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105 Holland America Group and Theme Cruise Reviews
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mellowrose
Member Since 2008
1 review
384 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was our first time on HAL. We had sailed Celebrity and Norwegian before. The Guarantee room landed us in 2500 which was actually a handicap room with a spacious bathroom and smaller ... Read more
mkhall
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
After returning from a Panama Canal on the Maasdam, sorting thru upcoming cruises the 32 day explore South America Passage and Inca Discovery was of great interest. Fortunately for future travelers, the Zaandam is going in to dry dock to ... Read more
Alberta Traveller
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose MS Westerdam for our Panama trip, decidedly for the itinerary. The number and destination of ports compared to cruise duration was exactly what we wanted. All the stops were very interesting. We booked several shore excursions, ... Read more
Here i go again!
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Special mention right away to my friend i n THE RETREAT!! Jeffrey, Michael, Jomarie and Joseph And to Richard in the Crowes nest for doing a lovely job during my cocktail party for group Izamani at guest relations who made it ... Read more
serial_traveler
Member Since 2005
1 review
136 forum posts
9 helpful votes
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough ... Read more
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julenow
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
443 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We booked a charter for the last week in January then decided to add the two weeks prior to acclimate to this ship. We loved many things about this ship: the muster drill is NOT held on the promenade deck but inside; the music venues are ... Read more
gorilla1964
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I choose this Cruise because of Tim Timmons & Mercy Me. The concerts, meet and greets and biblical teachings were all great. getting to know some of the performers was excellent. The comedian and illusionist were very good with clean ... Read more
patrick niro
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
of 26 cruises this was the worst entertainment, activities and lack of such made this the worst of worst. Food was the one good thing, The ship caters to the very elderly which is fine but the lack of activities especially around th ... Read more
bari1022
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
21 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I took 38 people on the Jan. 8, 2017 sailing of the Konigsdam and we were all expecting a great cruise. Boy.....we're we wrong !!! The weather started off poorly with mean seas , high winds and tremendous waves and the ship was rocking ... Read more
Andee9988
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Beautiful San Diego,We arrived 1 day early, Dec 3rd, Watched the sunset at Sunset Cliffs.There was the evening Christmas Parade. The King's Inn, authentic Mexican food for dinner next door. Embarkation at 1.00pm was very fast and our ... Read more
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Sindy j
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I will never travel Holland again. Been on many cruises nothing for young adults going on. I`m 57, took my 35 year old son on his first cruise. They double charged all our guest credit cards. My son said first and last for him. He call ... Read more
Todolm
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
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
14 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
8 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
9 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
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karenbink
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 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
Cruizer Bill
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
1,632 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
18 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
13 reviews
23 forum posts
4 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
10 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
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BrownEyez66
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 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
Retired Lawyer
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
9 forum posts
8 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
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