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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
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
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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
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
3 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
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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
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
Council Man
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
1 forum post
This was our 17th cruise, 3rd on Holland America(HAL). We chose this cruise because it included 7 ports: St Martin, St Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, Dominica, St Thomas and Half Moon Cay. We've visited Dominica and Martinique only once ... Read more
Sparkle144
Member Since 2007
14 reviews
60 forum posts
We are a retired couple with, including the one under review, 42 cruises completed. The Eurodam is our fifth HAL ship. This was a full charter cruise with the theme of music of the '50s and '60s. Aboard as entertainers, to fulfill the ... Read more
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
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NAS Bermuda
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
The selection of the cruise ship is critical because there are many different kinds. If you prefer old school elegance with a minimum of screaming rug rats, Holland America is the absolute best. If you cruise to Bermuda and if you really ... Read more
Firecomm
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
Sailed July 2012
Excursions were too expensive, one could go on shore and find the same type for less than half. Food in dining room Rotterdam was bland, slow, and showed little imagination for culinary tastes. My wife and I ate three times in the ... Read more
RonSueR
Member Since 2012
1 review
We took a 20 day cruise (16 ports of call) with Holland America on July 16th 2012 and the first thing they do is loose are luggage. The one with $2,000.00 worth of RX's in it.! The Cabin boy put it in someone else's room and they had to do ... Read more
imaginations98
Member Since 2012
1 review
I've been on HAL before and had high expectations for this adventure. They failed miserably in several categories. First off...the food. We were part of a large group so I can tell you it was not just me personally with this experience. ... Read more
jtanewport
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
We have cruised on a number of lines, and my parents took many cruises on HAL prior to it being taken over by Carnival. While first time cruisers would be very happy with it, we were somewhat disappointed. The little touches are not there ... Read more
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