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136 Holland America Holiday Cruise Reviews

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mactire
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
106 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a two week cruise around the Eastern and Western Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam at the end of January 2015. After a flight from London Heathrow on an American Airlines plane, there was a weather system of some sort so hours of ... Read more
2tripahoy8
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I was travelling solo and took what I was given for 16 days with 11 ports. At ports I went off solo and re-discovered some favorite places from the past as well as some new places, people, and adventures. (I rarely if ever do ... Read more
tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
91 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Ship: The ship is wonderful. The retrofit changed a few things, so i recommend you also try the Maasdam to get a feel for the smaller ships. The Atrium is wonderful and still all the decks and spaces are so wondrful. The artwork is ... Read more
avery66
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
17 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Background We cruise often, and usually during the holidays. We're all 3-star HAL Mariners, even our 9 year old. We're in our 40's; husband's parents in their 60's. We've also cruised Celebrity 3 times, and Princess 3 times (in-laws have ... Read more
ElleZ
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Cruised Western Caribbean on HAL Eurodam over Christmas/Hanukkah week December 2014. Third HAL cruise, first time Caribbean. First Eurodam experience. Previously traveled on Zuiderdam and Oosterdam. Traveled with hubby, 15-year-old son. ... Read more
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CubanBeat
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Just finished our cruise and omg, it was an amazing ship! We embarked from Port Everglades and I have never in my life been without internet access that long, but that's the point of a cruise, right? To experience it all? We did! We ... Read more
vriend
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We fear that the days of feeling like Royalty while traveling as a verandah-balcony-class passenger are slipping away. The Cruise Industry may be following in the steps of the Airline industry in their effort to economize. Space is tighter ... Read more
wpbpatfl
Member Since 2007
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Are you looking for a show that is different and wonderful? I highly recommend the Cantaré show on the Nieuw Amsterdam that I have seen a total of five times on two cruises. (I got to see it so many times because my 14-day cruise is ... Read more
Mickanata
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Service in the dining room was disorganized and very slow. The waiters are having to serve more tables but that didn't excuse the chaos that characterized the first and last night's dining. The dining room staff looked quite stressed. The ... Read more
ottawa2009
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2013
We were three families 6 cabins. We did our Xmas/New Year’s Eve (14 nights back to back) cruise on Holland America’s (HAL) newer ship the Nieuw Amsterdam this year 2013/14. We switched from Princess to HAL a few years back ... Read more

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Emmy62
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
Embarking was a breeze - good start. Cabin 4010 - very nice, balcony cabin- clean and spacious. Room attendants greeted us and provided a card with their names and contact details. I was very disappointed that the ship had no "wow" ... Read more
plw_sailor
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have a lovely time sailing with Nieuw Amsterdam. Ship was beautiful, clean and uncluttered. We did experience a few issues. The transfer from the airport to the ship (organized by HAL) was not good. Because of weather and flight delays ... Read more
vigee
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
Two week Christmas /New Year back to back cruise of eastern/western Caribbean. Family group of grand parents, parents and two boys 11 and 8 from the UK.. Stayed at the Hyatt pier 17 before embarkation, well placed and relaxing. Embarkation ... Read more
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IrishYank1952
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
My wife and I decided on a last minute cruise at Christmas time, and had a great deal on the December 23rd sailing of the msNoordam out of Ft. Lauderdale. We flew to FLL and spent the night at the Crowne Plaza, only one mile from both the ... Read more
tqmbill
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
RATINGS (out of 10): Stateroom 'VA' veranda - 8 Ship condition - 9 Staff - 10 Food quantity/variety - 9 Food quality - 6 Itinerary - 10 Grand Turk catamaran/snorkel - 7 San Juan PR strolling - 7 St. Martin Orient Bay Beach - 6 ... Read more

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lental
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We did our second consecutive Thanksgiving cruise with HAL on the Westerdaam and we have come away from both extremely pleased with the ship, its service personnel, its itinerary and especially the food. In over 15 years of ... Read more
alafans
Member Since 2005
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Simply couldn't be happier with our cruise to San Juan, Grand Turks, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. Had no problems in Ft. Lauderdale or the Port Everglades. We dropped our rental car off at Avis and then took the shuttle to the Holland ... Read more
marinating
Member Since 2004
1 review
140 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
A little about us first, my husband is in his sixties and I am 55, we have cruised over 20 times on numerous lines from the 320 passenger Paul Gaugian to the Queen Mary. We cruise two to three times a year departing from different ports ... Read more
Cocowheat
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed Jan 7 on the Nieuw Amsterdam with friends. The boarding process in Fort Lauderdale was seamless and quick (although it was a far walk from our hotel shuttle bus stop to the cruise reception desk) and as usual the greeters were ... Read more
sewerworker
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2012
I was worried about choosing the Maasdam, because it is the 2nd oldest and 2nd smallest of HAL's fleet. Let me tell you, for cruises, SMALLER is BETTER! The personal attention we received was amazing, and only once did we have to wait in ... Read more

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SOCALS
Member Since 2012
1 review
55 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
This was our 9th cruise overall, and third NYE cruise. We have sailed on Oceania, NCL, and Carnival. This was our first cruise on Holland, and our expectations from reviews and reputation; we expected something between Oceania and NCL. ... Read more
Cruiserdude11
Member Since 2007
8 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
Noordam 21 day Christmas, New Years Caribbean cruise Getting to the ship We flew from San Francisco to Ft Lauderdale on JetBlue nonstop overnight getting into Ft Lauderdale at around 7:30am the day before the cruise. We like the ... Read more
xxyyzz
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
- I sure hope HAL reads these reviews. - Thanks to all who post here and on Boards Of all the cruises we have ever taken, the Zuiderdam was lowest in our estimation. - BEWARE of Cabins 1083 and 1085 We were shocked that there was an ... Read more
mommac64
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
What a fantastic cruise for the New Year. We traveled with our family of 5 (3 college kids,) and the cruise was amazing! We stayed in 2 cabins and the cabin stewards were the best of any cruise. The rooms were spotless and we were all ... Read more
tmbhl_on_the_go
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
151 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Beware this is is my long day by day review of our Christmas cruise on the Oosterdam from Sydney -- New Zealand. We're a family of 5 from Australia, son aged 17 and daughters 15 & 12 years. This was our 3rd family cruise, have previously ... Read more

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