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113 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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Calpespain
Member Since 2010
8 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
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
1,318 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
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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
weldon31
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
psberg
Member Since 2002
1 review
1 forum post
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
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Wastegirl
Member Since 2012
1 review
729 forum posts
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
25 forum posts
3 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
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
143 forum posts
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
Trentham
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
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
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jenno10388
Member Since 2008
1 review
403 forum posts
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
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
220 forum posts
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
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
rossmb
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed September 2012
This type of report is unavoidably subjective. I have read on this and other forums reports about the same cruise by different authors and it is hard to believe that they were actually on the same ship at the same time. The following are ... Read more
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boston41
Member Since 2012
1 review
We did the 30 day Hawaii South Pacific Cruise. While the Rotterdam is an older ship there is still a lot of charm. Enjoyed the library area and the lounge areas on that level were very comfortable. While we had an inside cabin, it was ... Read more
CruiseMan37
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
I don't want to write a long dissertation about this cruise as my wife and I had a really good time, despite being surrounded by sick passengers with flu like symptoms, coughing and spluttering everywhere. This was our first cruise on ... Read more
DISGRUNTLED AUSSIES
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2012
The cruise from Rio to Santiago began with a sour note as HAL arranged the overnight accommodation in Rio, at a grossly inflated price and in a tired hotel. The airport to hotel transfer was good. The hotel to ship transfer was chaos - all ... Read more
Sweet Judy
Member Since 2009
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
My husband and I just finished a 60 day cruise and love it. During the 60 days we went to more ports and there is not enough space to list them all. We have been on 11 cruises total and truly enjoy Holland America. We enjoy all of the ... Read more
1travelfan
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
We sailed with 3 adult friends (a couple and a single) and all had outside cabins with windows on the lowest deck. Found the cabins to be extremely comfortable. Lots of storage space, nice bathrooms with tubs, and all very quiet. Hooks for ... Read more
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