Holland America Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

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275 Holland America Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews
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Mesalady537
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
I chose this cruise based on the itinerary which I thoroughly enjoyed. Shore excursions thru HAL were very educational with good tour guides with one exception. Food in both the dining room and Lido was very good. Did not have the ... Read more
Gulliver1956
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Well, except for some small points about the shipping company and the boat as: The reserved cabin, Signature Suite category SY "guaranteed", does not correspond with the awarded (6108) Suite SS category, supposedly superior ... Read more
klscaz
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
848 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
This was the first cruise after dry dock. We did not experience any issues in our stateroom. We did see some steps in the main dining room where the carpet needed to be tacked down. Deck 10 was closed but this was not a problem for us. HAL ... Read more
Darshan1
Member Since 2009
14 reviews
33 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Based on my experience with the Veendam and now the Westerdam, Holland America Corporate doesn't give its ships enough time in drydock to finish repairs and modifications. That caused major problems for some passengers from broken glass ... Read more
monkeyman18
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
I chose this cruise for the destinations especially Dubrovnik and a chance to relive memories of Malta and Gozo. On arrival at the embarkation I could not believe how simple and easy check in went - on board within 30 minutes of ... Read more
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HappyTravelFan
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise for the great itinerary. As for embarkation, getting aboard the ship went incredibly smoothly, but then the issues began. The tone set from the beginning was negative. No welcoming glass of juice, much less champagne, ... Read more
Europeantraveler1
Member Since 2014
1 review
53 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our third cruise with HAL. Previous cruises were on the Niew Amsterdam (upgraded to Neptune Suite) to the Mediterranean several years ago (originated out of Venice but once past Dubrovnik we ran into severe weather eliminating ... Read more
wheeljammer
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
14 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary which included two Turkish ports. Sadly both were cancelled due to the problems recently. Instead we did Nafplion and Rhodes, both of which were lovely in their own right but the loss of Turkey was a ... Read more
Ocean Fun
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
I joined the Rotterdam in Rome, sailed the Mediterranean and crossed the Atlantic from the Madeira Islands to Ft. Lauderdale. (This was a 46 day cruise that originated in Montreal and ended in Ft. Lauderdale. The Rotterdam crew payed ... Read more
LarsRenate
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This cruise where specially choosen becuase of a promise from our agent and the cruise liner, it should have been a nice, comfortable and entertaining tour for a transatlantic travel from Rome to Tampa in Florida. Our experiences from ... Read more
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Pickle14
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Great time of the year weather wise. Be sure to pre-order tickets to visit Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. In Madeira we had an excellent tour in a van. There were 6 of us and the price was very reasonable. Because the ship is small , ... Read more
d-lions
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Food was excellent. Service as usual on HAL wonderful. Entertainment great. Absolutely no negative comments! Enjoyed the guest lectures. Loved the BB king music and dancing Billboard piano's and music selections excellent The ... Read more
lillacorlee
Member Since 2012
1 review
9 helpful votes
This cruise was very disappointing compared to other cruises I have been on.I was most annoyed with the non-self serve in the Lido Buffet.By the time we went through each line up to get what we wanted our food was cold.It was VERY ... Read more
SabreSailor
Member Since 2006
1 review
1,027 forum post
21 helpful votes
For some background, we: - are both around 70 years old and very active - have been on HAL cruises exclusively since 1998 (this was our 12th) - have sailed on three S-class, one R-class, and all the Vistas/Signatures except the ... Read more
lagunaman
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
318 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Chose this to experience the new ship and compare it to my other cruises on many Dam ships Found great innovation and excellent additions such as the Queens Lounge amd the extra restaurants and speciallynthe New York Deli and superb ... Read more
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novanurse
Member Since 2012
1 review
I must admit that I was very disappointed in this cruise ship. It is just like the other cruise ships now and has very little of what I sail Holland America for. It was nice and had the new car smell but did not have any soul. The staff ... Read more
janieS
Member Since 2003
1 review
37 forum posts
6 helpful votes
With trepidation we boarded the ship. We had read such dire reviews. Our thoughts were quite the opposite. The ship is new and modern, clean and well appointed. Our Veranda cabin was compact but functional. Plenty of room for all of our ... Read more
travl4fun
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
33 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We are experienced cruisers and a frequent cruiser with HAL. This ship is not up to to HAL quality in several important ways. The cabins are the smallest in the fleet! And don't get me started on the hard hard mattresses - we had to ask ... Read more
Literacy Lady
Member Since 2010
1 review
505 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We took the Konigsdam for transportation home after spending several weeks in Europe. We booked it because it was at the right time and because we wanted to try the new HAL ship. We liked the ship itself, but there were changes that could ... Read more
pando68
Member Since 2009
1 review
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we have traveled extensively on other Holland America ships and we were anxious to sail on the new Koningsdam. There was lots to like about the new ship and some things that we felt were lacking. We ... Read more
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crackers10
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We enjoy the sea days and we wished to experience the newest ship in the HAL fleet. There was much to like on the ship, excellent staff, great food, sparkling clean, impressive World Stage, good dancers group etc. However there were ... Read more
Sailawaynow
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
60 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We looked forward to this cruise for almost a year and were disappointed. First the GOOD: The Koningsdam is new and thus everything is sparkling clean and refreshing. The public rooms and staterooms are spotless, the linens are ... Read more
ThelmLou
Member Since 2012
17 reviews
3 helpful votes
We booked this first Transatlantic for the Koningsdam before the ship was built and was very happy we did so. We LOVED the Koningsdam - more like a Celebrity ship than a traditional HAL ship. She is beautifully decorated and very ... Read more
Daisyloo
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
1,786 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Before we took this cruise we were getting worried because it seemed most of the reviews we were reading were very negative. Well, we were very happy with the ship, the service, the food and the entertainment. The embarkation in ... Read more
SATXCruising
Member Since 2015
1 review
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 2nd cruise on this ship. The music options is far better than any cruise line (Carnival, RCCL, NCL, Princess, Seabourn). The shows were excellent in one of the most unique show rooms. The lights and sound was super. Seats ... Read more
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