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141 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews

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St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
288 forum posts
13 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
ghough
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
140 forum posts
12 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
16 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
2 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
13 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

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chambly
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
3 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
Catella54
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
23 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
59 forum posts
4 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
nastasja
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
7 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
4 forum posts
2 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
6 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
50 forum posts
5 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
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
12 reviews
0 forum posts
7 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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CJSANDFS
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
109 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I last sailed on Zaandam 5 years ago. Since then I have sailed with Celebrity and Azamara. Celebrity in particular makes HAL look like a poor cousin. The menu in the main dining room was almost identical to the menu 5 years ago. ... Read more
SSQuorndon
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had been looking forward to cruising with HAL as we sailed around Alaska with them a few years ago and had a lovely time. What a difference, the standard of food was very disappointing in the formal restuarant, the service was slow and ... Read more
fireman999
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
58 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise because South America was somewhere we had always wanted to travel to and having cruised with HAL previously we thought that we would get the same good service - unfortunately, this was not to be. Embarkation was a ... Read more
Homer Bugsby
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
This was the “14-day South America Passage” during the first and second weeks of March, 2015, on the MS Zaandam. First, the up-side. Holland America Line (HAL) delivered on its itinerary. We embarked in Valparaiso, ... Read more
canoncruiser
Member Since 2013
1 review
88 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I booked this cruise because I wanted a way to experience as much of Latin America as possible. It was great! I lucked out on a wonderful table for all 68 days;a well traveled Canadian couple;ditto Australian couple and ditto fellow ... Read more

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Captain Ricky
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We just completed the 68 day Prinsendam Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage. It was our first cruise since the 1990s and it was MUCH better than we expected. We loved it and would sail on the Prinsendam again in a heartbeat. We ... Read more
bobs@palmharbor
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
With the exception of the Prinsendam's condition and the dining room menu, this voyage met all our expectations. The ship has been in service since 1997 and is showing its age, wear, and tear. It is time for HAL to retire or completely ... Read more
shadowdog1
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We eat all of our meals in the Lido as I don't like to change my clothes just for a meal. I must say the crew working in the Lido were the finest crew I have ever seen. They were very friendly and quite efficient. To counterbalance the ... Read more
travelers07
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
296 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is a review the Zaandam South America and Antarctic cruise that began January 30 in Valparaiso. The reason for this review is that I have appreciated others for doing reviews of sailings that we have considered over the years. ... Read more
CatMom63
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
This cruise is a must for anyone who loves animals and nature Of course we had cultire in mappworld capitals Santiago,Montevideo, and Buenos Aires but the best was the stark beauty of the Antarctic. We were fortunate to come upon Orcas ... Read more

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