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554 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews

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Canucksafloat
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
12 helpful votes
The Koningsdam is a beautiful new ship. The crew is also new, therefore still needs to be fully trained. The service in dining room is quite slow requiring 2+ hours for dinner. The dining room food is good, but not excellent. The Tamarind ... Read more
Voll
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Getting on an off a breeze. Well organized and very efficient. Crew was outstanding. Many made the effort to talk with my wife and I using our names. Most professional! The food selection, presentation, service and personal attention by ... Read more
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Nicknet
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After reading many different cruise site articles, speaking to friends and relatives, we decided on a total Inside Passage offered by HAL round trip from Vancouver. We wanted to avoid the choppy waters completely, as such Seattle round ... Read more
ronaldlknight
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We're an active, retired couple who take 3 or 4 trips abroad each year. This 7-day Alaska cruise (Vancouver to Vancouver) on the Volendam was our second with Holland America. Our first HAL cruise was on the Nieuw Amsterdam which took us ... Read more
juliemax
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
13 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We had sailed on the Maasdam 6 years ago and that experience hooked us on Holland America cruises. This cruise has a wonderful itinerary. We did an 8 day Alaska last September and were very disappointed with the weather. This trip we ... Read more

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waterfeature
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have always liked the HAL for the library, the food, and the service. This is my 29th cruise, 4 of which is HAL. The embarkation was great with no long lines. But once entering the ship there was no one to show which direction to go, ... Read more
TravelOften!
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
The "Beautiful and Elegant Westerdam" is average at best. It's a great budget friendly cruise to Alaska but as far at the "cruise" experience... MEH has been a great description used by other travelers. My friend ... Read more
mikethebus
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
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
Directrix
Member Since 2014
1 review
40 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I was scanning cruises in the Baltic for 2017 when this 2016 cruise to both the Baltic AND the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands showed up. I learned on the ship it was really 2 back-to-back cruises and many of the passengers were ... Read more
Teachers Travel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3 forum posts
20 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

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Jojomom
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
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
30 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
rayu13
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We love Holland America and we wanted to see the Baltic. Nearly all of the ports were wonderful, and St. Petersburg was the standout. It's a MUST VISIT place. Our ship's staff, food, stateroom and common rooms were great, as we have ... Read more
travel09
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
126 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise was to places unknown to us, in Central America, which was a wonderful highlight, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and fascinating Guatemala. Mexico, and even in the US, San Diego, which was delightful .The public spaces, and there are ... Read more
ccfandango
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Great way to show elderly parents some of Europes highlights in comfort and without the hassles of overland transport and accommodation and introduce them to cruising, Cruise itself was great, ports visited from Barcelona to Venice gave a ... Read more

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ziggyw
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Decided to treat ourselves and have Holland meet us at the airport,take us to a hotel,pick us up the next day, bring us to the ship,and at the end of the trip take us to the airport. A bit pricey, but well worth it.Cabin and food are ... Read more
Firehawk110
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is our 3rd Transatlantic cruise in a row. Each cruise had completely different itineraries and we both love the sea days and on crossings there are plenty of sea days to relax as you see fit. My wife and I enjoy the guest speakers ... Read more
rherbig47
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because of its length (13 days) and because we had not been to any of the countries and ports. The cruise was very good and the ports were well chosen from ones in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. We were awed by ... Read more
patandjohn@mindspring.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 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
JForbes-Murphy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
20 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

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Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
6 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
3 helpful votes
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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Ronjane
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because the rates were fantastic, we could cruise from home, and the itinerary was excellent (circled the Caribbean). We have sailed Holland America before with good results. The embarkation and debarkation went ... Read more
Exseadog
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 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
15 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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