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136 Holland America Holiday Cruise Reviews

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krempert
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I took our grown children and spouses on the Holland America Westerdam Eastern Caribbean cruise during Christmas week and had a wonderful vacation from Dec 23-30th. This cruise traveled to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, San Juan, ... Read more
brule
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
442 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
We arrived at the Fort Lauderdale airport about 11 am, took a taxi to the Port and were on board and in our room by 12 noon. We met our neighbours in the Lido for lunch. It was only their 2nd cruise and they drove to Fort Lauderdale and ... Read more
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brettcarol2012
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I have just returned from our Sydney-New Zealand cruise. Holland American Line were very professional and provided excellent service. The Oosterdam is a beautiful ship that offered dining in the Vista (either open dining or ... Read more
Shimmershine
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Good points: -Zaandam much better than the Oosterdam in decor, service and company response to problems. Had a bad leak in my suite ceiling that took days to correct, but received a very generous shipboard credit and a cookbook plus ... Read more
chocolate@mixcom.com
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
The Zaandam is starting to show her age at 12 years old but, she is well maintained. There were some problems like some of the areas smelled slightly of sewerage (Lido Deck Men's Restroom), and an overflowing urinal in a Men's room by the ... Read more

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creativegenius
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
88 forum posts
0 helpful votes
About us: Mid 40's couple. Our 4th cruise, first aboard Holland America, the previous three were all on Princess. We're pretty active, enjoy all sorts of foods and exploring new places. This cruise was simply a relaxation trip, we had ... Read more
moonshadow1010
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed November 2012
Although we knew that a Thanksgiving cruise would have many children we choose to sail on Holland America Eurodam at this time due to my husband's work schedule and the wonderful price being offered for this cruise. We have sailed on other ... Read more
searanch queen
Member Since 2011
1 review
413 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just back from a 10 day voyage aboard the ms Noordam. The ship went from Ft. Lauderdale and back. We had stops in Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, and the ABC Islands with 3 sea days. Over all my husband and I were pleased ... Read more
Desdemona1
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What an experience. We flew from New Zealand to Rome with a one day stop over in Hong Kong to break the flight. Because we had been to Rome before we just explored on foot (very tourist unfriendly place). We decided to rough it and get ... Read more
Bilyara
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
As an older couple we gave the "kids" 12 months notice that we would be away for Christmas. As Australia is so far away we stopped off at Hawaii, Las Vegas and Jacksonville on the way to Fort Lauderdale. I love Christmas and enjoyed the ... Read more

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pon493
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We boarded the Noordam around noon on 23 Dec 11 and had a small wait until our room was ready. We had a superior veranda suite and was very pleased with the size of the room. We had so much room we didn't know what to do with it. In the ... Read more
desertr0se
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
120 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale on December 11, 2011. This was a seven day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We had not been on this ship before so the first thing we did was explore so we could learn the layout of the ship. It's ... Read more
sfcsu
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
86 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
This was our first HAL cruise. Previously we have cruised on 4 times on Celebrity and once on NCL. We chose it for the itinerary -- Panama Canal -- and we wanted to be away for New Years. We had also heard good things about HAL from others ... Read more
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Jeal
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
718 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We arrived at the port around 1:00 and waited only a couple of minutes to board. Our room was ready so we went directly to it to put some things in the safe. We had a huge inside cabin on Main deck. We rarely cruise in balcony cabins ... Read more
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TravelingT
Member Since 2007
1 review
512 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are veteran cruisers with several longer cruises under our belts. We have sailed on Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity, Disney and now, Holland America. Ship: The ship was beautiful. We had adjacent cabins on the upper verandah ... Read more

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gypsy1
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
This was our tenth cruise with five cruiselines over a period of 14 years. We always choose verandah or mini-suite accommodation and have been happy with every experience so far. We had read differing views of Volendam but were prepared to ... Read more
mor mor
Member Since 2004
1 review
169 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
The good things: there was something for everyone and we are aged 13 to 80. We all liked the evening entertainment, particularly the gymnast and the comedian who did the impressions and some of us liked the singers and dancers. (meh). ... Read more
Murrhers
Member Since 2010
1 review
85 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
After spending 2 nights at the luxurious The Pillars Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, we set sail on 12/23/12. We arrived at the port around 1pm and were on board and in our stateroom in a quick and efficient manner. The stateroom was ready and ... Read more
chipndale69
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
I have only traveled on one other HAL cruise, the Eurodam in spring, 2010. After that cruise to the Carib, I think I would have said I wouldn't travel HAL again...the rumors that they cater to an older, even geriatric, crowd seemed true ... Read more
krempert
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
Background: my wife and I booked an 8 day Caribbean cruise on the Holland America (HAL)Westerdam since this was our first Christmas without our grown children. We have cruised on Carnival and Norwegian several times, but this was our first ... Read more

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Rocketnk
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
This was our second cruise and our first in 12 years. We chose the HAL Eurodam due to its ports-of-call and overall rating. We traveled with our three sons whose ages range from 22 to 15. We had a great time due to HAL, the weather, and ... Read more
petee10
Member Since 2008
1 review
32 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We stayed the night before at the Ft. Lauderdale airport Hilton. Hotel was just O.K. and there is nothing in walking distance so you are stuck eating at the hotel which is overpriced. They really tried to sell their van service to the ... Read more
Peach11
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
Family enjoyed the Christmas cruise on the Eurodam. We had perfect weather the entire week. I was afraid of sea sickness and went prpared for the worst. Only one night I took a half a Bonine to settle my stomach. The cabins were very ... Read more
bones17
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We arrived at the port in San Diego at around 11:30 a.m. and though there was a line we were aboard the Oosterdam in good time. We didn't have to wait for our cabin like on other ships. We went straight to our cabin, dropped off our stuff ... Read more
riggins
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
93 forum posts
0 helpful votes
For background, DH and are in our late 30's. We were traveling with our daughters, ages 8 and 10. We were also with my parents and aunt/uncle, all in their late 50s-early 60s. This was our first time on HAL, but have sailed on 12 ... Read more

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