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821 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews

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lovin6D
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We usually sail on the smaller ships of Celebrity so this New England/Canada cruise on the HAL Maasdam cannot help but be a comparison. We took a late flight from Los Angeles to Boston. A HAL rep met us at the airport. Quite a wait until ... Read more
DeeVeeCS
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My wife and I booked a balcony stateroom on deck 6. This was our first cruise with Holland America and our 7th overall. Rather than trying to comment on every aspect of the experience, what I will focus on is what we particularly liked ... Read more
6buddy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Our group of four (two in their 50's/two in 80's) travelled to Venice to start our cruise. Everything was smooth from the start. Weather was beautiful. We enjoyed dinner most nights with second seating service provided by Gred and Erwin ... Read more
brechtae@yahoo.co.uk
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
Having only cruised with Celebrity Cruise Line before we were a little apprehensive sailing with Holland America. We needn't have worried. Overall I would say that I just about preferred it to Celebrity but accept this may in some way be ... Read more
Ttomred
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This our my 3rd cruise. We've gone with 2 other cruise lines in the past and loved every minute. Sadly I can't say the same about the Oosterdam. Let me start by saying our stateroom was wonderful and the crew was wonderful. The lay out ... Read more

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liz358
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My daughter and I were on the holiday of a lifetime and it included the cruise on the Volendam to Alaska. Our room was surprisingly spacious and had everything in that we needed. The roll call for safety instruction was a long faff but ... Read more
ICUQT
Member Since 2010
1 review
611 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This is my first review. I thought I would start to Journal just prior to this cruise. A disclaimer right from the start. The below are my observations, experiences my likes and dislikes about the Viking Passage cruise. A little background ... Read more
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glorialagos
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
598 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We were two couples celebrating our 25th anniversaries. We knew this would be an older crowd but we really, happily, felt quite young on this ship! We have all cruised previously, mostly Caribbean. Embarkation was super easy and we ... Read more
Trina33
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We have travelled on a variety of cruise lines Ncl, Princess, Rcl and P&O and thought we would try a new line. We were very excited to be travelling on a 5 star line...what a disappointment! The good Large inside cabin, ports of ... Read more
bawilliams2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We just got back from a fabulous cruise to Alaska on the Volendam. It was a multigenerational cruise including Nana, Papa, our 8 year daughter, 5 year old daughter and my sister and family. We all had an amazing time and could not believe ... Read more

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mollyskin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong that it would take more space than allowed. We spent extra money for this ship thinking it would be better for us as ... Read more
nyshopgirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We were a group of 10 traveling as a multi-generational family with grandparents, parents and young children on a Holland America cruise to New England/Canada. With few exceptions, the cruise was geared to older individuals with little ... Read more
Cath White
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
I am writing this review to alert to how Fantastic and supportive Holland America Zuiderdam Customer Service Manager and Corfu Port cruise Agency Team dealt with my unfortunate experience of missing the ship! It is possibly everybody's ... Read more
JWalshe
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We found the ship to be well appointed and in exceptional condition if not a little dated. The crew to be very helpful and ... Read more
Rutgers80
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
After my 3 day land tour and torture of the 10 hour bus ride from Denali I was looking forward to just relaxing on the ship. I was not disappointed. The cruise was everything I wished for - relaxing, good food and plenty of things to hold ... Read more

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the1steve
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First things first! Our last cruise was about 20 years ago - Trans-Atlantic on HAL Maasdam and we loved it. We wanted to share the cruise experience with our son (13) and booked the Rotterdam for a week into the Fjords of Norway. This ... Read more
ckpeer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We made a group reservation with our family to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. The entire family was there. Our problems started just after embarkation when we found out that one of the grandchildren who was definitely part of our ... Read more
Landlubber54
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
495 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We just returned from a 7-day Alaskan round trip cruise out of Vancouver. The cruise took us (in this order) to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay State Park and Ketchikan, taking the Inside Passage on the way up and back. We had fair weather ... Read more
JohnOsment
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My wife and I booked this cruise to relax at the end of a three week driving tour of the Canadian Rockies. We were rather disappointed. The underlying atmosphere was one of commercialism. Always a pressure to buy and spend - offers on ... Read more
beatriz22
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
1,205 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our 2nd same trip to Alaska on this ship chosen for the dates and size of the ship. Will start with some positives. Leaving Vancouver was very pretty after an easy check in and it was nice to go to a decent buffet (rooms not ready ... Read more

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mscottlogan
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is my first review that I have put on here that I was not blown away by the cruise. This cruise on the Eurodam was very lacking considering this was my 6th one with HAL 3rd on the Eurodam. To start the services with the room ... Read more
Cindy fan
Member Since 2010
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This trip was a dream come true for myself and my daughter. As huge Anne of green Gable fans we have always wanted to go to Prince Edward Island. My husband and I love to see lighthouses. Best of all from our house in Western New ... Read more
smknmrz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We treated our grand children, girl 14 & boy 10 from Indiana, on this cruise. Lots of activities including age appropriate clubs for the kids. Swimming is always popular so there were 2 major pools plus hot tubs in the common areas ... Read more
santabarbaraserenity
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
ALASKA CRUISE---Summertime FIRST I want to give great thanks to Imam and Sam, who were our amazing cabin stewards! They were over-the-top in their attention to meeting our needs!!! They made you feel like you were their most important ... Read more
ajscott
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
This was my 7th cruise, first with Holland America. Overall I enjoyed myself on this cruise. Holland America seems to be a step up from Carnival, in terms of class and you can definitely tell that their clientele are retirees. My parents ... Read more

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