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157 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews
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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
canoncruiser
Member Since 2013
1 review
110 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
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Captain Ricky
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
47 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
314 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
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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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
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
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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
Iowa cruiser
Member Since 2006
13 reviews
199 forum posts
8 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
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kirsten Somerset
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
1,322 forum post
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
dockman
Member Since 2001
7 reviews
288 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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
5 helpful votes
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
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