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550 Holland America Vancouver Cruise Reviews

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TDL1900
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The staffs are very nice, and that's about it. Overall, I wasn't impressed at all. 1. Their website design is horrendous. A. I had to do multiple separate Google searches to find all the information I need about the same ship(Nieuw ... Read more
Jing2le_bells
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Volendam is a wonderful ship, elegant and not too big. The crew were excellent especially the Rotterdam dining team. The casual Lido was also good as well as the burgers and hotdogs by the pool. Just be careful when you order drinks. ... Read more
Floss88
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
It was my 65 th birthday have never been keen to cruise but wanted to see glacier bay. We chose the Volendam because it is a small ship taking 1400 passengers. We booked an inside cabin and were allocated one on deck 3 the lower ... Read more
paul.shearman
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The food and eating areas were clean, efficient and well run. They offered pleasant surroundings with efficient, hard working and friendly staff. We ate in the Lido, the common eating area and we impressed by it - much better than the ... Read more
liontamers
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this back-to-back Alaska cruise based on the exceptional last minute price. We have sailed to Alaska numerous times and are never disappointed with the beauty. We arrived in Vancouver by air and quickly transferred to the ... Read more

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Superwoman12
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2016
This was our first cruise, along with two friends who hadn't cruised before either. We were all a little apprehensive, particularly with the idea of being herded on & off ship, into restaurants, etc. But we were very pleasantly ... Read more
KSAM97
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. We chose this cruise and cruise line based on the itinerary. The embarkation was smooth. The staff was friendly and helpful. They were mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines. Some of the staff were difficult ... Read more
terp2053
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
53 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
All in all, good cruise and good value. Our June sailing gave us a lot of animal sightings. Whales and porpoise seemed to follow our ship. We took a whale watch excursion in Juneau, although we had already seen a lot of whales from the ... Read more
v336
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We sailed from Vancouver port to Seward in June. Overall experience was very good. Vancouver port: Got to the port at 3.30pm. Went through US Immigration first. We were the last one in the line. People who came earlier were in line for ... Read more
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Newcomkj
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. We have cruised about 12 other times on Carnival, Norwegian and Celebrity. This was a cruise/land combination (Double Denali). The Zaandam is smaller so that it can go through the inside passage (about ... Read more

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explore4ever
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
185 forum posts
34 helpful votes
Back ground: My husband and I are avid cruisers. We have been on many different cruise lines. Although we both have been on Alaska cruise before, this is my husband’s first HAL cruise. It is my 4th on HAL. Alaska is our back ... Read more
VTSteerage
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Make no mistake. The star of this trip is Alaska, not the Noordam. We left from Seattle for a bus trip to Vancouver to meet the ship. Embarkation was a tad frantic at Canada Place, but reasonable. The Noordam was in fine shape and ... Read more
wggrainger
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
To be fair - we sailed on the Veendam 14 years ago and had a perfect trip. That is why we wanted to go again. Sailing on Noordam May 29th, 2016 Alaska / Denali (not collectors voyage as stated above)- the following was submitted to HAL ... Read more
kmcc1122
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We did a HAL Alaska Land & Sea cruise from Vancouver that included 3 days in Denali, and we added 5 days onto the end of the trip to explore on our own. It was the right combination of land and sea for us. The cruise up the inside ... Read more
Heartgrove
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
188 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
After our first HAL cruise last year, we wanted to try the other "larger end" of the spectrum with their ships. Sailing the first season for the Niew Amsterdam in Alaska was exciting. It added to the pleasure as it was new for ... Read more

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Nicknet
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
After reading many different cruise site articles, speaking to friends and relatives, we decided on a total Inside Passage offered by HAL round trip from Vancouver. We wanted to avoid the choppy waters completely, as such Seattle round ... Read more
lizzien18@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as part of a Newmarket holiday - Rockies/ Alaska cruise and Vancouver, on the recommendation of a friend who travelled last year. I struggle to recognise our trip from some of the negative reviews posted. From start to ... Read more
ronaldlknight
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We're an active, retired couple who take 3 or 4 trips abroad each year. This 7-day Alaska cruise (Vancouver to Vancouver) on the Volendam was our second with Holland America. Our first HAL cruise was on the Nieuw Amsterdam which took us ... Read more
Gus1930
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
62 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Nieuw Amsterdam, Inside Passage Alaska, May 21-28, 2016 Let me say up front this was one of the most disappointing travel experiences I have ever had – and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively both professionally ... Read more
mikethebus
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This Cruise was supposed to be part of a 19 day treat for my wife to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I booked a mini suite (6118) and once on board disappointment set in as the rooms were old and dated with trim missing and ... Read more

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alucan
Member Since 2014
1 review
63 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We started in Seattle, where we were bussed to Vancouver. Very poorly organized. Our bus was supposed to leave at10:00AM from Seattle Airport, but 2 people were late for no good reason and we did not leave until 11:00AM We then had a ... Read more
Auburngrad82
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
We had never been on a cruise and an Alaska cruise had been on our bucket list for many years. We chose Holland America because the ship was a little smaller than some of the other lines and the average customer was a bit older. The ... Read more
Teachers Travel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3 forum posts
20 helpful votes
My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam with identical cruises ... Read more
illbcnu
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We have sailed before with Holland America and enjoyed previous cruises. They were our first choice for a cruise to Alaska. Used their shuttle service from the airport to the port and had excellent device from them. The driver was ... Read more
Van2010
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
30 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it exceeded our expectations. The cruise departed from our own city, for a good price so we booked it a month prior to the sailing. Our stateroom 5127 had a verandah and we would recommend booking one. We ... Read more

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