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795 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews
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NSAHO79
Member Since 2007
19 reviews
86 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We have never cruised on Holland America before so I thought I would give them a try. We have been on NCL, Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and MSC over the last ten years. We left Halifax on April 1 for a direct flight ... Read more
rebeccajo68
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
248 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I wanted to visit St. Thomas/St. John because I had not been there before. My friend and I were also celebrating my birthday. She had not cruised with Holland before and had a very bad experience on her previous cruise which was ... Read more
Beach Basket
Member Since 2005
1 review
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
After reading all of the negative reviews on Cruise Critic we were a little concerned about this ship. However, the date for the Panama Canal Cruis worked perfectly for us so we booked it. The ship is 21 years old and in reasonably good ... Read more
Suzy Bell
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
This was 7th cruise for me & my husband, all with Holland America. We like the mid size ships and have always had good service & food. Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Embarkation was easy & organized as usual. Our ... Read more
Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
65 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This itinerary of HAL's Volendam attracted us without us knowing HAL had little experience in most of these ports and March was not a warm /good month to cruise in Asia. We liked the idea to get a sample of nine ports including Yokohama, ... Read more
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summerinitaly
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
63 forum posts
We loved the ports in Jspan, Tsiwan, Shanghai and HongKong, missed Okinawa due to a weather delay. The captain was a very good communicator with frequent updates. The food was very good, lots of fresh fish and delicious osso buca and ... Read more
BioincJohn
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
The cruise was chosen because it went the whole length of the Panama Canal and we wished to visit the ports on the Pacific and in the Caribbean. To that end, we thoroughly enjoyed the climate, environment, people and places all very new ... Read more
Weightless
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
49 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Embarkation was the fastest we have ever experienced. We were pleasantly surprised to find our cabin ready when we boarded. The cabin and bathroom was clean. Staff pleasant and helpful. Didn't care for the old world decorations.. We ... Read more
ronjeuch
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was the third cruise with HAL. Visiting the Panama Canal was on the bucket list. Several aspects of the latest cruise deserve some remarks. The food selection has gotten smaller compared to earlier cruises. The main dining service was ... Read more
Captain Tonx
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Our group of young adults (upper 20s) did a week long cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam with family and significant others, total of six of us. We chose this cruise because of the price, dates, itinerary and the fact that we had not yet been ... Read more
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Joanbeat
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My husband surprised me with this cruise for Christmas. We sailed from 3/4 to 3/11 and had a wonderful time. We had no trouble boarding in Ft. Lauderdale. We were handed a letter from the Captain saying he was going to change the order ... Read more
2665allen
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
The excursions were second class. do not use HAL for them. find another source if you can. in particular the st maarten and st Thomas ones were bad. San Juan was just OK. Internet did not work (a friend had to get a refund). WiFi is a ... Read more
FranfromFL
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this Southern Caribbean cruise because we liked the ports of call. We also liked that this is a new ship in her first year. All in all, I would say that we enjoyed the cruise. Since the ship is new, it was very nice. Being ... Read more
dack
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was an 11 day cruise We chose this ship because it was a new ship, loved the ports and always wanted to try Holland America. We had been in the Caribbean and this had new ports that we had not seen. The ship is beautiful, the ... Read more
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Jimsam
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it embarks out of Tampa and we live 30 miles from Tampa. Double bonus for us is that Tampa cannot handle the mega ships because of bridge clearance so size of ship was just what we like - about 1900 passengers. ... Read more
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kayakmom
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the convenience of round trip San Diego. We did do shore excursions in almost every port and knew we would need to since most ports were in the middle of nowhere and industrial. We enjoyed the ... Read more
rnwratchet
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
Sailed February 2017
Poor climate control lead to many visits to infirmary and treatment. Guests spreading illnesses quickly. Excursions expensive, over priced and most available on shore for half price. Those in charge of excursions unorganized. ... Read more
Pamdiego
Member Since 2016
1 review
53 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Our first long (30 night cruise) so wasn't sure how it would be. We definitely got our money's worth. Loved the food on this ship. All of our interactions with staff were positive. From cabin stewards to Debbie who helps with future ... Read more
committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
13 reviews
23 forum posts
3 helpful votes
i chose this cruise because i had ntaken a 35 day cruise on volendam last yr and i likedthe service. also i liked the itinerary of this cruise, and living in vancouver cruising out of san diego means a 2.5 hr flight embarkation and ... Read more
Sailaway17162
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We are regular HAL cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Almost all the ports were very interesting, and we learned a lot about the Western side of South America. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The Maasdam is ... Read more
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lumberman
Member Since 2011
1 review
144 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Chose solely for the Itinerary, 3 days in Lima, allowing for Macchu Pichu trip. The friendly but sometimes dozy staff, were average best. The cruise director, if you wish to call him that was invisible. Boring sea days, no music, ... Read more
Canada Laoda
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose the itinerary so that we could go to Machu Picchu post cruise. The itinerary was a bit shorter than we would normally cruise. The embarkation in San Diego was great and uneventful. The disembarkation in Lima was another story, ... Read more
elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... Read more
Here i go again!
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Special mention right away to my friend i n THE RETREAT!! Jeffrey, Michael, Jomarie and Joseph And to Richard in the Crowes nest for doing a lovely job during my cocktail party for group Izamani at guest relations who made it ... Read more
Senior Single
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
94 forum posts
11 helpful votes
With many Holland America ships enjoyed over the past years, I wanted to see the newest version of their line. Overall, the ship is beautiful. A few things not to my liking didn't keep me from enjoying the ten days on board. As a senior ... Read more
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