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katelyn23
Member Since 2017
1 review
We like to go as a family on a cruise during this week because it is our Spring Break back home and all of us are off work and school for the week. This was our 7th cruise on Holland America and our 30th overall. We have also sailed on ... Read more
Michagander
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was the first time sailing with HAL. I have sailed with many other lines and this was my 15th cruise. We chose this ship because we planned a family vacation with cousins who preferred HAL above others. Me and my wife chose a ... Read more
elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... Read more
Here i go again!
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
Special mention right away to my friend i n THE RETREAT!! Jeffrey, Michael, Jomarie and Joseph And to Richard in the Crowes nest for doing a lovely job during my cocktail party for group Izamani at guest relations who made it ... Read more
gatodoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my 25th cruise and first on HAL. I knew the crowd would be mature, but they were very mature. At 65 I felt like a youngster. The onboard offerings were very limited and seating for the better ones was totally inadequate. Good ... Read more
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vazquezmar2004
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
My husband and I decided to spend our birthdays cruising South East Asia on board the Volendam. We decided to take this cruise late in the year and there were not that many room options available for us. We decided on the room 3381 and ... Read more
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
10,710 forum posts
Having long wanted to visit Hawaii, and disinclined to take any more flights than necessary, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to escape some of winter. Additionally, we have a Navy Seal grandson stationed at San Diego, so the two ... Read more
Delmerboy
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
49 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation and Cabin: We boarded the Koningsdam on February 12, 2017. We were in our stateroom 5079 (inside cabin) in less than one hour. Walking onboard you realised just how new the ship is and how well laid out it is. First ... Read more
crusader
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
282 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Our experience on the Koningsdam was so pleasant. There was hardly anything we did not like. Our cabin, though inside, was well designed and with lots of storage space. We choose Anytime Dining. Arriving at 6 each evening we did not have ... Read more
cbhimself
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
57 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My qualification for writing this is that I am a four star member of the HAL Mariners group. That is I have accumulated over 250 days on some 25 different cruises. I have also cruised quite a bit with Princess. A few years ago, I had an ... Read more
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ozcookie
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
4 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
33 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
4 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
5 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
32 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
11 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
43 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
60 forum posts
7 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
11 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
4 helpful votes
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
36 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
533 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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