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648 Holland America Vancouver Cruise Reviews
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CruiseAlaska2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Seemed to be the one that suited us best at the time. That is indeed the case... We loved the overall experience of our time on board: The Neptune Suite was luxurious as was the Neptune Lounge. Expedited embarkation made a huge ... Read more
argyllsock
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
35 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was our first cruise on Holland America after 15 cruises on Celebrity, Disney, RCCL, NCL, Carnival, Windstar, and SilverSea. We picked the cruise probably for all the wrong reasons: we had a specific 7 day window that we could ... Read more
maxwell7034
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted to go to Alaska at some point, and saw a pretty good deal so we decided to go with it, despite some reservations about going in May. We were satisfied overall with our cruise, understanding that Holland America is considerably ... Read more
GradUT
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
2,502 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We booked this cruise for May 21 - 28 in order to take advantage of the drier weather (May is the least rainy month in these ports) and to avoid large numbers of children since school is still in session during the last week of May. We ... Read more
lramirez2000
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Who we are: A middle aged married couple who has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America-- but never on a cruise! Travel details: Vancouver to Seward, May 21- May 28 Cabin: We stayed on the Upper ... Read more
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Amygone
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed May 2017
We boarded Nieu Amsterdam for a 7 day Alaskan cruise as part of a Scenic tour. It was a great ship and the crew were very accomodating,but the whole cruising experience was a bit dull with very little going on. In the evenings the bars ... Read more
ND Tour
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
We picked a deal from Claire Newell's Travel Best Bets. Excellent service and direction from the customer service department. This was our first cruise. We took the Sea Bus from North Vancouver, a very easy walk to the terminal. Loading ... Read more
dodge440
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We hadn't been on a cruise and always wanted to see Alaska so a round trip from Vancouver seemed a good idea, especially as our son lives there so we combined a visit to see him with the cruise. Vancouver is a beautiful city with plenty to ... Read more
fazze
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Selected this cruise because it was part of our Vacation points options and it was in the time frame when we wanted to travel to Alaska. Ship is medium size, about 1250 passengers. Common areas are very nice. Cabins are OK but a ... Read more
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eaglecruisers
Member Since 2014
1 review
56 forum posts
Calm, peaceful cruise, with spectacular scenery all around. Alaskan towns were delightful. Excursions for every interest. Or simply walk about and enjoy Alaska. Weather in early May was outstanding, but we were told that the weather ... Read more
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macster285
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I can only extend my personal thoughts about each cruise I take. I have been on 26 cruises, 5 to Alaska and 4 on Holland. Overall, the passengers averaged about 75 yrs old with a third Australian, a third Canadian and the rest Asians ... Read more
CHYMN
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the departure from Vancouver, which we wanted to see. What we liked: -Easy embarkation, with no lines. -Three shore excursions set up by HAL: photography whale watch and ... Read more
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vanman1010
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
17 helpful votes
This was our 8th cruise and our second with HAL. We had sailed to Alaska with Royal Caribbean three years ago for 14 days. Since we live in Vancouver, we love the cruises that depart from and return to Vancouver. All the staff on the ... Read more
Dit Clapper
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
1 forum post
14 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was our 47th cruise. Only the second on HAL. No reason for not using them more other than price/destination offered by other lines seemed to fit our plans better. We've been on NCL 22 times. We really like Celebrity and Princess. ... Read more
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Our previous experience made us want to return for another Alaska cruise. Same ship, same cabin - almost the same experience. The only disappointment was that training sessions were limited. The time aboard was as good as we remember. We ... Read more
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patsc2342
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
The Alaska coastline and landscape is truly spectacular. Alaska is a vast state and a lot of it is uninhabited wilderness. For this reason, you cannot drive to most of it. Small planes are the best way to see a lot of it from the air. Of ... Read more
Choochee face
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Cruised with HAL to Alaska on a 7 Day trip from Vancouver and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip seeing Alaska again. This time we visited Sitka,a picturesque town with a small harbour and lots of shops selling souvenirs and local crafts. ... Read more
dtells
Member Since 2013
1 review
61 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Chose cruise because it was at the right time, and we didn't have to fly. The ship was lovely and comfortable, and the crew was friendland seemed very happy to be working there. I need gluten free/lactose-free food, and, as usual, this ... Read more
jimkal
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
We recently took a cruise from Vancouver up the inside passage and to Alaska with Holland America on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We had heard from several people that this was one of the best ship to do this cruise with as they cruise deep into ... Read more
jackjeanr
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I did a similar cruise on the Zaandam from San Diego to Hawaii several years ago and wanted to try it from a different port, and to see what changes may have occurred to the ship and/or ports of call. The ship seems brighter ... Read more
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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
133 forum posts
5 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
76 forum posts
5 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
288 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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