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141 Holland America South America Cruise Reviews

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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
13,643 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
Ecuadan
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
53 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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Santorinigirl7
Member Since 2011
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Kala89
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
109 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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Katrina 1
Member Since 2011
1 review
69 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
Riverlake
Member Since 2009
1 review
29 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
We are both seasoned cruisers and have been to many shores. Our bucket list included sailing the Amazon and the Maasdam fit the list. Although older and smaller than a lot of newer ships, the size was perfect for this venue. We love the ... Read more
seakayaker
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
22 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
We arrived at the terminal around 1:30 and was greeted with a check in line that snaked all over. For a ship with only 1150 people, taking 2 1/2 hours to check in is pretty bad. The line was just as long when we did get checked in as it ... Read more
madera1
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
1,276 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
We began planning this cruise in May 2012 and found some friends who also booked the trip. We were fortunate to be able to select a corner cabin on the Navigation deck as we had a larger deck. After booking the trip we had a tougher time ... Read more
J88
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall, this is a trip of a lifetime. You will be mesmerized by the Chilean Andes, and there will never be anything to compare with 3 days in Antarctica. Be re4ady to be cold, though, so if you're a beach person, you won't want to go. ... Read more
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mremsha
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises throughout the globe on different cruise lines over the years. This is our fifth cruise with HAL. The 20-day South America and Antarctica Explorer Tour started in Valparaiso, Chile on January ... Read more
welshwaterboy
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Reviews of the Veendam are overwhelmingly positive for South American cruises and quite mediocre for Bermuda cruises, and I now understand why. The South America and Antarctica itineraries are wonderful scenic and adventure cruises, with ... Read more
bigtalent
Member Since 2013
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed January 2013
We sailed Jan. 10, 2013 on HAL Veendam from Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, via the Antarctic peninsula. Actually WE didn't sail from Valparaiso, we got on in Puerto Montt. And herein lies our tale. We had three pre-cruise ... Read more
chess palace
Member Since 2011
1 review
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Veendam for three weeks over Christmas and New Year from Rio to Santiago including three days along the Antarctic Peninsula. The itinerary was superb and we were very fortunate that neither the weather ... Read more
bbretzi
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
After a week in Peru visiting Machu Picchu we flew to Santiago and took the local bus (which is easy and inexpensive) to the port. We had cruised with HAL before on a Panama Canal trip, so even on a different ship, we felt comfortable. ... Read more

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supermaltese
Member Since 2008
1 review
37 forum posts
0 helpful votes
i would not recommend this cruise because most of the ports are not exciting.buenos aires is great,montevedeo is great,the glacier scenic cruising is nice if you have never been to alaska.cape horn we had calm water,a very pleasant ... Read more
travel texas
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2012
Holland America owes an apology and refund for our South American cruise on November 20, 2012. This was the worse cruise I have heard of or been on. Missed three ports due to incompetent planning. Holland America should have had an ... Read more
Loreto
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
1,458 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2012
This was a "Bucket List" cruise for us! My husband and I are 65 and Four Star Mariners with Holland America. I did a lot of reading about the Amazon, history and geography, prior to our departure and knew what to expect. I couldn't find ... Read more
ColoradoCoach03
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2012
The Veendam is a mid sized ship that we have sailed twice. The upgrades and remodel were a success and will be appreciated. You can read the professional opinions of the ship, form a guest perspective we were impressed. The food was is ... Read more
travel09
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
126 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2012
We recently completed a wonderful 31 day journey on Veendam, from Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale. I hesitated to actually write a review, as it seems, many are written only by negative travelers, but this rates a mention. From start to ... Read more

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