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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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969 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews
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jig789
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. All in all it went well. The positives: cabin very clean, ship very clean, staff extremely attentive (except the front desk people who were not always helpful). Negatives: in my cabin you could hear the music ... Read more
dahling8
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
Spent 4 nights in Boston prior to our cruise followed by 4 nights in Montreal upon disembarking. We booked our own tours and hotel in both cities and the hotel took us directly to the Black Falcon terminal in Boston. This is our first ... Read more
kira5
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
30 forum posts
17 helpful votes
We took this cruise 25 years ago (but on the Westerdam) and what we found interesting was that we paid the same dollar amount. This knowledge couldn't help but be a factor. That it could be done at all for the same price seemed ... Read more
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3ssn
Member Since 2011
1 review
189 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We are a family of 4, mum, dad and twoo teenage daughters. This was our 6th cruise with HAL, all in the Med. The Oosterdam was recently refurbished in dry dock. She looked very fresh. We used anytime dining but with an angoing reservation ... Read more
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Gr8trips
Member Since 2014
1 review
15 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We did the land and sea trip, landing first in Fairbanks AK. The arrival to Fairbanks Airport was seamless and staff were waiting for us with envelopes in hand. Communication was excellent and we proceeded by coach to the hotel. Was a ... Read more
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lilybob
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
632 forum posts
26 helpful votes
We chose this sailing to celebrate some family events and experience the Koningsdam. Embarkation Traveling 7 day leg from Amsterdam with mobility impaired family member. Smooth embarkation process. A storm in the North Sea resulted ... Read more
yulia.clark@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruise and it was well below our expectations overall. The rooms are great, clean and modern with good bathrooms, the crew members are excellent and very hard working, BB King club offered great shows in the evenings. ... Read more
owee baby
Member Since 2013
1 review
62 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We decided to go on this cruise for a number of reasons .We had never been to Alaska before and wanted to see this majestic place ,as we have heard the views were fantastic . and this turned out to be very true .I truly enjoyed the ... Read more
FearTheFrog
Member Since 2015
1 review
28 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We are a family of four, with children ages 9 and 7. We traveled with my mother who also had a friend on board. There was something for each of us! The kids are BEGGING to go on another cruise. They utilized the kids area, the pool, the ... Read more
Horned Frog 2
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I was in charge of researching the cruise for everyone. The fact that Holland America's website was difficult to use and uninformative on specifics made it very tough. Here is some of the info I needed: The adults had adjoining ... Read more
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clovis_12000@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
They made a very convincing advertisement for their cruise ship. They said it would be relaxing, but it was not. We wanted to relax, so I purchased their Couple's Massage worth $295.00. I knew it was overpriced, but ... Read more
abounceabove
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Do not go on this ship!!! But do go to Alaska! This was a very poor experience, almost from day one. Before I start just let me say that I have been on about 10 cruses now with 5 different lines. The ship is outdated, and in need of a ... Read more
maria.miller
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
I found the whole experience on the ship excellent.the embankment onto the ship was well organised no hanging about like at a airport, the check in was very efficient, I was surprised how quickly we got on the boat no hanging around which ... Read more
oceantidesonethree
Member Since 2016
1 review
Our first cruise with Holland America, to Alaska on the 7-day Inside Passage cruise, was wonderful. We booked almost at the last minute based on the suggestion of our daughter and son-in-law, who travelled with us. We both had ocean view ... Read more
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, after checking several websites we decided that we wanted a medium size vessel and chose "Travel Best Bets" from Vancouver to complete our plans. They did a wonderful job and Megan Stone was most ... Read more
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scotchies
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was our 7th Alaskan cruise and 2nd on HAL. We are a family of 4 and both our children (11 &15)enjoy cruising. I chose the Amsterdam because i wanted to try a smaller ship. i rate the overall cruise as very good. It was low key and ... Read more
tthdoc1
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our 8th HAL cruise and second time on the Oosterdam. Perfect size ship (82K tons, 2200 passengers) and has recently been renovated (built in 2003). Never felt like we were on a crowded cruise ship. We had sailed on the Oosterdam ... Read more
erikjoha
Member Since 2005
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for two reasons: Ports of call and price. The deal we got on this cruise for the 5 of us (Me and the wife, 3 kids (age 20,18,15) for 2 staterooms (Signature suite + large inside stateroom across from each other) was ... Read more
swimgranny
Member Since 2010
1 review
134 forum posts
5 helpful votes
we choose this cruise based largely on date. we were a family of 8 ranging in age from 14 to 71. all enjoyed the cruise with a few complaints. the port schedule was off. not enough time in ketchican and not much to see in sitca . Holland ... Read more
nmd
Member Since 2011
1 review
119 forum posts
3 helpful votes
this is the second time we have done this 14 day cruise. although this time we did have rain at every port, it did not stop us from having a great time. we most enjoyed our visit to Icy Strait Point and Hoonah. the best shopping in the ... Read more
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kwebster58
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
9 helpful votes
A group of 5 of us flew to Amsterdam in early July for a 2 week cruise through the Norwegian fjords up into the Arctic Circle on the Koningsdam. Generally speaking, this was a pleasant voyage. Flights were on schedule. Transfers from ... Read more
brian.wickens@rogers.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Wonderful Experience! Great ship! GREAT staff and service! Amazing food in all locations! Although this was our very 1st cruise, I work and teach in the travel / hotel / B&B / Event Design industry - (and am so passionate ... Read more
Danoh2016Alaska
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit of concern the ... Read more
hulagirl1951
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on deck one from time to ... Read more
JMax513
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
30 helpful votes
I should start by putting my basis for this rating into perspective. Last summer we cruised on the Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) in the Mediterranean. You will not find a more modern ship with more amenities than Allure; however, I ... Read more
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