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139 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews

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carol962
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
56 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Started out Jan 11, 2014, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We went a couple of days early and saw a lot of Buenos Aires, but not where tourists usually go except the downtown area. Seemed like an okay place, minus all the graffiti that was on ... Read more
Cruise or Bust!
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
As a 4-Star Mariner of the HAL company, I have had the opportunity to sail on many of the ships in this fleet and can honestly say that I was completely pleased with this ship and her company on the sailing from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. ... Read more
Aussie Battler
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
I have just completed the Christmas / New Year 20 day South America and Antarctica cruise aboard the Zaandam with my wife and two daughters ages 10 and 14. What a trip!! Firstly on board the Zaandam:- Excellent, friendly and attentive ... Read more
YellowJacket84
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My now wife and I did our honeymoon on the Zandaam and had an absolutely wonderful time! To start out with, we are both young. I turned 30 thirty two days before we got on this boat. When we got there, we noticed that the AARP would highly ... Read more
lomasteam
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the destinations, we are not cruise experts and have only been on a few cruises prior to this one (in Central America, Australia, Egypt and the Med). The cruise was advertised as a 5 star ship visiting Chile, ... Read more

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Jules2307
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I honeymooned on the Zaandam over Thanksgiving. We knew that HAL is known as a cruise line for an older set but we were intrigued by the itinerary. We didn’t regret our choice for a moment. We had a large ocean view ... Read more
texaswillie
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed November 2014
This review and these opinions are based upon my cruise which originated in Ft Lauderdale on November 20th and ended in Ft Lauderdale on December 18, 2014. Your experience on the same cruise may or may not have been the same as my ... Read more
Iowa cruiser
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
171 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I LOVED this cruise. The Chilean coast is like Alaska on steroids, and the ports of call are easy to enjoy on one’s own. This is one of my favorites of the several dozen cruises I have taken in recent years. It is an itinerary that ... Read more
kirsten Somerset
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We are a fit couple in our early 70s. Having had a great first cruise to Alaska with HAL we decided to take the South America trip. We went from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. The public areas of the ship were spotless and someone was always ... Read more
cruising cockroach
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1,201 forum post
0 helpful votes
2nd recent HAL cruise for my partner and myself. Boarding: We had inside information so we were quickly processed (system was partially down) and one of the first to board. Plenty of time to wander around before a Mariner's lunch at the ... Read more

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dockman
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
193 forum posts
1 helpful vote
60++ cruises so I have been there done that to include many Holland America Cruises. I found this Zaandam experience to be perhaps the worst of all my Holland America cruises. It simply is not up to par. There are no huge differences but ... Read more
lavenderrabbit1
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
69 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
We flew from Vancouver through Dallas, flying first class for the first time on the international portion... That was a blessing, as the flight is long, and flat beds made a big difference to our ability to be chipper once we arrived in ... Read more
edjmac369
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
ms Prinsendam is a smaller ship of 561 guests and 478 Crew. We commenced our voyage Sunday January 5, 2014 at 12 midnight. The ship and our accommodations were great. We were told that a smaller ship was needed for the 7 days we cruised ... Read more
Seascaper11
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Many cruisers have written reviews of Antarctica's spectacular, otherworldly beauty. I second those. It was incredible -- a cruise I'd gladly take again. Ditto you can get information about the food, entertainment, cabins elsewhere. So ... Read more
Jimbo80
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2014
We did our great adventure a year ago and have had time to reflect and take other cruises. Here are our highlights of the journey and ship. The cabin was small but we do not spend much time in our cabin. The stewards are excellent. There ... Read more

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freedream
Member Since 2013
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2013
Our trip to South America and Antarctica on the Zaandam was an excellent, educational voyage and in this review I’ll attempt to give you a feel of what to expect and some useful general information rather than a blow-by-blow account ... Read more
DGL
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
This is our 5th HAL cruise and as always a great experience. You sometimes wonder what kind of travelers cruise the world because some of the reviews from past seasons spoke of untrained staff, tired looking ship, poor food etc. This was ... Read more
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Loreto
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
1,429 forum post
0 helpful votes
My husband and I are in our 60s….typical HAL cruisers on our 19th cruise, but WOW, this 21 day holiday cruise broke the sedate HAL mold, with an exciting international mix of passengers from young to old! We enjoyed this vibrant ... Read more
Wtrav
Member Since 2008
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2013
For those who have seen "the world", Antarctica is "out of this world". Especially when you get the 1% weather window of two consecutive sunny, cloudless, windless days during which you can take the "brochure pictures". This cruise is ... Read more
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boulders
Member Since 2007
7 reviews
3,507 forum posts
0 helpful votes
South America/Antarctica - December 15- Jan. 9 on HAL’s Zaandam I just got back today from a fabulous cruise on the Zaandam. This truly was the trip of a lifetime. I got same great pictures of Antarctica. We avoided the deep freeze ... Read more

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rogues
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Zaandam from Valparaiso to Rio. Staff were always friendly, fun and efficient. Food was very good in the restaurant, which catered best for my gluten-free requests (coeliac), but staff in ... Read more
Taggart69
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Pre-Cruise : Booked private car transport (online from Australia) from Miami Airport via Holland Limousine Service. Communication via email prior to arrival was excellent. Driver was waiting in the Baggage Claim for me on arrival and was ... Read more
SophiePrincess
Member Since 2012
1 review
41 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed November 2013
The Prinsendam is the small HAL ship and is an old gem- it has the highest no. Of repeat passengers. That being said, it is subject to mechanical problems. Initially, the air conditioning was not perfect, but they managed to fix it before ... Read more
chirk
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
52 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We're active independent travelers who have done a handful of cruises, most recently in the Mediterranean with Oceania, which we loved, but the Zaandam fit our schedule out of Buenos Aires. Headlines: The boat: you get nice privileges ... Read more
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rafinmd
Member Since 2009
14 reviews
13,013 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background:My cruise line of choice is Crystal, this is my second voyage on the Prinsendam and I was very pleased to be back on her. The ship is not for everybody, does have some foibles, but offers an opportunity for a fabulous ... Read more

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