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701 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews
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loritrey@
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Background: My wife and I are both 51 years old. Balcony cabin on the 8th deck. Planned the cruise for 9 months. Koningsdam 10 days, Fort Lauderdale. Our serious cruising friends let us know about a "brand new" ship they were ... Read more
kquinton
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having cruised for many years, although not in the last 5, I remembered that I always liked HAL over the years. I was able to get a good price for this cruise but was amazed that my memories had not lived up to the reality. Embarkation ... Read more
saotey
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I was expecting a 5 star experience, the only thing i experienced 5 star was the food, it really was excellent. 1st off the mattress was horrendous, i had to request an egg crate topper, i found 2 pubic hairs on the clean towels, no ... Read more
ellybe
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Over the past 12 years we have sailed many times on a variety of HAL ships. It's 2 years since our last cruise with them and we noted that changes are still happening- some better for the guest and some for efficiency and the bottom line ... Read more
jbecker6469
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, it was 14 nights NOT B2B, sailed from Tampa, FL (we drive from Atlanta, GA) and the Oosterdam had just undergone drydock upgrades. Hollands prices are good, service is very good, and size of ... Read more
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tabaluga
Member Since 2014
1 review
my 3rd time on the Noordam, 9 weeks totol, so i know her well. For the price of apx 110 per night for a balcony the value is terrific. The BBKing band plays 3x per night and are an exellent ship dance band. The Theater ... Read more
Susan054
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The ship for being fairly small had excellent food, lamb, lobster and two fantastic surprise meals by the pool that were awesome! German food and BBQ of every type meat and desserts too. The high teas were good too in the Diningroom. The ... Read more
AlaskaAdventure
Member Since 2016
1 review
We like Holland America because it fits our life style (we're both retired, in our mid 60's). We chose this 21 day cruise because it visited several ports we had not been to before. The ship had just arrived from Europe for the start of ... Read more
Sindy j
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed November 2016
I will never travel Holland again. Been on many cruises nothing for young adults going on. I`m 57, took my 35 year old son on his first cruise. They double charged all our guest credit cards. My son said first and last for him. He call ... Read more
ingridshaus
Member Since 2016
1 review
Never again will I take a cruise that takes 5 days of cruising to get there only to have a few precious hours in wonderful ports of the lovely Hawaiian islands. The worst stop was in Kona, where I finally got off the ship at 9:30 only to ... Read more
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Floridastorm
Member Since 2011
1 review
381 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Let me give you a little of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: Staff, Ship, Cabin, Entertainment, Ports (for the most part), Food (for the most part). Spent two days in Honolulu instead of one due to cancellation of the ... Read more
Dr. ECU
Member Since 2011
1 review
25 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We chose to cruise on the Zuiderdam ship because it went to the Southern Caribbean, Central America, and the Panama Canal. The price was excellent for a long cruise. We had a great cruise with no real issues. I had read some rather ... Read more
jim2244
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our sixth cruise and the 4th line we've been on. We liked the ability to visit Australia and New Zealand in one trip. Most of the ports were very interesting, with the exception of Picton, New Zealand. The ship is older and has ... Read more
EZ Wash
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
This cruise really wasn't our first choice, but when the earthquakes hit Italy we decided to make an adjustment in our "to do list" of cruises and moved a Panama Canal visit to the top, and we're glad we did. We read all the ... Read more
LarsRenate
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This cruise where specially choosen becuase of a promise from our agent and the cruise liner, it should have been a nice, comfortable and entertaining tour for a transatlantic travel from Rome to Tampa in Florida. Our experiences from ... Read more
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Yessirhesaid
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Cruise companies must recognise that the world has changed and even grey cruisers are used to unrestricted free internet access. The issues concerning internet access spoils what ought to be a relaxing experience. First cruise, so ... Read more
Hans J.
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
This was our fourth relatively long cruise aboard a HAL ship. The general hotel function was fantastic as usual with good food and very friendly/helpful staff. Our Vista Suite with verandah was kept neat, tidy and clean by hard working but ... Read more
Sailawaynow
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
58 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We looked forward to this cruise for almost a year and were disappointed. First the GOOD: The Koningsdam is new and thus everything is sparkling clean and refreshing. The public rooms and staterooms are spotless, the linens are ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
21 reviews
1,646 forum post
19 helpful votes
Koningsdam inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise Oct 24 – Nov 9, 2016 Very long and detailed "Log" type format. If you just want the summary, scroll on down towards the bottom! We booked the inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise ... Read more
Austin Healey 1964
Member Since 2012
1 review
31 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Ship is not too large so that you still feel like a welcomed guest. The staff are incredible. Friendly, attentive and personable. Main dining room cuisine is excellent. Nightly entertainment is very high standard. Embarkation and ... Read more
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Pyer
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Part of our deal was a two night stay in Barcelona which was a great start,embarkation was good and quite rapid.Balcony cabin was as expected with kingsize bed,large TV with plenty of films etc.The bathroom including tub was OK,goid hair ... Read more
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Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
65 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This is a beautiful ship. Not like the other HAL vessels in many ways, but the upgrades and improvements are wonderful. The problem for HAL is probably that it's core audience, old people like me, are resistant to change and rather ... Read more
jnight
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we like Holland America and we liked the itinerary. We are more interested in exploring ports than ship-board activities and Holland America suits us for this purpose. We do not, for the most part, do ship ... Read more
mike7742
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
The ship is very smart, plenty of room and facilities for allService first class - all crew always spoke with a pleasant greeting no matter what they were doing. Cabin (1123) excellent. We have been on cruises before,and always had an ... Read more
TexasDavid7
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
134 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
My DW and I both wanted to see the changing of the trees so we booked this cruise (and indeed the trees were wonderful). The Zuiderdam was the HAL ship we sailed on years ago and enjoyed so much that we have been sailing on HAL ever since. ... Read more
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