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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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884 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews

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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
lrcllc@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise primarily because we wanted to go see the Fjords of Norway but the fact that we were on a new ship was a huge bonus and gave us something extra to look forward too. I traveled with my mom (79), my daughter (17) and ... Read more
Ionist
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Nice itinerary in Norwegian fjords. Brand new Ship, of high quality. Beautiful and comfortable cabin. Very nice in-room entertainment with many movies. Nice restaurants: The Dining Room is beautiful, but service is below average. Lunch ... Read more
paul.shearman
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
The food and eating areas were clean, efficient and well run. They offered pleasant surroundings with efficient, hard working and friendly staff. We ate in the Lido, the common eating area and we impressed by it - much better than the ... Read more
jjsmith1357
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were hoping that the Holland America Westerdam would be a step above the rest, but we didn't see that. No deal-breakers, but the lack of attention to detail was noticeable. I'll start with a few of the things I saw, and then share ... Read more

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Moosers Mom
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
We selected this cruise based on two criteria: the itinerary and it was a HAL cruise. HAL is our absolutely favorite cruise line based on the service, value, dining and size of their ships. We really don't enjoy the large or very large ... Read more
Run70
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We booked the cruise pretty late, and we wanted to go to Alaska. When I looked, there were only two 7-day Alaska cruises that fall within our budget. Holland America's one of the two and I've heard good things about it from my friends. So ... Read more
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balmybreeze
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
32 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Overall, our family of 9 had a good time on the Amsterdam, but I certainly would not want to do an "Around the World" trip on her. Our cabin had a few problems that our very nice stewards did their best to take care of. First, ... Read more
stan1
Member Since 2001
5 reviews
279 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Eurodam 12 days Venice-Barcelona, departed June 23, 2016. We have taken more than 35 cruises: HAL, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Cunard, Norwegian, Renaissance. On this cruise we took children and grandchildren. ... Read more
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Carolyn448
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
My husband and I were looking for an interesting cruise for the summer and decided that Alaska would be just the right thing. We had been to Sitka and Juneau several years ago when he participated in a Russian music festival in Sitka. The ... Read more

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smpy
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We had a fantastic time! This was a multigenerational trip, and there was something for everyone. Our room was of course small, and there were a few little issues with shower drainage, but everything was clean and in good condition. Any ... Read more
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FlynnHolly
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
15 helpful votes
Drawn to this Holland America 21 day Norway, Baltic Treasures Koningsdam cruise by the great itinary, previous excellent experience with HAL service, on Nieuw Amsterdam, we are independent travellers who enjoy the ease of relaxing ... Read more
Chuck Dammeir
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we could sail out of Amsterdam during a trip to visit our son who lives there. We also chose this cruise so we could experience Holland's newest ship, the Koningsdam. The ship certainly did not disappoint ... Read more
Nate8466
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I have taken two cruises on the Holland America lines and I've come back with the same opinion on both. They sucked. The dinning was lousy, the food was bad and the service was lousy, especially on the Amsterdam. I took this same cruise 10 ... Read more
Noemi Simaki
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
My partner and I are in our early 30s and this was our second cruise. Our first was with Royal Caribbean to the South Pacific. We chose Holland America expecting a better experience considering the price difference was substantial (almost ... Read more

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terp2053
Member Since 2009
10 reviews
53 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
All in all, good cruise and good value. Our June sailing gave us a lot of animal sightings. Whales and porpoise seemed to follow our ship. We took a whale watch excursion in Juneau, although we had already seen a lot of whales from the ... Read more
NCJJCPJC2013
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Both HAL and the Maasdam came highly recommended. We wanted a 14 night cruise that went to more ports than the previous Alaskan cruise we took in 1999. I read up on the Maasdam reviews and liked what I read. After booking we heard it had ... Read more
HSSUB25
Member Since 2012
1 review
11 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Visited son who lives in Anchorage, then took the cruise from June 5 - 12 from Seward to Vancouver. It was nice time of year - light long and mild weather. We had no rain on the entire trip, unusual we were told. It even close to 80 on ... Read more
Onial
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
I have always loved Holland America having sailed 157 days on their ships. I was excited about the new Koningsdam but was sorely disappointed. I have sailed with six other cruise lines and this was the worst cruise I have ever been on. ... Read more
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Michpam
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because the ship is relatively smaller than the NCL, Princess & Celebrity ships offering an Alaska itinerary. We spent three days in Seattle prior to our embarkation, visiting with friends. Seattle is a ... Read more

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Cruiser_-_Chris
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
22 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Cruise was nice - Wait staff left something to be desired (especially breakfast) Our MAIN problem was it seemed once the waiters brought your food they acted like you didn't exist any more. If you needed drink refills; more bread; or ... Read more
dlm123
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We booked this cruise on the Veendam since we wanted to see Canada/New England and these cruise dates worked best with our schedule and vacation time off. My overall cruise experience was low because of the ship's extreme need for repairs ... Read more
avilady
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
We did not pick this ship, we were with a group of 12. This was our fourth cruise with four different cruise lines. I have to say it was the worst. Getting on was a breeze as was disembarking. We had three pieces of luggage and only ... Read more
Bitterrooters
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
The service and food is amazing on this cruise line.Every crew member was helpful and inviting. We ate at all of the dining venues and was pleased with the quality and variety of each restaurant. We never had to ask for drinks on the ... Read more
Gus1930
Member Since 2016
1 review
65 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Nieuw Amsterdam, Inside Passage Alaska, May 21-28, 2016 Let me say up front this was one of the most disappointing travel experiences I have ever had – and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively both professionally ... Read more

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