Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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389 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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piper
Member Since 2003
1 review
291 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our first HAL cruise. We had been told that the service on HAL was better than other lines and we have to agree. The staff seems genuinely happy with being their and doing their job. Our cabin steward was rarely seen, but ... Read more
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EZ Wash
Member Since 2016
1 review
This cruise really wasn't our first choice, but when the earthquakes hit Italy we decided to make an adjustment in our "to do list" of cruises and moved a Panama Canal visit to the top, and we're glad we did. We read all the ... Read more
Suncoast147
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Lets start from the first. I am Blind and travel with my wife, and guide dog. I booked the trip on the phone last minute with Holland America. I requested and was assured that our luggage would be taken direct to the airport, and it was ... Read more
olhacker
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We went with another couple (dear friends) who had never cruised before. I made all of the arrangements, and therefore, felt somewhat responsible for everything surrounding this Panama Canal cruise. The embarkation process, the ... Read more
Mrsmouse61
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to be a guest of my parents for this lovely trip from San Francisco, down the Mexican Coast, through the amazing Panama Canal, and up through Caribbean waters to Ft. Lauderdale. First, I'm now a big fan of reposition ... Read more
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bridal1
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
My first on Holland America and I've done 9 on Princess and I'm still partial to Princess. Nothing at all wrong with Holland America. I just think Princess is the better of the two. I don't know that I could pinpoint any one thing, but ... Read more
liz92284
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We had a delightful time on this cruise. My mom and I had cruised before about 12 years ago on Princess. This was a different experience because of the older clientele Holland American tends to draw. We really enjoyed the ... Read more
travel09
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
129 forum posts
This cruise was to places unknown to us, in Central America, which was a wonderful highlight, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and fascinating Guatemala. Mexico, and even in the US, San Diego, which was delightful .The public spaces, and there are ... Read more
Live Life Large 24/7
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 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
3 reviews
3,098 forum posts
14 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
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Julianpppppp
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 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
10 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
7 reviews
13 forum posts
22 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
thejulielakes
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
20 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
18 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
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Sea-travelers
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
186 forum posts
15 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
6 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
18 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
tuitionowed
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
15 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
18 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
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roneileen
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
14 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
nipper1994
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I had cruised Holland before, service was great in every way. entertainment good, ship was very clean , we really enjoyed our cabin with a balcony.. we had breakfast on balcony every morning great.;,,food was excellent. the shore ... Read more
sharonskye
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
11 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
1,714 forum post
14 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
2cruiseSue
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 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
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