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884 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews

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Gr8trips
Member Since 2014
1 review
15 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
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
593 forum posts
10 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
15 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
FearTheFrog
Member Since 2015
1 review
21 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
6 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

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abounceabove
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 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 The ship is outdated, and in need of a ...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
1 helpful vote
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
4 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
scotchies
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
18 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
3 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

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erikjoha
Member Since 2005
1 review
10 forum posts
3 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
3 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
1 helpful vote
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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kwebster58
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
2 helpful votes
A group of 5 of us flew to Amsterdam in early July for a 2 week cruise through the Norwegian fjords up into the Arctic Circle on the Koningsdam. Generally speaking, this was a pleasant voyage. Flights were on schedule. Transfers from ... Read more
brian.wickens@rogers.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Wonderful Experience! Great ship! GREAT staff and service! Amazing food in all locations! Although this was our very 1st cruise, I work and teach in the travel / hotel / B&B / Event Design industry - (and am so passionate ... Read more

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Danoh2016Alaska
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit of concern the ... Read more
hulagirl1951
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on deck one from time to ... Read more
JMax513
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
18 helpful votes
I should start by putting my basis for this rating into perspective. Last summer we cruised on the Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) in the Mediterranean. You will not find a more modern ship with more amenities than Allure; however, I ... Read more
tsvaig
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We chose this cruise because we'd heard good things about Holland American and they offered the best deal to the fjords and Iceland, a place we'd never been. Overall I was very happy with the experience and the ship itself. The service ... Read more
lupaglupa
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
An amazing combination - the service and comfort of Holland America and the scenery of Alaska. We got the cosmopolitan city of Seattle and the raw majesty of the Hubbard glacier in one week. On board, the usual high standards of food and ... Read more

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talmarom
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Don't listen to all the people who complained. It's a brand new ship that was inaugurated only in May 2016, it looks new,it smells new and it is new! Very good, excellent service, food was beyond expectations. Family room was a ... Read more
CLTE
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
One of the main motivations for choosing this cruise ship is its new family rooms that allows for 5 guests in a room. This is handy for a family but also cost effective, as it is only the first 2 guests that pay full rate and all ... Read more
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TDL1900
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
The staffs are very nice, and that's about it. Overall, I wasn't impressed at all. 1. Their website design is horrendous. A. I had to do multiple separate Google searches to find all the information I need about the same ship(Nieuw ... Read more
traelee01
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was our very first cruise, but I can't imagine making a better decision! The 14 night Great Alaskan Land Explorer itinerary caught my attention right away. At 45 days out, we got a great price so I booked an inside room for myself and ... Read more
karenbink@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for its ports of call. And we were very pleased with ALL of the ports. It was a great sized ship as we were able to dock at ALL of the ports, no tenders--Yipee. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely ... Read more

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