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73 Holland America Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

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Rockiestraveler
Member Since 2012
1 review
17 forum posts
6 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
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
Retired Lawyer
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 forum posts
5 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
4 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

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Chasfroggie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 forum posts
2 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
tannes
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
81 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
923 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
793 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
debkaysmith
Member Since 2005
7 reviews
753 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
74 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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sun~
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
923 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
RFCraig1
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
To begin with the MS. Westerdam is one of the older ships in the Holland America Line up of ships! It is not equipped with the modern day roll prevention stabilizers that newer ships have so when the waves hit you will feel the roll and ... Read more
JandScruise
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
The good: 1) A lot of public room to move around in. Even in the bars/lounges things weren't squashed together, everything always felt roomy, even on sea days. Found several remote places with loungers and no one else around, some on very ... Read more
chrischarlestaylor
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
I have to start by saying it makes me so angry when I read reviews about ships that I have personally sailed on and worked on most people need to get their facts straight before writing these reviews if you have nothing nice to say don't ... Read more

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fleetmac
Member Since 2007
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
We were booked on The Smooth Jazz Cruise so we didn't have a choice of ships. After reading some really negative reviews about the Westerdam I was apprehensive about the quality of food and service on the ship. We have been on about 12 ... Read more
loveocean
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We went on a theme cruise, The Soul Train Cruise. Everything regarding the actual soul train activities were superb! We had so much fun. We stayed in a room with a veranda. Our room was nice, with a nice view. Our cabin stewards were nice. ... Read more
zuni53
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
The 2013 International Master Gardener Conference was held on board Holland American's Westerdam in September. The organizers of the event, which is held every other year, determined that the cruise package offered by Holland America would ... Read more
Reisender
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my 20th cruise. The first and last on Holland America Line. After a certain number of cruises (about 5) you are able to differentiate what is real value from the crap. This was the most expensive, valueless, cruise I have ever ... Read more
itsme_jj
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
256 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Holland America Oosterdam 7 Day Alaska Cruise 07/14/13 This was my 13th and my husbands 6th cruise. This was our third time to Alaska, but first time to Tracy Arm. Overall Holland America did an excellent job and the ship was impeccably ... Read more

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