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sun~
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
945 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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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HarlowJean
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
I had always wanted to do a cruise, but couldn't find a partner in crime with whom to travel. I started dating a gentleman who was able to go, so after just a few short months of dating, we booked the cruise. I figured it would be an ... Read more
Diver2014
Member Since 2013
1 review
828 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
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
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
8 reviews
785 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
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jaxcruiser1961
Member Since 2009
18 reviews
76 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
945 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
RFCraig1
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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
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JandScruise
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
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
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
fleetmac
Member Since 2007
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
2 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
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
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Reisender
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
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
llniemeyer
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed July 2013
August 5, 2016 We are frequent cruisers having sailed since 1987 (Marde Gras) got us hooked. 75+ under our belt and still going strong. One of the best cruises we have ever been on. Planning on doing it again. Had a lanai ... Read more
itsme_jj
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
256 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
graybear41
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
My wife and I and another couple decided at the last minute to take this ship as it was reasonable in price and we just wanted to get away. We were assigned what were possibly the last two available inside cabins that were available, ... Read more
VATRAVELLER
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 forum posts
HOLLAND AMERICA WAYFARER SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE ON NOORDAM. The private garden tours led by Andre Viette were fabulous. The only positive aspect of the trip. Embarkation was slow. Once on the ship there were very few crew members ... Read more
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I will start out by saying I give the LRBC charter 5 starts. I will give the ship 2 1/2 stars. Blues cruise review Nieuw Amsterdam Jan 20 -27/13 The air was fragrant; the Jolly Roger was flying so it must be the annual LRBC in the ... Read more
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Chicken Gnash
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed January 2013
This cruise line had been built up to me so I had very high expectations. I was used to sailing on Carnival's Fantasy class. I must say they were not met. My husband and I were booked in two adjoining cabins. Our 13 year old was booked ... Read more
The air was fragrant; the Jolly Roger was flying so it must be the annual LRBC in the Caribbean in January! The LRBC and ship's crew were working hard to get the stages and sound equipment up and running as quickly as possible upon ... Read more
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Sparkle144
Member Since 2007
14 reviews
60 forum posts
DW and I are both retired, S.Fl. residents. This cruise on Holland America's Westerdam was our third "Smooth Jazz" themed cruise. We partnered with another couple to get to the ship, dropping off our vehicle at an area parking facility ... Read more
burchan
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
220 forum posts
Sailed November 2012
I have sailed with HAL before and liked it. It should have been the same this time. For the first time in my life I was to see Total Solar Eclipse. I did not want to gamble with this once in a life opportunity by trying to observe from ... Read more
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