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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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506 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews

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mikethebus
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
This Cruise was supposed to be part of a 19 day treat for my wife to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I booked a mini suite (6118) and once on board disappointment set in as the rooms were old and dated with trim missing and ... Read more
Teachers Travel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam with identical cruises ... Read more
Jojomom
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Love , love, love the size of the ship! Embarkation was a breeze- The ships decor is very nice! Love the enclosed pool area, the retreat area was one of my favorite spots! Extremely clean ship!! Rooms very nice. The service we received was ... Read more
Van2010
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it exceeded our expectations. The cruise departed from our own city, for a good price so we booked it a month prior to the sailing. Our stateroom 5127 had a verandah and we would recommend booking one. We ... Read more
patandjohn@mindspring.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on a Holland America ship and we found it to be the nicest we have yet experienced. We have sailed on NCL and Celebrity in the past. We combined two separate cruises to get a 29 day total. The first was a 17 ... Read more

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JForbes-Murphy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
We absolutely hated this cruise!! This was our fourth cruise with Holland America and our last! The good parts of the cruise were our room stewards were quite nice and did a good job; our servers in the dinning room were also quite nice ... Read more
Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Although we are much younger than the average person on the ship, we did enjoy it. The ship itself needs to be upgraded i.e. TVs, stateroom furniture, WiFi, Unfortunately, some of the needed work of chipping rust on deck happened ... Read more
BWV
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose the 7-day Gems of Spain for a short getaway, and it was perfect. Embarkation was hassle-free and fast. We had a Signature Suite and loved the size - especially the double sink in the bathroom. We attended the embarkation lunch, ... Read more
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Exseadog
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This time last year I wrote that Holland America were a company to be avoided. This resulted from problems experienced on the Veendam on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego, their dissembling as to the reasons for the problems and ... Read more
b4mug
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was the second cruise with HAL as they promised they would get it right this time as they got it so wrong on our first cruise. My wife is very hard of hearing and when she takes her aids out to go to sleep at night she is totally deaf ... Read more
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FieryGoddess
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Having never before tried Holland America, but, knowing they were rated 5*, we took advantage of the spring break, hoping for lovely time, good food and good weather. Sadly, these expectations were not met (apart from the weather). ... Read more
donnabolger
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation for our panama Sunfarer cruise was very smooth. We arrived at cruise port by 11 and were on the ship by noon. We are an older couple (65 and 71) so we fit right in with the much older crowd than we have been with on other ... Read more
Zumba dancing queen
Member Since 2012
1 review
20 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This is our third cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam and our 7th on Holland America. We got a balcony spa stateroom on Deck 10, which is our favorite location. We decided not to go to the formal nights, as we wanted total relaxation and that ... Read more
lflores30@wi.rr.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and it was a great experience. Being claustrophobic, I was unsure of my reaction to being out on the water and not able to see land. But, there is so much activity on the ship to distract you from those thoughts. ... Read more
CruiseGal1213
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I can't compare HAL to any other line as it's the only one I've cruised on. However, my Mother was on almost every line available in the US and Europe. After she tried HAL she stayed with them and became a 4 star mariner until her ... Read more

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landandsealover
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We were drawn to the Holland America Volendam cruise because of the itinerary. We did not take the entire 35 days, but opted for the 16 days from Hong Kong to Tokyo. The ship itself is smaller than many these days but just right for us. It ... Read more
Mr. Pierce
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
We have cruised with Holland America Line on 14 of their cruises on various vessels. This was our first experience on the ms Volendam. First of all, the employees on the ms Volendam, like nearly all of their sister vessels' employees, ... Read more
celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
48 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise was on our "bucket list!" The ports in New Zealand and Australia that we did visit were good. We did run into a mechanical problem and were not able to sail to Auckland or Bay of Islands. This was unfortunate, but ... Read more
ibfishing2
Member Since 2011
1 review
341 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This is our third cruise with Holland Cruise line. We have enjoyed all of them but a little disappointed this time because we had to miss two ports that we were looking forward to visiting. The ship had "Mechanical issues" and ... Read more
Waterboy4
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because the perks that went along with it were very good. We also took a transatlantic last year and enjoyed it, so we were game for another one. We specifically wanted to end up in Rome as we had never been there ... Read more

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jakob71
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We are a married couple, who has sailed on many Transatlantic cruises previously, but this was our first cruise with HAL. Pre-cruise: We stayed the night before at Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Airport South. A good hotel with ... Read more
joepaul2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 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
rwily
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay (Bahamas); Rio Ochos Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Key West, FL. The ship had been in dry dock for two weeks in December and looked great. It was an older crowd generally (like us) but there ... Read more
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patohaauw@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I absolutely love the lanai room. But, the Veendam is getting dated and it is a little rough. For example, the tile on the hot tubs is all coming off and many things simply do not appear in in top shape. Overall, I felt the food was good ... Read more
ormkate
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We arrived in Auckland 4 days early to enjoy the sights and sounds. Nice small city- easy to walk around. Jump on-off bus service available daily to see the sights and boat trips available round the bay. Lovely clean and fresh feel to ... Read more

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