sweet Ginny
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
33 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
cheggy
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
515 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We took this New Year's Cruise with our granddaughters . It was a great getaway from work and winter. Embarkment was very fast and smooth. Our room was ready when we got on board about 12 noon. Kids couldn't wait to get in the ... Read more
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Yurugaboy
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
6 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
2 helpful votes
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
4 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
2 helpful votes
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
s.stevens2005
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
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TN Fem
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
10 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
14 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
Canada Chris
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We choose this cruise because we had grown weary of cruises on the mega-ships. This was our ninth cruise; first on Holland America. Holland America has a reputation for being more low key, quality service and good food. What a mistake. The ... Read more
Katiecatherine
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
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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