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213 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

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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
2 helpful votes
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
9,354 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
22 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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wheelchairtraveler
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
31 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 8th cruise on HAL. We have always been pleased with the service and planning. There was the occasional blip, but nothing that was not handled quickly and effectively. We are experienced travelers and we know that "things ... Read more
Dr.Dobro
Member Since 2012
1 review
35 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I took the “Voyage of the Vikings” aboard the Veendam in July and August 2014, the full 35-day Boston-Amsterdam-Boston run. This is a once-a-year itinerary and we were unable to find reviews of the previous ... Read more
welshwaterboy
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked this trip from Amsterdam to Boston thinking that itinerary might attract some adventure travellers and birders, to help fill in my lamentable ignorance about Atlantic pelagic birds. Boy, were we wrong! More than 1000 of the 1200 ... Read more
semibeater
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As a 3 star mariner we have used HAL numerous times as well as Celebrity and RCCL. This ship is older but as attractive features like it's size (1200 passengers). The crew is constantly painting and maintaining outside areas and I did not ... Read more
LMM1801
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
167 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My DH has wanted to try a transatlantic. I was skeptical by the number of sea days (8) and that I would get bored. I loaded my Kindle up with lots of books in anticipation, and I did read 6 books on the 14 day cruise. But I was never ... Read more

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Cdn Adventurelady
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We spent the spring in Europe book ended by a 2 wk transAtlantic crossing on on this ship and a 2 wk north sea adventure on Celebrity's Infinity from Copenhagen to Iceland an down to UK. Given similarity in size and rating of both boats ... Read more
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

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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
SargassoPirate
Member Since 2009
1 review
311 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
93 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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

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