Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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120 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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Jetsetter747
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
3 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
1 helpful vote
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
9 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
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
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
25 forum posts
5 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
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
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
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Steveoka
Member Since 2005
9 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
107 forum posts
3 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
2,960 forum posts
10 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
6 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
highcees
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
54 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This cruise was chosen strictly for itinerary, which was a long-held dream come true. The ship and cabin got very old, very fast. Surely, the cuisine could have more variety -- all those chefs that claim to have input! Cabin attendants ... Read more
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one more
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
192 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We needed a cruise to return home to Sydney & the Noordam was leaving at the right time. We have never sailed on a HAL ship before, it was not our first cruise. Found the ship very nice, inside cabin very roomy & great ... Read more
survey54
Member Since 2010
9 reviews
7 helpful votes
My wife and I boarded the Amsterdam for a 53 night Pacific cruise in Seattle, but little did we know that the first 5 days to San Diego was a “repositioning“ cruise, where instead of the $140 a night each that we were paying , ... Read more
SannyAnnie
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Our trip was the 14 day Alaska cruise. HAL picked us up at Seattle Airport and bussed us to the cruise terminal. Very easy! Representatives were at each bag claim, and took great care of us. Embarkation was also smooth. My photo ... Read more
be_a_cruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
10 forum posts
5 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
5 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
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Robertson7
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
19,887 forum posts
5 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
4 reviews
728 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
dbits
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
68 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
98 forum posts
4 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
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