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189 Holland America Venice Cruise Reviews

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Frequent Cruiser 21
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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
Trina33
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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

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2boomerstravel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
148 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
167 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
Karima
Member Since 2010
1 review
113 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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andreecruisemom
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
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
0 helpful votes
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
Fairlight Spencer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The GOOD: My sincere compliments to all the staff on this voyage. Everyone had a smile on his or her face at all times. All were most congenial. Our room attendants "bent over backwards" to help us in any way. For this I an ... Read more

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Carlou
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
My wife and me sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam from May 4th to May 16th 2015. We went from Venice to Istambul and back to Venice. The ship was absolutly perfect. Very comfortable and we specially appreciated that there was lot of space ... Read more
zhemmingway2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
From an experienced cruise traveler: STAY AWAY FROM THIS CRUISE LINE Worst cruise ever. The ship was being repaired while sailing. Huge amount of noise. Debris falling on the balcony. Top deck not accessible. Any-time dining ... Read more
tmartin6@mac.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
If I were a first time cruiser I might have thought our 22 day Mediteranian cruise on the Zuiderdam was wonderful. We have been cruising with Holland America for more than 20 years and just within the past five years there have been what ... Read more
elganpat
Member Since 2014
1 review
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
This was our first time with HAL and we loved it! Our cabin, 6132 was in the rear of the ship and near the elevators. Perfect location. It was quiet and while we did feel the gentle rocking of the ship at night, there was not excessive ... Read more
IntrepidExplorers
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
We were on the Zuiderdam for a 22 day Venice to Rome to Barcelona vacation. Very port intensive, but most of the ports were wonderful. First part was Greece and Greek isles; second part was Italy, France and Spain. Ship was extremely ... Read more

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