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371 Holland America Romantic Cruise Reviews

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ZekeC5
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
TylerRose
Member Since 2002
9 reviews
803 forum posts
51 helpful votes
Empty Nesters... It is finally our time to travel where & when we want! We just returned from our 7 night cruise sharing HAL'S premier voyage on the ms Koningsdam. (Our very first premier voyage!) We headed to Italy a few days early ... Read more
InTheWASide
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
4,114 forum posts
46 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
**In the interest of full disclosure this was a "shakedown cruise" that was not open to the general public and some work was still being completed in some areas (installation of some art pieces and so forth). I will not discuss ... Read more

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The 2 Ds
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
51 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as there were 2 islands we had not visited. We have sailed multiple times with Holland and the Carribean. When we arrived at the terminal there was a bit of a line for check in. We completed this step ... Read more
WoodBoss
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
11 helpful votes
First time on the Maasdam but our 8th trip on HAL. First time on this class ship. We had no problems with our stateroom (a larger ocean view) but did hear from other passengers that some leaking had occurred. I noticed a large fan at the ... Read more
heartgifts
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had never been on a Holland ship and went as a recommendation of good friends, who were also with us. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze and we chose to take our own luggage off. Our trip included a free drink package, meal at the ... Read more
joepaul2
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had problems in our booked room 150 due to rolling noises from ceiling. We did report it and after 2 sleepless nights we were given room 069. It was perfect. The service desk also sent us a bottle of wine, which was fine. Our problem ... Read more
Buffett123
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
17 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First was not going to write a review since ship is doing a transatlantic and then dry dock but after looking over some of the last reviews I thought they were unfair and totally misleading. This was our 9 cruise on five different lines ... Read more

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ghough
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
156 forum posts
21 helpful votes
We flew overnight from Miami to Santiago, arriving 8:30 a.m. We had an interesting 3-hour Turis (Pauline and driver Juan) led tour of Santiago. A very thorough introduction to the historical and cultural highlights of Santiago. Five ... Read more
cruisetennis
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
20 helpful votes
My wife and I had a wonderful cruise on board Zaandam. The ship, despite being 16 years old, is still in very top condition. The cabin washroom is equipped well and looks quite modern. All common areas are well maintained. This is our 12th ... Read more
Griyagray
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Everything you wish a cruise won't be is what this cruise was. The ship itself older but refurbished. Needs to be put out of commission really. Ports advertised were not ports we visited. Nicaragua was cancelled never knew why, ... Read more
cormike1
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
2,056 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our 2nd HAL cruise, last year on the NA, and we were not disappointed! We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks. We booked a guarantee verandah and were upgraded to a Spa Verandah cabin on deck 10, room 10020. I would not pay extra ... Read more
afohara
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our cruise on Holland America was a deep disappointment. We began by having Holland America picking up our luggage at the hotel--and promptly losing it for the entire voyage. A baggage department employee tried to blame the airline and, ... Read more

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thack1992
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 helpful votes
Ok, Here's the good... The entertainment was very good. The Blues Club and Piano Bar were great. The steel drum band Island Magic was absolutely awesome. The comedian was also very good. We enjoyed the ports as well. The beach ... Read more
Pepperharris
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
My husband & I have cruised at least 12 times prior to this on other cruise lines but decided for our 25th anniversary we would book with Holland America based upon their reputation as a 5 star experience. Boy did we ever make a ... Read more
jkalderman
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
I have completed over 20 cruises, large ships, small ships and river cruises. Overall, Holland America does a good job. You need to recognize they appeal to a certain demographic, i.e. the 50+ crowd. Pluses include they are not pushy ... Read more
mcasey4640
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
This was the fifth cruise for my husband and me. Although there were no major problems, we'd rate this one five of five. 1. Pros- nice decor, not as much of a constant sales pitch as other cruises, good cabin crew. We got a good ... Read more
SuperdudeAbides
Member Since 2015
1 review
41 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First time cruisers (my dear wife and myself) we read reviews, we did our research. Getting on and off the ship was an art, it was flawless and the airlines could learn a lot. The ship (though old) gave a great first impression and the ... Read more

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FMgals
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
Hello, We have been loyal HAL Cruisers the decade or so and have always been quite happy with the ships, the service, the food and our accommodations. We decided to try a Caribbean Cruise to get away for the Xmas and New Years ... Read more
mandy35
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Our 7th cruise but the first with Holland America. We normally book a balcony room but as the choice was so limited when we booked we went for an ocean view and were very happy with the cabin. The bed was the comfiest we have had on any ... Read more
debbucky
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
My husband and I just got back from our first cruise in many years. This was a test of sorts to see if we are 'cruise ready' for the next phase in our lives as empty nesters/early retiree's. (mid 50's) Chose HAL because of price and ... Read more
Ayden
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
126 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We returned last night from what will now be referred to as 'the trip from Hell on the Oosterclunk'. I will start out by saying we have taken 28 cruises on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Azamara, and in the past 12 months, two ... Read more
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pwuchief
Member Since 2012
1 review
35 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ok - new Zealand was great - except for Akaroa where we were not able to tender because of high winds (do not book a tour called the Mail Run - they do not refund). All other ports were great and interesting. Fiji portion - well if you ... Read more

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