Holland America Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews

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149 Holland America Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews
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Ladybentley
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
159 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After several great HAL cruises we were surprised to find this one to be so disappointing. It’s clear that ongoing cutbacks are the order of the day now with HAL, along with a corresponding reduction in customer service. Starting ... Read more
Norpen
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise to fit in with school holidays and to meet friends in Hawaii. The stateroom was excellent. See below. The ship was very lush and we enjoyed the ambience in every venue. All areas were well maintained and ... Read more
Old Bulldog
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
68 forum posts
We chose Holland America as they are our favourite cruise line. Having an aft suite our embarkation was smooth without any wait although this actual cruise had commenced in NZ and there were already guests on board. The cabin was great ... Read more
Dragonboat
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this particular cruise based on our schedule and desire to see Sydney, Tasmania and New Zealand after a week on Australia's Gold Coast. The Noordam cruise was perfect for us (our 10th cruise, and first on Holland America). ... Read more
Pops 1953
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which suited our plans to see a little of New Zealand within a limited time frame. Embarkation went without a hitch and we were pleasantly surprised by our stateroom on deck 8 complete with ... Read more
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konazo
Member Since 2014
1 review
182 forum posts
We always find the South Pacific to be a beautiful and very relaxing place to visit and the people are so friendly. Always glad to return to the South Pacific... wish it was closer as the flight is long. We stayed 2 nights precruise at ... Read more
Redmonkey25
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We’d like to provide our thoughts on our 27 day South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand cruise-which is our 16th cruise and our 5th on Holland America. The itinerary was perfect-great port stops-and the food was exceptionally ... Read more
doju
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary which was very satisfactory. Noordam looks as though she needs a sprucing up, carpeting in hallways has been replaced in some ares but not in others. Our cabin was comfortable, but there were marks ... Read more
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Amishrn
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was our first cruise so was not sure what to expect. Had a great time. My favorite on board activity was the computer classes given by Toni. He did windows 10, Cortana, edge, photo gallery, cameras, internet security and was very ... Read more
jazq20a
Member Since 2012
1 review
56 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was very misrepresented in the website and available information from the cruise line. It was only "back to back cruises" not a separate all in one cruise. entertainment and activities were mostly repeated the second two ... Read more
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ozcookie
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was the third HAL cruise for me and second for my wife so we knew what to expect. We were travelling with our three young children (1,4 and 6) plus my parents and 11 year old niece so spread across verandah cabins 10004, 10008 and ... Read more
captainrod
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
It was the worst cruise of the prior three. The ceiling in the lido restaurant leaked, as we carried our food past trying not to get drops of unhealthy, dirty, water on our food. The Wifi was crappy and cost a lot, they charged for ... Read more
frbob
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
228 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We boarded the Maasdam in Sydney on 1/15/17., destination San Diego, 39 days later. The agenda was terrific; Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Hawaii...pretty much to die for. We only missed one port in the agenda and that ... Read more
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debmac2
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We like the size of the ship as well as the ports. We were pleased with our choice. We had a balcony room that gave us some added space. The rooms are not overly fancy, but comfortable. The ship is beginning to show some wear and tear ... Read more
thehighc
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our 3rd cruise . We have previously cruised on the Disney Fantasy in 2014 and then Royal Caribbean Legend of the seas in 2015 . As we are still quite new to cruising we are keen to explore several cruise lines but we have been ... Read more
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ChesterLocksley
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
I'm 66 and retired and I don't usually cruise during school holidays for obvious reasons but this year choose the Noordam in early January around New Zealand and with the hope that not many kids would be on board. There weren't many and ... Read more
DISGRUNTLED AUSSIES
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We like NZ and have been there on land, but wished to see the Sounds and ports offered. In the past HAL gave reasonable value for $ and "tried" to sort our differences. We are two 70yr olds and travel on ships geared for minimal ... Read more
Ja and Ma
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We sailed on the Noordam with our two teenagers leaving Sydney on the 4th January. It was spectacular leaving from White Bay as the ship had to wait for the tide to drop; so we could sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was amazing to ... Read more
FORSTERGADABOUT
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our annual company closedown in January each year, when we must take most of our annual holiday leave. The price was great for this peak holiday time in Australia. Both the embarkation and ... Read more
Yurugaboy
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
7 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
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ceejaybeeaust
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Xmas and New Year at sea. What more could you want. You want to take that special bottle along with you, and if you are flying in from interstate then don't share your baggage. Your baggage is going to be confiscated because you ... Read more
pinzel
Member Since 2006
1 review
96 forum posts
10 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
10 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes
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
4 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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