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195 Holland America Venice Cruise Reviews

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marycath
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was an anniversary cruise and rather last minute. The ship had a recent refurbishment and looked splendid. The embarkation was quick and we went straight to our stateroom, a veranda on deck 8. The itinerary was mainly in the ... Read more
NihonRay
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
After an awesome Med cruise with Celebrity in 2015, I tried HAL in 2016 and was bitterly disappointed. Service was nowhere near as good. Room attendants weren't available most mornings and when left 4 messages over 4 days at their number ... Read more
brian.wickens@rogers.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Wonderful Experience! Great ship! GREAT staff and service! Amazing food in all locations! Although this was our very 1st cruise, I work and teach in the travel / hotel / B&B / Event Design industry - (and am so passionate ... Read more
smith6rh@btinternet.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Embarkation ,normal time about about one and a quarter hours until on board in state room. State room excellent. Food, Good in all aspects ,Lido for breakfast and lunch,Pinicle and Dinning room on 3. Beverage Package,This was ... Read more
colli037
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this 12 day cruise from Venice for the ORIGINAL ports of call & price (Venice, Olympia, Athens, Istanbul, Kusadasi/Ephesus, Lesbos, Santorini) . It turned out to be only Greek Isles. Indecision and poorly executed itinerary ... Read more

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leeinatl
Member Since 2013
1 review
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was pretty much a last minute booking less than 2 months prior to departure, due to the fact that I received an unbelievable offer from HAL for the cruise. Not only was I able to get a fantastic deal on the cruise, but HAL was able to ... Read more
ljo7fpl
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Price was right. Food was good the first week but then it became repetitive. Entertainment in Main Room was mediocre. Singers and dancers weren't that good. The illusionist was good and they had a special female singer that was good. They ... Read more
SteveS
Member Since 2000
1 review
280 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Great cruise, very clean, excellent staff. The only big miss was the long walk in the hot sun from the water taxi drop off to the terminal for check in. I almost passed out from the heat. I wasn't expecting a long walk and did not have a ... Read more
hancockshaker
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our second cruise on the Eurodam. The pricing of the cruise & flights were excellent. The pricing of the flights allowed us to travel Business/First Class on all flights, which made the long overseas flights comfortable & ... Read more
stan1
Member Since 2001
5 reviews
279 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Eurodam 12 days Venice-Barcelona, departed June 23, 2016. We have taken more than 35 cruises: HAL, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Cunard, Norwegian, Renaissance. On this cruise we took children and grandchildren. ... Read more
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_scarlet
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
It was not a good experience for a cruise trip. Oosterdam is a very old ship. It even lost all power more than 1 hour during our trip. Besides, I requested a 3-people balcony room but there was no sofa bed in my room. They asked me to ... Read more
wizwiz1944
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Embarked in Venice for a cruise through the Greek Islands and Istanbul early June. Its the little things that make or break a cruise and unfortunately it was a combination of little things that spoilt this cruise for us. Embarkation ... Read more
paulandmaryanne
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We are a couple. This was our first cruise of any sort. We are about 70 and in fair shape. We are experienced independent travelers. We used a land tour only once (in China). We chose this cruise for its Eastern Mediterranean ... Read more
mwchyn
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was our first cruise experience and we are now totally hooked on cruising. Not having anything to compare with we were completely open to a ship experience. Absolutely everything was amazing from our first step on board to dining ... Read more
cruiser 3015
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We sailed on the Eurodam May 18, 2016 out of Venice. We went early and stayed in Venice for two nights at the Hotel Ala, which we would highly recommend. Small hotel with excellent location and nice breakfast. Venice is a wonderful city ... Read more

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kmfreytag@comcast.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Just got back from sailing on the Eurodam from Venice. We had a one night stay prior to sailing in Venice at the Bonvecchiati Hotel. The water taxi transfers from the airport to the hotel went smoothly. Our room at the hotel was a ... Read more
cat shepard
Member Since 2009
1 review
117 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Istanbul and Ephesus(Kusadasi) have been on my bucket list for a long time. Add Athens and several Greek islands, in addition to embarking and disembarking in one of my favorite cities - Venice, and it was a dream itinerary. The ports ... Read more
Red Sox
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
31 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Nothing really negative to say about this cruise.We got on and off without any problems,the cabin was was great and the service thruout the ship was the best. We toured each and every port and had a great time in each.The only thing we ... Read more
InTheWASide
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
4,107 forum posts
46 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
**In the interest of full disclosure this was a "shakedown cruise" that was not open to the general public and some work was still being completed in some areas (installation of some art pieces and so forth). I will not discuss ... Read more
Vegans rule
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
This was our first and last cruise with Holland America. We were supposed to visit Istanbul but because of concerns for passenger safety the Captain decided to visit other Greek Islands instead and the passengers (including us) who were ... Read more

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Oliver61
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
The above referenced cruise was the most disappointing my wife and I have taken. under the guise of inclement weather the captain cancelled three ports reducing the itinerary by 38% from eight to five. he made several announcements that ... Read more
ARIZONAHEATERS
Member Since 2012
1 review
52 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Yes, we lost three ports early in the cruise, but most people understood that the captain was doing what he thought was correct for our and the crews safety. I'm sure that HAL would much rather go to a port and increase revenue through ... Read more
marks969
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
This was our second cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam in 2 years and the ship continues to have a high standard of dining, cabin service and general cleanliness. We noticed a big improvement in the in cabin TV service facility with new hi ... Read more
Wato1957
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Venice' hotel was nice clean and a bus was just outside of hotel to centre of Venice.nieuw Amsterdam we got to Dubrovnik and had a lovely day we were looking forward to kotor, Corfu, Florence, and Livorno but we didn't get there.Thecaptain ... Read more
Wato1957
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
Sailed October 2015
Venice was nice hotel good location, thought the ship was gorgeous food lovely sometimes cold , waiters great and room attendants too we went Holland America because it was our 38 yrs anniversary and loved the itinerary we had been to ... Read more

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