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206 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

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Locomotiveman
Member Since 2003
6 reviews
724 forum posts
2 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
67 forum posts
3 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
Daytona_MAc
Member Since 2009
1 review
61 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We've sailed on the Zuiderdam previously, in 2009, and enjoyed ourselves. The ship was showing her age on this cruise, I must say. The staff we dealt with were very good, the food was good, and most ... Read more
patandjohn@mindspring.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 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
JForbes-Murphy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
16 helpful votes
We absolutely hated this cruise!! This was our fourth cruise with Holland America and our last! The good parts of the cruise were our room stewards were quite nice and did a good job; our servers in the dinning room were also quite nice ... Read more

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menea
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
24 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Chose the transatlantic to relax and recharge- unlike many of the people on this cruise I am not retired and work very hard each year to go on a long cruise. We chose the Zuiderdam because we are three star mariners and have sailed it ... Read more
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Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
5 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
MercedCA
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
30 forum posts
16 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
ris_scot
Member Since 2012
1 review
39 forum posts
3 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
EVNKEEL
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our third transatlantic crossing with Holland America and our favorite (the others were April 2014 on the Noordam Lauderdale/Barcelona and Oct 2014 on the Nieu Amsterdam Barcelona/Lauderdale). This was a short-notice ... Read more

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2LoveBikes
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 forum posts
5 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
0 forum posts
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
9 reviews
0 forum posts
11 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
10 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
elmar59
Member Since 2008
1 review
59 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We chose this cruise new. it was RT from Ft. Lauderdale and had many sea days.We usually cruise Seaboard and I must admit ,I was very apprehensive about Prinsenda. A friend had cautioned me against booking a smaller cain(no hot water,leaks ... Read more

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ss FLANDRE
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
27 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
Cruizer Bill
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,284 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We spent the evening before at the Hotel Miramare in Civitavecchia and it was very good indeed. Getting to the port required taking our bags to the train station and buying a shuttle bus ticket at the small store in the train station for ... Read more
DCParky
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
193 forum posts
3 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
K2 of the seas
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We just came off the Nieuw Amsterdam in Fort Lauderdale. The ship was lovely, the service was impeccable and the food was great. Onboard entertainment and activities need to be reenergized and reengineered though....The only activities ... Read more
Foley13
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Very disappointing . We have been on this very ship several times before. Things have changed. Very little entertainment and slow dining service. They seem to have reduced dining wait staff. For a transatlantic there was very little to do, ... Read more

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1234567seas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
This was a very lovely crossing. Many more pros than cons. To begin with, the sailing was delayed by a full day due to strong winds and high seas preventing the ship from getting into port. The overnight in Barcelona spent waiting for the ... Read more
Judith Rosica
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I am a member of the Mariner Society and have sailed a number of times on Holland America. It had been a few years between sailings and this past cruise was a hugh disappointment in almost every respect. Only the Indonesian staff have ... Read more
mysticsailor
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
48 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was a Ft. Lauderdale transatlantic including cruising 4 weeks in the Mediterranean with a return transatlantic to Ft. Lauderdale. This was my first cruise longer than 22 days and was facilitated by the many tips from my fellow CC ... Read more
brwydave
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We took Prinsendam back to the USA after a two week tour of Israel. We were allowed to board in Haifa, although the cruise started in Athens. This was our third cruise aboard this ship and we noticed that she was getting tired. ... Read more
OBX-Cruisers
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
839 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife and I have over 120 days cruising on HAL ships and this latest cruise in the Mediterranean and TA was our longest cruise to date. We have been on the Eurodam on an East coast cruise from Quebec to Fort Lauderdale in 2010 and ... Read more

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