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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
visagrunt
Member Since 2006
1 review
449 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
1 review
5 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
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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
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
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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
slabeaume
Member Since 2004
9 reviews
834 forum posts
1 helpful vote
But we persisted and gave it another try. This time we did our longest cruise yet---11 nights and had almost perfect weather the whole time! Cruise day finally came ( Monday, Nov. 5th, 2012). I chose this cruise mainly because it ... Read more
HamburgAvonLady
Member Since 2008
1 review
1,363 forum post
After having to postpone this wonderful itinerary for almost 3 years due to health issues, we finally boarded the beautiful Westerdam on Oct. 4 for our 30 day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Stayed at the Best Western Yacht ... Read more
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ACA Jester
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
32 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation- Boarding was quick and simple. We arrived at 1:20pm and were in our cabin by 1:50pm. Our cabin steward introduced himself shortly after arrival. The lifeboat drill at 4pm required everyone to stand together besides their ... Read more
Naomi2
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
511 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our cruise was back to back so 28 days on the Elegant Explorer with only 6 sea days. Thus it was an adventure, not a sit and relax vacation. The weather was cool and sunny with temperatures in the low to upper 60's. I did not need the ... Read more
crewsgirl
Member Since 2006
1 review
235 forum posts
Sailed June 2012
We are a professional, active young 50ish couple and wanted to enjoy Canada and visit several cities without repacking every day, and this cruise itinerary filled the bill nicely beginning in Montreal and ending in Boston. We stayed 2 ... Read more
TwoTimer81
Member Since 2012
1 review
71 forum posts
To be fair, the only reason we shipped on Holland was because we needed the extra day in Bermuda for wedding planning and it docked closest to our hotel in downtown Hamilton. No other cruise line offered 4 days in Bermuda. Bermuda was ... Read more
CRUZENTHUSE
Member Since 2011
1 review
81 forum posts
Sailed May 2012
We got to the pier at 10:30 AM and waited for embarkation to begin. There was little help in the terminal to direct cruisers as to where to check in. Two ships were leaving at the same time and we actually were sitting in the wrong area. ... Read more
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Pdxmuscle
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 helpful votes
Embarkation was delayed several hours by the need to scrub the ship for norovirus problems. As a result lunch was for a very limited time. The ships condition varied greatly from one area to the next. For example, the shopping area ... Read more
Miata6
Member Since 2005
1 review
220 forum posts
OUR TRIP ON THE OOSTERDAM TO HAWAII Before deciding on the Oosterdam, San Diego to Hawaii cruise, we looked at various tours of the islands but they all required that we fly to Honolulu and back. I hate flying today. And really, what's ... Read more
lisac1962
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2012
Just returned from our second cruise on the Neiuw Amsterdam. We love this ship. We cruised from Barcelona to Venice in 2010 on the NA so it felt like home to us. The best part of a HAL cruise experience is the food and the service. The ... Read more
lisac1962
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
Sailed March 2012
Just returned from our second cruise on the Neiuw Amsterdam. We love this ship. We cruised from Barcelona to Venice in 2010 on the NA so it felt like home to us. The best part of a HAL cruise experience is the food and the service. The ... Read more
509ers
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
47 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I have written several reviews for CC and I always begin by saying: "There is no such thing as a BAD CRUISE" ..... unless of course you were on the Titanic (or other recent fiascos at sea) The more we cruise, the more we learn about ... Read more
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