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A memorable Masdam experience
Member Since 2016
1 review
We liked the itinerary, the time of year and the size of the ship. The trip was perfect. There were plenty of sea days to enjoy the daily activities, interesting ports of call and thankfully perfect weather. The onl;y disappointment ... Read more
circum95
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
10 helpful votes
Our third cruise, but the first with Holland America Line. Boarding as the usual stressful super heated mayhem. I wish cruise lines could learn something from Middle Eastern air carriers such as Emirates in that respect. The ship was clean ... Read more
beth singer
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband and I chose this cruise because it fit into our timetable and allowed a visit to Vancouver. I sailed with HAL several years ago on an older ship and did not have a good experience but since it fit we decided to give it another ... Read more
mrtnpwll
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Arrived in Vancouver a day and a half early to see some of the city sights.Took a cab to the cruise terminal and yes...they take American money. The driver took us all the way up to the entrance to Holland America section of the terminal. ... Read more
dahling8
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
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CLTE
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
One of the main motivations for choosing this cruise ship is its new family rooms that allows for 5 guests in a room. This is handy for a family but also cost effective, as it is only the first 2 guests that pay full rate and all ... Read more
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karenbink@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for its ports of call. And we were very pleased with ALL of the ports. It was a great sized ship as we were able to dock at ALL of the ports, no tenders--Yipee. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely ... Read more
Chuck Dammeir
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we could sail out of Amsterdam during a trip to visit our son who lives there. We also chose this cruise so we could experience Holland's newest ship, the Koningsdam. The ship certainly did not disappoint ... Read more
twakamaina
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
The food at the deck 9 buffet. 1. 10 stars for salads, fruits, breakfast 2. 2 stars for Asian food, being Asian I feel they missed the mark on Thai, Chinese (Lunar New Year 2/8/16 ) Japanese. I didn't see any Indian. Filipino food I ... Read more
WSP104
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We took this 32 day cruise not knowing for sure if it might be too long. As it turned out it was terrific. The ship, The Amsterdam, had been refurbished at the beginning of the year and was neat and clean and simple to learn. It helped ... Read more
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kahrah01
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
At our friends' urging for us to try cruising, and not wanting a daily docking, we went all out with this 25 day, 10 port cruise. It took two days to get the gist of the routine, but by day three, we were hooked. HAL definitely met our ... Read more
Sandipalms
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,557 forum post
2 helpful votes
First Holkand cruise and first cruise of the season. Embarkation was a nightmare!!! No one would acknowledge our "Priority" boarding. Once we got up to get cruise cards we were escorted onto the ship as we upgraded a few days ... Read more
509ers
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
47 forum posts
About Us: We are an active married couple ages 55 & 63 at the time of the cruise. This cruise marks our 3 Holland America cruise and my 15th cruise overall. Our 9th cruise together in the past 10 years. I just added it up and I have ... Read more
tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
102 forum posts
The Ship: The ship is wonderful. The retrofit changed a few things, so i recommend you also try the Maasdam to get a feel for the smaller ships. The Atrium is wonderful and still all the decks and spaces are so wondrful. The artwork is ... Read more
Au48
Member Since 2000
5 reviews
386 forum posts
12-night Mediterranean Empires cruise  May 2, 2014 – May 14, 2014 Depart: Venice, Italy (round-trip) Cabin / Suite: 7031 (category PS) Itinerary: Venice, Italy; at sea; Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; ... Read more
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seetheworldtraveller
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
We boarded HAL Veendam in Ft Lauderdale in one of the smoothest and quickest embarkations we have experienced on ships of 1350 passengers and more. The baggage was delivered to our cabin promptly. We left for dinner, where service was ... Read more
madmunky1
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Prior to this cruise I would have never thought twice about sailing with HAL, mainly due to hearing that most of the passengers were beyond elderly and that there isn't much entertainment for younger people. My girlfriend and I are young ... Read more
iltutcruiser
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
148 forum posts
I just returned from 7 days aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam. Embarkation from Ft Lauderdale was a breeze. The Holland America crew really know how to keep a line moving. Our 1st port was Grand Turk. Had a pleasurable visit to Jacks Shack on the ... Read more
tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
102 forum posts
pre cruise stay: we stayed at the Lago Mar, which was the best pre cruise stay ever. true old fort lauderdale charm, great pool and public spaces, wonderful room right on the beach. you could walk to the end tof the beach to see the ships ... Read more
Slow traveller
Member Since 2013
1 review
Pros: cabins, food and crews were great, loved being at sea. Experienced ships officers inspired confidence in ship handling. Plenty of things to do to keep busy. Entertainment was generally adequate. Enjoyed meeting fellow passengers. ... Read more
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rockytoo
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
61 forum posts
We have about a dozen cruises...eight of which have been on Holland America...three of which have been 30-day cruises. We are inveterate researchers and try to get the most out of each port opportunity. We had not previously been through ... Read more
benatty
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
185 forum posts
Sailed October 2013
We cruised on the Nieuw Amsterdam from October 6 - 13th in the Western Mediterranean. We visited Palermo, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Toulon. The week was fantastic. The staff on board the ship were wonderful. We loved the ports. ... Read more
Davelen
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
27 forum posts
Sailed August 2013
We are three couples travelling together aged 50-60.  We are active, energetic, friendly and love to dance. Well if you too are like that - don't go on Holland America. At least not on the Eurodam to the Baltic. Apart from computer ... Read more
cortnycox@aol.com
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2013
The entertainment was very lame and few passengers even bothered going to the shows. The casino hours were restricted and had a surprise closing as we did not get into international waters as planned. In the casino even when playing $5 a ... Read more
Sunshine6933
Member Since 2013
1 review
I dealt with Holland America directly to book the cruise and prepaid 2 dinners for my family of 6, a $25.00 soda card, $250.00 Spa access and I also requested Wheelchair service for my mother. After 10 trips to the front desk in the first ... Read more
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