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119 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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DanyC
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 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
3,723 forum posts
8 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
Vobogeck
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
60 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
9 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
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IVF
Member Since 2017
1 review
Explore an area we had never visited, Fiji,Samoa, Tonga, and so much more. We like longer cruises with sea days as well as shore visits. Holland America's food and service exceeded our recent trips on Queen Mary 2, (transatlantic and ... Read more
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Pamela J
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
4 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
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
luvtocruise2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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hbr2@bigpond.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
2 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
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
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
Xerophitus
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
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phantomrose101
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
9 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
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
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
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
windsor26
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
6,338 forum posts
Embarkation was good although we were not introduced to our cabin stewards until a couple of days into the cruise. Beds comfortable and pillows excellent. No drawers in the stateroom to unpoack small items into so do not understand why ... Read more
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CRESSBROOK
Member Since 2013
1 review
18 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I just returned from a 36 day cruises on the HAL Zandamm. This is the first time we travelled with HAL, however, we have done other trips with Celebrity, Voyages of Discovery, etc. As a general comment I would say we got value ... Read more
i love cats
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed September 2014
First off I'm a 4star mariner very loyal to HAL until now .this ship had to be the coldest ship Ive ever sailedonand .so extremely cold in the crows nest on deck 9 u needed mukluks and a parka.no control over the temperature in the wajang ... Read more
dockman
Member Since 2001
7 reviews
303 forum posts
I have been on 60++ cruises to include many on Holland America so frankly I have semi "been there, done that". This 28 day cruise from Sydney to Seattle gets pretty high marks from me. But once again I will point out some areas of ... Read more
Old Bulldog
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
67 forum posts
Sailed March 2014
After looking into various cruise lines, my husband and I agreed on Holland America as it seemed to offer accomodation more to our high standards and this being our very first cruise, seemed like a large enough boat that we did not feel ... Read more
suetony2011@hotmail.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed March 2014
1-CABIN My husband and I have just had cruise with H.A.L 14 nights, and we were more than happy. First we were upgraded from a veranda suite to a Signature Suite that had lots more space, As well as a spa bath sep shower, double vanity not ... Read more
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