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195 Holland America Venice Cruise Reviews

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sattva
Member Since 2007
1 review
15 forum posts
Sailed October 2015
We're around 70, have lived abroad, and use cruises primarily to visit interesting ports and meet interesting people. We have no interest in the shows on board and avoid the casino and pools. We chose the HAL cruise from Venice to ... Read more
Dibbledabble
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
Sailed September 2015
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, taking us from Venice, through the Greek Isles, ending in Turkey. This was a perfect follow-up to our 1-month driving trip through Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and finally to ... Read more
Amy Altemus
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise on HAL, after having cruised with Oceania, Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. It may not be my last, but were I to do this again, it's not going to be on the Zuiderdam, which needs to go into dry ... Read more
6buddy
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed September 2015
Our group of four (two in their 50's/two in 80's) travelled to Venice to start our cruise. Everything was smooth from the start. Weather was beautiful. We enjoyed dinner most nights with second seating service provided by Gred and Erwin ... Read more
Two italy Fans
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed September 2015
This was our 1st Holland America Cruise. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a very nice ship and not too glitzy. The communal rooms and bars were all very nice but in general walking around the ship was cold and we required a sweater or cardigan. ... Read more

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brechtae@yahoo.co.uk
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
Having only cruised with Celebrity Cruise Line before we were a little apprehensive sailing with Holland America. We needn't have worried. Overall I would say that I just about preferred it to Celebrity but accept this may in some way be ... Read more
Frequent Cruiser 21
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
I was led to believe I was going on a 5* ship so was hugely disappointed when I boarded. Our Signature Suite was nothing more than a very large cabin with no proper seating area. In order to watch TV one had to perch on the bed as the ... Read more
Jakebigwhitedog
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I have cruised many times and this itinerary was the second time for my wife. Everything about this cruise was wonderfu, from start to finish. Food: We had early seating door dinner in the Vista dining and joined a table ... Read more
bfarmerva
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
We cruised with another couple on Holland America for the first time this past September. We had read that the Zuiderdam had had a major face life last spring, but it must have been for the public areas, not the staterooms. The staterooms ... Read more
Mahtomedi
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
26 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
First time with Holland America, although my 7th cruise. Had a Signature Suite for 3 of us. Plenty of room and closet space. Embarcation was easy. Room steward was great. I requested ice one day and for the rest of the trip had ice ... Read more

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Trina33
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
We have travelled on a variety of cruise lines Ncl, Princess, Rcl and P&O and thought we would try a new line. We were very excited to be travelling on a 5 star line...what a disappointment! The good Large inside cabin, ports of ... Read more
2boomerstravel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
151 forum posts
Sailed September 2015
We had not been on HAL since 2008 and this cruise exceeded our expectations. Most of our comments are based on comparison with a number of recent RCL cruises. Booked this cruise because it hit a number of ports we had not visited. Pre ... Read more
Cath White
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed August 2015
I am writing this review to alert to how Fantastic and supportive Holland America Zuiderdam Customer Service Manager and Corfu Port cruise Agency Team dealt with my unfortunate experience of missing the ship! It is possibly everybody's ... Read more
Dr TT
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
Embarkation was very muddled . The standard of food was extremely poor, portion size small. Often food was cold and under cooked or over cooked. the overall appearance was that a cost reduction exercise was taking place. The service ... Read more
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uscdrm
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
Sailed August 2015
We started this trip with 3 days on our own in Venice staying at the beautiful Hotel Palazzo Stern on the Grand Canal. We took a water taxi to the port and experienced an organized, uncomplicated embarkation. This was our 4th Holland ... Read more

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Aggsy
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
We did the 24 day East and west med cruise visiting 16 different ports. The ship was excellent, food was very good and excellent in the the three speciality restaurants. Especially the pinnacle. The tv system was the best we have had on ... Read more
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Elbereth
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed July 2015
A slightly larger ship than we were used to, but plenty of room everywhere. The ship itself was modern but not too glitzy. A shame we never saw the officers, even a photo of them would have been nice. The show singers and dancers ... Read more
Cindyatsea
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
This was our first cruise with HAL and we were very impressed with their level of service and the standard of the ship. We have cruised many times with other companies with our last experience being a terrible cruise with Celebrity in ... Read more
Colonel Vatutin
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
Sailed June 2015
The good: - service was pleasing and top-notch throughout the ship, but I felt that pool staff was considerably slow in removing empty plates/glasses; some individuals were better than others, just like on any other cruise line; our ... Read more
LMM1801
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
171 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As others have pointed out, the ship is not new, but there are just so many pluses about this ship, the little bit of rust just didn't deter me from thoroughly enjoying this cruise. After a week in bleak and cold England at my niece's ... Read more

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Karima
Member Since 2010
1 review
113 forum posts
I hadn't inquired as to the size of the ship, so this is on me. I'm used to the smaller ships. Too many people. I'd meet lovely people and then never see them again. I was berthed in the rear of the ship, and was exhausted by the time ... Read more
andreecruisemom
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
36 forum posts
My husband and I took our 3 sons (ages 23, 20 and 13) for their first trip to Europe. We specifically picked this cruise for the great ports of call. We are very familiar with HAL and know that it is not the line you go on for all the ... Read more
wahoo2002
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
My wife and I are retired, seasoned travelers having experienced many land and cruise tours. For this cruise we arrived in Venice two days prior to disembarking for the Mediterranean. We spent two nites at the Rialto Hotel right at the ... Read more
bemc
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed May 2015
My wife and I traveled on the Venice to Barcelona cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam on May 16th. This was our third cruise on Holland America and we expected a special cruise. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. The Nieuw Amsterdam ... Read more
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landlubberSanD
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Great Cruise, much better than i expected. Wish more time was available in each port, that is the only drawback i found. Trying to see Rome in 11 hours is sub optimal. Kotor could easily be skipped, the old town smelled like an ... Read more

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