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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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623 Holland America Vancouver Cruise Reviews
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older rowdy
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We sailed from Vancouver BC. Short 4 day cruise. We stayed in a cheaper hotel as there was a big convention. The Tropicana. Cab drivers are really nice. Vancouver BC is a great city. I am young 60 and sailed with my daughter. I noted that ... Read more
etluv2cruise
Member Since 2005
1 review
115 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had just a great time last year on our repositioning cruise (Princess Line) that we decided to go for a 2nd repositioning cruise this year. A short cruise is perfect way to take a break from our hectic work schedules and spend some ... Read more
Sylv the sailor
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and it would be a no hassle (airports) way to enjoy a leisurely much needed holiday. The first day should have been the omen that would tell us how the rest of the trip would work out. We ... Read more
49erteacher
Member Since 2016
1 review
46 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The Rock and Roll Cruise Major crew members Mark Rowden – Captain Sarah Koster-Claxton – Cruise Director Christina - Culinary Director Jake - Show Host I have taken one cruise on Holland America back in ... Read more
Kay&Mike
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
280 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The service was pretty good but no one went above the basics. The food was definitely a disappointment! The menu sounded great but what we were served did not reflect what was written! That applied to the appetizers, meat (chicken was ... Read more
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schnutz
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
25 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I booked this cruise because we got a great deal on the fare. We booked an inside guaranteed room which Holland America chooses, which turned out to be an extra large stateroom in the rear cent er of the main deck, the lowest ... Read more
summerinitaly
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
47 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We enjoyed this 18 day cruise to Hawaii and back, the longest cruise we've taken. There were five sea days in each direction, a great time to relax and explore the ship. Our veranda cabin was spacious with plenty of storage and a good ... Read more
diconn
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise due to the number of sea days as well as it left from Vancouver, BC. Having been on several other HAL cruises I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food in the main dining room, didn't seem quite up to par ... Read more
bruce lee
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
105 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and didn't have to fly anywhere, we also love the 5 sea days each way. Embarkation took a very long time - our luggage got to our room before we did. Disembaraktion was very easy. I ... Read more
dainafrances
Member Since 2013
1 review
14 helpful votes
As this will unfortunately be a review of our rather poor experience with Holland America, I'll start out with the things I think they did well. I really loved the decor, especially the amount of comfortable seating to be found in the ... Read more
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WanderingTheWorld
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
4 forum posts
My husband and I are currently living in Vancouver, Canada. At the end of the cruise season, we found this extended weekend itinerary. Also, this trip occurred a couple weeks before my husband's birthday, so it gave us the opportunity to ... Read more
A memorable Masdam experience
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We liked the itinerary, the time of year and the size of the ship. The trip was perfect. There were plenty of sea days to enjoy the daily activities, interesting ports of call and thankfully perfect weather. The onl;y disappointment ... Read more
Sivad80
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Cruising to New Zealand was number one on the list and the words of my wise Mother before she passed away, "Do it sooner rather than later!" Prompted us to book. We had only every taken one other cruise and that was on the ... Read more
veemandy
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Like uncrowded, mid-sized, cruise ships that visually, look like classic 'Ocean Liners'...not amusement parks. Don't wish to spend my vacation lining up with 4000 other passengers for dinner or shows....on some of the huge cruise ... Read more
rks@cc
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
57 forum posts
Sailed September 2016
We selected this cruise for the itinerary for 43 days. We wanted to see Hawaii, some of the South Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. We opted for a Neptune Suite which had the perk of the Lounge, which we thoroughly enjoyed and ... Read more
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TimeTravels
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Why are disabled cabins either at the front or back of the ship? A trek to either the theatre or the restaurants. Our cabin 6003 was at the front, a good size with a pillar ( ideal for tying the wheelchair and walker to whilst crossing ... Read more
avenir
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband chose this cruise as a gift for my birthday. I had previously enjoyed travel on the Holland America Line ships and others had good things to say about HAL. It was his first ocean cruise. There was plenty to do. We really ... Read more
kevingastreich
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
521 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Well, we took another Holland America cruise to Alaska. This one was seven days on MS Noordam round trip from Vancouver BC As a matter of fact, it was so late in September that this was the last Alaska cruise for Noordam before she ... Read more
Jeannie26
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
18 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I won't deny that HAL crew consisted mostly of Filipinos and Indonesians were a great crew. They gave impeccable service. This is the 3rd time I sailed with a HAL ship. I'm inclined to stop sailing with HAL for awhile for the following ... Read more
mwentz36@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My wife and I have had this trip on our bucket list for many years. We've always wanted to go to Alaska, though we have been a little leery of cruising. Our fear was that we'd feel cooped up on a cruise ship. Well Alaska was everything ... Read more
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shamtipp
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was an excellent cruise with a very exciting places listed to visit the ship is modern very clean , and the stateroom we had was clean and well fitted. it was a veranda stateroom , the room staff really look after the rooms. ... Read more
colleen.m.cross
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We wanted to see the inside passage and Denali NP. Holland America seemed to give us the best value and included the places we wanted to visit. We were also given a drinks package and Pinnacle dinner free which was fantastic. We really ... Read more
mpersons
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was our first time on HAL and to Alaska. I have been on two other cruises with Carnival and Royal Carribean. Overall it was a very good experience. The rooms were bigger than I expected and very clean. The attendants were friendly ... Read more
SCChuck
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
We selected a one-way cruise from Vancouver to Seward (AK) before a business meeting in Anchorage, and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Chose this cruise line because they had the route we needed at the time it was needed. But we will ... Read more
Peter Rooimans
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Very ordinary despite all the promises of an up market ship. Room was never cleaned until late afternoon. While the room is a good size, the bed takes up far too much room and the fold out lounge/bed was very old and uncomfortable as ... Read more
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