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fcoward
Member Since 2015
1 review
38 forum posts
PRICE - PRICE - PRICE ! ! ! I love being at sea and the repo cruises are usually the best value. LIKED: FOOD (good quality and reasonable variety) DIDN'T LIKE: EATING OPTION HOURS (It seemed like I was always out of sync with the ... Read more
jakob71
Member Since 2009
11 reviews
11 helpful votes
We are a married couple, who has sailed with several different cruise lines the last 17 years, also on many Transatlantic cruises. But, this was only our second cruise with HAL. Pre-cruise: We stayed two nights before the cruise at the ... Read more
Abigail 2008
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
235 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Price was the main reason we took this cruise. $499. for an outside cabin. Plus it left from Ft Lauderdale. Our cabin number was 1832, which was fine and it had more storage than I have ever had on a ship. I always take a clear shoe ... Read more
dhult15
Member Since 2003
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
As a single, the price was great. Three of four ship's excursions were outstanding. Cadiz tour was a real disappointment. Guide directed us to museum which was closed (later, onboard other passengers said most of Europe's museums are ... Read more
NY Librarian
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
5 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
I enjoyed my first TA cruise a great deal. The service was exceptional, there were plenty of activities to keep you busy on the days at sea - and the price was fabulous. We booked 10 days before sailing. While the pizza on the lido was ... Read more
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RETIRED13
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Repositioning cruises are a wonderful way to avoid tedious air travel. Noordam had a great itinerary and the timing was perfect. Noordam was scheduled for a refit in 2015 but it still hasn't happened and its looking a bit tired. The ... Read more
senior world travelers
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Chose it because it went where we wanted to go but didn't ant to go all the way to Vancouver but we were told we couldn't get off in Honolulu unless we paid for entire leg to Canada. That being said the reasons we were terribly ... Read more
mouseterd1
Member Since 2011
1 review
145 forum posts
8 helpful votes
A repositioning cruise that took us 36 nights from Auckland/Sydney/Honolulu/Vancouver with no ship problems...so that is a very good and great thing! But service overall ('anytime' main dining) was a big hit & miss for the whole ... Read more
Caseyman
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
After having sailed the Mediterranean last year we wanted to explore a part of the world that would be oh so unique. With HAL doing away with the South Pacific cruises of the last 3 years we decided to book this one. Having booked our ... Read more
mkhall
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
After returning from a Panama Canal on the Maasdam, sorting thru upcoming cruises the 32 day explore South America Passage and Inca Discovery was of great interest. Fortunately for future travelers, the Zaandam is going in to dry dock to ... Read more
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Reefnut
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Embarkation was smooth and seamless HAL has everything well coordinated. Our balcony cabin was the same as all signature class ships but our Room stewards were great. Matter of fact as we have come to expect with HAL the entire crew was ... Read more
oregoniankid
Member Since 2017
1 review
34 helpful votes
OK....No BS....We have always cruised on HAL..PERIOD!! Cost more but Worth it... I am 62, My Wife is 65. Started with HAL back in 2003. First cruise was to Alaska. All others have been to the Caribbean. Were from the Great ... Read more
Here i go again!
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Special mention right away to my friend i n THE RETREAT!! Jeffrey, Michael, Jomarie and Joseph And to Richard in the Crowes nest for doing a lovely job during my cocktail party for group Izamani at guest relations who made it ... Read more
Darwould
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
120 forum posts
20 helpful votes
This cruise was for the New Zealand Destinations... with a lot of great port stops along the way. Noordam is our fifth HA ship, and much the same facilities as the others. It seemed that the temperature control was much better than some ... Read more
kiwikaye
Member Since 2010
1 review
25 forum posts
5 helpful votes
As we live in Auckland New Zealand and the cruise left from there we were very excited about taking this cruise. The ship is fairly old (we heard that it is to be taken out of HAL's service in 2018) and it is showing its age. Our room was ... Read more
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worldvisitors
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose the cruise for 2 reasons. To experience the Brand with a view to using them again and to see the destinations on this trip. That was - Hong Kong down to Indonesia. The ship is dated and the air con is ferocious everywhere. People ... 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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SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
623 forum posts
34 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
10 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
6 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
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d-lions
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
6 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
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
1,027 forum post
21 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
6 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
6 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
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