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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
thehighc
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 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
4 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
38 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
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cheggy
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
534 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
Yurugaboy
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
7 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
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s.stevens2005
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 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
TN Fem
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
12 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
22 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
5 helpful votes
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
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Jackie_OR
Member Since 2011
1 review
72 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
jarobinstx
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
3 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
5 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
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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
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
7 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
3 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
4 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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