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157 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews
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TN Fem
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise to see penguins. We have 3 penguin loving boys and we like to take a big trip at Christmas rather than give them toys they don't need. We had 2 adjoining Ocean View rooms on Deck 2. Our rooms were decent sized for ... Read more
SA Traveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise simply because it was going to Santiago in Chile were we would be spending Christmas. Having said that the ports of call were excellent. I especially liked the Falklands and would recommend the Penguin tour . I ... Read more
calderon.cindy
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 helpful votes
Winter in in the northern hemisphere is summer in the southern hemisphere, best season to cruise towards the south end of America. In the desire to explore the glacier landscape we decided on this cruise that allowed us to also visit many ... Read more
Susan054
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
gail h
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
363 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had always wanted to go to South America and the Amazon. Also most of the Caribbean ports we had never visited. We went to Fort Lauderdale two days early to rest up before our cruise. Stayed at the Extended Stay Cruise Port. Nice ... Read more
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dockman
Member Since 2001
7 reviews
288 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I did the 37 day cruise Oct 2, 2016 from San Diego to Buenos Aires on the Zaandam and have a few comments. As a four star mariner i have done quite a few HAL cruises. This was my second time on the Zaandam. The first was last year YVR ... Read more
lilybay
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
378 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I had wanted to do the South America cruise but was not willing to fly all that distance and back. I loved the length of the cruise and the experience of traversing the entire pacific coast form San Diego south and around Cape Horn. ... Read more
pweath
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I came back to Holland after my experience on the Regal Princess. Holland has always been my favorite but she would be priced somewhat higher for balconies because she has fewer that other cruise lines. One thing you could always depend on ... Read more
Lodemark
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Check in was a breeze as we were in a Neptune suite. Others complained of a disorganised shambles and taking up to 3 hours! Suite appeared very nice, but the bathroom DEFINATELY needs a serious upgrade compared to other top suites we ... Read more
St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
422 forum posts
29 helpful votes
This was the last cruise of the season from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, and then continued on to San Diego for me and to Vancouver for many others. If you go to the community pages for Holland America and search for my blog, you should ... Read more
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ghough
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
162 forum posts
30 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
28 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
Sailaway17162
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
First, let me sail that we had a wonderful time. Brazil and the Amazon was amazing. The ports were great. As always the crew was also terrific. We were just shocked by the myriad problems the ship itself had. There were numerous leaks, not ... Read more
JennieSue
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
28 forum posts
17 helpful votes
My husband and I have recently completed this fantastic trip. We were so lucky to be blessed with good weather most of the time which meant we were able to go ashore at all the advertised ports - even having a sunny day of 18 degrees at ... Read more
chambly
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The Prisendam is an old ship however its size (840 passagers) and cabin layout makes it perfect for long cruises and visiting certain ports where large ship cannot go. There are almost no children and passager are well traveled. Crew was ... Read more
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Catella54
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
It's been 2 1/2 years since I did a long cruise with Holland America and overall the experience was very good. I've read other reviews of the Prinsendam which talked about its age and the breakdowns - while it is certainly an older ... Read more
maritzarogerp
Member Since 2007
1 review
60 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Old and tired ship.Had problems with air/heating, cold and hot water and a "flooded" cabin. These were truly inconveniences as it was an incredible journey around South America to Antarctica! Food was at best, mediocre in ... Read more
nieves monge
Member Since 2016
1 review
It was pure chance. I was interested in knowing the southernmost part of Chile and to put a foot on the Falkland islands and the date of departure was just right, starting the day before my birthday and ending with time enough to prepare ... Read more
nastasja
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Great cruise with zaandam, we started in Valparaiso. The embarkation was well organized. We cruised mostly with celebrity, princess and rcl, it was our first cruise with hal. We reed many critics about the zaandam. Our impression was very ... Read more
kjoephyllis
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I enjoyed the 32 day cruise. The library was large, the food very good, the entertainment enjoyable, the ports interesting, the lectures very informative. What's not to like ? The wheelchair stateroom was very large & was easy to ... Read more
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WSP104
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We took this 32 day cruise not knowing for sure if it might be too long. As it turned out it was terrific. The ship, The Amsterdam, had been refurbished at the beginning of the year and was neat and clean and simple to learn. It helped ... Read more
pjjacobs72
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Our 32-day Inca Explorer cruise from San Diego to Lima and return was a mixed bag of pleasure and frustration. The M/S Amsterdam, one of Holland America’s older, smaller ships, is generally well maintained and quite attractive. Built ... Read more
Victoria Missy
Member Since 2011
1 review
60 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We were very disappointed with this cruise, having been on other Holland America cruises before, we definitely expected better. Some of the food quality was so poor it shouldn't have been served and some of the meals arrived cold. Dining ... Read more
jkmarbles
Member Since 2015
1 review
45 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My friend & I have cruised on Holland America around 155 days. We found the Zaandam to be updated since our previous voyage on the ship. The rooms, services, meals and activities were all we expected. We enjoyed the Culinary ... Read more
Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
14 reviews
12 helpful votes
32 days on the Zaandam from San Diego to Buenos Aires Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, even taking into account that 4 of the ports were cancelled, 1 due to unrepaired earthquake damage to the port and 3 because of adverse ... Read more
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