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pdpair
Member Since 2015
1 review
24 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We booked the cruise many months ahead when great fares were offered for a trip of this length. The ship is 10 years old and is showing signs of wear in some areas. The Lido Dining venue needs new furniture. Our cabin was located on ... Read more
highcees
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
54 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This cruise was chosen strictly for itinerary, which was a long-held dream come true. The ship and cabin got very old, very fast. Surely, the cuisine could have more variety -- all those chefs that claim to have input! Cabin attendants ... Read more
cruznbuddies
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
871 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had sailed HAL once previously for a Sea of Cortez cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed. The entire cruise was a repositioning cruise from Vancouver, BC to Auckland, NZ however, because we are ... Read more
one more
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
187 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We needed a cruise to return home to Sydney & the Noordam was leaving at the right time. We have never sailed on a HAL ship before, it was not our first cruise. Found the ship very nice, inside cabin very roomy & great ... Read more
A memorable Masdam experience
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We liked the itinerary, the time of year and the size of the ship. The trip was perfect. There were plenty of sea days to enjoy the daily activities, interesting ports of call and thankfully perfect weather. The onl;y disappointment ... Read more
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TexT
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this Australia-bound cruise on the Maasdam as it ticked several key boxes. Foremost was our preference for smaller, more intimate ships that offer more of the Old-School cruising experience. The embarkation port and itinerary ... Read more
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SALAMANCA2014
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We selected this cruise based on the Ports of Call. This was a repositioning cruise starting in Seattle, Washington. The length of the cruise fit our schedule. The Internet worked very well for a cruise ship. There was a couple of ... Read more
TimeTravels
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Why are disabled cabins either at the front or back of the ship? A trek to either the theatre or the restaurants. Our cabin 6003 was at the front, a good size with a pillar ( ideal for tying the wheelchair and walker to whilst crossing ... Read more
avenir
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband chose this cruise as a gift for my birthday. I had previously enjoyed travel on the Holland America Line ships and others had good things to say about HAL. It was his first ocean cruise. There was plenty to do. We really ... Read more
redtag
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
6 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We chose this repositioning cruise because it began in Amsterdam and ports were mainly in Portugal and Spain. The ship is new and new is nice and clean. Beds, showers and TV are good. However, the ship was overcrowded. There is no ... Read more
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LoisLRWC
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise for the date and the itinerary. This was a transatlantic / repositioning cruise starting in Copenhagen Denmark. We visited Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada finally disembarking in Manhattan. We crossed the Arctic ... Read more
Canadiana
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
31 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We booked this Viking Passage cruise because of its appealing itinerary which included both Iceland and Greenland. Overall we were pleased with the cruise but cannot award it five stars because of too many minor irritations. We have been ... Read more
jetobt
Member Since 2016
1 review
50 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Chose it to get out of the Florida heat for Aug. The staff was fantastic. Food was good in all restaurants. Entertainment was very poor. The ship is in need of renovation, no major problems, just old and worn. Had a guaranteed suite, ... Read more
vakamalua
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
379 forum posts
51 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: We are frequent, experienced travelers and have taken over 25 cruises on at least nine different lines. We booked the 20 day Christening Cruise of the Koningsdam (actually 13 day Christening and 7 day Norway) for the ... Read more
Jburrows
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for a different experience. Much of Alaska is "untamed" so much there is much natural beauty.. Our cruise actually started in Sydney. We sailed around New Zealand and up to Vancouver where our cruise ... Read more
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liz92284
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We had a delightful time on this cruise. My mom and I had cruised before about 12 years ago on Princess. This was a different experience because of the older clientele Holland American tends to draw. We really enjoyed the ... Read more
HappyHippies
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic!! We love HAL. Everything was exceptional - organized embarkation was very fast, ports of call were great, service was exceptional, all activities and meals were all fantastic, and we can't say enough great things ... Read more
Transplanted Floater
Member Since 2012
1 review
20 forum posts
20 helpful votes
We were excited to see how the changes were handled on the Veendam since we last sailed in 1998. We had heard that she had been in Dry Dock for refurbishing. When we first stepped on we were pleasantly surprised that she was so ... Read more
SeaBands
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,518 forum post
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was to sail out of Tampa but about a month after booking We read on CC that they changed it to FLL. All our return travel was booked back to Tampa and we had to make a number of changes and HAL only picked ... Read more
aamons
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
92 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because we love Holland America and its smaller ships and because we liked the length and destination and ports of call as we sailed. Overall it was an excellent cruise but there were enough small things that ... Read more
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bcamnb
Member Since 2010
1 review
140 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary, price and length. The transatlantic part was great - full of activities, excellent entertainment, and solo time if you so desired. We had a cabin with a window but it was smaller than the ... Read more
Firehawk110
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is our 3rd Transatlantic cruise in a row. Each cruise had completely different itineraries and we both love the sea days and on crossings there are plenty of sea days to relax as you see fit. My wife and I enjoy the guest speakers ... Read more
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
6 reviews
818 forum posts
4 helpful votes
4-stars, not 5. I'd need Oceania or Crystal to get a 5 outa me. We LOVE Transatlantic cruises. For the $Value$ seekers, this may be a true bargain...maybe. Zip,zip with Holland-America on boarding and departures. Baltics Ports were ... Read more
bdfred
Member Since 2015
1 review
86 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The TA crossing followed by the Baltic ports and then the Fjords and Highlands. 41 days and very port intensive. Embarkation/Debarkation went extremely smooth. The cabin attendants were excellent, ... Read more
patandjohn@mindspring.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on a Holland America ship and we found it to be the nicest we have yet experienced. We have sailed on NCL and Celebrity in the past. We combined two separate cruises to get a 29 day total. The first was a 17 ... Read more
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