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373 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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aginglawyer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
PROS: 1. The dining staff and cabin staff are wonderful and will do anything to help you. Cheerful and sincere. 2. There are few lines for anything, even with a relatively full ship. 3. Embarkation and disembarkation at all ... Read more
Darshan1
Member Since 2009
12 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Though this is a negative review, there were several highlights on this sailing and excellent staff members including Angeli and Monica at guest services; our stewards, Hasan and Bambang; and Lisa, the ship’s enrichment lecturer. In ... Read more
baido
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Very disappointed in port visits. Ship was late leaving port, we missed two ports completely and others cut short. Management first blamed ocean current issues from prior voyage, then later generator issues. Kept changing what was ... Read more
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beval
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
First time ever cruisers so have only anecdotes from friends who are more seasoned cruisers and our own expectations to base our comments on. Staff and service were excellent, definitely a strong point for HAL. Entertainment was ... Read more
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Exseadog
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our 8th cruise with 5 different companies and was our worst ever cruise experience. I therefore wrote detailed letter to Mr Stein Cruise, President and CEO, and awaited a reply before commenting. The response from a ‘Special ... Read more

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timbocruise
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
Along with other people who have posted reviews on this cruise we were really unhappy with this cruise, particularly with the reasons given for all the alterations. I believe these all stemmed from the fact that the ship could not make ... Read more
Grammy Sims
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Everything about this cruise was GREAT!!!! Ship was clean, staff was excellent and friendly, excursions were good. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone wanting a fun relaxing vacation. The onboard entertainment was mediocre but ... Read more
tennisgal65
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As others have already noted, the Panama Canal cruise on the Veendam from Ft, Lauderdale to San Diego, departing Feb. 21 was a huge disappointment. Due to the many missed ports (blamed on engine problems), we basically paid a lot of money ... Read more
Conestoga Charlie
Member Since 2014
1 review
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We returned to Holland America after several years of cruising with Celebrity and Viking River Cruises. We had sailed previously on the Maasdam, Noordam and Rotterdam. My wife approached a return to Holland America with some skepticism ... Read more
HappyTravelFan
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I chose the Holland America line (HAL) partly because a close friend/travel agent highly recommended it as did many experienced cruisers I’ve met. The other reasons were the ports of call and the excursions available. However, HAL ... Read more

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carolpardun
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
I had a great time traveling to the Panama Canal on board the Zuiderdam. I was wondering what I would think since many of the reviews focused on how old the ship was. Well, yes, the ship is old. And, yes, a few things need to be repaired. ... Read more
TurboArrow
Member Since 2007
1 review
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There were 8 of us traveling together on this trip. We flew in a day early and stayed at the Rodeway near the pier. It really needs some refurbishment and we had a couple of roaches on our floor so the overnight bag we opened went up on ... Read more
Tamara1234
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took our 84 year old mother on this cruise so I did know to expect that the cruise would cater to an older crowd. As a family we had a wonderful time. Would I go back NO! The ship is just ok. Our cabins were fabulous. We had a good time ... Read more
Oldz55
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed February 2015
This was our fifth cruise with Holland America but our least favorite. We sailed on the Zuiderdam previously and very much enjoyed it. We were told it will be going into dry dock soon which is good as it badly needs to be renovated. Our ... Read more
frober262
Member Since 2012
1 review
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
The long & short of this cruise was that quite a few passengers ended up with Bronchitis. Was this the fault of the ship, of course there is no way of telling. However, it certainly did color our enjoyment of the trip. While we are ... Read more

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cowboysailor
Member Since 2012
1 review
44 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
The Zuiderdam on this cruise was somewhat lacking. We were in a Signature Suite and the stewards were just OK.. I have had much better service on a Carnival ship. The people that brought the breakfast to the room could never get the order ... Read more
glomarrone
Member Since 2011
20 reviews
328 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Although we cruised the Panama Canal westbound with HAL several years ago, we decided to repeat the cruise going eastbound for several reasons. Our main reason was to avoid the expensive flight home from San Diego to Orlando at the ... Read more
sensrock
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 8th cruise with Holland America & among the best so far. It was a great mix of beaches (Half Moon Cay & Aruba), interesting cities - Willemstad in Curaçao and Cartagena in Columbia and fascinating destinations - ... Read more
gzfnp7
Member Since 2003
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
The reason I am writing this review is due to the negative reviews I have read previously about this ship which I did not encounter at all. Although the ship is not fancy like some of the Royal Carribbean and Carnival ships I've sailed on, ... Read more
dzmom
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
70 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
My husband, parents and I arrived the day of sailing. We took a taxi from FLL to the ship. Nice and easy. Embarkation was a piece of cake as well. We were in a line but it moved quickly. Before we knew it we were on the ship. We were able ... Read more
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Stadtzuercherin
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This cruise was a big disappointment in almost every department.  Also because the ship is old, it was dirty not been taken care of. Watching the crew, they just started to pretend to clean when somebody approached. but you could see ... Read more
sordid60
Member Since 2009
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Unfortunately we didn't read previous reviews until after we booked so we had no clue about potential plumbing problems. Even after reading I rationalized that this larger signature suite was most likely to be problem free. Wrong... we ... Read more
Ladygmfd1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We cruised from Port Everglades to the Panama Canal from October 17-27th. My first word of advice is if you are driving to the port and leaving your car, make a reservation for Park N' Go. I read the advice on TripAdvisor and took full ... Read more
formerhusker71
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
As usually independent travelers who develop our own itinerary, make lodging reservations, locate by choice and chance our meal experience, the cruise was a bit heart pounding in the planning of the unknown. All in all we traveled a few ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
19 reviews
1,472 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Is the Westerdam the best "Dam" ship in Holland America's fleet? Read on for a very detailed log / review of the 15 night sailing leaving San Diego on 10-10-14. Skip way down to the conclusion if you only want the wrap up summary. ... Read more

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