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371 Holland America Romantic Cruise Reviews

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icini
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
Sailed four weeks ago
Last minute choice. Rather overpriced but it did tick the boxes and I enjoyed it greatly, would consider using HAL again if a cheaper alternative did not include the ports I wanted to see. Always managed to find a sun lounger, even on ... Read more
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PL56
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
My husband and I have cruised many times, but never with Holland America. We chose them as we liked the Riviera itinerary and it certainly did not disappoint, nor did the Oosterdam. The ship has just been re-done and is stunning. Very ... Read more
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colocruisefan
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
12 forum posts
8 helpful votes
My wife and I just got back from our 14 night Baltic Sea cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam, starting and ending in Amsterdam. I give this cruise average marks overall, for the reasons below. Pros of Cruise: 1. Our cabin ... Read more
beth singer
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My husband and I chose this cruise because it fit into our timetable and allowed a visit to Vancouver. I sailed with HAL several years ago on an older ship and did not have a good experience but since it fit we decided to give it another ... Read more
MathLady123
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail for longer than a week and leave from our home town of Boston. We were also curious as to the Canadian ports which we can visit on vacation in the future sans ship. Both of us had cruised ... Read more

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Piqua41
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This ship and Holland America were fantastic! We explored Vancouver for a few days before setting sail from there, and both the embarkation and disembarkation were organized like a finely-calibrated engine. The ship was extremely ... Read more
iluvlabbies
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We had wanted to take a Mediterranean cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Since we own 4 weeks with Marriott, we were able to use our vacation club points to choose this cruise. We booked this in the summer of 2015 and were able to ... Read more
sabrefan
Member Since 2007
1 review
116 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Just some background on my wife and myself. We have been on Princess (2) cruises, Oceania (4) cruises and Celebrity (6) cruises. We are active people in our early 60's. This cruise on Koningsdam was our first on HAL. Pros: 1. Nice to ... Read more
OBCruiser44
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This Ship takes the Glacier Bay Park Tour. With it being first tour to Alaska, wanted to see the national park. Overall, the Cruise was very good. Embarkation and disembarking were smoothly run and most staff eager to make this happen. ... Read more
Los Angeles Travel Bug
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was the third cruise my husband and I have been on, but first time with HAL. We chose this cruise to see the beautiful Norwegian Fjords, and because we liked the idea of being on a beautiful new ship. We booked it knowing that a new ... Read more

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Traveling red
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
First time cruise, anniversary trip with my husband and sister and brother in law. Was one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. Holland knows customer service, we felt pampered every day, from the wonderful cabin stewards and ... Read more
KiwiRoaming
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 forum posts
Staff, crew, and cruise experience: This was our first cruise, and we're hooked. Apart from a minor hiccup with the computers going down at embarkation, the staff and crew ran the rest of our 28 day cruise like clock work. From the ... Read more
s411y
Member Since 2016
1 review
We chose this cruise as it was the right timing for us leaving from where we were staying in the tail end of our honeymoon travels . We loved the Tamarind restaurant and the dining room, We tried Pinnacle restaurant twice and were ... Read more
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lakeforestCA
Member Since 2006
1 review
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise for the different ports it stopped at. This was our 4th Alaskan cruise and our first with HAL. We probably won't go on anther HAL cruise as we were not impressed. Everything was average at best. The food in the ... Read more
isewnsew@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
For years our bucket list has included a trip to Alaska. We are newly retired and chose the 14-day land/sea package offered by HAL. Having only cruised two other times, both with other cruise lines, this was our first HAL experience. We ... Read more

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clovis_12000@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
They made a very convincing advertisement for their cruise ship. They said it would be relaxing, but it was not. We wanted to relax, so I purchased their Couple's Massage worth $295.00. I knew it was overpriced, but ... Read more
Len2006
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
27 forum posts
7 helpful votes
The Eurodam's refurbishment has transformed it's cabins to the most beautiful and comfortable accommodation we've ever seen aboard a cruise ship.(we were in a Neptune Suite cabin 7051) My wife and I were in Europe for a Seabourn cruise ... Read more
tthdoc1
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our 8th HAL cruise and second time on the Oosterdam. Perfect size ship (82K tons, 2200 passengers) and has recently been renovated (built in 2003). Never felt like we were on a crowded cruise ship. We had sailed on the Oosterdam ... Read more
Christine81
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Our cruise to AK on the Westerdam (July 2016) was wonderful. Arrival: Embarking process was efficient. Our cabin was clean and ready to go when we arrived at noon. We used the luggage direct service and are glad we did! First ... Read more
Czech1
Member Since 2015
1 review
52 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Rather mediocre quality food and entertainment for the most part. Food was overly sauced and fancy but the end result was "strange tasting food" that reflected the Filipino and Indonesian influences of the chef. Maybe 2 -3 ... Read more

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Ken the cruiser
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
143 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our 5th HAL cruise and we had a great time. Yes, HAL has some growing pains with their new ship, especially when it comes to dealing with a much larger group of passengers. The ship: No complaints. Every ship is different and ... Read more
onyourmark
Member Since 2003
14 reviews
494 forum posts
10 helpful votes
After cruising on newer Celebrity and Royal Caribbean larger ships, the Noordam appeared compact, dimly lit and rich in traditional décor. We booked the 14 day return Alaska cruise from Vancouver less than one week prior to the July ... Read more
NW SOUTHERNBELLE
Member Since 2010
1 review
106 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose HAL because we love this cruise line and this was our first time on Ms Westerdam to Alaska and we were not disappointed. The Westerdam had some slight wear but we experienced no major issues on our cruise. We did encounter some ... Read more
Jing2le_bells
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
The Volendam is a wonderful ship, elegant and not too big. The crew were excellent especially the Rotterdam dining team. The casual Lido was also good as well as the burgers and hotdogs by the pool. Just be careful when you order drinks. ... Read more
sheryl27
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I have been wanting to visit Alaska, this cruise seemed like the perfect opportunity. The ship was granted access to cruise through Glacier Bay and through the Inside Passage. The cruise itself was amazing. The captain made daily ... Read more

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