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136 Holland America Holiday Cruise Reviews

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jdir315
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2011
Embarkation: San Diego was smooth, parked at airport parking lot about 1 mile from cruise terminal free shuttle to terminal. Cabin: We had a veranda balcony room seemed somewhat smaller than we had on the Maasdam. Limited storage space ... Read more
Ol Salt
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
4 forum posts
Sailed December 2011
Sorry for the long review We usually sail on Carnival, but went with Holland American this time because of the itinerary and deal. Brooke, our travel agent, knows exactly what we like and do not like but took a chance on booking us a ... Read more
Beachgirls2011
Member Since 2011
1 review
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My family all got together for a 7 night cruise with Holland America on the Eurodam. There were 5 of us and two rooms. I had been on a Royal Caribbean cruise in September that was my first cruise and was AMAZING! I was told that Holland ... Read more
bobpell
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
160 forum posts
Itinerary was Half Moon Cay, Turks, Samana, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Wind too strong at Half Moon so we moved on to Turks. Docking was on the starboard side but those with cabins on the port side got the best view of the beach and the ... Read more
texaswillie
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
17 forum posts
Sailed November 2011
As an introduction we are on our first cruise aboard the Holland America Veendam. We have cruised on several other Holland American ships however decided a couple of years ago to switch away from Holland America. However this year we ... Read more

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concorddon
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed November 2011
I wanted to treat the whole family on a Caribbean cruise during the Thanksgiving holiday. Holland America is our favorite line and chose the eastern Caribbean itinerary because it included good beach stops for the younger ones. Our age ... Read more
newsangel1
Member Since 2011
1 review
We have been on six cruises, two with HAL. My husband and I chose HAL again, specifically for the Hydro Therapy Pool. We loved it on the Zuiderdam a few years ago. For this cruise we booked the Thermal Suite and Hydro Therapy for the ... Read more
Billz1979
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
42 forum posts
Starting off my expectations were a little tempered with this cruise for a few reasons. Mainly that we were travelling with elderly relatives, inlaws, 10 month old son...you name it. So obviously this wouldn't be our normal "relaxing" ... Read more
mamalootis
Member Since 2010
1 review
35 forum posts
Sailed November 2011
We chose the Zuiderdam because we were traveling with others. This particular ship attracted an older crowd. We found ourselves in an un-airconditioned cabin and after many complaints and aggravation we finally were placed in a cabin with ... Read more
FloridaNative35
Member Since 2011
1 review
The Holland America Line has always held a special place in the hearts of my family members. It was on the Veendam that my sister's husband proposed to her - just outside of St. Kitts. My husband later proposed to me on the Westerdam ... Read more

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Sally Harridge-March
1 review
Travelled from Sydney to Auckland with many ports whilst en route. Volendam is showing her age - looking worn around the edges and needing a face-lift - but this did not detract from our enjoyment of this fab cruise. Particular ... Read more
Gall
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2011
We always wanted to go to the south pacific and this was an affordable cruise with Holland America an round trip from San Diego. We had a great time visiting all the ports and overall enjoyed the cruise. However, we will not be cruising ... Read more
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Aussiepair
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
109 forum posts
Sailed October 2011
My wife and I joined the Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice for a Collectors Cruise, 11 days cruising the Eastern Mediterranean followed by a 17 day cruise that started in Venice and terminated in Fort Lauderdale. We had a Balcony Stateroom on the ... Read more
Kiwi Rua
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
We (husband and I) were looking forward to this cruise as a relaxing end to 6 weeks of travelling around Europe. There was so much to see and do, however, that we didn't ever get into total relax mode, but we wouldn't have had it any other ... Read more
jtandkt
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed October 2011
We recently booked a cruise aboard the Oosterdam traveling from Vancouver to San Diego - a 4 day re-positioning cruise. It was our first cruise celebrating our anniversary. From the moment we boarded the Oosterdam to the time we ... Read more

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KJ Aussie
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
140 forum posts
Sailed October 2011
Just back from our Noordam cruise, and we enjoyed nearly every bit of it. We have travelled on the Zuiderdam in Alaska, so we felt right at home on the Noordam. The cabin, crew and decor were all first class. Some of the ports and shore ... Read more
vostie
Member Since 2007
1 review
Sailed October 2011
This was our fifth sailing with Holland America line and, until this cruise, we always found the ships to be above par with excellent service and food. Granted it has been two years since our last Holland America sailing...but the decline ... Read more
Flyer52
Member Since 2010
1 review
115 forum posts
Sailed September 2011
I was a bit apprehensive about embarking on my first cruise as I always suffer from seasickness. I really didn't have to worry as the ship was huge and very stable. My travel agent suggest picking a cabin mid-ship and we chose one on the ... Read more
Keith Williams
3 reviews
Having cruised recently on the Sea Princess, I imagined that Holland America would be a similar experience, well I was wrong! Boarding at Los Angeles (Long Beach) was a breeze, no queues, no hassle and the whole process only took 10 ... Read more
cherylannebarnes@hotmail.
Member Since 2011
1 review
We travelled with friends in August on Verandah cabins deck 4. The cabins are spacious, wonderful bed, plenty of cupboards and drawers, has all that you would need. We were greeted with a free bottle of champagne and gift vouchers of ... Read more

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lolo11
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
41 forum posts
We hope you will find some helpful hints here on how to do this cruise yourself - no ship's tours or transfers. We arrived at the Rome airport two days prior to the cruise, and followed the signs to the train. Buy the train tickets to ... Read more
mennoniteafloat
Member Since 2011
1 review
We enjoy traveling with our children on holiday breaks as it is a special time given our dual profession family. All of us are music and history buffs, and we love the outdoors, hiking and biking or being on the water. Most of our ... Read more
dave5608
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed February 2011
This cruise had to be delayed a year for medical reasons, and we even had to switch to Holland America's Veendam. We booked a veranda cabin, which proved a prudent move because it enabled us to listen to the commentary on our TV, but step ... Read more
TezzaPel
Member Since 2011
1 review
I am sure that if you look hard enough in any service industry, you will find matters to criticise. The measure of how good a company is how they respond to those criticisms. I have to say that our trip around NZ on the Volendam was a very ... Read more
Granitehead58
Member Since 2009
1 review
16 forum posts
We woke up Christmas morning to a e-mail from Delta informing us our 1:20 pm flight had been canceled. Even though it was 38 degrees and the sun was shining AND we were headed south. I still do not understand why! Since we were all packed ... Read more

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