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seapointer
Member Since 2004
8 reviews
127 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We started our cruise of 10 days with some concern due to the harsh reviews that have been posted on this site. We quickly came to the conclusion that either HAL had suddenly righted the ship, or that a tremendous number of nit-pickers ... Read more
whalle01
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
We have cruised may times previously and with many different lines. We choose our operator depending upon the itinerary and this was the reason for our first cruise with HAL, although we had heard good reports in the past. This was a ... Read more
Mr. Pierce
Member Since 2016
1 review
38 helpful votes
We have cruised with Holland America Line on 14 of their cruises on various vessels. This was our first experience on the ms Volendam. First of all, the employees on the ms Volendam, like nearly all of their sister vessels' employees, ... Read more
Jucy
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This cruise was supposed to be my honeymoon but my husband of 8 Months passed away before the cruise. I am glad I did go on the cruise as I promised my husband on his dying bed I would! This cruise was excellent, the food was delicious and ... Read more
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glomarrone
Member Since 2011
22 reviews
341 forum posts
24 helpful votes
“Around the world in 80 days…” goes the song. However, it took Holland America’s (HAL) ms. Amsterdam 115 glorious days to circumnavigate the globe on our Grand World Voyage 2016. What an amazing voyage it was! ... Read more
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kjoephyllis
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I enjoyed the 32 day cruise. The library was large, the food very good, the entertainment enjoyable, the ports interesting, the lectures very informative. What's not to like ? The wheelchair stateroom was very large & was easy to ... Read more
mikesdaughter
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Being first time cruisers, we had no idea what to expect once we boarded the Westerdam. The embarkation process started about 11:30 am and moved along very quickly. We found our room on the Rotterdam deck aft #7136. Our luggage was ... Read more
Reg2010
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This cruise was included in our package tour of the Rockies which my husband and I had undertaken to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our tour group was told that it may take a couple of hours to get through the embarkation process at ... Read more
Aggsy
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
We did the 24 day East and west med cruise visiting 16 different ports. The ship was excellent, food was very good and excellent in the the three speciality restaurants. Especially the pinnacle. The tv system was the best we have had on ... Read more
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CruisinKate1
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We were already in Europe on an extended vacation to see friends when we saw this cruise pop up at a discount price for last minute--two weeks away. I had cruised about 15 cruises, however, never on Holland America. I was afraid the crowd ... Read more
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PBJGRL
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2012
My husband and I took our first cruise on HAL MS Eurodam. We booked an SC Suite Guarantee. I am in my early 40's and he is in his early 30's. We brought 8 bottles of champagne(always do it right) aboard and pre purchased a bottle of rum, 2 ... Read more
La Jolla Lass
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
83 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Have never before complained about a cruise, but our experience, coupled with comments by veteran HAL cruisers on this same cruise, convinced us this was a disaster experience. GENERAL APPEARANCE of Zaandam: Others commented on worn ... Read more
desertr0se
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
124 forum posts
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
bobpell
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
169 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
Candy
Member Since 2000
12 reviews
3,111 forum posts
HAL's ms Noordam - November 11, 2011 Pre-Cruise: Our day-before flying day was not without incident. First, an equipment change, then the new plane had a door-closing issue, which was thankfully resolved quickly. When our first ... Read more
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newsangel1
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
Alfturd
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed November 2011
We have traveled on HAL in the past to the Panama Canal and it was fabulous. I will just list the disappoints on Noordam; which we will not be traveling again on anytime soon. 1. I asked for an ashtray 4 times didn't get one so used a ... Read more
marcosheller
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
15 forum posts
Drove over to Fort Lauderdale from the west coast of FL. Parked the car at Park-n-Go after reserving our dates online. Had an easy check-in and we were shuttled over to the cruise port in less than 5 min. Had an extremely easy check-in ... Read more
silverinc13
Member Since 2011
1 review
I am not saying we didn't have a fantastic time because we did. Partly because we were out of the usual age group the entertainment provided didn't quite suit our tastes, although the magician was pretty impressive. Our room was nice, ... Read more
howareu
Member Since 2011
1 review
Long time fan of HAL, but will say have not cruised with HAL in five years..Food on this ship was the best we ever had on any cruise, service was great, and ship was very clean, bathroom was large and towels were large and fluffy. But, ... Read more
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SanDiegoCuiser
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed October 2011
First and foremost I will start off as - no question - I had fun since went with my friends. That was my objective - spend time with close friends, sun, read, and eat lots of good food. I have been on the Mexican Rivera cruise on ... Read more
bahrain_not_dubai!
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
621 forum posts
B A C K G R O U N D When I learnt that I had to go to the United States this Summer, I had already booked our annual family holiday- it was to be a 7 night cruise in the Western Mediterranean on the Seabourn Spirit. Upon realizing that ... Read more
maddog40
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed June 2011
This was our 12th cruise and our third on HAL.The Eurodam is a crisp new ship and makes HALs Vista class ships look a little shopworn. We chose a Deluxe Veranda for this cruise because of the length and the amenities. Having free dry ... Read more
raecruise
Member Since 2011
1 review
We sailed out of Vancouver for our 7 night inside passage cruise on the Zuiderdam. Boarding was very slow, almost 2 hours and we were in a deluxe verandah suite. Once onboard we went directly to our suite and was surprised at how small ... Read more
RustyRudder
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
40 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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