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885 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews

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TravelOften!
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
The "Beautiful and Elegant Westerdam" is average at best. It's a great budget friendly cruise to Alaska but as far at the "cruise" experience... MEH has been a great description used by other travelers. My friend ... Read more
njfeller
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was our second cruise, with the first being with Norwegian. The disembarkation process was excellent. We were assigned a color and number (Pink 3) based on our desired disembarkation time (we chose 9-9.30). We could not hear the ... Read more
betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
22 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was my fourth cruise to Bermuda, second on Holland America. I had cruised twice before on Norwegian. GETTING THERE: My parents live near Boston and I spent Friday night with them. My husband drove us into the Black Falcon ... Read more
CarolynL58
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Our travel agent booked this for us. It was part of an 18 day Cosmos Tour. As first time cruisers we did not know what to expect but we were not at all disappointed. Embarcation at Canada Place, Vancouver took forever, which surely can ... Read more
janice.mccullough@live.ca
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
This was a mother/daughter cruise. My daughter is 19. As first time cruisers, the choices were overwhelming, but this cruise line seemed to have a lot of options for a reasonable price. A big draw for us was the Art Gallery, Cooking ... Read more

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Michael1954
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I will preface by saying this was our 7th cruise overall and 3rd to Alaska, but our first with Holland America. Let's start with what was good. Embarkation was fairly easy and our staterooms were accessible as soon as we boarded. Our ... Read more
bridal1
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
My first on Holland America and I've done 9 on Princess and I'm still partial to Princess. Nothing at all wrong with Holland America. I just think Princess is the better of the two. I don't know that I could pinpoint any one thing, but ... Read more
ccfandango
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 helpful votes
Great way to show elderly parents some of Europes highlights in comfort and without the hassles of overland transport and accommodation and introduce them to cruising, Cruise itself was great, ports visited from Barcelona to Venice gave a ... Read more
EB71
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
I’m happy to say, what a difference this was with my first cruise. I really thought if this will be so bad as my first cruise, this will be my last but thankfully everything was super. I'm even now already looking for the next one ... Read more
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FieryGoddess
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Having never before tried Holland America, but, knowing they were rated 5*, we took advantage of the spring break, hoping for lovely time, good food and good weather. Sadly, these expectations were not met (apart from the weather). ... Read more

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CruiseGal1213
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I can't compare HAL to any other line as it's the only one I've cruised on. However, my Mother was on almost every line available in the US and Europe. After she tried HAL she stayed with them and became a 4 star mariner until her ... Read more
CruisinHarvey
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
967 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Backgorund- ME 63 and DW 58. This is our seventh cruise in 14 months. Second cruise on the NA in that time period. we were in an aft Neptune suite. Embarkation - no waiting. But the guy directing us wouldn't let us go to the suite ... Read more
Mr. Pierce
Member Since 2016
1 review
31 helpful votes
We have cruised with Holland America Line on 14 of their cruises on various vessels. This was our first experience on the ms Volendam. First of all, the employees on the ms Volendam, like nearly all of their sister vessels' employees, ... Read more
patsylll
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I chose this cruise as I have been on the Maasdam before and really like this size of ship. It is large enough for good entertainment but small enough to get to know fellow cruisers. I took my 80 year old father with me for his first ... Read more
sharonskye
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Embarkation was a breeze! Arrived at the port at 11am, got checked in and was on the ship by 12pm. Our rooms were ready so we were able to drop off our carry on bags before hitting the Lido deck for lunch. Luggage showed up late afternoon ... Read more

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ris_scot
Member Since 2012
1 review
40 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We choose this cruise as the dates suited us and we enjoy the long sea days. We were not disappointed. The changes made to the ship since last year were in the main an improvement. The layout of the Gallery Bar and the Casino worked so ... Read more
BigSioux
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was the third cruise for both my wife and me. All three have been on Holland America ships. Embarkation: The process went smoothly as expected. We had one hiccup somewhat of our own doing where our two children, 9 and 11, both ... Read more
gasman1973
Member Since 2001
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
This was my 21st cruise but my first with holland America. The Nieuw Amsterdam ship is rated 5stars and it deserves this rating. The best food of any cruise. The specialty restaurants, all of which we went to, were fabulous. The buffet is ... Read more
hipexec
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Neptune suite was great and he Neptune Lounge is fantastic. No waiting in line at the front desk and terrific concierge help at the Neptune suite. First three/fourths of the trip was great. But at Napier, New Zealand, we broke down. A ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on board, the older cruisers ... Read more

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luvschessnut
Member Since 2015
1 review
49 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I are frequent cruisers, retired, but this time we traveled with our son, daughter in law, and two young grandchildren (7 and 5). All in all,this was a great trip. The ship was clean, but in need of refurbishing. Our inside ... Read more
NovaCruise888
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 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
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

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