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251 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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ucanown2
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
We chose this trip for the ports which were great. Stayed in Rome 4 days before embarkation, and enjoyed that very much. Weather could have been better, rough seas that time of year. The ship was so, so, the cabin which we had upgraded to ... Read more
ss FLANDRE
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
37 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
5 reviews
1,401 forum post
7 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
4 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
3 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
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Foley13
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
3 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
1234567seas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
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
6 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
60 forum posts
20 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
5 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
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OBX-Cruisers
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
956 forum posts
4 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
cascadecruiser
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
229 forum posts
1 helpful vote
EMBARKATION. It was a breeze at the terminal in Civitavecchia as half of the Zuiderdam’s passengers were staying on from the previous cruise. With no lines, we were processed in minutes. Within 30 minutes boarding was opened and ... Read more
bump70
Member Since 2015
1 review
30 forum posts
Sailed October 2015
This is our 15th cruise, and second on HAL. Holland America's service is outstanding as is the food. Yes, the Zuiderdam is an older ship, but, a well maintained and clean vessel. This ship is for the older crowd, as it doesn't have ... Read more
Alaskan World Traveler
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Old ship, many issues Boarding in Athens took nearly 3 hours, leaving us standing in the street, then feed thru cattle gates to wait again, and then again. Food... Lido, the food is left out for 4 hours at room temperature, not iced, ... Read more
Mary Seas
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
38 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
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harkness
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 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
626 forum posts
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
13 reviews
3,232 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
2 reviews
3 forum posts
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
observer2013
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
103 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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sandysmithfl
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
73 forum posts
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
6 reviews
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
1 helpful vote
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
HIGH TIDE
Member Since 2010
1 review
85 forum posts
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
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