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  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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497 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews

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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
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
239 forum posts
5 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
2 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
117 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
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
1 helpful vote
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
73 forum posts
19 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

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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
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
242 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

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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
Grandpaul
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
10,570 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Recently returned form a 10 day cruise on the Zuiderdam to Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal and Costa Rica. Some of my favorite places to visit. Our first cruise on the Zuiderdam. We had sailed on the Maasdam a couple months before so being ... Read more
Majikinfl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Being a first cruise we had little to go on except reviews and friends who have cruised a lot. We learned we did not ask the right questions before we booked. we are partly disabled and found many things we were unable to do. We did not ... Read more
boyfromoz
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We sailed on the Noordam in Cabin SS6109 ( a Signature Suite) as a novel way to spend Christmas and New Year and avoid all the hype that can be attached to buying and preparing expensive food and indulging in the giving of unwanted ... Read more
icepik
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my second HAL cruise, my first being in October on the Maasdam out of Montreal. this time the ship was better (the Maasdam old at 22 years for a cruise ship) but still tired and in need of a refit although a beautiful ship. My ... Read more

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ayeamcdn
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
586 forum posts
9 helpful votes
I must state my point of view. As a "platnium" NCL Cruiser I've read all the glowing CC reviews of HAL & so had my expectations raised pretty high. We booked a 20 day Panama Canal trip with HAL & then decided that if ... Read more
Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
293 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had not sailed on HAL since 2002. Our last two cruises were with Celebrity so we thought it was time to return to an old favorite. We loved our Signature Suite. Very large and comfortable. Our room stewards were great. The ship is ... Read more
Capt Bob
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Having sailed numerous times (over 200 days) on Holland america I think I can safely say they have dropped from a premier cruise line to a mediocre line. Upon arriving I was told that I was only a 3 star Mariner and I could wait with ... Read more
AKJonesy
Member Since 2015
1 review
31 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I hope this review will help first timers with some information I wish I had known before sailing. So, I will make my review in order starting with boarding. We were notified while in Singapore that our cruise ship port had changed from ... Read more
lin19442
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Had a good cruise but not as good and the old ship built in1937. Nobody showed up for the Cruise Critic on the Monday as planned except another couple and my self. Where was everybody? Cabin was fine and food good. Met some nice people ... Read more

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