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Old Thorny
Member Since 2011
1 review
25 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
Fawkes66
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
35 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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

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RustyRudder
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
otlret
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2011
The purpose of the cruise appeared to be selling everything: alcohol, jewelry, clothing, dining rooms, cabanas, art, and casinos. Free services such as the library kept very limited hours even on the "at sea" days when it would have been ... Read more
herpeppiness
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My sister and I recently took a cruise to Alaska on Holland America's OOSTERDAM. Entire ship was chartered by Christian entertainer Michael W. Smith and he brought along pastor/author/speaker Max Lucado, award winning singer Natalie Grant, ... Read more
bepsf
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
10,710 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my family's first-ever trip to Hawaii - so we were looking forward to this trip w/ much anticipation. We went with a group of experienced cruisers - some had cruised to Hawaii before aboard Zaandam, others had been to Hawaii but ... Read more
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julie Jenkins
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2010
This was to be our 5th cruise but our first cruise with Holland and America. This one and the two previous cruises were arranged with a company called Dance Fun who arrange dance cruises. Being avid salsa dancers and lovers of cruises we ... Read more
nagsheadbeachbum
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
87 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We traveled to Fort Lauderdale one day prior to our 2/21 cruise. Springhill Suites at Fort Lauderdale airport was a nice pre-cruise hotel. Beware of their complimentary transfers. They are handled independently and are rude and abrupt. ... Read more
lifeaftercruises
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
this was the first cruise my wife and i had been on. we were invited and actually got to go basically for free, we went with family and shared a room and just paid port taxes and tip. nice gift! with nothing in it, i will say it was very ... Read more
benatty
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
182 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2009
My family was on board the Westerdam from 10/25 - 11/8 and had a wonderful cruise. My wife and 4 year old son had a great time and we can't wait for our next cruise. INTRODUCTION We have been cruising at least once a year since ... Read more
kimbacat16
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is the second time the my wife and I have taken a cruise on the Oosterdam. The first cruise being 2 years ago on the Mexican Rivera. Second time around was not a charm. There are almost as many bad things to write about the ... Read more

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Acetylsleeper
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Where to begin. This is my first review and only write it because of how disappointing my experience was while cruising with Holland America (Oosterdam). I realize everyone has a different experience and reserve the right to say my ... Read more
mc1053
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We recently took a cruise on Holland America. This was our 1st with HAL but have taken many other cruises. I will probably never cruise with them again. EMBARKATION was very slow. We have never had to wait in such long lines as this. Once ... Read more
MagTravel
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
27 forum posts
0 helpful votes
On the new Eurodam we discovered the mystery of the incredible shrinking cabin but we also found a beautiful ship with lots of lovely areas, good restaurants and the always wonderful Holland America crew. The art work on the ship was ... Read more
PRwizard
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2008
My aim is to please. Thirty three years of marriage and two very happily "spoilt" daughters and now their hubbies later, we were sitting around contemplating DisneyWorld 6.0 (we had gone there for the holidays the last six years) and I ... Read more
popndeda
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
32 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2008
Unlike some, we cruise on occasion - but still enjoy other types of vacationing as well. That being said, this was our fifth cruise (and the second on Holland America) over the last ten years. This was also our second trip to the Mexican ... Read more

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Nigel E
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were a group of 10 and we are the Veterans of Safety. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale on November 16-23. The weather and rough seas at the entrance to Georgetown were disappointing as a previous account of two ladies has said. Now for ... Read more
Just4You
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
682 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I booked my CME (Continuing Medical Education) with Continuing Education, Inc. on Holland America's Veendam. As a physician I could complete my needed yearly credits and take my spouse along, as well. The itinerary was great: We left ... Read more
NHBob
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
3,011 forum posts
0 helpful votes
BACKGROUND This spring I embarked on my ninth cruise with Holland America, my fifth HAL big band cruise. I chose it specifically for the big band theme and was pleased to see HAL resume big band cruises, after not scheduling any in 2007. ... Read more
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