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989 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews
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jarobinstx
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruize because of the amazing locations packed into the Christmas Holiday. The service and food were exactly what we have come to expect on Holland America and we were not disappointed. Through the ports and shore ... Read more
ehkiwi
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Having not sailed with HAL for some time , this trip was I consider not up to the standard I had been used to. Lido now called the Lido Market..Food choice and presentation was not as expected and when you see display areas taken up ... Read more
jenniferdpenguin
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We are 39 and 45 years old, and we traveled with our teen and preteen daughters on the 12/14/16 cruise from Fort Lauderdale. From the room, to the food, to the service, this was in all ways, our best cruise ship experience ever. There ... Read more
oreoUM
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I recently had the opportunity to take some time for a vacation during the holidays and decided on a 9-day cruise on the newest ship in the Holland America Line fleet, the m.s. Koningsdam. The sailing departed in December of 2016 from ... Read more
dagtoking1
Member Since 2006
11 reviews
402 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This cruise was a family cruise so we had several cabins. All of us are cruise enthusiasts who have cruised numerous times; my parents chose this ship, the Konigsdam because it was a new ship and they have sailed on Holland America often. ... Read more
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kansaskid
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
49 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our 5th HA cruise. We've been on the Niuew Amsterdam, Eurodam, and Volendam in the past. We've also cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We're a younger family (by HA standards), around 40 with two young kiddos. ... Read more
Glassespro
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
224 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Positives first. We went on this cruise for sort of a family event. Father-in-law, my Wife and I, and her Sister and Brother-in-law. All in all we had a great time. The really positive aspects were the service and the entertainment. ... Read more
davidlegrandpont
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise with the purpose of experiencing the Panama Canal. Cruise ships are not my favourite way to travel but this was a good option as we were traveling with an older relative. The veendam is a mid-sized ship and we think ... Read more
Bax
Member Since 2004
1 review
391 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Our cabin had the best shower of any cruise ship we have ever traveled on. The itinerary was great. During embarkation, our cabin cards were printed and given to my parents, who have the same last name. My wife and I were not even ... Read more
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Scared to Death
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The 17 day cruise to Hawaii was wonderful. It was the first time my wife and I have ever cruised and we both loved it. The staff of the Amsterdam could not have been nicer, more helpful and just as friendly as could be. The food was ... Read more
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loritrey@
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Background: My wife and I are both 51 years old. Balcony cabin on the 8th deck. Planned the cruise for 9 months. Koningsdam 10 days, Fort Lauderdale. Our serious cruising friends let us know about a "brand new" ship they were ... Read more
kquinton
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having cruised for many years, although not in the last 5, I remembered that I always liked HAL over the years. I was able to get a good price for this cruise but was amazed that my memories had not lived up to the reality. Embarkation ... Read more
NYCruiserTwo
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The service and food was up to Holland Americas standard. The shows in the Theater, had alot to be desired. For a 14 day cruise,I expected more from this cruiseline. Mediocre productions repeated the second week. Majicians and comedians ... Read more
tabaluga
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 helpful votes
my 3rd time on the Noordam, 9 weeks totol, so i know her well. For the price of apx 110 per night for a balcony the value is terrific. The BBKing band plays 3x per night and are an exellent ship dance band. The Theater ... Read more
majam3
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This is our 12th cruise 2nd on holland America Embarkation and disimbarkatio not we're very smooth The Westerdam is a worn out ship no matter where you go on the ship there are items in disrepair Our was mini balcony suite and ... Read more
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donaldsc
Member Since 2007
1 review
10,289 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to take our children and grandchildren on their first cruise. The timing and price were right. I should add that this was our 4th cruise on HAL and we have also cruised on Princess, Celebrity, ... Read more
Draperdarl
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
I wanted to take my 3 grown daughters on a cruise during Thanksgiving week out of San Diego. Two of the girls had never cruised before and I could barely keep up with their excitement over everything! Embarkation was good and didn't ... Read more
margiecruisequeen
Member Since 2002
1 review
11 helpful votes
We finally were able to try Holland America Cruise line on the Westerdam. It was great leaving out of our hometown,San Diego,than to drive to Long Beach or Fly. Embarkation-was a breeze,very organized-we arrived at 11am and were on ... Read more
Snickeldad
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We had a great cruise to the Southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal. The Zuiderdam was an older ship, but still in great shape. It is also smaller and this is what we preferred for this cruise. The staff from top to bottom was ... Read more
ItaliaCruiser75
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
6 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Before sailing on Koningsdam I had read with interest the other reviews on this board, most of which were negative or lukewarm. However, I am happy to report that this is an excellent ship with fantastic food and crews. A few things I ... Read more
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Suncoast147
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Lets start from the first. I am Blind and travel with my wife, and guide dog. I booked the trip on the phone last minute with Holland America. I requested and was assured that our luggage would be taken direct to the airport, and it was ... Read more
dgreen5555
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I chose this cruise for my group of 10 (mostly family) due to the itinerary. Our ages range from 25 to 63. We found the 12 day Romance Cruise to be very exciting. It stopped at 10 ports in 12 days and visited 7 countries. We spent an extra ... Read more
Herbs Mom
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were excited to cruise on the Zuiderdam again, this time for the Canada/New England Cruise. We came in to Quebec a few days early to enjoy the city and wish we had a few more days - Quebec City was delightful and autumn is a great ... Read more
etluv2cruise
Member Since 2005
1 review
115 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had just a great time last year on our repositioning cruise (Princess Line) that we decided to go for a 2nd repositioning cruise this year. A short cruise is perfect way to take a break from our hectic work schedules and spend some ... Read more
Ejbirdie
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise because we had not been to either New York or the Maritimes before. We had cruised Holland America many years ago and enjoyed their ship and service. Zuiderdam is very spacious, well laid out, and by the 10th day ... Read more
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