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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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736 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews
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porsena
Member Since 2007
1 review
525 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
Like the colour scheme, which is more subdued than I remember on the other 3 Vista class ships, Food in the MDR seemed a step up over our last cruise on Eurodam. The wait staff have changed from pen and paper to tablets, with a noticeable ... Read more
Marycook
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Friends liked the itenary and chose the 21day package as they were interested in the ports, we joined them for the last 10 days. Cabin and cabin staff good. Ship and washrooms clean. Loved it when the captain announced a whale sighting. ... Read more
serial_traveler
Member Since 2005
1 review
119 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I have enjoyed mostly every cruise on Holland. One of mine was not so good, but that was do to a typhoon from Russia that hit us after we stopped at Sitka. It was very scary and they chained the doors shut so no one would be foolish enough ... Read more
Keeversdad
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Holland America generally appeals to an older crowd and as a couple in their mid-sixties we were definitely among the youngest onboard. The Zuiderdam is starting to show her age (a 2002 build) with some upgrades made. We were told that ... Read more
jazq20a
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was very misrepresented in the website and available information from the cruise line. It was only "back to back cruises" not a separate all in one cruise. entertainment and activities were mostly repeated the second two ... Read more
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sandij
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
1,840 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We just returned from a wonderful 11 days in the Southern Caribbean, had beautiful warm weather although we returned to cold rain in Fort Lauderdale. The ship was well maintained and easy to travel in. We had a aft balcony room that ... Read more
Estomvhe
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We choose the 10 Day Cruise instead of the 11 Day because we liked the only being at sea 1 day between ports. We drove from Iowa to Ft Lauderdale and arrived in time to embark without a long waits or lines. Parking was very close to the ... Read more
Cruise planning
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We choose this ship because of the Inspirational Group Mercy Me, wanted to try this new ship, and had never visited Key West. My husband read some reviews the day before we left and he wondered why we were on that ship after reading so ... Read more
Ladyrdhd
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My boyfriend and I both wanted to experience Central America and go through the Panama Canal. For Christmas he surprised me with a cruise. He had experienced Holland America cruising before, and raved about it. This was my first time on ... Read more
bbeachgal
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
101 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We have taken this cruise twice already. We like the ports, and it is a 14 day which we enjoy just the right amount of time to get away. We are retired and just go on the cruise to enjoy the pampering we get. The staff on the Oosterdam ... Read more
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rfurth
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Wanted to see South America and enjoy life aboard the Zaandam. Trouble first started at the Casino where I was supposed to get $75 of free play. It took 3 days and a lot of fighting with the casino manager to get the money. Next was the ... Read more
TexasDavid7
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
134 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was a "Bucket List" cruise for me and an "I'm along for the ride" cruise for my DW. We are 3 Star Cruisers with HAL. We had spectacular views and also appalling views of poverty. Embarkation: The ship is a good ... Read more
SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
623 forum posts
30 helpful votes
We chose this cruise on a short notice three weeks before sailaway. Having had a focus on Celebrity Cruises before, we were in the mood to try something new, since Celebrity turned towards a path in the past, which was more and more not ... Read more
Up4Travel69
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I chose this cruise as I was interested in a January cruise and this was the newest ship for the mature traveler. The ship is very fresh and clean and quite easy to maneuver if you've ever been on a cruise before. This was close to my ... Read more
bari1022
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
20 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I took 38 people on the Jan. 8, 2017 sailing of the Konigsdam and we were all expecting a great cruise. Boy.....we're we wrong !!! The weather started off poorly with mean seas , high winds and tremendous waves and the ship was rocking ... Read more
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GaryatMSU
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Recently returned from January 8 to 15 cruise to Eastern Caribbean, making stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. Passengers were mainly over 60, with a few families and younger children. Ate several times in main dining ... Read more
loutag
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Overview The Holland America Koningsdam is a sleek new ship. It has an appealing interior design enhanced by attractive flower arrangements and both contemporary and traditional works of art. The ship handled reasonably well in the 20 ... Read more
rmacleod141
Member Since 2017
1 review
My wife and I (a senior couple) chose a back-to-back on the Westerdam in January to Mexico and Hawaii to try to get away from the cold, wind, and rain of a Victoria January. We had sailed once before with the line, on the old ... Read more
DISGRUNTLED AUSSIES
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We like NZ and have been there on land, but wished to see the Sounds and ports offered. In the past HAL gave reasonable value for $ and "tried" to sort our differences. We are two 70yr olds and travel on ships geared for minimal ... Read more
FORSTERGADABOUT
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our annual company closedown in January each year, when we must take most of our annual holiday leave. The price was great for this peak holiday time in Australia. Both the embarkation and ... Read more
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sandanmann
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Service was excellent, crew was very friendly, food was great! Not crowded and never waited in a line for anything, getting on/off (usually a zoo) was smoothest ever. Our first suite experience out of 12 cruises on many different lines ... Read more
agouram5
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Late decision to celebrate New Year's Eve on a cruise and Eurodam was the best deal we could find. Enjoyed the Zuiderdam in the Med and this ship is a sister with only a few different bars, rooms. Thought the food was terrific, fresh, ... Read more
edmondryan
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Myself and My Husband checked with a travel agent before doing this cruise. We had done 5 cruises before but never a Holland American. Heard the Koningsdam was a new ship and the price was reasonable. We had a inside cabin which was a ... Read more
Critic lady
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have sailed before on different lines and knew what we were searching for -- quiet, mature relaxation. We found it on Holland America. We made a point to search for ships that had no waterslides or theme parks on top. We wanted no ... Read more
bobabcd
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we were on the same ship in July in Norway and wanted to see what differences there would be operating in the Caribbean. The entertainment venues and the entertainers on this ship are top rate. The troop ... Read more
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