Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

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Mermaid rock
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
33 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as we did a previous Holland America cruise on Niew Amsterdam last March. Although we have never in 9 cruises had a bad one, there was so much about this line we loved! Some of these are amazing service, food , and ... Read more
jyaxley
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Truthfully I chose this cruise as it was the best deal, I will say the activities on board are geared more towards older clients, but we went off ship on each port and at sea days just laid by pool and relaxed. The entertainment wasn't ... Read more
morgankwyatt
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The food safety and health practices makes this the healthiest ship on the sea, which is good to know. Service, entertainment, and food was excellent. They had a variety from comedians to classical music. The stops were good too. ... Read more
bravey
Member Since 2013
1 review
7 forum posts
My wife and I are experience cruisers and it was my first experience with Holland America.The ship was new and looked very nice. The best feature of the ship was the music walk especially the BB Kings Blues Club. The band was excellent in ... Read more
oreoUM
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2 forum posts
I recently had the opportunity to take some time for a vacation during the holidays and decided on a 9-day cruise on the newest ship in the Holland America Line fleet, the m.s. Koningsdam. The sailing departed in December of 2016 from ... Read more
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dagtoking1
Member Since 2006
11 reviews
402 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This cruise was a family cruise so we had several cabins. All of us are cruise enthusiasts who have cruised numerous times; my parents chose this ship, the Konigsdam because it was a new ship and they have sailed on Holland America often. ... Read more
TXCruiser10
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
27 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I are 3-star Mariners and have been looking forward to sailing the Koningsdam. I EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth and we ended up waiting for a short while. DINING: We ate at several places, Lido Buffet, Main ... Read more
stoxdude
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Thought a new ship would make for a great cruise. Not with HAL. Poorly managed ship. Awful cruise director. No theater show first night. No introduction of the ship's officers. Fewer activities than most ships. No pool supervision. Kids ... Read more
kansaskid
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
49 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was our 5th HA cruise. We've been on the Niuew Amsterdam, Eurodam, and Volendam in the past. We've also cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We're a younger family (by HA standards), around 40 with two young kiddos. ... Read more
FrankNJ
Member Since 2002
4 reviews
507 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
New ship , everything works . Shiny and clean . Beautiful décor . Excellent service in the dining rooms and excellent food . Previously our favorite HAL ship has been Noordam and this crew was just as good . Our Vista suite A ... Read more
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oliver1821
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
103 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The ship was excellent in all respects, the cabins were nice with loads of storage space. Cabin stewards were very good. The food in the main dining room was excellent with lots to choose from. Ate in the Pinnacal, Tamarind and ... Read more
skoval3
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Some context: My parents and I were introduced to Holland America Line (and cruising itself) about 8 years ago and we instantly fell in love with their luxurious and incredible level of service, hospitality, and cuisine. Our maiden voyage ... Read more
jpatrick1
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
I am amazed at all of the petty complaints that I have read here and overheard on the ship. One guest referred to the food as "hospital food" another complained about the taste of the ice. There were other complaints too ... Read more
rodash
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I had canceled a mid-December booking for the Koningsdam when I learned that the new ship did not have deck chairs on the Promenade Deck. Therefore I was very happy when I received an email from HAL with a last-minute deal on the Zuiderdam ... Read more
adventurenerd
Member Since 2011
1 review
165 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation was smooth and check in friendly, the ship is very nice and we loved the "Crows Nest" which was a library, bar, and Cafe area at the front of the ship above the bridge. We also liked the movie theater with comfortable ... Read more
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FNSIII
Member Since 2009
1 review
72 forum posts
Embarkation took 15 minutes from the time we arrived till we were in our suite. Amazing! The cruise was great. Now..don't think that because they have a "Officers Reception" in the Neptune Lounge that any Officers will show ... Read more
PBACRUISER
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Cruise Background - Cruised with family (wife + 3 children) 10+ times on Royal Caribbean. This cruise was sort of an "empty nester" cruise for my wife and I. We felt it was time to start transitioning away from RCCL, and look for ... Read more
Glassespro
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
223 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Positives first. We went on this cruise for sort of a family event. Father-in-law, my Wife and I, and her Sister and Brother-in-law. All in all we had a great time. The really positive aspects were the service and the entertainment. ... Read more
tigger-ttfn
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,032 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
I was very disappointed in this cruise. Been on Holland once before and was very happy. A friend recommended this cruise ship so I was looking forward to it. The service was below standard. Been on over 35 cruises and never been so ignord ... Read more
TechSurfer
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was my first ever cruise. We are 46 and 51, childless; we chose Holland America based on the upscale and less child/hedonistic-20s profile. Again, as our first cruise, realize you, dear reader, may know a lot from experience that we ... Read more
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JaneRichard
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
For the most part, we loved the Rotterdam. Its size and amenities were perfect for this traveling couple. The staff was very warm and welcoming. Our embarkation went smoothly. However, the lifeboat drill is always problematic for us on ... Read more
Gigi1977
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
82 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
December 2016 - Eastern Caribbean - 10 Days We chose this cruised because of the itinerary. And we're a little worried about the size of the ship as we have only sailed on Vista ships and larger. We LOVED Ms Rotterdam - the size, the ... Read more
ridealot58
Member Since 2014
1 review
32 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I choose Holland for the second time it was both priced great and for 10 days the price was awesome.i have only cruised on rccl and holland.i like rccl for their ships food and service.what I don't like that as a single I get creamed on ... Read more
alaud
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
78 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we really enjoy crusing on Holland. The ports were very good and the dates were perfect. Overall, it was a fine cruise. Pros- Show room entertainment was top notch every single night. The menus in the dining ... Read more
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oliver8
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We definitely liked the small size (ca. 1300 passengers) of the Rotterdam. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Lifeboat drill was somewhat disorganized. It felt as if many of the crew members were not very experienced. Ship ... Read more
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