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howndder
Member Since 2005
1 review
786 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I am writing this review to let others know what actually happened to "me" alone, on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing of Holland America's "Oosterdam". I took Holland America this time, (my 23rd Tans-Atlantic) because my ... Read more
nycwebdude
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
15 forum posts
16 helpful votes
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: My cruising history - this was my 16th cruise (1-Carnival/1-Celebrity/3-Norwegian/11-Royal Caribbean). I decided to try HAL because I was looking for a little "step up" from RCL for things like ... Read more
wendybf1
Member Since 2015
1 review
27 forum posts
Sailed March 2016
Going through the Panama Canal is a bucket list item. I've looked at many cruises going through but most where you go all the way through the canal have such minimal port you visit between and many sea days. We still have a fair number ... Read more
ss FLANDRE
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
31 helpful votes
For starters, my husband and I love 'Prinsendam'. This shapely vessel, launched in 1988 as ‘Royal Viking Sun’, is an anomaly within the 14-ship fleet of Holland America Line, carrying only 835 guests, whereas her 13 fleet-mates ... Read more
DCParky
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
193 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my first cruise on the Prinsendam. I have always wanted to sail on her, although I was a bit apprehensive of sailing on an older and smaller ship, especially after reading some of the reviews. Thankfully, there was no need for ... Read more

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K2 of the seas
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We just came off the Nieuw Amsterdam in Fort Lauderdale. The ship was lovely, the service was impeccable and the food was great. Onboard entertainment and activities need to be reenergized and reengineered though....The only activities ... Read more
Foley13
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Very disappointing . We have been on this very ship several times before. Things have changed. Very little entertainment and slow dining service. They seem to have reduced dining wait staff. For a transatlantic there was very little to do, ... Read more
1234567seas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was a very lovely crossing. Many more pros than cons. To begin with, the sailing was delayed by a full day due to strong winds and high seas preventing the ship from getting into port. The overnight in Barcelona spent waiting for the ... Read more
Judith Rosica
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I am a member of the Mariner Society and have sailed a number of times on Holland America. It had been a few years between sailings and this past cruise was a hugh disappointment in almost every respect. Only the Indonesian staff have ... Read more
brwydave
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
We took Prinsendam back to the USA after a two week tour of Israel. We were allowed to board in Haifa, although the cruise started in Athens. This was our third cruise aboard this ship and we noticed that she was getting tired. ... Read more

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OBX-Cruisers
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
906 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife and I have over 120 days cruising on HAL ships and this latest cruise in the Mediterranean and TA was our longest cruise to date. We have been on the Eurodam on an East coast cruise from Quebec to Fort Lauderdale in 2010 and ... Read more
cascadecruiser
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
226 forum posts
1 helpful vote
EMBARKATION. It was a breeze at the terminal in Civitavecchia as half of the Zuiderdam’s passengers were staying on from the previous cruise. With no lines, we were processed in minutes. Within 30 minutes boarding was opened and ... Read more
bump70
Member Since 2015
1 review
30 forum posts
Sailed October 2015
This is our 15th cruise, and second on HAL. Holland America's service is outstanding as is the food. Yes, the Zuiderdam is an older ship, but, a well maintained and clean vessel. This ship is for the older crowd, as it doesn't have ... Read more
Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
HAL put together a 7 day Greece with a 19 day transAtlantic cruise calling it a "Collectors Journey". They promised different meals and shows over the 26 days but repeated the menus and the shows from the first 7 days into the ... Read more
jkmarbles
Member Since 2015
1 review
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My friend & I have cruised on Holland America around 155 days. We found the Zaandam to be updated since our previous voyage on the ship. The rooms, services, meals and activities were all we expected. We enjoyed the Culinary ... Read more

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DeeVeeCS
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
My wife and I booked a balcony stateroom on deck 6. This was our first cruise with Holland America and our 7th overall. Rather than trying to comment on every aspect of the experience, what I will focus on is what we particularly liked ... Read more
JosNaylor
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I am not a usual contributor to review forums but I am struggling to reconcile the wonderful cruise just experienced on Volendam with these recent negative reviews on Cruise Critic. A strong influence on the enjoyment of any cruise will be ... Read more
bonvoyagebites
Member Since 2015
1 review
482 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We went on a 3 day repositioning cruise for the MS Amsterdam to begin its Alaska season. We had been looking for a short cruise to take with the kids after their school year ended, and found this one. We booked it, as well as a hotel in ... Read more
gail h
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
334 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were so excited about this cruise. We had a very stressful year and needed to get away. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale 2 days early and stayed at the Sheraton Airport. A really nice hotel. Quiet, clean. If you go out of the hotel and ... Read more
Prof Don
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
I have been to Panama before, but this voyage showed me a whole new way of seeing Central America. Our first port was Cartagena, Colombia, then through the Canal to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and on to San Diego. From the ... Read more

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FunFox
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Beware, as we were too naïve to, that if a cruise company informs you that there is an active Norovirus outbreak on the ship you are about to embark on – your cruise will be compromised. Of course the severity of the outbreak ... Read more
Bonbon65
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
10 forum posts
Sailed May 2015
This was my first cruise alone and I had a great time and would do it again! There was some illness on the ship but I did not get it. The staff worked diligently all the time to make sure that all areas of the ship where disinfected. ... Read more
old car guy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
The food was excellent and the entertainment was great. Got to score that as close as possible to 10 out of 10. The port and shore excursions could have also been 10 out of 10 if San Diego was not included on the list. What a dirty place. ... Read more
canadianbear
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,784 forum post
Stateroom staff: best we have ever had, thank you to Rohman & Roni-they anticipated our needs and the first day we asked for something specific to be done every day and they never forgot. Great job! They always kept our fruit bowl ... Read more
Mobi Cruiser
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
166 forum posts
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

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