Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

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2,643 Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews
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Kelly97229
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been on most of the other Holland America ships - and that, until this cruise, Holland America has been my favorite cruise line. It was an extremely disappointing cruise. The quality of ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
22 reviews
1,758 forum post
14 helpful votes
Veendam cruise 4-21-17 15 nights FLL – Montreal. Long and detailed. Skip to the conclusion if you only want the summary. Getting to Florida to day before the cruise proved to be full of adventure. Our Southwest flight left the ... Read more
vickikomer
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
Sailed April 2017
We took the Zuiderdam transatlantic, and chose it because we had taken the same ship to the Panama Canal in 2012 and had a very good time. There wasn't a problem with embarkation or disembarkation. We opted for a suite, and we enjoyed ... Read more
OceanTraveller4ever
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
332 forum posts
Second trans-atlantic on the Zdam, and it was great again. The ship is in good shape, and the service is full, efficient, and happily delivered. SY cabin was fine, except for the old small flat screen TV. Those are cheap, with crappy ... Read more
sailorgirl
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
650 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
A TransAtlantic offers us a lengthy cruise at a reasonable fare with lots of sea days to relax and/or take advantage of the amenities and activities of the ship. We've done several before and always had a good experience. Holland America ... Read more
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mully31
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
Great ports on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing and an amazing staff at Holland America's Zuiderdam made the cruise memorable. Although the cabin was old and dated, with a tv screen that was barely readable, the crew and the planned activities ... Read more
Workinless
Member Since 2014
10 reviews
93 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are seniors and this cruise was tailored for us The ship is a bit old, but is laid out well . I walk a lot and like the full promenade deck. Cabin (7028) has a very good design. Liked the curtain between the bed and bath as ... Read more
kevingastreich
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
565 forum posts
9 helpful votes
First, let me just say, Nieuw Amsterdam is our favorite ship now. We’ve sailed Eurodam, Oosterdam and Noordam. All great ships but this one is awesome! The artwork and décor is very nice. The ship is in fantastic shape and ... Read more
Tadeusz
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
To be clear, there was much to like and enjoy on this cruise through the Panama Canal. To start, the food in the Pinnacle Grill and main dining room was excellent and the staff throughout the ship was super-friendly and helpful. However, ... Read more
marilynfs
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Very disappointed with Holland America. They were recommended to us, but were woefully lacking. No zumba/keep fit/water aerobics/dance classes/dancing, and if you wanted to do a yoga class it was charged for. They put on 4 of the ... Read more
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pmcs86
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation was OK, just took longer than we expected. (Disembarkation was quite smooth.) On the first day we explored the ship, which is beautiful although not really to my taste (I prefer simpler design). We found a lot of lovely ... Read more
Kala89
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
49 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Despite all the negative reviews for Koningsdam on this forum, we enjoyed our 28 days on board as much as any of our previous HAL cruises. We were on board for the trans-Atlantic followed by the Mediterranean ports. The ship is nice and ... Read more
Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
83 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We took this transatlantic cruise back to Rome having sailed across in the other direction last October. The food was excellent as usual. Still one of the best buffets at sea (but still a little too much salt at times). The crew is the ... Read more
hellotravel13
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We always like to travel to Europe in the Spring and selected this ship because we had heard good reviews and it is the newest Holland American ship. The ship met our expectations. We loved the dining options, especially the Pinacle,the ... Read more
MagTravel
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
29 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Shiny new ship with some standard HAL features but definitely targeting a new demographic. Cabins are slightly smaller and bathroom design is terrible. The shower is nice but small with no safety grab bars. The commode is placed ... Read more
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Sfruhman
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
I have sailed with Holland America for more than 20 years because I love to dance (you know real dancing that has actual steps). Prior to their "change in direction" (which I wasn't aware of) every DAM ship had a nice three-piece ... Read more
Takes Notes
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
19 forum posts
18 helpful votes
As a long time Holland America fan, I read many the comments, both positive and negative about the ship prior to my repositioning sailing. I booked a single "OO" cabin, but was upgraded to a Spa Outside (CQ) cabin. It may ... Read more
Muffinmom5221
Member Since 2012
1 review
7 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Wanted a quiet peaceful TA. People onboard were mostly seasoned travelers, as with most trans Atlantics. Food and service were above expectations. The new culinary arts center is great. I highly recommend you dine there. Activities ... Read more
NSAHO79
Member Since 2007
19 reviews
86 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We have never cruised on Holland America before so I thought I would give them a try. We have been on NCL, Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and MSC over the last ten years. We left Halifax on April 1 for a direct flight ... Read more
fi1966
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We like the sea days. no contact with the outside world. The selection of activities on board was very good from computer classes to cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Centre. The food on board was also very good. I liked the ... Read more
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lkrivo
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
61 forum posts
5 helpful votes
New ship - good price. Never travelled on hal before. Disappointment vs celebity/royal caribbean. Spaces on ship do not function well. Smoke from gamblers in casino invades shops. Entertainment very poor. Shows movies on big screen in spa ... Read more
Muidenaar
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our first transatlantic cruise and we chose the Koningsdam for two reasons: we were on her inaugural cruise last year, and she is the right size for such a journey. We like HAL because the ships are simple and elegant, never ... Read more
macmax
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
1,208 forum post
14 helpful votes
This was our 32nd cruise but only our 3rd with HAL. It was a last minute booking and we took advantage of a FLASH rate. We chose a gty veranda and were pleasantly surprised to be assigned a mid-aft located cabin #5130. The cabin & ... Read more
lehfrisbee
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
23 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My daughter and I chose this cruise simply because some friends from Boston chose it. We lost my wife in November and wanted to do a father-daughter cruise to celebrate life. The Neiuw Amsterdam is just the right sized ship for us. It ... Read more
rebeccajo68
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
248 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I wanted to visit St. Thomas/St. John because I had not been there before. My friend and I were also celebrating my birthday. She had not cruised with Holland before and had a very bad experience on her previous cruise which was ... Read more
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