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105 Holland America Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews

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ibfishing2
Member Since 2011
1 review
341 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
3 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
24 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
10 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

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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
4 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
7 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
3 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
0 helpful votes
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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kenjin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Unlike our experience with a 30 day cruise on HAL's Statendam to Hawaii and French Polynesia in 2014, this vessel, its physical resources, staff and Master were uniformly disappointing. We are fans of smaller vessels but found the 1200 ... Read more
kbtwilly
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I have just came back from a cruise on the ms Oosterdam with my sisters and we were mortified to say the least, This wasn't our first time cruising but it will be the last with Holland America I had mildew throughout my bath room. The ... Read more
Debwil89
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
Wow, what a fantastic holiday my family of four had. Two 50 + parents and two older teenage boys all sharing a quad balcony room. Could have been a disaster, but the best holiday ever!! Older age group on board but enough younger people to ... Read more
Xerophitus
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Took the South Pacific cruise out of Sydney, and were certainly not impressed with the ship. The Neptune suite was very nice (apart from creaking ceiling panels), was well appointed and maintained. The downsides of the cruise were: - a ... Read more
phantomrose101
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
We are retired and decided to do a cruise on the Oosterdam. My fault that I didn't check the weather in January in this area (cyclone season) or the fact that it was school holidays. We were lucky though with only about 3 roughish days but ... Read more

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