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190 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews
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mellowrose
Member Since 2008
1 review
384 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was our first time on HAL. We had sailed Celebrity and Norwegian before. The Guarantee room landed us in 2500 which was actually a handicap room with a spacious bathroom and smaller ... Read more
BestareCelebrityCruises
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose mainly due to ports of call. Usually we go Celebrity. Comparing Celebrity: younger average age (I read that Hal was trying to get their average age lower), more entertainment (Celebrity has a great Martini bar that is very ... Read more
Travelling Learners
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
I have never written a review related to my vacations, Be it cruises, or stays at hotels, etc. I have read reviews though, and found that in most cases they never represent experiences as accurately as they most likely unfolded. ... Read more
Caseyman
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
After having sailed the Mediterranean last year we wanted to explore a part of the world that would be oh so unique. With HAL doing away with the South Pacific cruises of the last 3 years we decided to book this one. Having booked our ... Read more
mkhall
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
After returning from a Panama Canal on the Maasdam, sorting thru upcoming cruises the 32 day explore South America Passage and Inca Discovery was of great interest. Fortunately for future travelers, the Zaandam is going in to dry dock to ... Read more
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CruiseNatFan
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We prefer cruises that highlight nature. Even though the weather did not cooperate at times, the glaciers, mountains, penguins and natural beauty were outstanding. We chose to board the ship immediately upon arrival in Santiago Chile. Most ... Read more
Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
733 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I choose this cruise because I wanted to see places in South America. I had a great time with all my cruise critic friends that I planned this trip with on our Roll Call. All the excursions that we chose were wonderful and would ... Read more
kayakmom
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the convenience of round trip San Diego. We did do shore excursions in almost every port and knew we would need to since most ports were in the middle of nowhere and industrial. We enjoyed the ... Read more
Goleta Cruiser
Member Since 2007
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise in order to spend more time in Lima, Peru and to visit ports we had never seen. We enjoyed the ports. We took the train from Santa Barbara to San Diego and walked over to the ship. We arrived about 1 pm and just ... Read more
rnwratchet
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Poor climate control lead to many visits to infirmary and treatment. Guests spreading illnesses quickly. Excursions expensive, over priced and most available on shore for half price. Those in charge of excursions unorganized. ... Read more
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Pamdiego
Member Since 2016
1 review
55 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Our first long (30 night cruise) so wasn't sure how it would be. We definitely got our money's worth. Loved the food on this ship. All of our interactions with staff were positive. From cabin stewards to Debbie who helps with future ... Read more
committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
13 reviews
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
i chose this cruise because i had ntaken a 35 day cruise on volendam last yr and i likedthe service. also i liked the itinerary of this cruise, and living in vancouver cruising out of san diego means a 2.5 hr flight embarkation and ... Read more
Sailaway17162
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We are regular HAL cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Almost all the ports were very interesting, and we learned a lot about the Western side of South America. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The Maasdam is ... Read more
Alphen
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,700 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chose this cruise for the convenient itinerary, ending in Lima, which was great to combine with a post cruise visit to Machu Picchu. Although at a considerable age, ship is still in good shape and very well maintained by its ... Read more
Philadelphiawren
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
5 helpful votes
As always on HAL, the staff were amazing: good-humored, helpful, considerate, resourceful, and always smiling. BUT our room was like a refrigerator most of the time; leaks around the ship were scary; much of the furniture is shabby. ... Read more
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lumberman
Member Since 2011
1 review
144 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Chose solely for the Itinerary, 3 days in Lima, allowing for Macchu Pichu trip. The friendly but sometimes dozy staff, were average best. The cruise director, if you wish to call him that was invisible. Boring sea days, no music, ... Read more
Canada Laoda
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I chose the itinerary so that we could go to Machu Picchu post cruise. The itinerary was a bit shorter than we would normally cruise. The embarkation in San Diego was great and uneventful. The disembarkation in Lima was another story, ... Read more
toradon
Member Since 2017
1 review
17 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Let's start with the positive. The Singers and dancers were wonderful. The food was good and the crew was very friendly. Our cabin was nice and our steward was great. Many ports were good and easy to find thing to do if you didn't take ... Read more
elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... Read more
jono mono
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
93 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Choose this cruise as they were going where i wanted to see !! Getting on the ship in Buenos Aires was a nightmare as all computers crashed. Once on board we did'nt sale until the following evening ,just as well the heavens opened ... Read more
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seattle sojourner
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
66 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a 48 day RT from Fort Lauderdale that included a few Caribbean isles, Brazil coastal ports including Rio at Carnaval and finally the Amazon to Manaus and back. The Amazon was always on our "someday" list, Rio and ... Read more
GypsySonnetGirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This trip was on our bucket list. We wanted to see Patagonia, Chile, and of course, Antarctica. It was a wonderful experience and we would not trade it for the world. We would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who would like to visit ... Read more
rfurth
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Wanted to see South America and enjoy life aboard the Zaandam. Trouble first started at the Casino where I was supposed to get $75 of free play. It took 3 days and a lot of fighting with the casino manager to get the money. Next was the ... Read more
aatkinson
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise to sail through Antarctica. Having been on several HAL cruises we were not concerned with quality. We were convinced that the quality would be the same on this ship as it had been on our previous three cruises. It was ... Read more
TexasDavid7
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
136 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was a "Bucket List" cruise for me and an "I'm along for the ride" cruise for my DW. We are 3 Star Cruisers with HAL. We had spectacular views and also appalling views of poverty. Embarkation: The ship is a good ... Read more
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