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tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
148 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
4 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
5 reviews
155 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
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tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
148 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
rockytoo
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
64 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
191 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
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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
kidoctr
Member Since 2003
1 review
257 forum posts
Holland America Line Veendam Canada/New England Cruise 5 July - 13 July 2013 Cast: Me (Eve aka Momma, 43) and Amina (DD, 16) Seth (hubby) and Rhys (son) were taking a Boy Scout Northern Tier canoe expedition for 2 weeks and ... Read more
lifesabeachum
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
17 forum posts
We originally booked direct with HAL for Lower Promenade Ocean View #3334 about 9 months before the cruise - at the holidays last year, the prices dropped and we were credited. Then, after final payment, the B category balcony prices ... Read more
lazydragon71
Member Since 2013
1 review
We arrived at Canada Place at 11:00am, went through security, and checked in with no issues. This took approx. 20 mins. We were hoping to get right on the ship as we have done in the past. We had to wait till about 11:40 before they ... Read more
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visagrunt
Member Since 2006
1 review
472 forum posts
Embarkation was a breeze. With three ships at Canada Place, the line for security was long--but moved very steadily. That served to space out people so that there were no delays for US Customs and Immigration, nor for check-in. Once we ... Read more
Wanderlust 2
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2013
We just returned from a 35 day cruise of the South Pacific and were left with mixed feelings about the overall experience. This was our first cruise on Holland America and we selected it based on its South Pacific itinerary. ... Read more
luvelvis
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
This was a back to back cruise. Mar 8-18 was the Eastern Caribbean and Mar 18-Apr 1 was the Southern Caribbean. We didn't have a drop of rain, the weather was glorious and the ports outstanding! However, this is the first Holland ... Read more
ldphotography
Member Since 2013
1 review
I try to sail on a HAL ship once every 2 years. I normally go to the Mexican Riviera in the winter to use their excellent thermal suite and work out equipment. I consider it my spa week to relax. This was my first time on the Zaandam. ... Read more
cruisetrail
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2,352 forum posts
Sailed February 2013
Embarkation Fort Lauderdale. Terminal 21. Around noon. The easiest ever. It took us a few minutes to complete all formalities and get on the ship. Disembarkation (Port Everglades - not the ship!) Slowest ever. Plan your flight home ... Read more
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QBCruiser
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed February 2013
Stateroom requested Suite G2706 ... Paid $3850 per person march 2012 The same stateroom selling for $2200 per person in December 2012 two months before sailing. Called Holland America office and talked with supervisor who informed me that ... Read more
kimthomason78
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed January 2013
My husband and I have cruised 8 times, three on Holland America. This was our first time on the Zaadam, a smaller ship than we are used to. First of all, I want to share a great tip that I got off of Pinterest. Take a power strip with ... Read more
CentralCoastie
Member Since 2013
1 review
We had a lovely first time cruise with our disabled daughter on the Oosterdam. But like any holiday there were problems that we were unprepared for. The help that we received from most of the staff was exceptional. We managed to get a ... Read more
silverhybrid
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
3 forum posts
This is my husband and mine 5th cruise, 3rd with HAL. We have traveled to Bermuda and Alaska on the Veendam and Westerdam. We enjoy HAL for its classic style and elegance and the wonderful service. We arrived the night before ... Read more
Cayoooga
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
844 forum posts
Sailed November 2012
We are a married couple and have cruised several times before on various cruise lines. We own CCL shares and once the cruise was paid in full, we faxed the required information to HAL and the $250 OBC for a plus 14 day cruise was posted to ... Read more
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