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22 Holland America USA Cruise Reviews

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Coupe
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was our first time on a Holland America Ship. We have done many cruises with Princess, Norwegian, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and wanted to try Holland. The Westerdam is a nice ship. It is kept clean and neat except for perhaps the ... Read more
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PWDfolks
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
Right up front - the best part of this cruise was the crew members we met. Each was pleasant, accommodating and prepared to find a way to say yes. Several greeted us by name. One in particular, a young woman from whom I got coffee each ... Read more
Phil347
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
This was my first and last cruise with this line, The crew is 95% Philippians and spoke and radioed to each other in their native tongue which is fine with me but I would be very confused in an emergency situation, even the practice life ... Read more
shuksan7
Member Since 2001
1 review
84 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
We live near Vancouver, BC so enjoy the coastal repo cruises. After several on Princess, we tried HAL on a 3-night from Vancouver to San Francisco. Our timing was poor! A record-breaking early fall storm produced tropical-storm force winds ... Read more
I wish I was cruising now
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Hello Friends at Cruise Critic, We were passengers on board the Holland America Amsterdam Pacific Northwest cruise. The cruise departed from Vancouver Tuesday May 21, 2013. Ports of call Port Alberni May 22, 2013 and Seattle May 23, ... Read more

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Sweetie and Big G
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Prinsendam was billed by both the HA rep on the phone and the on board cruise consultant as a high end experience. We were told "It is good that you are travelling on the Noordam first, because you will be spoiled after travelling on ... Read more
Lulubelle45
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
501 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There were four of us traveling on this 4 day trip from Vancouver BC to San Diego aboard the Zaandam. Not really a reposition cruise, but more a filler for a longer cruise to Hawaii. I had read the reviews prior regarding all the problems ... Read more
dragspel
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were part of a 70-person group who were celebrating a member's 80th Birthday, and came up by bus from Seattle to Vancouver to do the Westerdam quickie 1-nighter from Vancouver back to Seattle (on it's last leg of a re-positioning Panama ... Read more
Poonster
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2012
Left Over cruising means you get a great deal because you are joining in on the last sector or more than one sector of a continuation of a cruise. 800 passengers left the Zuiderdam in San Diego on May 8th. Those that boarded there, I ... Read more
jtandkt
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
We recently booked a cruise aboard the Oosterdam traveling from Vancouver to San Diego - a 4 day re-positioning cruise. It was our first cruise celebrating our anniversary. From the moment we boarded the Oosterdam to the time we ... Read more

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lulusplurge
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
25 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I have not sailed on Holland America before. It is a much larger ship than I am used to, but quite manageable in a short period of time. I will not discuss the port cities in this review, although they were wonderful. I will save ... Read more
TravelGirlinDallas
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego was the first cruise after the Oosterdam was in drydock during the last week of September. We flew into Seattle the day before and took the Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, rode the ... Read more
GrayGrammy
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This 4-day reposition down the Western US coast was the least satisfying HAL cruise we've ever taken. The atmosphere aboard was truly uninspired. In fact, it seemed as if this short sailing was a Blow Off. The entire crew seemed ... Read more
Lucky Dad
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
I'd like to say something nice nicely, but if you care enough to read this, you should prefer the straight scoop. The repositioning cruise departing Vancouver on September 7th was a real disappointment. I was traveling with 16 ... Read more
Liat
Member Since 2003
12 reviews
1,326 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2011
EURODAM CRUISE REVIEW - AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 ROUTE OF THE VIKINGS - TRANSATLANTICI am Phil Haggerty and my wife is Edith Goble. I am a retired city attorney and Edith an unretired homemaker who previously worked in health ... Read more
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one80pastor
Member Since 2010
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Let me start with stating that we love cruising and I am normally one of the most positive people on the planet. I really wanted more from HAL, especially since my wife and I had brought 16 friends on this trip with us! I know it was a one ... Read more
rkacruiser
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
6,859 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Arriving in a rainy Montreal on October 6th after two uneventful flights on Delta, I was ready for my trip to begin. Traffic from the airport to my hotel, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, was very slow, taking nearly an hour to reach the ... Read more
yorkshireterrierist
Member Since 2006
1 review
156 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2010
We chose this cruise to have a short sampling of a different cruise line as we have only been on RCL before. We were very glad that is was short though because the waters were very rough and my dh was sick the entire time! Not that this is ... Read more
Tarey
Member Since 2010
1 review
48 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Pacific Coastal - 5 days on the Oosterdam Embarkation: Took a taxi to Canada Place - delivered right to where we needed to check in! Arrived at 10:45 - process was painless and we were on the ship 45 minutes later. Made our way to the ... Read more
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Strode Wallace
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
50 forum posts
1 helpful vote
DESTINATIONS GREAT BUT HAL SERVICE CONTINUES TO SINK ON RECENT EURODAM TRANSLATIC A recent Transatlantic Cruise on the Eurodam showed the dip in service continues on HAL ships while HAL keeps trying to hold prices down. For the ... Read more

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atlasali
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
1,973 forum post
1 helpful vote
Our first cruise to Alaska was 27 years ago on the SS Universe (the ship used for the Semester at Sea program). We were in port with a HAL ship. Not meaning to offend anyone; but the HAL passengers we saw were primarily "little old ladies ... Read more
Jeff Betz
Member Since 2007
10 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2009
We took a repositioning cruise on HAL Zaandam from Vancouver BC to San Diego in early October. This was our fourth time on HAL and our 23rd cruise overall. We flew from Ohio to Seattle the day prior to the ship sailing and stayed ... Read more

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