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364 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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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
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

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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
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

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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
1 review
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

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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
1,451 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
Canmorecruise
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was on my husband's bucket list. We had done Alaska with Holland America on the Westerdam 2 years ago and the Caribbean 2 yrs before that. We had never done a 20 day cruise before but the itenary was great and a full transit seemed ... Read more
xLibLabLady
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
962 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I had a wonderful time. It was an excellent way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.This is a great itinerary, and we love this ship. It is a perfect size. The Amsterdam is a beautiful ship, with marvelous artwork ... Read more

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ew2103
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is the reviewer's second cruise. The first was on the Nieuw Amsterdam (same line, western Caribbean), and I enjoyed it so much I booked this cruise on board. The Amsterdam is a beautiful ship, with marvelous artwork throughout. ... Read more
travelpa
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
this was our 4th cruise with HAL our first on the Westerdam, staying at the recommended hotel the evening before we though this would be the easy way for embarkation, instead it was confusing and the women organising the transfers etc. ... Read more
jarand
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
620 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised on several Holland, Princess, and Carnival ships. From our experience, Holland just doesn't deliver on their "upscale" image. We end up on HAL primarily because of their itineraries. The Amsterdam is in good condition and ... Read more
clampo
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
This was my 65th birthday present. I sailed with my partner who is 58. First impressions - fellow passengers had a much older age profile than we have found on other lines. A lot had mobility issues, I was amazed at the number of mobility ... Read more
Cleo1611
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
54 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my 8th cruise, 3rd with HAL and 2nd time on the Zuiderdam. I found the Zuiderdam was clean, and in good condition, not worn as others had previously posted. No problems with air conditioning or toilets. The crew often ... Read more

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