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Sensational Traveller
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We have sailed on Holland America many times but this was the most disappointing. Firstly the same cruise a year ago was the same price and was 29 days with 7 more port stops which was excellent. Secondly it appears to us as guests that ... Read more
Lance881
Member Since 2009
1 review
44 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
I will preface my comments by saying that I usually cruise on Celebrity having taken several transatlantic cruises on their ships. I have heard positive comments about Holland America so opted to try them this time. My number one, ... Read more
Kala89
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
26 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
We boarded the Volendam in Hong Kong. Embarkation was a breeze and we were happy to hear that our cabins were ready even before noon. Our cabin had lots of storage space. The newly installed lanai cabins had great new ... Read more
observer2013
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
100 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I did a 26 day cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam from Fort Lauderdale, Fl to Venice –- with 16 stops covering 7 countries. I have been on about 15 cruises covering many lines. EMBARKATION – Second time ... Read more
sandysmithfl
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first transatlantic cruise - greatly enjoyed the six days' crossing, which were relaxing and allowed us to get our body clocks on Europe time. The ship had just come from refurbishing and was pristine. Food was excellent, service ... Read more

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DancingORnurse
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
73 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Having sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam before, I was so disappointed in the entertainment. One night there was no show at all! The music was mostly Motown, not my favorite. The HAL Cats were missing. The ballroom dancing was not available ... Read more
Mary from Canada
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We took a 26 Days Transatlantic Cruise after being on 14 Holland American Cruises - but this one was a real problem - it had just come out of dry-dock and not ready when we embarked in Ft. Lauderdale - there were maintenance - ... Read more
HIGH TIDE
Member Since 2010
1 review
76 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was another good cruise...our first TA and our 15th HAL cruise. The "dry-dock" continued right up to the last day when we left the ship in Venice. It was more nuisance that inconvenience but it would have been nice if they ... Read more
hooked on cruising1949
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There was a drill for the crew when we came aboard and all the elevators were unavailable. Neither of us handle stairs very well and if we had to climb more than two decks we wouldn't have been able to do it. The Greenhouse Spa was ... Read more
muskegon2
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We had a great time. There were amazingly calm seas. The dining room experience was good - they accommodated special (low sodium) diet issues and that was excellent. But the main dining room was often slow. So dinner took a couple of ... Read more

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decar48
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We took the TA on 4/8/15 after having been on 2 other HAL ships that definitely had staff issues and maintenance problems. We figured we'd give HAL one more chance and we are glad we did! The Nieuw Amsterdam was great! I have no ... Read more
calicus
Member Since 2011
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
4* Mariner. Did annual TA on Nieuw Amsterdam. Ship was to have come out of dry dock. We embarked in Fort Lauderdale and quickly found out "dry dock" was to continue as we crossed the Atlantic. New carpet in dining areas laid, ... Read more
rs1150@telus.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Holland America by all accounts have dropped the service level and as we normally use Princess, this was our first encounter with Holland America The cruise companies continual pressure to sell, sell, sell, became very annoying, it ... Read more
Liat
Member Since 2003
12 reviews
1,327 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Eurodam – April 5 – 19, 2015 – Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona The Cruise The original and valid rationale for this cruise was the itinerary, the land venues and six sea days. We are experienced cruisers. This was our ... Read more
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timbo5592
Member Since 2014
1 review
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Embarkation in Singapore was reasonably straight forward (in spite of being taken to the wrong cruise centre by the taxi driver). The only thing that could have been improved was the forms we had to fill out while standing in a mass of ... Read more

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S.O.C.I.O.C.A.T.s
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
927 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Review of the Volendam Food: 1) fine. Could have been spiced some more ; understand it must be reasonably standardized. Had good “special“ days” : Asian Barbecue Day, Indonesian lunch, etc. 2) deserts ... Read more
Nigelstapuft
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have travelled with HAL 8 times, however our last experience did not live up to our previous experiences. Notwithstanding the outstanding Indonesian and Filipino crew (without whom the cruise line would sink into mediocrity), our ... Read more
Janeroy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This is our 27 th cruise on Holland America. We had a suite so will judge that however our friends were in regular cabin and I found it small compared to cabins in other HAL older ships. Guess new ships making them smaller. Our trip was ... Read more
cantin2
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
70 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We board the elegant Nieuw Amsterdam in Barcelona for a 13 night Trans Atlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. We are impressed with the ship - It does exude elegance. The public on Decks 2 and 3 are nicely designed to serve as multipurpose ... Read more
PixTraveler
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have been traveling since 2000 when we visited Australia and the South Pacific. We have been on over ten cruises from many cruise lines since then, but this is the first time we have felt the strong desire to post a comment on the web. ... Read more

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6110w73rd
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Everything started out great. The cabin was very clean and the staff was helpful. All the ports were quiet which was a change from other cruises we have taken, just walk through the cities and enjoy them. The city markets were fun to see. ... Read more
semibeater
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As a 3 star mariner we have used HAL numerous times as well as Celebrity and RCCL. This ship is older but as attractive features like it's size (1200 passengers). The crew is constantly painting and maintaining outside areas and I did not ... Read more
LMM1801
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
167 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My DH has wanted to try a transatlantic. I was skeptical by the number of sea days (8) and that I would get bored. I loaded my Kindle up with lots of books in anticipation, and I did read 6 books on the 14 day cruise. But I was never ... Read more
Cdn Adventurelady
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We spent the spring in Europe book ended by a 2 wk transAtlantic crossing on on this ship and a 2 wk north sea adventure on Celebrity's Infinity from Copenhagen to Iceland an down to UK. Given similarity in size and rating of both boats ... Read more
Steph'n'Dave
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
586 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
Noordam – October 20/13 Mediterranean and Tran-Atlantic cruise We love cruising and we particularly love cruising on Holland America ships. We'd had a lovely long cruise in the spring and did not plan on this holiday but the magic ... Read more

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