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MoodleMum
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 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
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
140 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
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
741 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
741 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
25 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

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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
Fawkes66
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
53 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
37 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

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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
otlret
2 reviews
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
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
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

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nagsheadbeachbum
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
87 forum posts
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
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
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
Acetylsleeper
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
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

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