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92 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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gravla
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
Did not know what to expect as we are first time cruisers, but did a lot of research on the net to get an idea of what the ship was like. First impressions were fantastic, had a spa in the room, did not expect that. Staff were fantastic ... Read more
cratey
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I have cruised all over the world with a number of companies, so when we choose to book with HAL we where quiet excited as we where told by a number of our friends that the company had a very high standard within the cruise ... Read more
R & C Cruisers
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
After a very uncomfortable flight from Australia, considering the time difference, we finally neared the cruise terminal and spotted Amsterdam, among 5 other ships and felt at home immediately. She was just as beautiful as she was in ... Read more
Traveltroupe
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just arrived back today (19 January 2014) from a South Pacific Cruise departing Sydney. Firstly, the cabin upgrade from verandah to veranda suite was a lovely surprise and was really appreciated. Then comes the rest, not necessarily so ... Read more
Nattl3s
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed away to the South Pacific for Christmas and New Year on the Oosterdam. It was my third cruise, previously sailed on Pride of America and the Westerdam to Alaska. Wasn't expecting too much from the itinerary, especially the number ... Read more

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Bpatt
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
I and my husband were another two of the unfortunates that chose the Xmas new year cruise. Dirty towels in our cabin from previous passengers was our first encounter . Bookings I had made and paid for ,on board restaurants were mislaid, ... Read more
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Calpespain
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
Quick synopsis: Old ship in need of total refurbishment to bring up to today’s standards. Crew at times were surly and quite confrontational. Food okay but not outstanding. Entertainment mostly appalling Ships senior offers not ... Read more
philreamon
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
The HAL Amsterdam is a midsize ship carrying 1380 passengers and 615 crew. She is 62,735 gross tons, 760 feet in length and has a top speed of 22.5 knots. The CDC rated her 94 points in a recent inspection. She survived the long voyage ... Read more
ANSalberg
Member Since 2000
3 reviews
1,307 forum post
0 helpful votes
We traveled on the Amsterdam on several Grand cruises after we retired. We live in Colorado and both had full time and responsible jobs -it seems FOREVER. So when we retired we decided cruising was "The" way to see our World". And we began ... Read more
Fear-the-turtle
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
1,061 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
We are a married couple in our early 60s, veteran cruisers, and partial to HAL. This was our longest cruise, although we have enjoyed two trans-atlantic cruises. We left Maryland a day ahead and flew to LA. We stayed at the Comfort Inn ... Read more

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wombat52
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
0 helpful votes
From embarkation to disembarkation this cruise was fun and easy. There were no hassles at all.Being a smaller ship it was easy to make friends and after 24 days you start to get to know most faces. The food was amazing and service ... Read more
cruiseaholic10
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Having had a poor experience on Holland America HAL at New Year I doubt we would have taken this cruise except that we had paid for it. The embarkation was very smooth and our room was ready for us, after a couple of days we had a letter ... Read more
weldon31
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We have over 260 sea days with Holland America and after this last cruise it will remain at that number. This was the second time we have taken this cruise and it was probably the worst cruise of my lifetime. It started with embarkation in ... Read more
Wanderlust 2
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
We just returned from a 35 day cruise of the South Pacific and were left with mixed feelings about the overall experience. This was our first cruise on Holland America and we selected it based on its South Pacific itinerary. ... Read more
CruiseMan37
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I do not write many reviews but I feel compelled to add my comments about our recent cruise on the Oosterdam from Sydney to Seattle. I am going to make it short and to the point. I am not a complainer and for the most part the cruise was ... Read more

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psberg
Member Since 2002
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
My husband and I travelled on a 37 day repositioning cruise which began in Auckland on March 30 and ended in Seattle on May 5, 2013. Overall, I would give good marks for the cruise. We prefer to take long cruises (rather than a lot of ... Read more
Wastegirl
Member Since 2012
1 review
671 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Emabarkation Late embarkation due to previous cruise being a charter but as we arrived early we were on board before it got too busy. Leaving from temporary terminal at Barangaroo was not perfect but did the job. Our Cabin Our verandah ... Read more
fogchase
Member Since 2011
1 review
20 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
We greatly enjoyed the 2013 HAL Grand World Voyage (115 days) on the ms Amsterdam. It's a little sad getting back to the real world after the adventure, the glamour, and the pampering over the past four months. However, we do have some ... Read more
Annie.P
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed January 2013
We were an extended family group which included 6 children between 3 - 11 and 8 Adults 35 - 65, across 5 cabins. Oh yes - and we were all on our first cruise! The other members of our party were in cabins that had a window looking out ... Read more
marinating
Member Since 2004
1 review
139 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
A little about us first, my husband is in his sixties and I am 55, we have cruised over 20 times on numerous lines from the 320 passenger Paul Gaugian to the Queen Mary. We cruise two to three times a year departing from different ports ... Read more

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Trentham
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This our most recent cruise was in an Superior Verandah (SY) Suite stateroom on Holland America Line's 'Oosterdam' to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Our expectations were reasonably high - have you heard of the "Signature of Excellence" or ... Read more
jenno10388
Member Since 2008
1 review
402 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Firstly about me. I am a cruise ship & ocean liner buff! I can't even count how many books, DVD's and other nick nacks I have regarding the topic! I am 24 years if age and have sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Cunard and have ... Read more
CentralCoastie
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a lovely first time cruise with our disabled daughter on the Oosterdam. But like any holiday there were problems that we were unprepared for. The help that we received from most of the staff was exceptional. We managed to get a ... Read more
burchan
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
213 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2012
I have sailed with HAL before and liked it. It should have been the same this time. For the first time in my life I was to see Total Solar Eclipse. I did not want to gamble with this once in a life opportunity by trying to observe from ... Read more
HamburgAvonLady
Member Since 2008
1 review
1,363 forum post
0 helpful votes
After having to postpone this wonderful itinerary for almost 3 years due to health issues, we finally boarded the beautiful Westerdam on Oct. 4 for our 30 day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Stayed at the Best Western Yacht ... Read more

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