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276 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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Literacy Lady
Member Since 2010
1 review
505 forum posts
4 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
2 helpful votes
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
3 reviews
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
4 reviews
60 forum posts
9 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
ThelmLou
Member Since 2012
17 reviews
3 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
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Daisyloo
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
1,786 forum post
6 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
14 forum posts
8 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
22 reviews
1,758 forum post
22 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
Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
83 forum posts
4 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
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BOOP3434
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
5 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
11 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
skipperdk
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
29 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
As living in Copenhagen, it was no problem to get transport to the embarkation which was smooth. The ship is nice and layed out in "classical cruise style" with lots of flowers and art. The Zuiderdam is indeed not an old rust ... Read more
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Queen of DaNile
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
955 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and returning to our home port of New York were reasons for choosing this cruise. Apparently this itinerary appealed to many well travelled travelers as there was quite an international complement ... Read more
Canadiana
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
31 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We booked this Viking Passage cruise because of its appealing itinerary which included both Iceland and Greenland. Overall we were pleased with the cruise but cannot award it five stars because of too many minor irritations. We have been ... Read more
kroozme
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The combination of these two cruises ticked a lot of boxes for us. Boarding and disembarkation procedures were of the usual high standard we have come to expect from HAL. The other thing that impresses me is HAL's insistence that all ... Read more
jetobt
Member Since 2016
1 review
50 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Chose it to get out of the Florida heat for Aug. The staff was fantastic. Food was good in all restaurants. Entertainment was very poor. The ship is in need of renovation, no major problems, just old and worn. Had a guaranteed suite, ... Read more
usnpya
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We choose this cruise because of the destination. Island, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. The boat starts to be a little bite old (old fashioned decor) but everything on board is made to make you feel happy and confortable. Really clean, ... Read more
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sworksjr
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation was effortless. Choose this cruise because it went to many ports/countries that I have not been to. Despite the title of this cruise, Voyage of the Vikings, it really did not emphasize the Vikings very ... Read more
jtcathell
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We received multiple recommendations about doing "The Voyage of the Vikings" and I must say no one could have prepared us for the adventures encountered during this trip. The ports of call ranged from large cities like Rotterdam, ... Read more
petite rose
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This cruise has been in my bucket list for a while and did not disappoint in the ports of call. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Iceland but all the stops were well worth the visit. The weather for that time of year and latitude ... Read more
Florida Frog
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
66 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Holland America Line (HAL), MS Rotterdam. We had the most wonderful time and visited the most exciting places. The weather was as expected for the area we covered: Bergen, Shetland Islands, ... Read more
CharlieOnTheWaves
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
HAL is a cruise line with some problems as far as I can tell from the experience on this cruise. The itineraries are unique and that's a plus (This one covered Iceland, Shetland islands, Greenland and Canada) The ship's size is smaller and ... Read more
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