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circum95
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
10 helpful votes
Our third cruise, but the first with Holland America Line. Boarding as the usual stressful super heated mayhem. I wish cruise lines could learn something from Middle Eastern air carriers such as Emirates in that respect. The ship was clean ... Read more
usnpya
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We choose this cruise because of the destination. Island, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. The boat starts to be a little bite old (old fashioned decor) but everything on board is made to make you feel happy and confortable. Really clean, ... Read more
NihonRay
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
After an awesome Med cruise with Celebrity in 2015, I tried HAL in 2016 and was bitterly disappointed. Service was nowhere near as good. Room attendants weren't available most mornings and when left 4 messages over 4 days at their number ... Read more
cmlvngstn
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
The ship is beautiful and our cabin was lovely and comfortable. We had delightful stewards, but that was where the fun ended. The Internet fees were ridiculous and excessive. We spent HUNDREDS of dollars just to have basic and sketchy ... Read more
Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
31 forum posts
6 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
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InTheWASide
Member Since 2006
9 reviews
4,209 forum posts
47 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
20 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
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
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
mothra102
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
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jeffbo1962
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
3 helpful votes
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
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
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
plw_sailor
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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Crazy For Cats
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
529 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
449 forum posts
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
1 helpful vote
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
16,937 forum posts
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
kinghippy
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
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
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Kate's Daughter
Member Since 2012
1 review
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
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
1 helpful vote
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
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
wolfatlga
Member Since 2002
5 reviews
183 forum posts
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
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