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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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3/14
Had this been the first HAL ship we ever sailed on we would never choose HAL again! To start with the first 3 days of ... Read more
We choose this Panama canal cruise to celebrate my husband's retirement after 50 years as a professor, and to celebrate ... Read more
3/14
We arrived at the port at 11:00 and were able to enter immediately to have our wine checked and charged for one of ... Read more
Good, not great Transplanted Buckeye
2/14
Every cruise had it's good and bad points. This was our second cruise with HAL and was chosen primarily because the ... Read more
Thanks a lot. marilynlanton@att.net
2/14
After looking forward to this cruise and a ship that came highly recommended, we were informed upon arrival at the ... Read more

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Our embarkation and departure were delayed due to an outbreak of the Noro Virus and the CDC made the ship remain in ... Read more
Embarkation:  We took the 10:45 shuttle from our hotel to the cruise terminal. At the cruise terminal entrance, we ... Read more
Fourth HAL cruise, first on Zuiderdam. Like others, I was a bit apprehensive after reading about A/C and plumbing ... Read more
2/14
Had our first HAL cruise on the Statendam in September. It was a disaster! Decided to try one more since it was the ... Read more
Although we have enjoyed multiple cruises with the other mainstream lines, this was our first with Holland America. ... Read more

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Never again beakswife
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2/14
Let me start by saying that this cruise was our 23rd. First and last with Holland America! The embarkation was smooth ... Read more
Prior to this cruise, I became somewhat concerned due to many of the comments addressing air conditioning and plumbing ... 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
1/14
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

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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
Great cruise dann54
1/14
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
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 ship! Herbs Mom
1/14
After reading several reviews of the Zuiderdam I was thinking we had made a mistake in booking this ship. I'm thinking ... Read more

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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
1/14
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 time I was much more pleased with Holland America than the previous time when they were doing construction while ... Read more
What a shame. After a combined 320 nights on Holland America Lines (HAL), this middle class family who has earned ... 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

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