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110 Holland America Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews

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Gonegonegone
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my celebration cruise for my retirement and it was the perfect way to celebrate! We were upgraded to a Neptune Suite upon embarkation and everything from there was amazing! The food was excellent and, even though we ran into ... Read more
gram247
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we were traveling to Sydney to see family. My cousin suggested a tour of New Zealand, which we took by bus. - It was with APT Tours & was wonderful After a 3 week stay in Sydney we wanted to take a ... Read more
celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
48 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise was on our "bucket list!" The ports in New Zealand and Australia that we did visit were good. We did run into a mechanical problem and were not able to sail to Auckland or Bay of Islands. This was unfortunate, but ... Read more
Experienced travelers
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We selected this cruise to see New Zealand, particularly Auckland, for the first time and to return to the USA via a transition cruise across the Pacific from Sydney to Vancouver. Our first impression was not too good as Noordam ... Read more
ibfishing2
Member Since 2011
1 review
341 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This is our third cruise with Holland Cruise line. We have enjoyed all of them but a little disappointed this time because we had to miss two ports that we were looking forward to visiting. The ship had "Mechanical issues" and ... Read more

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wchu
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Holland America claims to be a 5* cruise line so I had high expectations. This particular holiday was a once in a lifetime luxury cruise, so we decided to pay the extra for the experience. Embarkation was at the White Bay Cruise ... Read more
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hipexec
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Neptune suite was great and he Neptune Lounge is fantastic. No waiting in line at the front desk and terrific concierge help at the Neptune suite. First three/fourths of the trip was great. But at Napier, New Zealand, we broke down. A ... Read more
jan traveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have cruised with Holland America twice before in America and I was very pleased with this cruise line but that was eight years ago. I bought a last minute special in a verandah cabin and was very excited to cruise again. Firstly,I ... Read more
boyfromoz
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We sailed on the Noordam in Cabin SS6109 ( a Signature Suite) as a novel way to spend Christmas and New Year and avoid all the hype that can be attached to buying and preparing expensive food and indulging in the giving of unwanted ... Read more
unhapp
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The cruise started promising: beautifull big cabin (neptune lounge facility) large balcony-two stewards-not good at cleaning. activities: poor-very poor. port and shore excursions:verry expensive dinning:verry good (sometimes bad in ... Read more

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mandy35
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Our 7th cruise but the first with Holland America. We normally book a balcony room but as the choice was so limited when we booked we went for an ocean view and were very happy with the cabin. The bed was the comfiest we have had on any ... Read more
icepik
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was my second HAL cruise, my first being in October on the Maasdam out of Montreal. this time the ship was better (the Maasdam old at 22 years for a cruise ship) but still tired and in need of a refit although a beautiful ship. My ... Read more
Travel-lu
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We have just disembarked in Sydney from our 16 night cruise around New Zealand over the 2015 Christmas and new year period. The cruise experience was enjoyable but, having cruised with Holland America in 2010, it just felt that the company ... Read more
DanyC
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 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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pwuchief
Member Since 2012
1 review
35 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ok - new Zealand was great - except for Akaroa where we were not able to tender because of high winds (do not book a tour called the Mail Run - they do not refund). All other ports were great and interesting. Fiji portion - well if you ... Read more

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Zinio
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Some people have inflated expectations, and (as a result) complain too much. We embarked in Sydney and stayed on the Volendam in Singapore for a second cruise in SE Asia. We liked the Volendam much. It is smaller than the Oosterdam (which ... Read more
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Mobi Cruiser
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
166 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Our first HAL cruise, re-positioning from Sydney to Vancouver. The price was right and there were plenty of sea days which we like. Boarding was easy as there were quite a number of transit passengers that had boarded in New Zealand. Our ... Read more
Pamela J
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
Madamcyn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We embarked in Sydney fron the new White Bay cruise terminal, which was ok but disappointed not to be in Circular Quay. Was not allocated a cabin till checking in despite asking for a good cabin when booking a year earlier. We were on ... Read more

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sensrock
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise to date, all on Holland America. The weather was very nice, the ports were lovely & all in all we had a great time. We had a Signature Suite stateroom, on the starboard side of the ship. It was lovely and we ... Read more
GDJ
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was meant to be a special trip but it did not turn out that way, nothing like the 'excellence' promised. The combination of the ship condition and some aspects being well below the marketing statements was disappointing and only ... Read more
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Opinionator
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Before I begin, I want to make it clear that Holland America is an above average cruise company which I have travelled with before without incident and with all my expectations being met or exceeded. Normally we travel with Cunard. We ... Read more
luvtocruise2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
hbr2@bigpond.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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