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frbob
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
220 forum posts
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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SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
623 forum posts
30 helpful votes
We chose this cruise on a short notice three weeks before sailaway. Having had a focus on Celebrity Cruises before, we were in the mood to try something new, since Celebrity turned towards a path in the past, which was more and more not ... Read more
meir
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We have never been to New Zealand and Australia before, and figured out that a cruise could be a good way to get a glimpe of this part of the world. The result exceeded our expectations. We had a great cruise and visited new, interesting ... Read more
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Pickle14
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Great time of the year weather wise. Be sure to pre-order tickets to visit Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. In Madeira we had an excellent tour in a van. There were 6 of us and the price was very reasonable. Because the ship is small , ... Read more
d-lions
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Food was excellent. Service as usual on HAL wonderful. Entertainment great. Absolutely no negative comments! Enjoyed the guest lectures. Loved the BB king music and dancing Billboard piano's and music selections excellent The ... Read more
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lillacorlee
Member Since 2012
1 review
9 helpful votes
This cruise was very disappointing compared to other cruises I have been on.I was most annoyed with the non-self serve in the Lido Buffet.By the time we went through each line up to get what we wanted our food was cold.It was VERY ... Read more
SabreSailor
Member Since 2006
1 review
1,025 forum post
17 helpful votes
For some background, we: - are both around 70 years old and very active - have been on HAL cruises exclusively since 1998 (this was our 12th) - have sailed on three S-class, one R-class, and all the Vistas/Signatures except the ... Read more
janieS
Member Since 2003
1 review
37 forum posts
4 helpful votes
With trepidation we boarded the ship. We had read such dire reviews. Our thoughts were quite the opposite. The ship is new and modern, clean and well appointed. Our Veranda cabin was compact but functional. Plenty of room for all of our ... Read more
travl4fun
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
32 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We are experienced cruisers and a frequent cruiser with HAL. This ship is not up to to HAL quality in several important ways. The cabins are the smallest in the fleet! And don't get me started on the hard hard mattresses - we had to ask ... Read more
Literacy Lady
Member Since 2010
1 review
495 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We took the Konigsdam for transportation home after spending several weeks in Europe. We booked it because it was at the right time and because we wanted to try the new HAL ship. We liked the ship itself, but there were changes that could ... Read more
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pando68
Member Since 2009
1 review
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we have traveled extensively on other Holland America ships and we were anxious to sail on the new Koningsdam. There was lots to like about the new ship and some things that we felt were lacking. We ... Read more
crackers10
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We enjoy the sea days and we wished to experience the newest ship in the HAL fleet. There was much to like on the ship, excellent staff, great food, sparkling clean, impressive World Stage, good dancers group etc. However there were ... Read more
Sailawaynow
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
60 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We looked forward to this cruise for almost a year and were disappointed. First the GOOD: The Koningsdam is new and thus everything is sparkling clean and refreshing. The public rooms and staterooms are spotless, the linens are ... Read more
ThelmLou
Member Since 2012
16 reviews
1 helpful vote
We booked this first Transatlantic for the Koningsdam before the ship was built and was very happy we did so. We LOVED the Koningsdam - more like a Celebrity ship than a traditional HAL ship. She is beautifully decorated and very ... Read more
Daisyloo
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
1,753 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Before we took this cruise we were getting worried because it seemed most of the reviews we were reading were very negative. Well, we were very happy with the ship, the service, the food and the entertainment. The embarkation in ... Read more
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SATXCruising
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 2nd cruise on this ship. The music options is far better than any cruise line (Carnival, RCCL, NCL, Princess, Seabourn). The shows were excellent in one of the most unique show rooms. The lights and sound was super. Seats ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
21 reviews
1,668 forum post
21 helpful votes
Koningsdam inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise Oct 24 – Nov 9, 2016 Very long and detailed "Log" type format. If you just want the summary, scroll on down towards the bottom! We booked the inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise ... Read more
older rowdy
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We sailed from Vancouver BC. Short 4 day cruise. We stayed in a cheaper hotel as there was a big convention. The Tropicana. Cab drivers are really nice. Vancouver BC is a great city. I am young 60 and sailed with my daughter. I noted that ... Read more
BOOP3434
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because of the NEW Koningsdam. Same blueprint as Nieuw Amsterdam, but jammed with more cabins, so all cabins are smaller. Nice new food additions: Dutch Cafe and NY Deli & Pizza. The jewel In Koningsdam crown ... Read more
murraycr
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We often take a year-end cruise in the Mediterranean and enjoy visiting various ports along the way. This cruise focussed on the western Mediterranean and then crossed the Atlantic, ending up in Tampa. In all, we spent 39 days on the ... Read more
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olhacker
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We went with another couple (dear friends) who had never cruised before. I made all of the arrangements, and therefore, felt somewhat responsible for everything surrounding this Panama Canal cruise. The embarkation process, the ... Read more
Herbs Mom
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were excited to cruise on the Zuiderdam again, this time for the Canada/New England Cruise. We came in to Quebec a few days early to enjoy the city and wish we had a few more days - Quebec City was delightful and autumn is a great ... Read more
Mrsmouse61
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to be a guest of my parents for this lovely trip from San Francisco, down the Mexican Coast, through the amazing Panama Canal, and up through Caribbean waters to Ft. Lauderdale. First, I'm now a big fan of reposition ... Read more
dossbig
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We sailed on the 12 day Zuiderdam Canada/New England cruise from 10/7/16 to 10/19/16. We got to Quebec City on 10/6/16 a day before embarkation and enjoyed a great meal at Le Saint Amour and a restful night at The JW Marriot. The ... Read more
DLSgumbo
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We were looking forward to a "Fall Colors" cruise. It was our second HAL cruise, the first being aboard the Neuw Amsterdam. Enjoyed Quebec City and Saguenay but then got hit by a "subtropical depression" and missed the ... Read more
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