Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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106 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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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
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
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
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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
6,248 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
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
6 reviews
271 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
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Old Bulldog
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
57 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
lungalonga
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
Sailed March 2014
After having cruised with various lines (20 times) My wife and I decided to try the Holland America line (Oosterdam) cruising to the Pacific Islands on the 2nd of March 2014 for14 nights Embarkation and disembarkation was excellent The ... Read more
gravla
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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
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R & C Cruisers
2 reviews
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
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
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
Bpatt
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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
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philreamon
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
2 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
1,316 forum post
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
7 reviews
1,065 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
wombat52
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
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
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
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