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863 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews

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NovaCruise888
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We flew in to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived around 9:30 AM on Sunday (the day of embarkation). After picking up our luggage, it was only 10 AM. We decided to wait in the airport for another 30 minutes, ... Read more
Floridianfamily5
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the first time my husband and I have ever cruised with our children. We chose the Hal over the other more traditional family lines because before children we loved Holland America. We liked the quiet atmosphere, the service and ... Read more
Sofiebhb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had a blast on this cruise with all of the staff. By far the staff made the trip!!! I have traveled the world and our room stewards were the best ever!!! I enjoyed seeing their smiling faces everyday. The ship on the other hand ... Read more
floripagirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
31 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After reading the previous review I feel as though I was on an entirely different cruise! I traveled with my daughter and her 13 & 15 year old children. We chose this cruise for the new ports and the convenience of the Tampa port ... Read more
spindrift
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
2,511 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I title this "special cruise" because it was a burial cruise for my late husband's ashes. My 2 daughters, one of their husbands, and my two grandsons as well as a couple with whom we traveled were on this cruise. We each had ... Read more

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TahoeSierra
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
277 forum posts
18 helpful votes
I will start by saying that I have never been on a cruise that I did not enjoy. We have taken over 40 cruises with 8 different lines. When I write reviews, I tell em as I sees em. We chose this cruise because it started by going to ... Read more
toomuchsnow
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
A week off the Oosterdam and thought I should finally write my first review/story, since I read a lot of other people's experiences. Firstly, we are a family of three, early fifties with a teenage daughter who will be attending ... Read more
RescueDontBuy
Member Since 2010
1 review
30 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I have been on over 14 cruises and this ship did not disappoint. Are they perfect, no, but for the price we paid for a verandah it was great. Hal adds back the little things other cruise company's have taken away. But really one ... Read more
Eqhntr78
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We took a family cruise on 2/05/16 which consisted of my parents (mid-60's), my sister's family (early 30's with a three year old) and myself and husband (37 & 45). Even my parents said they felt extremely young on this cruise ... Read more
MrChefDave
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This cruise started off pretty normal we have been Holland America cruisers for awhile. We took this cruise just to relax after the Holidays and do nothing but relax. What I would like to in include in this review is my Holland America ... Read more

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angelie1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
So to give you a brief, i've sailed with cunard and celebrity prior so this isn't my first cruise. Now. to say say what was nice?.... The ship is nice, the rooms have lots of storage and that is about it. We stayed in cabin 8080. The ... Read more
mancmons
Member Since 2011
1 review
39 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip on the Volendam, great itinerary and well looked after by a really cheerful and efficient team on board. We really couldn't fault the overall "hotel" experience on board although a bit less ... Read more
dutchopa
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
85 forum posts
24 helpful votes
After booking this cruise almost 12 months ago we were allocated a cabin 10 days prior to its sailing. The booking in Rotterdam was very slow there were not enough personnel booking passengers in and this created long delays. We booked ... Read more
UptwnChgo
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I liked the itinerary. I had visited some of the places on the itinerary, already. But I had never visited Indonesia or Da Nang. I also had been on the Volendam on a previous cruise before. Embarkation: Was fast and efficient. ... Read more
WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The Indonesian ports selected were quite special and side trips offered to important sites:- A. Ports of Call Tanjung Priok (Jakarta): This is the port of Jakarta and it is in North Jakarta. I think this stop was set up for port ... Read more

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skip.brandy
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
245 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It's the first time we haven't driven down to Florida from Ont. Ca. We flew using the services of HAL, on A/C, we had checked out the air fares before we booked the flight, and the fares were cheaper than what was quoted with A/C, by a ... Read more
Weighanchor3
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
After reading some less than favorable reviews I felt compelled to write this review. First off and seriously, this may be THE best vacation Holland America has ever delivered. We cruise quite frequently and exclusively with HAL. HAL is ... Read more
Crafin20
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The food quality and service on our cruise was unacceptable in the regular venues and uneven in speciality restaurants. We tried the Main Dining Room one evening early in the cruise and never returned. The quality of the ingredients was ... Read more
Dodgers671
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
10 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My wife and I are in our mid 40's no kids and have cruise on Princess, NCL, and Royal Caribbean. We both were exited to spend the holiday at sea. I will start with the good then not so much We arrived to the pier at 2 pm anxious to ... Read more
cdaley27@comcast.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
4th cruise with HA and used to love them. Noticed several minor items this time (room not set up, missing furniture, glassware, needed to call for basic items); room service very slow. BIG ITEMS: - Main Dining room service in ... Read more

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Grandpaul
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
10,854 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Recently returned form a 10 day cruise on the Zuiderdam to Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal and Costa Rica. Some of my favorite places to visit. Our first cruise on the Zuiderdam. We had sailed on the Maasdam a couple months before so being ... Read more
Xtchr
Member Since 2007
1 review
107 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation was horrible.. Standing in line for one hour and 15 min. with only 4-5 agents who were being "trained" by another one standing next them. People were having to get out of line and go and find a wheelchair, because ... Read more
Helpful? Thank Xtchr
Culbles
Member Since 2016
1 review
43 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We enjoyed our trip to the southern Caribbean in late December 2015 (Christmas trip) on the Oosterdam. But one bad experience spoiled it for us. My wife booked our cruise a long time in advance of the departure date and booked our ... Read more
sheekar
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Being an avid traveler and having travelled the world, this trip by far was the most absolute worst cruise I have ever taken. For starters I would have expected that Holland America would send one of their nicer, not to mention newer, ... Read more
Travel-lu
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We have just disembarked in Sydney from our 16 night cruise around New Zealand over the 2015 Christmas and new year period. The cruise experience was enjoyable but, having cruised with Holland America in 2010, it just felt that the company ... Read more

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