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574 Holland America Vancouver Cruise Reviews

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SCChuck
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
Roxy5341
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Noordam Triple Denali Land and Sea Journey Sept 2016 A wonderful trip with excellent service, food, and fun entertainment. We had not cruised in 30 years and did not even think about spending an extra day or two in Vancouver. We ... Read more
SactownSteve
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This is my return cruise to Alaska to see it in the Fall as last time was in the Spring. Travel was swift with practically no turn around time in Seattle. Going through Canadian customs at the airport was relatively quick apart from the ... Read more
beth singer
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
My husband and I chose this cruise because it fit into our timetable and allowed a visit to Vancouver. I sailed with HAL several years ago on an older ship and did not have a good experience but since it fit we decided to give it another ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
The lyrics of the classic Queen hit lends themselves to our reviews of bucket list trips, but we’ll need to find another muse soon. This trip was actually our first BOOKING with Holland America Line (HAL) but our second SAILING on ... Read more

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sagafemina
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
14 forum posts
Chose a rather limited Alaska itinerary in favor of simplicity of travel with eight year old twin grandchildren on their first cruise. Couldn't have been happier with the choice, as we were even able to take public transport to and from ... Read more
rleefamily
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I have travelled 3 other cruise lines and thought I would try Holland America and this is what I found: Pros: - very little waiting time to embark and disembark - exterior of the ship quite beautiful - size of ship was perfect ... Read more
Toby1957
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We had traveled on two Alaskan cruises on HAL before. In 2010 and in 2004 we traveled on the Zaandam and then the Ryndam. We love going out of Vancouver as the city has much to offer before the cruise. We were coming in on the Rocky ... Read more
kira5
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
10 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We took this cruise 25 years ago (but on the Westerdam) and what we found interesting was that we paid the same dollar amount. This knowledge couldn't help but be a factor. That it could be done at all for the same price seemed ... Read more
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Piqua41
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This ship and Holland America were fantastic! We explored Vancouver for a few days before setting sail from there, and both the embarkation and disembarkation were organized like a finely-calibrated engine. The ship was extremely ... Read more

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Hilo Honey
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Embarkation: a nightmare with no one giving any direction as to what we were doing and what was supposed to happen next. There was a lot of sitting around and no reason given why. Then, hurry to the next checkpoint. Not great for seniors ... Read more
Traveling red
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
First time cruise, anniversary trip with my husband and sister and brother in law. Was one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. Holland knows customer service, we felt pampered every day, from the wonderful cabin stewards and ... Read more
Buck-White Boys
Member Since 2012
1 review
106 forum posts
15 helpful votes
This was our 10th cruise, our 5th on Holland America and our 5th to Alaska . . . our 3rd to Alaska on Holland America. We chose this particular cruise primarily because of price and timing, but have wanted to sail on the Nieuw Amsterdam ... Read more
minmor3
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Only reason was that we had to pay for 3 other people and the fact this cruise was a "roundtrip" was helpful n accommodating 2 elderly people in our group as well! We Will never go cack to HAL. The FRONT DESK staff needs major ... Read more
RetiredandHappy4
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We are fairly seasoned travellers, looking for and adult environment and great trips. Between my wife and I, her on her 13 cruise, we found the Zaandam, our first HA cruise, to be not up to par. The water leak in our room that ... Read more

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seapals2
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
411 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We opted for the Nieuw Amsterdam mainly because of the itinerary in Alaska. Somewhere we have had on our 'to do' list for some time. The cruise and scenery didn't disappoint however Holland America's ship did! It was our first experience ... Read more
rayjitsu
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
12 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was our 10th cruises to Alaska but 1st with HAL. Balcony room, and accompanying two 83 years adults. What we like: Hard working staffs everywhere, clean ship. Entertainments: Bobby Wilson's Motown evening, Illusionist's ... Read more
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, after checking several websites we decided that we wanted a medium size vessel and chose "Travel Best Bets" from Vancouver to complete our plans. They did a wonderful job and Megan Stone was most ... Read more
Danoh2016Alaska
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit of concern the ... Read more
hulagirl1951
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on deck one from time to ... Read more

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JMax513
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
23 helpful votes
I should start by putting my basis for this rating into perspective. Last summer we cruised on the Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) in the Mediterranean. You will not find a more modern ship with more amenities than Allure; however, I ... Read more
Captain Camera
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
An Alaskan Inside Passage cruise was a bucket list trip, we have only recently started taking cruises, in fact all our cruise so far have been in 2016 and all with Holland America, it just worked out this way, we had no prior knowledge of ... Read more
Diane Kulkarni
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We were guided to this cruise to Alaska through the Inside Passage on the Noordam by Peter at Discount Cruises. The occasion was our 44th wedding anniversary combined with my husbands 50th class reunion. Four classmates and their wives ... Read more
onyourmark
Member Since 2003
14 reviews
493 forum posts
10 helpful votes
After cruising on newer Celebrity and Royal Caribbean larger ships, the Noordam appeared compact, dimly lit and rich in traditional décor. We booked the 14 day return Alaska cruise from Vancouver less than one week prior to the July ... Read more
TDL1900
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 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

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