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99 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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be_a_cruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Since I was a child I wanted to go to French Polynesia because a cousin of mine was there for 6 months and he told us wonderful things about the life in the Island. I also particularly wanted to visit Kiribati (Fanning Islands) and ... Read more
gram247
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we were traveling to Sydney to see family. My cousin suggested a tour of New Zealand, which we took by bus. - It was with APT Tours & was wonderful After a 3 week stay in Sydney we wanted to take a ... Read more
Robertson7
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a terrific cruise! We need an accessible cabin and ours was great! Our stewards were polite, kind, and very attentive. The dining room staff were great...always remembering our names and our drinks! Food was terrific, both in ... Read more
Scrapnana
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
15,904 forum posts
2 helpful votes
As usual, I had a great time on the cruise. We had some problems but I felt that most were handled very well. Problems first.... Probably the very worst was the embarkation in San Diego. Getting checked in was awful. First there ... Read more
Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
528 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
We had planned this cruise before my husband died, but he had made me promise to go even without him. I had mixed feelings but continued on with the cruise. I arrived in San Diego two days before the cruise and was able to tour the ... Read more

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dbits
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
55 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Really wanted to see the South Pacific Islands, but because of weather, Captain decided safety was foremost and we bypassed two islands, and had excursions cancelled on the third. Gutsy of the Captain to walk through the Lido buffett area ... Read more
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celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
52 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed the ports we visited, however we did encounter a few missed ports due to both weather conditions and a problem with the ship's starboard thrusters. Parts had to be ordered from Finland so we spent two days in Napier. ... Read more
DanyC
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was our 2nd cruise with HAL. Last one was on MS Oosterdam in Dec 2014, which was good but some aspects were definitely lacking. By comparison the MS Noordam is far superior in every way. First & foremost, the food was perfect ... Read more
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OlsSalt
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2,097 forum posts
7 helpful votes
In virtually all aspects this was the typically great Holland America product: excellent food, great staff, really really excellent entertainment crew, very good enrichment offerings and Cainoa, the legendary locations guide for this part ... Read more
kizzykat
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was our first cruise with Holland America, and we were not disappointed. We flew to Honolulu and sailed back to Sydney, a 15 night segment of a longer cruise. There were lots of sea days on this sector which is what we wanted to ... Read more

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Vobogeck
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
58 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our seventh cruise on HAL but our first on the Noordam and certainly our longest at 39 days. We thoroughly enjoyed it, which is why we keep coming back to HAL, but are concerned that the cutbacks in service are continuing. At ... Read more
Ronniegiants
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We are experienced Holland America cruisers with this being our 5th (out of 11) with the company and second on Noordam since 2012. It could well be our last. We can understand first time cruisers being satisfied, happy even, with their ... Read more
Pamela J
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
My husband & i have recently returned from a 22 night cruise from sydney to vancouver, on holland america oosterdam. the cruise was then continuing onto alaska. We were really looking forward with great anticipation to this 22 day ... Read more
Sensational Traveller
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We have sailed on Holland America many times but this was the most disappointing. Firstly the same cruise a year ago was the same price and was 29 days with 7 more port stops which was excellent. Secondly it appears to us as guests that ... Read more
rs1150@telus.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Holland America by all accounts have dropped the service level and as we normally use Princess, this was our first encounter with Holland America The cruise companies continual pressure to sell, sell, sell, became very annoying, it ... Read more

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luvtocruise2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second Holland America cruise in less than a year as last year we did a magnificent 24 day Mediteranean Cruise on the Noordam. The Oosterdam is the same size and with an almost identical layout,so we felt at home as soon as we ... Read more
hbr2@bigpond.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
An amazing experience, given that Pam and Nathan were in the vicinity. We were very fortunate to have a great captain (Capt. Peter Bos), who kept us all informed of the risks and dangers of Cyclone Pam. We had to abandon one port, (Port ... Read more
kenjin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Unlike our experience with a 30 day cruise on HAL's Statendam to Hawaii and French Polynesia in 2014, this vessel, its physical resources, staff and Master were uniformly disappointing. We are fans of smaller vessels but found the 1200 ... Read more
kbtwilly
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
I have just came back from a cruise on the ms Oosterdam with my sisters and we were mortified to say the least, This wasn't our first time cruising but it will be the last with Holland America I had mildew throughout my bath room. The ... Read more
Debwil89
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
Wow, what a fantastic holiday my family of four had. Two 50 + parents and two older teenage boys all sharing a quad balcony room. Could have been a disaster, but the best holiday ever!! Older age group on board but enough younger people to ... Read more

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Xerophitus
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Took the South Pacific cruise out of Sydney, and were certainly not impressed with the ship. The Neptune suite was very nice (apart from creaking ceiling panels), was well appointed and maintained. The downsides of the cruise were: - a ... Read more
phantomrose101
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
We are retired and decided to do a cruise on the Oosterdam. My fault that I didn't check the weather in January in this area (cyclone season) or the fact that it was school holidays. We were lucky though with only about 3 roughish days but ... Read more
Kayelledee
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Stateroom and staff. During our cruise, our toilet broke (would not flush) three times for an extended period, requiring us to us the public facilities until fixed. On the third time, the maintenance man said it was fixed but we had to ... Read more
renegade5
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
In Short; Not likely to use this carrier in future. Where to Start for the cruise Oosterdam South Pacific Cruise 02/01/2015. To Those who read this & this was their first cruise I am very pleased you had a great time and were treated ... Read more
teegysin
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had heard that the food on the Holland cruises was very good. Check. Lots of options, beautifully presented and spot-on services in the dining rooms. We were fortunate to have a waitstaff that was extraordinary - attentive, of good ... Read more

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