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160 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews
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cruising cockroach
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
1,355 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
296 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
Seascaper11
Member Since 2014
1 review
18 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
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Jimbo80
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
freedream
Member Since 2013
1 review
18 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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
1,495 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
3,516 forum posts
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
rogues
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
1 helpful vote
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
2 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
65 forum posts
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
15,170 forum posts
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
Ecuadan
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2013
After having read some of the reviews for the Zaandam, We embarked with some trepidation. I kept looking for the wear and tear that was so prevalent in the reviews. Two weeks of drydock certainly did the ship well. All new carpeting, new ... Read more
leeds cruiser
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
Sailed November 2013
Very pleasant ship, nicely understated and attracting an older demographic, so no unruly kids or noise from drunken passengers. Cabin, a vista suite, nicely furnished good size balcony. All in all a good first impression after a fairly ... Read more
rockytoo
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
64 forum posts
We have about a dozen cruises...eight of which have been on Holland America...three of which have been 30-day cruises. We are inveterate researchers and try to get the most out of each port opportunity. We had not previously been through ... Read more
Santorinigirl7
Member Since 2011
1 review
5 forum posts
We were lucky to have some of the best weather of the season with only one rough sea-night that unfortunately prevented us from going to the Falklands. The rest of the time, we had some strong winds, etc. but no rain and relatively calm ... Read more
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Kala89
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
46 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation in Buenos Aires was a bit chaotic as there were 3 large cruise ships in port that day. You needed to pay attention to which line-up you were in and who you should give your luggage to. We had a fairly long wait in the ... Read more
fice
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
1 forum post
This was my sixth cruise, from Buenos Aires to Santiago trough the freaking waters of Cape Horn, actually sea was mostly calm. Embarking at BA took 2+ hours waiting, passengers of 3 ships had to pass migration controls, but finally got to ... Read more
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sdlenter
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
110 forum posts
This was our first cruise with HAL and probably the last one. We've cruised with other companies before and HAL is not our favorite. The reason we choice this cruise was the destination, the specific week(s), and the last-minute awesome ... Read more
currach
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
2 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
February 18 -- March 5, 2013 Veendam This particular cruise was blessed with good weather--little rain, warm temperatures (66 F) and reasonable seas. Weather was so good, we actually made it to the Falklands. We had one of the "A" ... Read more
Katrina 1
Member Since 2011
1 review
77 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a cruise that opened up a totally different world to me and that is what really made it special... from the over the top production of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro to the basic life of the Amazon. Holland America had a great ... Read more
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