Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

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Lovecruisestoo
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
21 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My husband and I (early 60s) have been on about 28 cruises. We love HAL and wanted to go on their newest ship ... Koningsdam. Contrary to some of the negative reviews, the ship was wonderful. Now we know people are complaining about ... Read more
gatodoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
This was my 25th cruise and first on HAL. I knew the crowd would be mature, but they were very mature. At 65 I felt like a youngster. The onboard offerings were very limited and seating for the better ones was totally inadequate. Good ... Read more
Delmerboy
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
48 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation and Cabin: We boarded the Koningsdam on February 12, 2017. We were in our stateroom 5079 (inside cabin) in less than one hour. Walking onboard you realised just how new the ship is and how well laid out it is. First ... Read more
crusader
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
269 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
Our experience on the Koningsdam was so pleasant. There was hardly anything we did not like. Our cabin, though inside, was well designed and with lots of storage space. We choose Anytime Dining. Arriving at 6 each evening we did not have ... Read more
observer2013
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
107 forum posts
2 helpful votes
After spending 48 days on the Ms. Amsterdam last fall, plus reading comments about Koningsdam on Cruise Critic, I was anxious to assess the new Ms. Koningsdam. THE GOOD. The Koningsdam is a beautiful ship and is a wonderful ... Read more
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chynna 2012
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
We have had 10 cruises before and never on HAL, so curious to try. we had our 32 year old daughter with us, and it was her first. The ship is beautiful, our balcony cabin was nice, appreciated the full size shower, had no issue with the ... Read more
laura bertolo
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Ship and room: The ship was very nicely decorated and designed. Our biggest issue was the design of the bathroom toilet. But according to other guests we are not the only people to complain about this. My husband couldn't sit on the toilet ... Read more
njsj5992
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We were in a large group. We had the worst tables in the dining room which was crowded, loud and in 2 main "traffic" walkways. The food was very disappointing. Are they trying to make it too fancy? More than once, what was ... Read more
rmpdx78
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
I want to start this review by saying that Holland American Line (HAL) is not for everyone. They tend to cater to an older (retired) crowd. My wife and I are both in our mid-30's and this was our second outing on HAL. We love HAL! It ... Read more
christojo58
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
19 forum posts
4 helpful votes
THE CRUISE LINE - Holland America We've been on five cruises, and all of them on Holland America - so, we can't compare to other lines. Our experience has been consistent. It is classy, but no where near stuffy. The staff are friendly ... Read more
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Wilton Manors Traveler
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Just finished a week on the new Koningsdam. I really was hoping for a fantastic time on the new ship since it was new, but was left very disappointed with this ship. Embarkation took over an hour to board, the longest ever for any cruise ... Read more
Zumba dancing queen
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
25 forum posts
We have been on 10 HA cruises, 20 in all, and this one was perfect! We wanted to try the new ship to see the difference. Our suite was quiet and nicely appointed with marble table tops, designer molding and a slate floor in the bath. ... Read more
daisy-mae
Member Since 2005
1 review
488 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary; it was our first experience with Holland America, and we were pleasantly surprised. In our opinion, the Niew Amsterdam is just the right size, free of all the gimmicks that have become almost ... Read more
CherryG
Member Since 2013
1 review
48 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 3rd Holland American cruise, the second on this ship. We upgraded to a Signature Suite (room 6063), and loved it. We'd had a Neptune Suite once before, and felt this was more than enough room for two. A big plus was the ... Read more
pmad14
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
We have never been on a Holland America cruise even though this was our 20th cruise. We chose this ship for its beautiful decor and the fact that it has a fabulous music venue. They have the Lincoln Stage Center with beautiful Symphony ... Read more
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dynamitespring
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Overall, the experience on the ship was great! The location that it came from and the ports that it visited is why we did this cruise. The disembarking wasn't organized enough as we ended up waiting in line as we expediated early but ... Read more
bubbymar
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My husband and I are vegetarians and have had problems on other cruise lines getting a variety of food. Not on the Koningsdam! In addition to having vegetarian choices on the regular menu, we were given a separate vegetarian menu the ... Read more
Marycook
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Friends liked the itenary and chose the 21day package as they were interested in the ports, we joined them for the last 10 days. Cabin and cabin staff good. Ship and washrooms clean. Loved it when the captain announced a whale sighting. ... Read more
DonaldS845
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We have always had good experiences on Holland America and were concerned when we read the many negative reviews of the Koningsdam on Cruise Critic. Our cruise was wonderful and we only agreed with the critics on a few factors. We ... Read more
Captain Camera
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
9 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailing date January 29, 2017 from Fort Lauderdale : 7 Day Eastern Caribbean This is our fourth cruise with Holland America in just under twelve months, we have been on the Veendam, Volendam, Noordam and now the new Koningsdam. As ... Read more
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serial_traveler
Member Since 2005
1 review
123 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough ... Read more
carefree@sea
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
104 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was our 8 cruise, second on HAL.. We have been on most of the mainstream cruise line, but did notice that Holland America (Eurodam) is a step or two above the mainstream cruise line. Well done! We are in our mid 50's and were ... Read more
txernurse
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal destination. Although the Zuiderdam is an older dated ship, it still provided that smaller mid-size ship that we love. We prefer to cruise on HAL due to the "older" crowd and less loud ... Read more
Tristansnana
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
On the whole the experience was good, but the low points more involving disruption from extensive cleaning, were very disappointing indeed. The food and service in the Dining room was great, all food very professionally produced to a ... Read more
pacerh
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our forth Holland America cruise and we picked the Zuiderdam because of going through the Panama Canal. The stop at the port in Columbia was another reason as was the BB King band that we had heard on another cruise. Going ... Read more
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