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203 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

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Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
HAL put together a 7 day Greece with a 19 day transAtlantic cruise calling it a "Collectors Journey". They promised different meals and shows over the 26 days but repeated the menus and the shows from the first 7 days into the ... Read more
harkness
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Copenhagen to New York the long way round. Our 4th HAL cruise and 2nd on Eurodam. After flying BA to Copenhagen, stayed for two nights at Hilton Copenhagen Airport and spent a evening and day exploring the city using frequent ... Read more
ICUQT
Member Since 2010
1 review
611 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This is my first review. I thought I would start to Journal just prior to this cruise. A disclaimer right from the start. The below are my observations, experiences my likes and dislikes about the Viking Passage cruise. A little background ... Read more
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HokiePoq
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
3,074 forum posts
2 helpful votes
SPECTACULAR! This word keeps coming out of my mouth every time I tell someone about this cruise. The itinerary and scenery were spectacular. This was one from the bucket list for me and I was not disappointed. We were on for the ... Read more
datman1234
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We has been cruise for more than 10 times in difference cruise lines, this is our first long Transatlantic cruise, 26 days, from Miami to Venice. On this cruise, everything's meet the standards of the other cruise lines (not the exclusive ... Read more

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observer2013
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
91 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
DancingORnurse
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
70 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
JaneRichard
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Was somewhat reluctant to take a transatlantic cruise due to my bouts with seasickness in the past. No issues on this cruise whatsoever, the seas were as smooth as silk. The food in the main dining room was excellent. The menu options ... Read more
Mary from Canada
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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HIGH TIDE
Member Since 2010
1 review
74 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
Liat
Member Since 2003
12 reviews
1,325 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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celestoid
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first-ever cruise, so the Zuiderdam will always be special to us. We did not know what to expect from so many days at sea, but it ended up being the most memorable journey. Embarkation was easy and well-organized and in under ... Read more

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BMWrdr
Member Since 2012
1 review
34 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Took the Zuiderdam on a Trans Atlantic from March 16-31. This was our first TA, and likely our last. Service on the ship was very good. The activities were suitable for the passengers, average age 70 plus or minus. The food on HAL is quite ... Read more
Janeroy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
8,960 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Embarkation at Civitacecchia on November 4 was the easiest and smoothest of any of our more than twenty sailings. The fact that Prinsendam only carries about 840 passengers, and that there were a fair number staying on board from a ... 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
fltam
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is a long review but it was a long cruise (42 days). Fort Lauderdale Embarkment/Disembarkment: Neither were too bad. Maybe 15 minutes to embark and 30 to disembark. Have spent over an hour waiting to disembark previously so I would ... Read more
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jenniferbremner
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We boarded Nieuw Amsterdam in Barcelona on 27th October. It is 10 years since we have been on a Holland America ship. We boarded easily at 12 noon and had lunch in the Lido restaurant. We had booked an inside stateroom as that was the ... Read more
pnkandpurple
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was my third time doing this cruise from Barcelona to Ft Lauderdale. First time on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Warm sunny weather until the last day. Don't believe anyone could have gotten sea sick. The food was very good in the main ... 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
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
TorontoWoman
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Two friends. Retired . My second cruise. Attracted by this cruise because went to places such as Greenland which are hard to get to, and back from, by yourself. Called "Viking Passage". Started in Copenhagen, Denmark; up coast of Norway to ... Read more

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