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Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Although we are much younger than the average person on the ship, we did enjoy it. The ship itself needs to be upgraded i.e. TVs, stateroom furniture, WiFi, Unfortunately, some of the needed work of chipping rust on deck happened ... Read more
InTheWASide
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
4,055 forum posts
38 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
**In the interest of full disclosure this was a "shakedown cruise" that was not open to the general public and some work was still being completed in some areas (installation of some art pieces and so forth). I will not discuss ... Read more
faklemt
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
We did love sailing with Holland America. This last cruise in February 2016 on the Nieuw Amsterdam out of Ft. Lauderdale was an eye opener. Public Hallways, for example outside the Queens Lounge, were in bad need of new carpeting. The ... Read more
BrownEyez66
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have to say it was my first cruise and the ship was beautiful and clean. The room was supposed to be partially obstructed, however it was fully obstructed, unless they count the sky as partially obstructed. The staff was awesome! ... Read more
Mobiscuit
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Headed to the Eastern Caribbean early November. We were late to embark due to flight delays but I think it worked in our favor as there were no lines or wait times to board the ship. We specifically chose HAL as we're a bit contrarian ... Read more

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mothra102
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First time booking with Holland America. Embarkation was a breeze. This is a smaller ship so getting around within the ship was fairly quick and easy. They did a good job of explaining and offering shore excursions for a range of taste. ... Read more
jeffbo1962
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
This was my 3rd sailing on the ms Veendam, the first since her refurbishment and second Mexican Riviera cruise. Embarkation in San Diego is always a pleasant experience as it's close to our home in Arizona and it's a quick trip from ... Read more
goodall
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our experience on the Maasdam was less then positive. My partner and I cruise a lot and this was our first and last time sailing with Holland America. The experience started off on a negative note with lunch at the buffet. Lines were ... Read more
icewoz
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
After sailing on Royal Caribbean and Princess several times, we wanted something different and the Westerdam had the itinerary that we wanted. The ship is nice. Some area's a bit dated but overall acceptable. We had a suite which was ... Read more
gaycruiseguy
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
I have been on a total of 10 cruises in the past 10 years (8 of which were in Europe), four on Celebrity, two each on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, one on Princess, and this one. I was under the mistaken belief that HAL would be on a par ... Read more

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plw_sailor
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have a lovely time sailing with Nieuw Amsterdam. Ship was beautiful, clean and uncluttered. We did experience a few issues. The transfer from the airport to the ship (organized by HAL) was not good. Because of weather and flight delays ... Read more
Crazy For Cats
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
447 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam this year. I had reservations about the ship since the first sailing while not bad didn't stand up to other HAL ships. I am happy to report that the December voyage was much better than ... Read more
visagrunt
Member Since 2006
1 review
424 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation was a breeze. With three ships at Canada Place, the line for security was long--but moved very steadily. That served to space out people so that there were no delays for US Customs and Immigration, nor for check-in. Once we ... Read more
GeoUSA
Member Since 2012
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overview: This was our first cruise with HAL, first time in the southern hemisphere, and first three week vacation. It was a specialty cruise where Atlantis Events chartered the entire ship for a primarily gay cruise starting in ... Read more
Boytjie
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
16,201 forum posts
0 helpful votes
RSVP Vacations started the concept of gay and lesbian cruises in 1985 and the while the passengers are mostly gay men it also includes family and friends of gays and lesbians. This was our eighth RSVP charter cruise; the sixth in the ... Read more

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kinghippy
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2012
This was my second experience sailing, and my partner's first. I want to make clear that we did enjoy ourselves. So it isn't necessarily that it was a horrible experience. But it was definitely less than I expected. First, the good. ... Read more
Kate's Daughter
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Well, we've given it a second try, these HAL cruises booked through Olivia. This is most likely (never say never, eh?) our last cruise with both HAL and Olivia. We purchased this cruise via a charity auction. The cruise had been ... Read more
edu-sense
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
199 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was the second time for us on the Nieuw Amsterdam and our first time in a Superior Suite. We had cabin 6098 which was mid ship, not that we needed to be careful on this cruise, it was like a millpond the whole time. Firstly the ... Read more
robandcurtis
Member Since 2008
1 review
38 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
This is our 13th cruise, but the first for our travelling companions. I don't think we could have asked for a better experience for them on their first outing. The food, service and entertainment was outstanding. Holland America has, in my ... Read more
botango
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
After sailing the Zuiderdam earlier in the year, we just had to try a newer version of the C Class. Liked the ship and artworks altho is was much scaled down compared to previous cruises we have taken with HAL. I thought the atrium ran ... Read more

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wolfatlga
Member Since 2002
5 reviews
176 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We just returned from our Eurodam cruise and wanted to input how much we loved it! A few note worthy items that we especially enjoyed were: 1. The Mariners lunch was the best food on embarkation day. There was some confusion about ... Read more
brutalbrat
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2011
My partner and I were on the RSVP's Grand Mediterranean gay cruise on this ship which did a circle route from Barcelona to Tunis, Palermo, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Marseilles. It was our first cruise and therefore expect some ... Read more
Hal San Diego
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
60 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Oosterdam is still a great modern ship, but it is looking a bit shopworn is both the public areas and the cabins, mostly just minor cosmetic stuff, lots of nicks and dents, missing tiles and tattered furnishings that need to be ... Read more
DCParky
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
192 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I just returned home from the February 13 - 20 sailing of the Nieuw Amsterdam, and I thought I would pass along some of my thoughts on this sailing while they were still fresh in my head. First, this sailing was an RSVP charter of ... Read more
PJSass
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We arrived at Port Everglades for boarding at about 11AM. It was the smoothest embarcation ever. In less than 15 minutes we were on the ship and shocked when shortly later it was announced that all cabins were now ready! We were slighly ... Read more

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