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506 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews

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wwrrkd
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
When you think of Holland America and know that it has an older crowd, know that on this particular ship the average age is 80. Of the 1800 passengers less than 100 were under the age of 60. Very few were even in their 60s. Almost everyone ... Read more
ghough
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
131 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We flew overnight from Miami to Santiago, arriving 8:30 a.m. We had an interesting 3-hour Turis (Pauline and driver Juan) led tour of Santiago. A very thorough introduction to the historical and cultural highlights of Santiago. Five ... Read more
cruisetennis
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
15 helpful votes
My wife and I had a wonderful cruise on board Zaandam. The ship, despite being 16 years old, is still in very top condition. The cabin washroom is equipped well and looks quite modern. All common areas are well maintained. This is our 12th ... Read more
Mermaid rock
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
32 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Overall we enjoyed our cruise! The ship was extremely stable in rough seas and the pools , which were wonderful , were kept open! It was our 8 th cruise on various lines including MSC , Celebrity, Norwegian , and Princess. We enjoyed the ... Read more
bsorge
Member Since 2002
11 reviews
13 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This as my 70 cruise and my second on this ship dating back to 2011. Overall. This was the second worst cruise of the cruise I have taken. The fault is not with the ship which was maintained in excellent shape. Embarkation was very slow ... Read more

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Suepy
Member Since 2009
1 review
166 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our primary reason for choosing this cruise was for the itinerary although we have cruised with Holland America twice before. This still a beautiful ship despite its age. We found the service, food, embarkation and disembarkation ... Read more
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Margaret Ivin
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our second cruise with HAL. Although the Zuiderdam is showing her age in places, overall we had no complaints. Everything was clean and sparking and worked very well. Our room (1052) was extremely comfortable (although the bed ... Read more
Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Although we have been on many cruises with other cruise lines, this was only our second on a Holland America ship. So mostly we are comparing the Volendam to the Zaandam. We always pick cruises by itinerary rather than any particular ... Read more
Kipling
Member Since 2006
1 review
267 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers with many cruises on many lines, but mainly Holland America. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. Shore excursions were as usual, and as usual it was cheaper and better to organise your own if ... Read more
Hoze1967
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I have been on many cruises primarily with Royal Caribbean. We thought we would give Holland America a shot and we are happy that we did. Flew in the morning of embarkation since the Fort Lauderdale hotels were expensive and ... Read more

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sstaas
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary. I did, however, expect the basics, such as air conditioning. The thermostat appeared to not function properly right from day one as many times I would be sweating profusely, then if I ... Read more
Btimmer
Member Since 2015
1 review
282 forum posts
11 helpful votes
For a number of years I've wanted to travel to Antarctica and have heard the warnings that access to this part of the world would be reduced if not eliminated to cruise ships of the HAL size. So I booked us on the Zaandam sailing out of ... Read more
alhamn
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Started in Valparaiso. This is my second HAL-cruise. First on Eurodam, over Greenland. Was surprised liking the much older Zaandam better. Not only because the cabin and balcony, was a bit larger here. Most public rooms were more ... Read more
mnb
Member Since 2005
1 review
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Congrats to HAL for providing an outstanding cruise in every respect. The service, the food,the ship itself. We especially liked the Adagio (pianist and violinist) in the lounge every night after dinner. Hope HAL continues to contract ... Read more
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July_Cruiser
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
119 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Ship: I was aware of the upcoming dry-dock so worn carpets and loose wall coverings were to be expected. I was not pleased to have workers scraping paint and varnishing while I was eating breakfast outside by the pool. Workers were wearing ... Read more

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BLittle
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We sailed on the January 10, 2016 Dancing With the Stars Championship Finals Cruise. We booked Signature Suite 6056. We had previously sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam two years ago; and although the public areas have since been ... Read more
inekee
Member Since 2011
1 review
368 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We booked this cruise not long after we came home from a Volendam cruise in Asia and were very happy to do so. We like Holland America Line as they attract an older group of passengers and generally very few children. The Rotterdam cruise ... Read more
BernartPhoto
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Interesting itinerary from Rotterdam to Singapore plus a 14 day loop around Indonesia and then back to Rotterdam ... 91 days in total. We got off in Singapore and enjoyed the trip. First a number of European ports (Southampton, Lisbon, ... Read more
dutchopa
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
77 forum posts
22 helpful votes
After booking this cruise almost 12 months ago we were allocated a cabin 10 days prior to its sailing. The booking in Rotterdam was very slow there were not enough personnel booking passengers in and this created long delays. We booked ... Read more
WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had a stateroom on deck 3. The window opens out to lower promenade deck, while it let in sunshine to tell us if it is day or night, and has a reflecting coating on the outside, the inside of the room was still visible at night, ... Read more

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WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The Indonesian ports selected were quite special and side trips offered to important sites:- A. Ports of Call Tanjung Priok (Jakarta): This is the port of Jakarta and it is in North Jakarta. I think this stop was set up for port ... Read more
lakelodge
Member Since 2002
6 reviews
329 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Three friends from childhood who graduated high school together in 1971 decided to take a girlfriend getaway on the beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam. I, a seasoned cruiser of 25--Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Princess, Oceania, and ... Read more
skip.brandy
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
245 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It's the first time we haven't driven down to Florida from Ont. Ca. We flew using the services of HAL, on A/C, we had checked out the air fares before we booked the flight, and the fares were cheaper than what was quoted with A/C, by a ... Read more
doreenlim
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ship shoe excursion is ex and not worth it. Don't believe their advertising -experts, best shore excursion Thilawa -We didn't go onshore as we intend to make a 2 weeks trip there another time. My husband has visited Myanmar before. From ... Read more
bowling
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We always thought that Holland America was a little up market to the usual cruise lines in it's class --- well they do supply robes in the cabin ! We booked a guaranteed outside which we have done many times in the past with success and ... Read more

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