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Council Man
Member Since 2009
7 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
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
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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
KatieMargaret
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
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
5 helpful votes
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
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dragspel
Member Since 2012
1 review
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
1 helpful vote
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
154 forum posts
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
Memee
Member Since 2007
1 review
39 forum posts
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
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
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Bugsy4271
4 reviews
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
742 forum posts
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
742 forum posts
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
Old Thorny
Member Since 2011
1 review
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are an Australian couple in our early 60's and fans of Southern Gospel music, so when we saw that this years Gaither Homecoming Cruise was once again to Alaska, we quickly signed up for the 7 day Seattle to Seattle cruise on the Ms ... Read more
PakeTraveller
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
We(2 adults & 1 child) recently returned from another HAL cruise. This time is was a 12 day Baltic cruise from Dover, GB. We were attending a conference on board (lectures just on the sea days)and flew on our own into London 1 1/2 days ... Read more
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Fawkes66
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
64 forum posts
This was my second cruise with HAL and my first in the mediterranean, although we are frequent visitors of the region. I travelled with my husband, for him it was his first cruise ever. Arriving at the ship terminal by taxi (€ 140, 1,5 ... Read more
CruisinGramma
Member Since 2008
1 review
21 forum posts
Alaska is our favorite destination. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary...I have visited Alaska 6 times on my own on land tours, and we went back for our sixth cruise to Alaska this time on Holland America's MS Amsterdam. We ... Read more
beauxdammit
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
367 forum posts
We arrived at the terminal at about 3:00 after driving from the Phoenix area. Except for a minor problem with the new to us car, it was an uneventful trip across IS 8. Since most of the passengers were on board embarkation was quick and ... Read more
RustyRudder
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
40 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We recently returned from the eastern Caribbean cruise aboard HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale January 23rd for seven nights. I would like to offer my comments about this vacation trip. For the record; we have cruised ... Read more
lewsyl
Member Since 2010
1 review
16 forum posts
Sailed January 2011
Just the facts: Day 1: Flight on-time leaving city. Arrived in Fort Lauderdale (the Saturday before embarkation as planned), followed instructions to call hotel for courtesy van to hotel, only to find out that I had no reservation for ... Read more
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