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162 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews
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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
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
62 forum posts
11 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
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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
CJSANDFS
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
124 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote
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
3 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
6 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
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canoncruiser
Member Since 2013
1 review
112 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
Captain Ricky
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
50 forum posts
6 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
1 helpful vote
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
5 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
321 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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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
rjwaxman
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
Words can not fully describe how wonderful this cruise was. The inclusion of the Antarctic experts enhanced this fabulous itinerary. As the previous reviewer noted they offered lectures on a wide variety of topics and having Chris Wilson, ... Read more
Shaddy1
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Everyone on board agreed that this cruise was not only one of the most unusual cruises they have ever been on, it was also one of the best!! Having been to Alaska and cruised the Fjords of Norway/Iceland just 5 months ago, this cruise by ... Read more
carol962
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
63 forum posts
2 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
3 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
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Aussie Battler
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
3 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
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
5 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
Jules2307
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
2 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
5 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
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