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2,190 Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

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ris_scot
Member Since 2012
1 review
39 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We choose this cruise as the dates suited us and we enjoy the long sea days. We were not disappointed. The changes made to the ship since last year were in the main an improvement. The layout of the Gallery Bar and the Casino worked so ... Read more
FLREALTOR
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
22 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
It was refreshing to see so many children on a HAL cruise. Usually the youngsters are in their sixties, but this cruise had over 400 kids. Biggest complaint was embarkation. The wait was awful, and then we discovered that it was due ... Read more
0106
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
69 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I am a teacher so I am used to the crowds, the children and the craziness when traveling at Spring Break. My husband and I selected this cruise because of the ease of getting from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the port and because ... Read more
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heartgifts
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had never been on a Holland ship and went as a recommendation of good friends, who were also with us. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze and we chose to take our own luggage off. Our trip included a free drink package, meal at the ... Read more
BigSioux
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was the third cruise for both my wife and me. All three have been on Holland America ships. Embarkation: The process went smoothly as expected. We had one hiccup somewhat of our own doing where our two children, 9 and 11, both ... Read more

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cobalt206
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
88 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I and another couple just returned from a very relaxing cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night for a 3 night pre cruise and had a very nice stay at the Hilton Marina. Embarkation was ... Read more
gasman1973
Member Since 2001
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
This was my 21st cruise but my first with holland America. The Nieuw Amsterdam ship is rated 5stars and it deserves this rating. The best food of any cruise. The specialty restaurants, all of which we went to, were fabulous. The buffet is ... Read more
MargaretNC
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this transatlantic repositioning cruise for its value. We don't mind being at sea for 8 days before landing at a port. This cruise stopped in Funchal, Portugal; Malaga, Spain; and Cartegna, Spain and finally terminated in ... Read more
jakob71
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are a married couple, who has sailed on many Transatlantic cruises previously, but this was our first cruise with HAL. Pre-cruise: We stayed the night before at Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Airport South. A good hotel with ... Read more
TakesNotes
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Many of us were surprised to find that this was a big band cruise with the "Harry James Orchestra" playing nightly. Those who like big bands were in their glory with the 12 instrumental musicians, a bandleader and a female ... Read more

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howndder
Member Since 2005
1 review
774 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I am writing this review to let others know what actually happened to "me" alone, on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing of Holland America's "Oosterdam". I took Holland America this time, (my 23rd Tans-Atlantic) because my ... Read more
nycwebdude
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
15 forum posts
8 helpful votes
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: My cruising history - this was my 16th cruise (1-Carnival/1-Celebrity/3-Norwegian/11-Royal Caribbean). I decided to try HAL because I was looking for a little "step up" from RCL for things like ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on board, the older cruisers ... Read more
NovaCruise888
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We flew in to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived around 9:30 AM on Sunday (the day of embarkation). After picking up our luggage, it was only 10 AM. We decided to wait in the airport for another 30 minutes, ... Read more
californiacruiseluvrs
Member Since 2006
9 reviews
129 forum posts
54 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I’m dumbfounded and not sure where to start my review of this “dam” ship - Eurodam. As a disclaimer, remember – this review is only my opinion and commentary. As a qualifier, I am well cruised and love all the ... Read more

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1salty dog
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We liked the itinerary, 10 days in the southern Caribbean after a long winter. Have been on many cruises, but this was the first and last for Holland America. On the first day out we had a strong oil based paint smell in the room ... Read more
2cruiseSue
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have been on 15 previous cruises and this one was far and away the worst. We stayed at the 17th Street Embassy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale the night before embarkation and taxied to Port Everglades for a very smooth process of boarding ... Read more
Sofiebhb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had a blast on this cruise with all of the staff. By far the staff made the trip!!! I have traveled the world and our room stewards were the best ever!!! I enjoyed seeing their smiling faces everyday. The ship on the other hand ... Read more
M's Girl
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We sailed the Eurodam for a Collector's cruise 3/13 to 3/27/16, and it was truly Paradise for us. This was our first HAL cruise, and we enjoyed ourselves so much, that we are going on another 14-day Southern Caribbean on the Oosterdam ... Read more
spindrift
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
2,494 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
I title this "special cruise" because it was a burial cruise for my late husband's ashes. My 2 daughters, one of their husbands, and my two grandsons as well as a couple with whom we traveled were on this cruise. We each had ... Read more

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rwily
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay (Bahamas); Rio Ochos Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Key West, FL. The ship had been in dry dock for two weeks in December and looked great. It was an older crowd generally (like us) but there ... Read more
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Inner Lizard
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
I wear an activity tracker and I don't take it off for vacations. Many of the HAL ships provide what I like to have in a cruise vacation, especially when I'm using an inside cabin, and that's the ability to walk decks in sunlight ... Read more
TahoeSierra
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
271 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I will start by saying that I have never been on a cruise that I did not enjoy. We have taken over 40 cruises with 8 different lines. When I write reviews, I tell em as I sees em. We chose this cruise because it started by going to ... Read more
toomuchsnow
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
A week off the Oosterdam and thought I should finally write my first review/story, since I read a lot of other people's experiences. Firstly, we are a family of three, early fifties with a teenage daughter who will be attending ... Read more
Buffett123
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
17 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First was not going to write a review since ship is doing a transatlantic and then dry dock but after looking over some of the last reviews I thought they were unfair and totally misleading. This was our 9 cruise on five different lines ... Read more

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