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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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400 Holland America Romantic Cruise Reviews
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Buford1949
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed June 2016
Heard many people comment on Holland America not being a "party boat" cruise, mostly formmore elderly people. Also, very clean, and friendly wait staff. All this was true, however I was dissappointed in the tough steaks. I had ... Read more
FlynnHolly
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
19 helpful votes
Drawn to this Holland America 21 day Norway, Baltic Treasures Koningsdam cruise by the great itinary, previous excellent experience with HAL service, on Nieuw Amsterdam, we are independent travellers who enjoy the ease of relaxing ... Read more
Chuck Dammeir
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we could sail out of Amsterdam during a trip to visit our son who lives there. We also chose this cruise so we could experience Holland's newest ship, the Koningsdam. The ship certainly did not disappoint ... Read more
Seeing the World2
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
HAL's new ship was well appointed, modern feel throughout and up-to-date with the latest technology. Even as the largest HAL ship it maintIned the intimate feel that their cruises have. Kudos to HAL on the Konigsdam overall. The ... Read more
Nate8466
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I have taken two cruises on the Holland America lines and I've come back with the same opinion on both. They sucked. The dinning was lousy, the food was bad and the service was lousy, especially on the Amsterdam. I took this same cruise 10 ... Read more
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Noemi Simaki
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
My partner and I are in our early 30s and this was our second cruise. Our first was with Royal Caribbean to the South Pacific. We chose Holland America expecting a better experience considering the price difference was substantial (almost ... Read more
dhtteach
Member Since 2015
1 review
78 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My husband and I had never traveled to the Mediterranean. This trip had been on our bucket list for years. We are so thankful to have had this amazing experience. Our main reason for cruising is to give us an opportunity have a taste of ... Read more
Pukkepuk
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
21 helpful votes
My wife and I booked an accessible stateroom at the new Koningsdam, hoping to have a beautiful holiday. At the end however, this was our worst experience ever! We live in Amsterdam and cruised before with Celebrity. We had 2 wonderful ... Read more
jadragnfly
Member Since 2000
1 review
170 forum posts
15 helpful votes
we wanted to cruise on a brand new ship and watched video etc online looked ok. not enough seating at most venues. took lunches away at some specialty restaurants like tamarind. have more pay for gelato ,pay for beer,pay for cokes type ... Read more
venison
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
23 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, dates and because it was a new ship...last year was the first time we sailed with HAL, so we booked this new ship while onboard the Eurodam since we also received the shipboard credit. ... Read more
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seniorcruiser1956
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
All of my friends told me the wonders of Holland America and how great they were...we were excited. Paid a lot of money for a room in the bowels of the ship, lots of noise from the engines but we figured, how much time do you spend in ... Read more
mikethebus
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This Cruise was supposed to be part of a 19 day treat for my wife to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I booked a mini suite (6118) and once on board disappointment set in as the rooms were old and dated with trim missing and ... Read more
Teachers Travel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3 forum posts
24 helpful votes
My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam with identical cruises ... Read more
Van2010
Member Since 2016
1 review
38 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it exceeded our expectations. The cruise departed from our own city, for a good price so we booked it a month prior to the sailing. Our stateroom 5127 had a verandah and we would recommend booking one. We ... Read more
meriberi
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
56 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, which included the Riviera, several stops in Provence, and a stop for the Alhambra (although Granada was quite a distance from Almeria, it was worth the trip). We are 2 active Americans in our 30s, ... Read more
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LJBaker
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 helpful votes
This was our 16th cruise, second on Hal. We chose because of the new ship of the MS Koningsdam and the christening cruise, plus we liked several of the ports as well. It was one of the most fabulous trips we have ever taken. The ... Read more
davefromcanmore
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
As a long time HAL Fan we were looking for a quick respite from our busy life. We were stunned at how far HAL had fallen. Service was slow, error prone and wait times for dining were totally unacceptable. We have invested a lot of time ... Read more
swapilot
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
49 forum posts
26 helpful votes
We had a great time seeing Alaska, the weather was great and the scenery was beautiful but the ship was lacking in many areas. We had cruised on Holland many times in the past and really liked Holland. We are 3 Star Mariners but we ... Read more
kmfreytag@comcast.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Just got back from sailing on the Eurodam from Venice. We had a one night stay prior to sailing in Venice at the Bonvecchiati Hotel. The water taxi transfers from the airport to the hotel went smoothly. Our room at the hotel was a ... Read more
Ms Mich
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Embarkation went very smoothly. Stayed on deck 5 (Main). Very quiet, but felt like sleeping in a crate as ship is old and creaky with each sea swell. Had to take extra Bonine one night just to get to sleep. They need to retire the ... Read more
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Red Sox
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
31 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Nothing really negative to say about this cruise.We got on and off without any problems,the cabin was was great and the service thruout the ship was the best. We toured each and every port and had a great time in each.The only thing we ... Read more
jwsfun
Member Since 2007
9 reviews
22 forum posts
52 helpful votes
Boarded in Rome and went right to the cabin to unpack- ( see Cabin Review). Note avoid connecting cabins. This was literally the only thing that really that wasn't great about this trip. You can hear pretty much everything that goes on ... Read more
ZekeC5
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
Always enjoy the service and accomodations on Holland America. First group to set sail after it had been in dry dock with 2 weeks of upgrades. A beautiful ship with a great transformation. The Northern Lights bar exit and the new lounge ... Read more
D-Town
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
240 forum posts
31 helpful votes
I'm a seasoned cruiser. Platinum on Princess and Elite on Celebrity. I've also sailed with Cunard, RCI and Costa. This was my first sailing on Holland America. Arriving at the Port in Barcelona embarkation was smooth and easy. ... Read more
springmountain
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
6 forum posts
61 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
A little background before you read my review. I have cruised 7 times, 6 on newer NCL ships, and once on the Disney Dream. I booked this first cruise ever with the Koningsdam because of the itinerary - not because of the cruise line or ... Read more
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