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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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317 Holland America Romantic Cruise Reviews

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Deb at sea
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on Holland America. We have done 4 or 5 cruises on Princess (very positive experiences) and 1 on Carnival. The positives: food and service was excellent; bed was comfortable; gym was good; Glacier Bay was ... Read more
Catalina
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
552 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We have been on about 14 cruises, various lines, and multiple HAL ones. This had it's share of good and bad and ugly. The ship is getting old and a little shabby, but otherwise OK. They should paint the hallways of the staterooms ... Read more
Mosoko
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
My husband and I (60s, late 50s) have just returned from our wonderful Baltic Adventure sailing. Almost 40 cruises for myself as a travel agent since 1978, and my husband has sailed on around 20. We like that Holland America is keeping ... Read more
Thorswife59
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
First time on HAL but we've cruised before with Carnival, Princess and Cunard. We had a fabulous cruise start to finish! The Amsterdam is a beautiful ship! Loved all of the elegant touches like live orchids on every table in the Lido ... Read more
Crusin Aggie
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We very much enjoyed our time on the Maasdam. The ship has been impeccably maintained and of course the HAL crew/staff are all top-notch. No complaints and I even won in the casino! Canada/New England has some very rural stops as well as ... Read more

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sechelt
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
The toilet would not flush after use for the first three days of the voyage. After each failure, I notified the front desk. One night it flushed on its own at 2:00AM. On the third afternoon, the door locks failed. The ship staff ... Read more
ijsprinses
Member Since 2014
1 review
47 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise and we had a great time. Our cabin with verandah was very nice, the bed was very good. we didn't have any post drydock issues! Our stewards were friendly and efficient. We were really impressed with the food: ... Read more
guyjud
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We have previously done cruises on Regent, Seabourne, and Uniworld so while not a cruise snob, I have been fortunate to experience some of the top cruise lines. I chose Prinsendam because the itinerary was interesting; the boat was small; ... Read more
izzielu61
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My husband and I booked this cruise and I would definitely do that again and recommend that to any one wanting to book a cruise. Our travel agent took wonderful care of us and knew just what to do and answered all of our questions. She ... Read more
LEMPEREUR
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This is the first time I write something here but I read critics for years. Especially the bad one because it make me laugh. Most of them are so exaggerated. I smile when I read think like this : '' Nothing was interesting in the MDR. Food ... Read more

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ichinensei
Member Since 2012
1 review
37 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
I just finished the 7 day Bermuda cruise out of Boston with Holland America's Veendam. First let me start with the positives. The positive is that there is a DIY laudromat. It's cheap too. $2 for wash and $1 for drying. This is good ... Read more
clarkie02360
Member Since 2011
1 review
37 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
My wife & I celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Veendam 6/27-7/4 Boston to Bermuda. Overall it was a fantastic trip. Having read all the negative reviews regarding the Veendam we were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service ... Read more
astrophysical
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Our 7 night experience on the Amsterdam was both good and bad. Physically, the ship is beautiful. Our room steward was outstanding. The itinerary was great. The spa was outstanding, and the special "thermal suite" was well ... Read more
federalexpress
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
First timers (apart from a very brief taster cruise on Costa) in our 50's/60's and not really into the idea of cruising, but were attracted by the itinerary which covered mainly the Norwegian Fjords and Scotland. We did indeed like the ... Read more
da resort
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
Ship could use some big time updating. Bathrooms were ancient. Plumbing issue on first morning (early) caused flooding of cabin. Maintenance came and asked us to leave the room while they made repairs. Water spilt over from the ... Read more

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Cindyatsea
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with HAL and we were very impressed with their level of service and the standard of the ship. We have cruised many times with other companies with our last experience being a terrible cruise with Celebrity in ... Read more
jwhamlin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We have cruised with Princess 7 previous times and this was our first HAL cruise. Overall I can say I would recommend Hal to friends. I would say that HAL is more for the cruiser who prefers to pass time quietly rather than ... Read more
walkpl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
This was my first experience sailing with HA. As a travel professional, I have the opportunity to sail and know many ships. This one was a total disaster. The passenger mix was pretty old and activities were geared to that. I spent ... Read more
williebegoode
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. ... Read more
Rosethorn40
Member Since 2009
16 reviews
1,016 forum post
0 helpful votes
A little background on me; I am 54 (Turned 54 on this cruise), DH is 58. This was our 23rd cruise, 2nd time on Holland America, 3rd cruise in Europe. Have mostly sailed with Princess & Carnival, but also on NCL, RCCL, and 2 river ... Read more

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Lalokau
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We did a land sea tour to Denali followed by the cruise through Glacier Bay to Vancouver stopping at various ports on the way. We booked all our tours through HAL. The embarkation was a breeze. Quick friendly and efficient. We ... Read more
dmaikui
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
41 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
I've been on 12 HAL cruises. However, never on the Amsterdam. We were in a Neptune Suite #7016. Worst cabin I've ever had. I've been on 38 cruises, with various cruise lines so I know what should and shouldn't be. This cabin shook and the ... Read more
bittner.joanne@gmail.com
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Flew to Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed at the Marriott Waterfront which was nice and convenient. Hotel arranged a shuttle to the terminal the next day. Very easy embarkation due to the fact that you can carry on your own ... Read more
sunsetbeachgal
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
6,161 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise based on Itinerary...it was a Baltic cruise that did NOT visit St. Petersburg, which is hard to find. (Note: we had been to St. Petersburg years ago and did not care to visit there again.) This particular itinerary ... Read more
arizonasunlover
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I and two of our friends recently cruised with Nieuw Amsterdam on the Mediterranean Tapestry cruise in May 2015. We are still talking about what a wonderful experience it was with their friendly, helpful crew and fantastic ... Read more

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