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73 Holland America Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

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graybear41
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
sun~
7 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
sun~
7 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
213 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
3 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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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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KatieMargaret
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Boarding was very efficient and luggage handling very good. The Ship is somewhat dated looking. Probably needs a facelift because you felt you were stuck in the Nineties. If you are a young person, this line's demographic is probably ... Read more
MoodleMum
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2012
We recently returned from a 10 Day Western Mediterranean cruise on the Eurodam and it was the worst holiday I have ever had. I have previously cruised with P&O, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and had a magnificent time and loved cruising, ... Read more
dragspel
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were part of a 70-person group who were celebrating a member's 80th Birthday, and came up by bus from Seattle to Vancouver to do the Westerdam quickie 1-nighter from Vancouver back to Seattle (on it's last leg of a re-positioning Panama ... Read more
gmnelson
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2012
My hubby and I have traveled to a few destinations and for the most part have always enjoyed where we have been. When I knew that we would be leaving on a 7 night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean I can honestly say I was one nervous girl. ... Read more
Adoptionmsw
Member Since 2012
1 review
115 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2012
Hubby and I chose this cruise because I could participate in a knitting class on sea days. We'd sailed HAL five times before, two of them political theme cruises and discovered we like being part of a small group on the ship. We love HAL ... Read more

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Memee
Member Since 2007
1 review
39 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise! My only complaint was having to stand in line for concerts (not the ships's problem but probably due to the venue, etc.) We received excellent treatment by all ship staff we encountered; they were friendly ... Read more
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Sparkle144
Member Since 2007
14 reviews
60 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
The writer being the male side of a retired couple, avid cruisers (more than 3 dozen to date) will, having reviewed the Westerdam at an earlier time, skip the usual ship overview and divide time (more or less) equally between the ship ... Read more
Bugsy4271
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
Took my first cruise ever and it was aboard the MS Eurodam. I was part of the National Review group so part of the cruise was attending seminars/sessions, as well as dining with guest speakers, night owl sessions, informal gatherings in ... Read more
Jsipes
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
740 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
After embarkation a Cittivichia, we visited Cairo/Alexandria, Israel, Turkey, Crete, Olympus Greece, and 4 other greek ports. The Holy Land experience was great, and all tours in all ports were exceptionally good, although Israel and ... Read more
Jsipes
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
740 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
Overall a wonderful cruise, although we were very dissappointed with some aspects of the Prinsedam, compared to 8 other Holland ships we had cruised on. The main reason we decided on Prinsedam was 1)..we had always heard it was the ... Read more

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