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2,246 Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

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Dean from Kent
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because of the where was going and Holland's history of great service and great dining. This was my 25th cruise, and it rates as number 25. The dining in the main dining room was terrible. The portions were tiny and ... Read more
Sea-travelers
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
186 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Cruising the Panama Canal had always been on my bucket list and a year a go decided to book it with our friends. We chose this ship because it came back all the way to Seattle which is close to home. This was our 20th cruise and the 9th ... Read more
floridaschneid
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it had 2 stos we had not been to before. We always cruise with HAL because we have earned the perks of 4 star status. We always have excellent service. We have good food too. The ship has changed the lido ... Read more
JIminyCrickett
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have been on another Holland America cruise ship that went to Alaska and liked it so much we decided to take the Nieuw Amsterdam through the Panama Canal. It was exciting because this was the maiden voyage for the ship to pass ... Read more
Kreader
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
293 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I chose this cruise because of a low single supplement and it visitied 9 ports on the cruise. Ship had just out of drydock,so had some new carpeting in public areas and some new furniture. However there were some plumbing problems on the ... Read more

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beave30
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Overall, the ship is in okay condition, it definitely is an older ship, but it had new carpet in most of the common areas and fresh paint on many of the decks. The cabin, which was a lanai deck was fine, a standard Holland America Line ... Read more
Milliescot
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
28 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as the dates fitted well onto the end of a holiday in the USA. We have cruised about seven times before but never on Holland America. The Maasdam is an older ship but to us seemed well maintained and we liked the ... Read more
Dodienuts
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose HAL as we has never cruised with them before. We thought we would try a different cruise line as we have only ever cruised with Princess. A big mistake! What a disappointment! The zuiderdam is in the worst condition that we have ... Read more
tobyfive
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise strictly on the itinerary. The boat itself does have some issues. I definitely would not say it's a rust bucket, I thought the interior was wonderful. The balcony was amazing. We had cabins 7001&7003. Both were ... Read more
tuitionowed
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
9 helpful votes
For our background we are in the late 50s/early 60s age category and this is our third HAL cruise with four cruises on another line. We like the peaceful nature of 10 day sailings, the teak wood promenade, and the superior service. ... Read more

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donnabolger
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Embarkation for our panama Sunfarer cruise was very smooth. We arrived at cruise port by 11 and were on the ship by noon. We are an older couple (65 and 71) so we fit right in with the much older crowd than we have been with on other ... Read more
roneileen
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see first hand the progress made on the new canal. Although the excursion to the site of the new locks was all we had hoped for, the cruise itself was a major disappointment. The biggest ... Read more
Zumba dancing queen
Member Since 2012
1 review
20 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This is our third cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam and our 7th on Holland America. We got a balcony spa stateroom on Deck 10, which is our favorite location. We decided not to go to the formal nights, as we wanted total relaxation and that ... Read more
lflores30@wi.rr.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and it was a great experience. Being claustrophobic, I was unsure of my reaction to being out on the water and not able to see land. But, there is so much activity on the ship to distract you from those thoughts. ... Read more
CruiseGal1213
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I can't compare HAL to any other line as it's the only one I've cruised on. However, my Mother was on almost every line available in the US and Europe. After she tried HAL she stayed with them and became a 4 star mariner until her ... Read more

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jjjaunts
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We took a 7 day cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam and found it to be very nice. Food and service were excellent except we did not think Pinnacle Grill was any better than the regular dining room. OUr cabin stewards were excellent and our cabin ... Read more
CruisinHarvey
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
887 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Backgorund- ME 63 and DW 58. This is our seventh cruise in 14 months. Second cruise on the NA in that time period. we were in an aft Neptune suite. Embarkation - no waiting. But the guy directing us wouldn't let us go to the suite ... Read more
BW_VA
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We are 2-star Mariners with a few HAL cruises under our belt, and prior cruises with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This was a 7-day Western Caribbean out of Ft Lauderdale, stopping at Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Key West, ... Read more
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Danbee46
Member Since 2001
11 reviews
365 forum posts
15 helpful votes
This was our 20th cruise but our 1st on HAL. We have sailed on MSC (Yacht Club), RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Carnival. We thought it was about time we tried HAL after some friends said they liked it. At the outset, let me ... Read more
taras333
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. For some reason I had preconceived notions, that it was going to be an old crusty ship with stuffy old passengers. Happily I was WAY off! The ship was beautiful! Modern stylish decor. Food was excellent. ... Read more

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big16foot
Member Since 2011
1 review
67 forum posts
11 helpful votes
---Ship was in excellent condition, older but in better condition than the Ryndam ever was. I love the layout of the Ocean Bar and that there was no windshield on the Observation Deck. I did notice two plumbing issues and 1 of the 8 ... Read more
patsylll
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I chose this cruise as I have been on the Maasdam before and really like this size of ship. It is large enough for good entertainment but small enough to get to know fellow cruisers. I took my 80 year old father with me for his first ... Read more
The 2 Ds
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
51 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as there were 2 islands we had not visited. We have sailed multiple times with Holland and the Carribean. When we arrived at the terminal there was a bit of a line for check in. We completed this step ... Read more
WoodBoss
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
First time on the Maasdam but our 8th trip on HAL. First time on this class ship. We had no problems with our stateroom (a larger ocean view) but did hear from other passengers that some leaking had occurred. I noticed a large fan at the ... Read more
sparkle57912
Member Since 2014
1 review
35 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Up until this cruise I was on Princess and was generally quite pleased with my experience. Having been told many times that Holland was better than Princess, we took the plunge due to the fact that the cruise visited Martinique, and St. ... Read more

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