Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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128 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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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
6,357 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
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dockman
Member Since 2001
7 reviews
305 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
4 reviews
68 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
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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
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
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
1,325 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
1,080 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
4 reviews
16 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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