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276 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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vickikomer
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
We took the Zuiderdam transatlantic, and chose it because we had taken the same ship to the Panama Canal in 2012 and had a very good time. There wasn't a problem with embarkation or disembarkation. We opted for a suite, and we enjoyed ... Read more
OceanTraveller4ever
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
332 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Second trans-atlantic on the Zdam, and it was great again. The ship is in good shape, and the service is full, efficient, and happily delivered. SY cabin was fine, except for the old small flat screen TV. Those are cheap, with crappy ... Read more
sailorgirl
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
650 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
A TransAtlantic offers us a lengthy cruise at a reasonable fare with lots of sea days to relax and/or take advantage of the amenities and activities of the ship. We've done several before and always had a good experience. Holland America ... Read more
mully31
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
Great ports on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing and an amazing staff at Holland America's Zuiderdam made the cruise memorable. Although the cabin was old and dated, with a tv screen that was barely readable, the crew and the planned activities ... Read more
Workinless
Member Since 2014
10 reviews
94 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are seniors and this cruise was tailored for us The ship is a bit old, but is laid out well . I walk a lot and like the full promenade deck. Cabin (7028) has a very good design. Liked the curtain between the bed and bath as ... Read more
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Kala89
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
49 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Despite all the negative reviews for Koningsdam on this forum, we enjoyed our 28 days on board as much as any of our previous HAL cruises. We were on board for the trans-Atlantic followed by the Mediterranean ports. The ship is nice and ... Read more
Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
83 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We took this transatlantic cruise back to Rome having sailed across in the other direction last October. The food was excellent as usual. Still one of the best buffets at sea (but still a little too much salt at times). The crew is the ... Read more
Takes Notes
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
19 forum posts
18 helpful votes
As a long time Holland America fan, I read many the comments, both positive and negative about the ship prior to my repositioning sailing. I booked a single "OO" cabin, but was upgraded to a Spa Outside (CQ) cabin. It may ... Read more
Muffinmom5221
Member Since 2012
1 review
7 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Wanted a quiet peaceful TA. People onboard were mostly seasoned travelers, as with most trans Atlantics. Food and service were above expectations. The new culinary arts center is great. I highly recommend you dine there. Activities ... 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
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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
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
Jeanneb81
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The Prinsendam is a small cruise ship that can dock in ports that the larger ships can't. The itinerary was great. The 56 day cruise is a must if you really want to see the Mediterranean. 850 people when full. The crew on the Holland ... Read more
mick41
Member Since 2012
1 review
178 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
I had a great time on the 2016 World Cruise and expected a similar experience on this Grand Voyage. I enjoyed most of the ports but food quality and dining room service were not up to the usual HAL standards. On at least 7 occasions I had ... Read more
Ocean Fun
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
I joined the Rotterdam in Rome, sailed the Mediterranean and crossed the Atlantic from the Madeira Islands to Ft. Lauderdale. (This was a 46 day cruise that originated in Montreal and ended in Ft. Lauderdale. The Rotterdam crew payed ... Read more
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LarsRenate
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This cruise where specially choosen becuase of a promise from our agent and the cruise liner, it should have been a nice, comfortable and entertaining tour for a transatlantic travel from Rome to Tampa in Florida. Our experiences from ... Read more
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
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
cburrett
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
HAL has a great reputation and the ports of call were great, we had been on the Rotterdam in 2010. We had great service, breakfast and dinner served in our cabin was always on time and hot. The port seminars, historical and art ... 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
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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
lagunaman
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
318 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Chose this to experience the new ship and compare it to my other cruises on many Dam ships Found great innovation and excellent additions such as the Queens Lounge amd the extra restaurants and speciallynthe New York Deli and superb ... Read more
novanurse
Member Since 2012
1 review
I must admit that I was very disappointed in this cruise ship. It is just like the other cruise ships now and has very little of what I sail Holland America for. It was nice and had the new car smell but did not have any soul. The staff ... 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
33 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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