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373 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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Live Life Large 24/7
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I have to say, when we booked a cruise for 21 days we were wondering if it just might be too long!!! We had three other couples traveling with us (John and Sandy from Canada, Rich and Sandra from Calif., Marty and Lisa from Ohio and we ... Read more
Banditswife
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2,813 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had a wonderful cruise. A Panama Canal transit was on our "bucket" list - we enjoyed every minute of our 19 day cruise. Dining: our booking included dinner in each of the 3 specialty restaurants. Tamarind was our ... Read more
Julianpppppp
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Wanted to visit certain Central American countries listed and also travel through the Panama Canal. This cruise seemed to fit the bill. We have travelled extensively around the world but had not used HAL before. Over all, the cruise ... Read more
ian1937
Member Since 2015
1 review
34 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was a position changing cruise through the Panama Canal. It's very popular with Vancouver residents going both ways. It was our second cruise and we were worried about it's length. It was no problem it became a second home for us. ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
13 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We borrowed this line from the classic Queen hit because we have just crossed off another item from our bucket list. We have always wanted to make a complete Transit of the Panama Canal, so when Holland America Line (HAL) contacted us ... Read more

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thejulielakes
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My husband and I have cruised many many times. We have sailed on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival and Holland America. We always considered Holland America to be a notch above the rest in terms of elegance, service and food. Since the ... Read more
Dean from Kent
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because of the where was going and Holland's history of great service and great dining. This was my 25th cruise, and it rates as number 25. The dining in the main dining room was terrible. The portions were tiny and ... Read more
Sea-travelers
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
186 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Cruising the Panama Canal had always been on my bucket list and a year a go decided to book it with our friends. We chose this ship because it came back all the way to Seattle which is close to home. This was our 20th cruise and the 9th ... Read more
JIminyCrickett
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We have been on another Holland America cruise ship that went to Alaska and liked it so much we decided to take the Nieuw Amsterdam through the Panama Canal. It was exciting because this was the maiden voyage for the ship to pass ... Read more
tobyfive
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise strictly on the itinerary. The boat itself does have some issues. I definitely would not say it's a rust bucket, I thought the interior was wonderful. The balcony was amazing. We had cabins 7001&7003. Both were ... Read more

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tuitionowed
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
10 forum posts
7 helpful votes
For our background we are in the late 50s/early 60s age category and this is our third HAL cruise with four cruises on another line. We like the peaceful nature of 10 day sailings, the teak wood promenade, and the superior service. ... Read more
donnabolger
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation for our panama Sunfarer cruise was very smooth. We arrived at cruise port by 11 and were on the ship by noon. We are an older couple (65 and 71) so we fit right in with the much older crowd than we have been with on other ... Read more
roneileen
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see first hand the progress made on the new canal. Although the excursion to the site of the new locks was all we had hoped for, the cruise itself was a major disappointment. The biggest ... Read more
sharonskye
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Embarkation was a breeze! Arrived at the port at 11am, got checked in and was on the ship by 12pm. Our rooms were ready so we were able to drop off our carry on bags before hitting the Lido deck for lunch. Luggage showed up late afternoon ... Read more
dznymom
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
1,670 forum post
6 helpful votes
We had a wonderful relaxing cruise, but the Zuiderdam is a little bit tired. We stayed in a Neptune Suite and loved it and the perks that came along with it, specially the free laundry. Embarkation was quick and painless. We arrived ... Read more

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2cruiseSue
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have been on 15 previous cruises and this one was far and away the worst. We stayed at the 17th Street Embassy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale the night before embarkation and taxied to Port Everglades for a very smooth process of boarding ... Read more
Sofiebhb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had a blast on this cruise with all of the staff. By far the staff made the trip!!! I have traveled the world and our room stewards were the best ever!!! I enjoyed seeing their smiling faces everyday. The ship on the other hand ... Read more
TahoeSierra
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
272 forum posts
15 helpful votes
I will start by saying that I have never been on a cruise that I did not enjoy. We have taken over 40 cruises with 8 different lines. When I write reviews, I tell em as I sees em. We chose this cruise because it started by going to ... Read more
rc9000
Member Since 2004
1 review
25 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Some people must be very difficult to please or be entirely selfish. When I read negative reviews it makes me wonder what would make some of these people happy. This ship is older than some, it does cater to an older clientele, and there ... Read more
wwrrkd
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
When you think of Holland America and know that it has an older crowd, know that on this particular ship the average age is 80. Of the 1800 passengers less than 100 were under the age of 60. Very few were even in their 60s. Almost everyone ... Read more

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Griyagray
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Everything you wish a cruise won't be is what this cruise was. The ship itself older but refurbished. Needs to be put out of commission really. Ports advertised were not ports we visited. Nicaragua was cancelled never knew why, ... Read more
konslerg
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
17 forum posts
6 helpful votes
One thing to note: The average age of guests was probably close to 70, much older than other cruises we've been on. Even older than guests on our other HAL cruise. The day going through the Panama Canal was very interesting and ... Read more
NCJean
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
32 forum posts
25 helpful votes
This cruise was the 10-day Sunfarer itinerary, which is a partial transit of the Panama canal with additional calls at: Half Moon Cay; Orenjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. I cruised with my sister; we ... Read more
GWWToronto
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Upon viewing the exterior of the Zuiderdam while boarding my first impressions were not good. There is rust evident, especially in the mechanisms above the life boats. On the interior there were gaps in the stairway carpeting (as ... Read more
Iris5383
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
450 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the 14th cruise in 16 years for my DH and myself. During the cruise we were awarded our bronze medallion for 100 days on Holland America ships. Pre-cruise we stayed at Best Western Plus, Fort Lauderdale Airport South on ... Read more

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