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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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363 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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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
Not rated
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
"Cruise plan great, ship fine, pity about the food” We took a 14 day Panama cruise from San Diego on the ... Read more
Never Again barrycher
11/13
Lets start at the beginning: the embarkation was flawless with the exception that you had to walk up a lot of stairs if ... Read more

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We just returned on November 8th from a Panama Canal cruise on MS Zuiderdam. We were in Suite 7065, right across from ... Read more
RETURN TO 1950 patyann70
11/13
We have just returned from the 11 day cruise from the Panama Canal. We were up graded to deck six with the balcony. The ... Read more
Zuiderdam - retiredcruiser50
11/13
On my previous voyage I had earned the status of a 3-star Mariner and so this voyage was the first time I had sailed ... Read more
11/13
A very Poor experience with my first trip on Holland. I have cruised many times on other ships including Carnival, NCL, ... Read more
Panama2013 KDMAGS
10/13
We sailed on the Zaandam in 2008, and the ship is showing its age. cushions in the show lounge are worn and ... Read more

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This was our fifth cruise with HAL (and ninth overall) and also the longest we’ve ever taken with any cruise ... Read more
I took my Grandfather on a 14 day cruise to fulfill a promise I made to him to take him north, south, east and west. ... Read more
Having been told that by HAL I could not book a transfer from FLL to the ship, it had to be done several days in ... Read more
04/13
We sail mostly on HAL and had noticed a decline in some services the last few cruises. That was NOT so this time! We ... Read more
Sunny STATENDAM Sailing Locomotiveman
04/13
Our 4some had a fine cruise, got tanned and enjoyed 4 weeks away from snow. So what's NOT to like about that you may ... Read more

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After reading the previous review I was skeptical of the condition of the ship. Our biggest problem was the fact that ... Read more
My first ever cruise. Had a brilliant time, didn't want to get off and would sail with Holland America again at the ... Read more
We just returned from a 20 day cruise through the Panama Canal and had a truly great time. BACKGROUND: I am in my ... Read more
Slipping dbits
Not rated
04/13
As in other areas of service, dining and entertainment HAL has been cutting back on its stateroom amenities. Though ... Read more
What a wonderful experience to sail from one coast to the other aboard the SS Westerdam. We left a overcast Ft. ... Read more

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Summary: HAL has gone downhill from our last cruise with them of 2 years ago. Food is mediocre and service while ... Read more
1st time with HAL, 1st time cruising out of Ft. Lauderdale, 1st time cruising to all ports and the Panama Canal. Flew ... Read more
03/13
I'm not one to complain about Etty bitty things but here is what I experienced on Zuiderdam on our last cruise. I'll ... Read more
We went a day early and stayed at the Best Western Oakland Park in Ft Lauderdale. It was Ok for the night- nothing ... Read more
No feeling of luxury global wanderer
03/13
Reasons not to take this cruise - 1. It ended up being surprisingly pricey for what at no time felt like a ... Read more

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