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197 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

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jthaupt25
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I have cruised about 6 times with Princess, Celebrity, and Uniworld River Cruises. We've always heard how wonderful Holland America cruises are, so we were really excited to try one. It became apparent to us early in the ... Read more
dubsypup
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We didn't know what to expect on our first Transatlantic cruise, but we both feel this was an outstanding vacation, with impeccable service, great accommodations, fantastic food and the right mix and pace of activities. In our opinion, ... Read more
jhuntermartin
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
498 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a great cruise and an incredible value for the money. However, I did notice a few cutbacks probably due to the lower fares offered. I personally would favor paying more and seeing some of the services restored that have been cut ... Read more
Pinneberg
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After more than 40 years of cruising we are very sorry to report that we had the worse experience ever of any cruise and cruise line on Holland American Line's Eurodam's 2014 spring transatlantic crossing. This included poor general staff ... Read more
Down-Unders
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
1,318 forum post
0 helpful votes
We boarded the beautiful Noordam for the second time in two years on the understanding that we could use any part of the common area on the ship as on our previous cruise,only to find that we could not use the common area on deck 11 as ... Read more

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SargassoPirate
Member Since 2009
1 review
292 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on HAL, having some 30+ cruises on Royal, Princess, and Celebrity under our belts. Don't think I'll try HAL again because, despite the positives, the negatives outweighed the positives and we were glad to ... Read more
Steph'n'Dave
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
586 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
Noordam – October 20/13 Mediterranean and Tran-Atlantic cruise We love cruising and we particularly love cruising on Holland America ships. We'd had a lovely long cruise in the spring and did not plan on this holiday but the magic ... Read more
cruisecontrol1
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
This was our longest cruise ever and I was a little apprehensive about the Atlantic crossings because I thought it might be rough and cold, so We were thrilled to have mosly calm seas and warm weather. We even used the outside pool ... Read more
Santa Fe Connie
Member Since 2008
1 review
89 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
I booked this cruise/crossing at the last moment, when I was able to get a good rate as a solo traveler. I was able to get a ticket to Athens using Amex reward points, which eased my conscience about taking a second cruise in 4 months! (I ... Read more
fuzzywuzzy
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
1,368 forum post
0 helpful votes
We began our cruise from Civitavecchia, Italy on October 31st, 2013. Yes, it was Halloween. We had enjoyed beautiful weather in Rome for five days prior to embarkation. The temperatures ranged between 23 and 26C every day with beautiful ... Read more

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53smokey
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and myself have cruised with numerous other cruise lines and this was our first with Holland American and probably the last. The Captain of the Eurodam was probably the most interactive Captain that were have ever sailed with. We ... Read more
spudsmack
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Started off with a few days in Amsterdam, a great to acclimate to the time zone change. Superb city for walking, everything close proximity to the hotel by Central Station including the Eurodam. Embarkation - took about 40 minutes from ... Read more
susanrtw
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first transatlantic voyage, and I found it very interesting to set sail for so many days (8) without land. We embarked in Fort Lauderdale, which is our home town, so it was very easy, and the HAL was very organized so it ... Read more
Deep Six
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
This was our third cruise with Holland America and was every bit as enjoyable as the previous two. Embarkation was smooth and extremely well organized. Our cabin on the Rotterdam deck was ready when we boarded, so we were able to drop our ... Read more
easylovecharlie
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
This was our third cruise on The Prinsendam in the last five years. We fell in love with the ship on our first cruise. Two years later we were disappointed in that while everything was just about perfect, the ship had aged. We booked this ... Read more

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Govhack
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
By way of background, we are in our early 70s and have traveled the world extensively. However, this was our first cruise. We chose a transatlantic repositioning cruise because it seemed a great value and would satisfy a desire to cross ... Read more
Sweetie and Big G
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
From the steward who offered us a blanket while we were lounging in a deck chair to the Lido deck outside rear deck staff who treated us like royalty despite no gratuity earned on tea, coffee and water, we were spoiled from start to ... Read more
cabinluvn
Member Since 2011
1 review
466 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
This was our first TA and, hopefully, not our last! We sailed 16 days Ft. Lauderdale to Rome. EMBARKATION: Smooth and easy from the port. Arrived at 11 AM and there were no lines to get checked in. Waited until noon before we were all ... Read more
leo2012
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My spouse and I were on our first transatlantic cruise with HAL on the Nieuw Amsterdam for the Transatlantic farewell and we embarked in Barcelona on October 29th. Embarking was quick, smooth, a pleasant experience free of hassle that ... Read more
jkadventures
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
39 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 4th Holland America cruise experience with approximately 35 other cruises on many other lines, past & present. We chose this sailing based on our desire to experience an Atlantic crossing and sail on HAL's newest ship, the ... Read more

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shadowdog1
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed October 2012
I have only been cruising for about 9 years but I have over 200 cruise days so far. Most of those have been with Holland America. Although some things have gone wrong on some cruises, I have generally been very happy with Holland America ... Read more
travelnnana
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
791 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were already on the ship when it arrived in Barcelona. We disembarked early and got on a hop-on hop-off bus. We had already seen much of the city during other cruises. We had been to Monserratt, Park Guell and the Sagrada. My DH ... Read more
haltransportsus
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is our second time to do this cruise. We have enjoyed it so much that we have again booked it for 2013. The days at sea are easy and enjoyable, the seas somewhat bumpy but not sickening, and the ship and staff perfect. The cruise ... Read more
Morton Salt
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
48 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A part of the cruise experience is also before the voyage, where one looks forward, is excited, and prepares for the trip. Even after 75 cruises, the excitement and expectations to the coming vacation has not diminished. We have more ... Read more
juliang
Member Since 2005
13 reviews
134 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I took this cruise because i wanted to spend time seeing barcelona and what better way to return than a cruise on a nice ship. 4 full and 1/2 days in barcelona which is one of the great cites of the world. I stayed on las ramblas. must ... Read more

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