Holland America Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews

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134 Holland America Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews
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Yurugaboy
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife chose this cruise as it went over the Christmas break and went to the South Pacific.We are a family of 5 and booked 2 rooms. A Verandah Room and an inside Room both on Deck 6. After a slow start in the kids room having a double ... Read more
pinzel
Member Since 2006
1 review
96 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as we had sailed on Holland America before and wanted to be away at Christmas. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was trouble free with quick access to the ship. We sailed this time in a forward cabin 704 which ... Read more
Rod P
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Convienent at the time of booking. Very scruffy ship in some parts and and the tenders were and their handling was not up to,standard. There is no way they could handle 150 pax in an emergency. (I have handled similar or bigger sized ... Read more
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jarobinstx
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruize because of the amazing locations packed into the Christmas Holiday. The service and food were exactly what we have come to expect on Holland America and we were not disappointed. Through the ports and shore ... Read more
karenbink
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
New Zealand was on my husband's bucket list for a long time. We decided the best way to get a feel for the country is to do a cruise & sample as many ports as possible. So we chose Holland Americas 14 day cruise with 8 ports. It was ... Read more
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tabaluga
Member Since 2014
1 review
my 3rd time on the Noordam, 9 weeks totol, so i know her well. For the price of apx 110 per night for a balcony the value is terrific. The BBKing band plays 3x per night and are an exellent ship dance band. The Theater ... Read more
cruzin_ga_gal
Member Since 2011
14 reviews
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Travelling with Qantas from ATL, I flew to LAX then on to SYD for arrival same day as sailing. This was a 29 day collector's voyage travelling to Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, other So Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. I ... Read more
trurotraveler
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary in Australia and New Zealand. This was my second trip on Holland America, the first being to Bermuda and I was hoping for a better experience. First for the positives: the cabin ... Read more
Gonegonegone
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
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
5 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
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celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
89 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed the ports we visited, however we did encounter a few missed ports due to both weather conditions and a problem with the ship's starboard thrusters. Parts had to be ordered from Finland so we spent two days in Napier. ... Read more
celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
89 forum posts
8 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
21 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
452 forum posts
27 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
wchu
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 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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Bopster
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
86 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Bucket list cruise including Australia and New Zealand. We arrived in Sydney a week early so we could explore a bit of Australia before the cruise and we truly enjoyed every day. We spent most of our time in Sydney, but did take a train to ... Read more
hipexec
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
38 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
20 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
8 helpful votes
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
11 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
9 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
15 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
9 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
8 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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