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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
845 forum posts
5 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
91 forum posts
5 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
15 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
Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
47 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Although we are much younger than the average person on the ship, we did enjoy it. The ship itself needs to be upgraded i.e. TVs, stateroom furniture, WiFi, Unfortunately, some of the needed work of chipping rust on deck happened ... Read more
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Banditswife
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
3,177 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had a wonderful cruise. A Panama Canal transit was on our "bucket" list - we enjoyed every minute of our 19 day cruise. Dining: our booking included dinner in each of the 3 specialty restaurants. Tamarind was our ... Read more
Gonegonegone
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my celebration cruise for my retirement and it was the perfect way to celebrate! We were upgraded to a Neptune Suite upon embarkation and everything from there was amazing! The food was excellent and, even though we ran into ... Read more
committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
12 reviews
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
HAL is one of my favorite lines. . I like long cruises of 30 day and have already booked next year's HAL Cruise to S. AMERICA why? 1.dining room service w/ yudi was as good as the pinnacle and i tipped xtra. my roomie was gluten free ... Read more
rboggia
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
We are retired and have been on many cruises over the years (over 20+), many of which were on Holland America. This cruise was one of the best we have ever taken. We have been very disappointed with some of the other Holland America ships ... Read more
MercedCA
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
30 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our 40th cruise, spread across all the major cruise lines. Our cruise had very good points along with really disappointing ones too! First to the good ones; room stewards, dining room waiters, BB King Blues Club, Lincoln ... Read more
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ris_scot
Member Since 2012
1 review
44 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We choose this cruise as the dates suited us and we enjoy the long sea days. We were not disappointed. The changes made to the ship since last year were in the main an improvement. The layout of the Gallery Bar and the Casino worked so ... Read more
celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
93 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This cruise was on our "bucket list!" The ports in New Zealand and Australia that we did visit were good. We did run into a mechanical problem and were not able to sail to Auckland or Bay of Islands. This was unfortunate, but ... Read more
Experienced travelers
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
We selected this cruise to see New Zealand, particularly Auckland, for the first time and to return to the USA via a transition cruise across the Pacific from Sydney to Vancouver. Our first impression was not too good as Noordam ... Read more
Bopster
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
86 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Bucket list cruise including Australia and New Zealand. We arrived in Sydney a week early so we could explore a bit of Australia before the cruise and we truly enjoyed every day. We spent most of our time in Sydney, but did take a train to ... Read more
NuGrad67
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose the cruise since it was the first, non-luxury cruise to leave for Europe. We had plans that were fixed on us arriving before a scheduled event. My husband had arrived in the U.S. on the Holland America Rijndam in 1956, from ... Read more
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2LoveBikes
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
55 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because the perks that went along with it were very good. We also took a transatlantic last year and enjoyed it, so we were game for another one. We specifically wanted to end up in Rome as we had never been there ... Read more
MargaretNC
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
2 helpful votes
We chose this transatlantic repositioning cruise for its value. We don't mind being at sea for 8 days before landing at a port. This cruise stopped in Funchal, Portugal; Malaga, Spain; and Cartegna, Spain and finally terminated in ... Read more
jakob71
Member Since 2009
10 reviews
12 helpful votes
We are a married couple, who has sailed on many Transatlantic cruises previously, but this was our first cruise with HAL. Pre-cruise: We stayed the night before at Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Airport South. A good hotel with ... Read more
TakesNotes
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Many of us were surprised to find that this was a big band cruise with the "Harry James Orchestra" playing nightly. Those who like big bands were in their glory with the 12 instrumental musicians, a bandleader and a female ... Read more
howndder
Member Since 2005
1 review
815 forum posts
11 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
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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
sweetipie
Member Since 2014
1 review
63 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This cruise was given to us from our Son as a Christmas gift. We loved every minute of the cruise and after many, many cruises had nothing but praise for the entire staff. We stayed in Buenos Aires at the Mine Boutique hotel before the ... Read more
wendybf1
Member Since 2015
1 review
41 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
41 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
5 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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