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261 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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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
LarsRenate
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
5 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
5 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
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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
SabreSailor
Member Since 2006
1 review
1,026 forum post
19 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
5 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
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travl4fun
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
32 forum posts
5 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
Literacy Lady
Member Since 2010
1 review
496 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We took the Konigsdam for transportation home after spending several weeks in Europe. We booked it because it was at the right time and because we wanted to try the new HAL ship. We liked the ship itself, but there were changes that could ... Read more
pando68
Member Since 2009
1 review
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we have traveled extensively on other Holland America ships and we were anxious to sail on the new Koningsdam. There was lots to like about the new ship and some things that we felt were lacking. We ... Read more
crackers10
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We enjoy the sea days and we wished to experience the newest ship in the HAL fleet. There was much to like on the ship, excellent staff, great food, sparkling clean, impressive World Stage, good dancers group etc. However there were ... Read more
Sailawaynow
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
60 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We looked forward to this cruise for almost a year and were disappointed. First the GOOD: The Koningsdam is new and thus everything is sparkling clean and refreshing. The public rooms and staterooms are spotless, the linens are ... Read more
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ThelmLou
Member Since 2012
16 reviews
2 helpful votes
We booked this first Transatlantic for the Koningsdam before the ship was built and was very happy we did so. We LOVED the Koningsdam - more like a Celebrity ship than a traditional HAL ship. She is beautifully decorated and very ... Read more
Daisyloo
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
1,773 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Before we took this cruise we were getting worried because it seemed most of the reviews we were reading were very negative. Well, we were very happy with the ship, the service, the food and the entertainment. The embarkation in ... Read more
SATXCruising
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 2nd cruise on this ship. The music options is far better than any cruise line (Carnival, RCCL, NCL, Princess, Seabourn). The shows were excellent in one of the most unique show rooms. The lights and sound was super. Seats ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
21 reviews
1,697 forum post
21 helpful votes
Koningsdam inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise Oct 24 – Nov 9, 2016 Very long and detailed "Log" type format. If you just want the summary, scroll on down towards the bottom! We booked the inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise ... Read more
Austin Healey 1964
Member Since 2012
1 review
36 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Ship is not too large so that you still feel like a welcomed guest. The staff are incredible. Friendly, attentive and personable. Main dining room cuisine is excellent. Nightly entertainment is very high standard. Embarkation and ... Read more
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Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
79 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This is a beautiful ship. Not like the other HAL vessels in many ways, but the upgrades and improvements are wonderful. The problem for HAL is probably that it's core audience, old people like me, are resistant to change and rather ... Read more
BOOP3434
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because of the NEW Koningsdam. Same blueprint as Nieuw Amsterdam, but jammed with more cabins, so all cabins are smaller. Nice new food additions: Dutch Cafe and NY Deli & Pizza. The jewel In Koningsdam crown ... Read more
ianbriggs57
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Chose the cruise because of the new ship and the itinerary. A different kind of ship experience from previous cruises with HAL. Not sure of the modern style decor throughout the ship, we prefer the other ship decor. Stateroom ... Read more
LoisLRWC
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
Niewal
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and we had mixed expectations. But overall we felt it to be a good experience. We found that the Zuiderdam was a well maintained ship, the staff very serviceminded and the food was good and varied. However ... Read more
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