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167 Holland America Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

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Cargill
Member Since 2014
1 review
104 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took the 22-night Adriatic-Eastern Mediterranean cruise (Rome – Venice – Rome), sailing 14 April, ending on 6 May 2015. As noted by others, this was the first cruise after the two-week dry dock and re-fit, and the ship had ... Read more
Zealandia
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We booked our first cruise after selecting the Holland America 22 day Mediterranean / Adriatic option. We paid our deposit in July 2014 and waited with building excitement. That excitement quickly turned to disappointment as our ... Read more
stones58
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We gave ourselves this cruise as a 25th anniversary present. We have sailed on several cruise lines including HAL, our last cruise was great this one was the worst ship I have ever cruised on including those of my navy career. We embarked ... Read more
plr66
Member Since 2015
1 review
91 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Wow. As others have noted, this 22 day cruise was right out of dry dock, and we had Horrendous problems in terms of the continued construction we had to endure throughout the first 15 days, not to mention that no improvements were done to ... Read more
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Take me cruising
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Our second trip with HAL did not live up to expectations. Whilst the itinerary was excellent (and the reason we chose this particular ship) there were definite issues on board the ship which had just come out of dry dock. The carpet in ... Read more

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HoustonTom
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
95 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed on the Zuiderdam (i.e. Sewerdam") on a 22 day cruise beginning April 14th 2015. It was our second Holland cruise (the first was uneventful, but I was not overly impressed). On the bright side... we had 22 days of excellent ... Read more
Alan Woolf
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We have cruised many times however this was our first time with HAL. Initially we were disappointed as the vessel simply was not ready to sail with many passengers complaining of hot water and toilet issues in their cabins. We personally ... Read more
Saramae
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
From the first day of this cruise, it was clear that the Zuiderdam was not ready to accommodate a ship full of passengers. We were told that it had been in dry dock for a couple of weeks undergoing renovations and upgrades, but it quickly ... Read more
Judy Knobel
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We got to room 8020 on 4/14 to find no shower head or hose, inches of brackish water in the bathtub, broken bars in medicine chest and no curtains at all.SO NOT READY FOR PASSENGERS. When I called to ask for curtains, I was told there were ... Read more
Aussgirl
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Our first cruise with Holland America and we were very satisfied. This was the first cruise after dry dock so every one was given $200 OBC (pp) to start with. During sailaway from Civitavecchia a few technical tests were run for a short ... Read more

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HoustonTom
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
95 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We sailed on the Zuiderdam (i.e. Sewerdam") on a 22 day cruise beginning April 14th 0215. It was our second Holland cruise (the first was uneventful, but I was not overly impressed). On the bright side/. we had 22 days of excellent ... Read more
Janeroy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is our 27 th cruise on Holland America. We had a suite so will judge that however our friends were in regular cabin and I found it small compared to cabins in other HAL older ships. Guess new ships making them smaller. Our trip was ... Read more
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
8,814 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Embarkation at Civitacecchia on November 4 was the easiest and smoothest of any of our more than twenty sailings. The fact that Prinsendam only carries about 840 passengers, and that there were a fair number staying on board from a ... Read more
jm0075
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
we have cruised with P&O and Princess in excess of 25 occasions and have often seen Holland America ships alongside. We have admired the appearance of efficiency and cleanliness and decided on that basis to give them a try. We took ... Read more
brule
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
442 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We are in our 70s, celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and are 4 star mariners. We had a verandah cabin on the Verandah deck. We had a table for 2, early sitting. All the excursions we took were booked through Holland America. All ... Read more
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Sallymarch
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our trip and had a lovely stateroom with balcony (7011). We have travelled Holland America before (Veendam, Vollendam and Statendam), all of which we enjoyed. We had never been on Noordam before and have to say that the ... Read more
hillsprint
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
194 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were in a VB veranda on Deck 5 and have previously sailed with RCCL and Celebrity. There have been mixed reviews of the Noordam of late, but we found little fault and the experience exceeded that of our RCCL cruise and came close to ... Read more
broadwater27
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just competed our 11th cruise on a 22 night HAL Mediterranean cruise. Itinerery was great as was cabin amenity. Cabin boys were friendly and attentive. However standards have dropped since our previous two cruises with HAL. The ... Read more
jakano
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have only cruised 5 or 6 times, but we have experienced a number of cruise lines. We anticipated that Holland America would be at the 'high end' of cruise experiences but that wasn't our experience. I should say that many of the issues ... Read more
Surreyman
Member Since 2014
1 review
145 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We could find nothing wrong with the Noordam, no worn carpets, poor paint work, stained cushions. We cruise to visit ports and don't really use mainly of the facilities on board such as the casino - would never enter it; or other ... Read more

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cruiser4801
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
From start to finish, this 22 days Mediterranean cruise has been the worst cruise we have taken. It all started on day 1 when our Signature Beverage Package cards were not in our suite. Several hours later, the Neptune concierge advised ... Read more
ToniV
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
From Toni Vitanza -- who cruised on Noordam June 20 from Rome -- I am a flight attendant with 17 years of experience and I have frequent cruiser status with several cruise lines. This cruise was probably my seventh or eighth Med cruise. ... Read more
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cruzzer2014
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We picked this cruise especially for the ports of call. First time on Holland America. We were delighted to find the passengers mainly mature adults and that the staff welcomed family groups, many celebrating special reunions or other ... Read more
musiclovingmom
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background information: Husband and wife, ages 56 and 60, traveling with husband's brother and his wife, around the same age. This is our third cruise in Europe over the last three summers; Eastern Mediterranean on Princess, Scandinavia ... Read more
StaciaMarie1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
This was our third cruise aboard Holland America and it was WONDERFUL! Our Veranda room was perfect for the two weeks at sea. The staff is exceptional from room stewards to Officers, everyone is focused on the Customer's Experience. We ... Read more

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