Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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132 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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DMG46
Member Since 2009
1 review
42 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I were looking for a quick get-away. We booked our cruise five weeks before departure as a package. The booking process went smoothly and all arrangements turned out as described. The boarding at the Pier in Honolulu was ... Read more
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Castoffs
Member Since 2017
1 review
We had already been on the Volendam with HAL and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and this cruise was visiting the South Pacific and Hawaii. We were on board 16 nights Sydney to Honolulu we felt this was long enough for us and it was. ... Read more
Ruth Irving
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Holland America obviously don't read these reviews otherwise things would have improved by now - or perhaps they just don't care! My friend and I boarded the Noordam in Sydney and I was very much looking forward to the cruise experience ... Read more
normie616
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
235 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This review will not be lengthy but more to the point.Having completed our Sydney to Vancouver crossing from 8th April to 30th April ;I feel appropriate to comment on this ship Firstly the Noordam is a beautiful ship and we ... Read more
Ladybentley
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
164 forum posts
13 helpful votes
After several great HAL cruises we were surprised to find this one to be so disappointing. It’s clear that ongoing cutbacks are the order of the day now with HAL, along with a corresponding reduction in customer service. Starting ... Read more
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Norpen
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise to fit in with school holidays and to meet friends in Hawaii. The stateroom was excellent. See below. The ship was very lush and we enjoyed the ambience in every venue. All areas were well maintained and ... Read more
Old Bulldog
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
68 forum posts
We chose Holland America as they are our favourite cruise line. Having an aft suite our embarkation was smooth without any wait although this actual cruise had commenced in NZ and there were already guests on board. The cabin was great ... Read more
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
885 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. 3-Star cruise, 5-Star itinerary with fun on the Polynesian Islands. We cruise often, usually long cruises. We are active retirees, swim, hike the jungle, snorkel, cliff jump, motorcycles. We enjoy ... Read more
RETIRED13
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Repositioning cruises are a wonderful way to avoid tedious air travel. Noordam had a great itinerary and the timing was perfect. Noordam was scheduled for a refit in 2015 but it still hasn't happened and its looking a bit tired. The ... Read more
Senior Single
Member Since 2012
8 reviews
100 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I never sailed the islands of the Pacific, and this was a perfect opportunity to do so. A few days in Sydney prior to sailing allowed two visits to Hunter Valley (two different companies) and a lunch at the top of the Sydney Tower. ... Read more
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Jetsetter747
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The few issues on the ship that occurred were handled and resolved promptly which we appreciated. The staff was courteous and the food was good. Good variety of ports, however, the excursions were ... Read more
carolina husker
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary - 9 ports in 14 days in both New Zealand and Southeast Australia. The ship is in pretty good shape for its age, but a little gaudy for our taste. Staff was very pleasant and ports were ... Read more
tzoz
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Having been with HAL before we where very dissapointed with this cruise no music or dancing before dinner.In fact the ship was like a ghost ship most of the time except meal times when everybody appeard.First two nights dine as you wish ... Read more
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Dragonboat
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this particular cruise based on our schedule and desire to see Sydney, Tasmania and New Zealand after a week on Australia's Gold Coast. The Noordam cruise was perfect for us (our 10th cruise, and first on Holland America). ... Read more
Pops 1953
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which suited our plans to see a little of New Zealand within a limited time frame. Embarkation went without a hitch and we were pleasantly surprised by our stateroom on deck 8 complete with ... Read more
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Ray23
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
1 helpful vote
This was our 16th cruise but only our second with HAL. We had a particularly bad trip with them in 2016, but decided to give them a second chance (we also got a great deal on the price!) We had to catch the ship in Auckland so flew out ... Read more
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kiwikaye
Member Since 2010
1 review
26 forum posts
6 helpful votes
As we live in Auckland New Zealand and the cruise left from there we were very excited about taking this cruise. The ship is fairly old (we heard that it is to be taken out of HAL's service in 2018) and it is showing its age. Our room was ... Read more
konazo
Member Since 2014
1 review
185 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We always find the South Pacific to be a beautiful and very relaxing place to visit and the people are so friendly. Always glad to return to the South Pacific... wish it was closer as the flight is long. We stayed 2 nights precruise at ... Read more
Yurugaboy
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife chose this cruise as it went over the Christmas break and went to the South Pacific.We are a family of 5 and booked 2 rooms. A Verandah Room and an inside Room both on Deck 6. After a slow start in the kids room having a double ... Read more
karenbink
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
New Zealand was on my husband's bucket list for a long time. We decided the best way to get a feel for the country is to do a cruise & sample as many ports as possible. So we chose Holland Americas 14 day cruise with 8 ports. It was ... Read more
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tabaluga
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 helpful votes
my 3rd time on the Noordam, 9 weeks totol, so i know her well. For the price of apx 110 per night for a balcony the value is terrific. The BBKing band plays 3x per night and are an exellent ship dance band. The Theater ... Read more
Steveoka
Member Since 2005
10 reviews
22 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We are avid cruisers and have tried most cruise lines over the years and find if you look hard enough for fault you will find it but we must say that the Maasdam was a true delight to sail on. The ship itself is well presented and well ... Read more
observer2013
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
113 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Holland America can inspire you with excellence and then take you into the depths of mediocrity with poor execution. On our South Pacific cruise, we were very pleased by the quality of the wait staff in the Dining Rooms and Lido and the ... Read more
Umbarger
Member Since 2003
18 reviews
2,962 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Wow. What a cruise. The ports were amazing. Hawaii, Somoa, Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia. I have wanted to do this cruise for the last 5 years. My husband finally retired so we had the time to do this 48 day cruise from San Diego. ... Read more
JonesCruiser
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
While a seasoned cruiser, this was my first long cruise ( 48 days ). The cruise, especially the itinerary was great. Holland America staff work very hard to make sure that every guest has their needs met and exceeded. I was very pleased ... Read more
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