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Todolm
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Both embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. I was traveling with someone who has modest mobility issues and the HAL staff and crew made travel so easy. This was A Prairie Home Companion cruise, so the entertainment and activities were ... Read more
RetiredandHappy4
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We are fairly seasoned travellers, looking for and adult environment and great trips. Between my wife and I, her on her 13 cruise, we found the Zaandam, our first HA cruise, to be not up to par. The water leak in our room that ... Read more
Avmanguy
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
The cruise was sold to us by a travel agent and included shore excursions at every port. We were very impressed by the ship, the food and all the activities offered, especially the cooking demonstrations, the Computer lessons and the ... Read more
jerry12345678
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
9 to 16 JULY 2016 ......This was my third cruise. My wife and I really enjoyed the time aboard. Our cabin was 5177 so it was an inside room with no windows, which I like for sleeping. Our cabin steward "Riza" was very good ... Read more
karenbink@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for its ports of call. And we were very pleased with ALL of the ports. It was a great sized ship as we were able to dock at ALL of the ports, no tenders--Yipee. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely ... Read more

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Cruizer Bill
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
1,339 forum post
8 helpful votes
Very smooth check-in, arrived at 11:30 and were onboard by noon. Luggage arrived promptly. Room was in excellent shape. Our itinerary was fantastic, stopping in unusual Alaskan ports of Kodiak Island, Homer and Downtown ... Read more
junknthetrunk46@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I recently returned from an Alaskan land/sea cruise on Holland America. We were met at the Anchorage AK airport by a cruise line employee who directed us to the bus which took us to our Anchorage hotel for the land portion of our ... Read more
committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
12 reviews
21 forum posts
2 helpful votes
HAL is one of my favorite lines. . I like long cruises of 30 day and have already booked next year's HAL Cruise to S. AMERICA why? 1.dining room service w/ yudi was as good as the pinnacle and i tipped xtra. my roomie was gluten free ... Read more
Rockiestraveler
Member Since 2012
1 review
17 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We have probably cruised a half a dozen times. We mostly do land trips in various parts of the world that we have planned. This was our first cruise on Holland America and it was a themed trip which we really enjoyed, Smooth Jazz cruise. ... 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

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Retired Lawyer
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 forum posts
7 helpful votes
At the outset, let's make it clear - this was a theme cruise on Eurodam. When your theme is smooth jazz, and you watch David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Candy Dulfer and Wycliffe Gordon jamming to the music of Joe Sample (Crusaders), while ... Read more
katieboomer
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
This was my fourth cruise on Holland America and second on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the service staff was outstanding, the entertainment in the lounges very enjoyable, the fitness center ... Read more
Linerguy
Member Since 2000
10 reviews
971 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I’m torn. I wanted so much to be able to praise my recent cruise on the NOORDAM. In the past, I’ve had several wonderful experiences with HAL, and I was hoping this would just add to the list. Sadly, that’s not the case. ... Read more
Chasfroggie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My second cruise on the Noordam. The food & food service were great (very very good about handling Gluten Free requirement.). The LeCirque dinner was not as good. The excursion staff are not knowledgeable enough about the ... Read more
WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our first exciting cruise to Alaska and we opted for the inner passage. Decision was made to start from Seattle because our friends were there, could have started from Vancouver and saved a sea-day. Ports of call: - ... Read more

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tannes
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
97 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second cruise with Gertrude Byrnes All Star Irish cruise. As far as we are concerned, it doesn't get much better than a week filled with a cast of all star Irish entertainers throughout each day! The music starts when you are ... Read more
cruzeboy48
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
The main problem we had with this cruise was that Holland America hosted a gospel music program with 850 attendees, who dined together. For dinner, all reservations past 6:30 were reserved for the music group. When we did happen to have a ... Read more
sun~
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
926 forum posts
Review Blues Cruise January 18 – 25 Nieuw Amsterdam This was our 6th Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. 2 on the Eurodam, 3 on the Nieuw Amsterdam, 1 on the NCL Sun. The cruise is fully chartered. This cruise is sold out every ... Read more
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Diver2014
Member Since 2013
1 review
816 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The title should tell it all - what an absolutely wonderful cruise on a beautiful ship! Stars of the 50's and 60's rubbed elbows with 2000 passengers reliving their teen years. Many out of town passengers stayed at the Hilton near Pt ... Read more
jimnhil
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
Sailed August 2014
This was our first time on a large ship- Oosterdam has nearly 2000 passengers. The staff were superb and attentive, and the ship facilities extensive. The food was fairly good but not outstanding. The package was at first sight good value, ... Read more

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debkaysmith
Member Since 2005
7 reviews
771 forum posts
We are seasoned cruisers with 20+ cruises under our respective belts, both in our mid-50's. We traveled as a party of eight with our adult children aged 24 to 41 years. This is the fifth time we've visited Alaska, third time we've sailed ... Read more
jaxcruiser1961
Member Since 2009
18 reviews
75 forum posts
Sailed March 2014
The Good first:  Due to a norovirus incident, we didn't board until late. I'm glad the crew did a great job cleaning up BEFORE we boarded. Cruise Director Rick was INCREDIBLE! I have over 100 days on Holland America Line and I've ... Read more
mplus1
Member Since 2014
1 review
We have done 10+ cruise with HA. All of these have been on the smaller ships, around 1,200 passengers. The Eurodam was at full capacity of 2,100 for our cruise. We were disappointed almost every meal in the Lido, we spent so much time ... Read more
sun~
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
926 forum posts
Not rated Sailed January 2014
The charter I give 5 stars, the ship 3 stars. It was a wonderful week on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise! Review Nieuw Amsterdam Jan 19-26/14 Blues Cruise It was a gorgeous day to embark on our 4th Legendary Rhythm & Blues ... Read more
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bullwinkle72
Member Since 2009
1 review
40 forum posts
We've just returned from our first Jazz Cruise, which is a private charter on HAL's Eurodam. That alone makes my review a bit different, since it wasn't a standard HAL cruise. So, I have nothing to say about HAL's entertainment offerings, ... Read more

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