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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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360 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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Have cruised on two other Holland ships, before Carnival took over, with no issues. Things have defintely changed for ... Read more
It has been about 10 years since we first started cruising, and the Zuiderdam was our first ship… then it was a ... Read more
This was a great cruise! It had been 3 years since our last HAL cruise. It was our first trip through the Panama Canal ... Read more
I have cruised on Holland American ships in the past so I had high expectations for the Panama Canal cruise. I was very ... Read more
What a shame. After a combined 320 nights on Holland America Lines (HAL), this middle class family who has earned ... Read more

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02/14
This was our first HAL cruise and I booked it with some concerns for all the reviews concerning the lack of A/C. I was ... Read more
The following account represents my opinion of our experience on the Statendam. We have just disembarked in Fort ... Read more
Embarkation – HAL staff / Port Everglades personnel need to do a better job of directing incoming passengers to ... Read more
After reading all the reviews of the Zuiderdam, I was almost fearful of sailing on the 1/3 Panama Canal voyage. I had ... Read more
Great cruise dann54
02/14
My wife and I booked this cruise without the kids so we could relax and enjoy the cruise. FYI we took the kids with us ... Read more

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Great ship! Herbs Mom
02/14
After reading several reviews of the Zuiderdam I was thinking we had made a mistake in booking this ship. I'm thinking ... Read more
The ship has not been refurbished in years and is badly in need of a total overhaul. - There is rust on may areas of ... Read more
Good Times stlouistravelers
01/14
We decided to take this cruise because Holland America was reported as a premium line and we were going to visit the ... Read more
This Nov 29 to Dec 9, 2013 review of the ms Zuiderdam 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise is written as my impressions ... Read more
12/13
We sailed on the Westerdam last year and previously on its siser ship, the Oosterdam, and love the size and amenities ... Read more

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This ship is mid size so about 2,000 guests on board. The cruise catered age group of 60 and up. An older ship ... Read more
12/13
FLL to Port Everglades: This was no problem at all. We decided not to pay the expensive Holland America transfer and ... Read more
Glad I Did It! zcruizer
12/13
This was my first cruise on Holland America and also my first solo trip. Overall, I would say I am very pleased. I ... Read more
Whew! cerezowpf
12/13
A 2-3 hour delay in "registering procedure" because the computers went down for several hours, leaving all arriving ... Read more
I would describe this as a happy ship with a contented crew, many of whom have been either on this ship or on other HAL ... Read more

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A quick taxi from the airport was a snap as usual, and we were pleasantly surprised to walk into an empty terminal. We ... Read more
My friend and I sailed on this ship for the first time on October 18. I have been on 30 cruises and my friend on 25. ... Read more
Recently returned from a 21 day Panama Canal cruise on the Veendam with Holland America. For those of you who have not ... Read more
Very Disappointed orlandodolly
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11/13
We were on the 13 October sailing to the Panama Canal. This was our 39th cruise and our 5th with HAL> We had not ... Read more
We had never cruised with HAL, and did not know what to expect as Celebrity was always our 1st choice but did not have ... Read more

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