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265 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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skipperdk
Member Since 2015
1 review
25 forum posts
2 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
Queen of DaNile
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
817 forum posts
2 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
9 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
3 forum posts
3 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
2 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
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usnpya
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
sworksjr
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
4 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
4 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
1 forum post
7 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
65 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
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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
kahtrav
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
994 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We often, but not exclusively, cruise with Holland America. We chose this specific cruise because we enjoy the Prinsendam and we wanted to connect a trans-Atlantic with northern Europe. Ultimately we sailed three segments, the TA, then the ... Read more
bcamnb
Member Since 2010
1 review
140 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary, price and length. The transatlantic part was great - full of activities, excellent entertainment, and solo time if you so desired. We had a cabin with a window but it was smaller than the ... Read more
Firehawk110
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is our 3rd Transatlantic cruise in a row. Each cruise had completely different itineraries and we both love the sea days and on crossings there are plenty of sea days to relax as you see fit. My wife and I enjoy the guest speakers ... Read more
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
6 reviews
828 forum posts
4 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
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bdfred
Member Since 2015
1 review
89 forum posts
4 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
62 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
14 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
23 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
menea
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
45 forum posts
10 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
41 forum posts
6 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
Dodienuts
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose HAL as we has never cruised with them before. We thought we would try a different cruise line as we have only ever cruised with Princess. A big mistake! What a disappointment! The zuiderdam is in the worst condition that we have ... Read more
rboggia
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed March 2016
We are retired and have been on many cruises over the years (over 20+), many of which were on Holland America. This cruise was one of the best we have ever taken. We have been very disappointed with some of the other Holland America ships ... Read more
MercedCA
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
30 forum posts
26 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
44 forum posts
6 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
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